Ke'e 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.
“Ke'e in South Kona is a deep water break," shares Mark. "It break predominantly on a south swell and the wave swiftly rises as the swell smacks into the reef with incredible force. As you wait between sets, you ghost between shallow reef water where you cannot see the bottom. The reef fish occasionally dart out over the dark water, but quickly return to the safety of the shallows." t
Through his work we become ocean explorers ourselves.