The natural beauty of Australia’s iconic Great Barrier Reef has inspired and influenced many artists and been the subject of countless artworks. And now, for the first time, the Reef itself is playing host to an exhibition as unique as its marine ecosystem – an underwater exhibition.
Australian abstract expressionist painter BJ Price is staging a four-day underwater exhibition of his work from December 10 to 13, at the popular Moore’s Reef dive site off the coast of Cairns. The exhibition is being hosted by tour operator Reef Magic at their Marine World activity platform.
The exhibition consists of six single-edition aluminum prints of Price’s Great Barrier Reef-inspired illustrations as well as a floating “Alpha Turtle” sculpture which Price describes as “a nature-based abstract piece of expressionism.”
For the duration of the exhibition, divers and snorkelers will be able to swim amongst Price’s artworks, which rest on special weighted easels on the seabed, while enjoying the spectacular coral wonderland that the artist says is his “obsession” and his “muse.”
BJ Price has devoted himself to speaking out for the Great Barrier Reef through his art since he experienced what he calls an “artistic epiphany” while he was scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef in 2009.
He says that the Great Barrier Reef’s majestic beauty spoke to him in a coded dialect and from that time on this natural wonder became his artistic muse.
“The Reef is the largest, most complex living thing on this Earth.” says Price. “I devote myself to this task because the Reef speaks to me and as I answer through my art, others hear its voice.”
For more information on Price’s underwater exhibition visit his website here.