Elevators by Mark LeyRegular price $4,400.00
Acrylic on paper (4 parts) with white linen mat and black shadowbox frame
82.5" h x 31.5" w (can be hung vertically or horizontally)
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Growing up on Hawaii Island, Mark Ley has spent every spare moment in the ocean. Diving, surfing and exploring. When his daughter came along, he shared his love of the ocean with her and over the years, his ohana developed their own form of treasuring hunting. They scour the reefs and beaches, gathering the bits and pieces left behind by other ocean explorers. And surfboard fins, stuck in the reefs, became a favorite find.
But collecting them wasn’t enough.
These reclaimed surfboards are then used to create one-of-a-kind works of art. Using acrylic paints and carefully constructed color palettes, Mark dips the fin into the paint and then presses it onto paper—memorializing the board, the special time with his family, and cleaning the reefs—all while providing us with original works of abstract art.
“Pine Trees is a beach where we all learn to surf in Kona. There are five separate breaks there, each with its on style, color and pattern of breaking wave," shares Mark. "Elevators is the second most north of the peaks and is a fast moving wave on a very shallow reef. This piece was created with that wave in mind and mimics the color change as that wave breaks on the reef. A breaking wave is beautifully simple and endlessly complex. Rocks under the surface of the water create waves and hydraulics. Water flows over the rocks, drops and then comes up forcefully mixing with the air and creating whitewater. Waves are formed when there is a lot of water flowing over the rocks.... always loved the color changes that happen as a result of that process."
Through his work we become ocean explorers ourselves.