Gillian (Mrs. Guy Harvey) and Dr. Guy Harvey with Simon Combes
Vancouver, Canada -In a long career filled with
many accomplishments in the areas of marine art, science, conservation and
business, one of Dr. Guy Harvey’s finest moments came recently when fellow
artists honored him with the prestigious Artists for Conservation (AFC) Simon
Combes Conservation Award.
The presentation was
part of a week long AFC festival gala, held November 4-13 at Grouse Mountain
Resort in North Vancouver, which featured presentations by artists from around
the world. The fourth annual AFC exhibition, which offered two galleries and a
theatre for presentations, showcased the works of 109 juried international
Featured artist and first recipient of the Simon Combes
Conservation Award, Robert Bateman, with Dr. Guy Harvey.
In winning the 2011
award, Dr. Harvey, who holds a Ph.D in marine biology, joins the ranks of David
Shepherd and Robert Bateman, the first recipient of the Simon Combes
Conservation award, who was on hand as the event’s keynote speaker and featured
The AFC created the Simon
Combes Conservation Award in 2005 to honor Simon Combes, a world-renowned
painter, author, instructor and dedicated conservationist. He served as Director of the Kenya
chapter of the Rhino Rescue Trust.
Combes was tragically killed by a charging Cape Buffalo (wounded by
poachers), while hiking near his home in Kenya in 2004. Simon’s son, Guy
Combes, presented Dr. Harvey with the award.
“As the human
population continues to grow and exploit nature, this once small genre
continues to become more prominent as we address issues of conservation of
through our art,” Dr. Harvey told the attending AFC event audience in his
acceptance speech. “No longer is ‘wildlife art’ considered the red-headed
stepchild of fine art. We are
becoming a major force in the genre of fine art and the consuming public now
pays more attention to our work and our actions than at any time in our
Dr. Guy Harvey with AFC event organizer Jeff Whiting.
Dr. Harvey went on
to point out the difficulty of capturing the marine environment in art because
of the artist’s inaccessibility of the subject matter, especially those species
found in the open ocean.
“Those artists who
have ventured into this aquatic realm all help to generate knowledge of and
compassion for species that from the public’s perspective, are out of sight,
therefore out of mind. Many of
these are facing annihilation from increasing over-exploitation,” he added.
Guy Harvey artwork donated to AFC for fundraiser.
conservation efforts embrace many threatened and endangered species of marine
wildlife, including sharks, marlin, bluefin tuna, Nassau grouper, sea turtles
and other species.The Canadian
premier of This is Your Ocean-Sharks, an award-winning documentary staring Dr.
Harvey, fellow artist Wyland and photographer/diver Jim Abernathy, was held
Sunday at the AFC exhibition.
between Dr. Harvey and Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Oceanographic
Center resulted in the creation of the Guy Harvey Research Institute (GHRI) in
1999, with a mission to provide scientific information necessary to understand,
conserve and effectively manage the world’s marine fishes and their
ecosystems. In 2008, Dr. Harvey
started the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, www.guyharveyfoundation.org, a
non-profit dedicated to funding leading scientists as they develop new
strategies for sensible fisheries management, and educators, who will create
novel instructional programs to stimulate futures scientists and new stewards
of the marine environment. For some of the 2011 GHOF highlights, go to
Harvey is a world-renowned painter, underwater photographer, diver and marine
biologist. Harvey, with permission from the Ernest Hemingway family, made a
name for himself by debuting two sets of pen and ink drawings, including a
Santiago's Finest Hour, inspired by the author’s book,
The Old Man
& the Sea. Since then, Harvey expanded beyond pen
and ink to develop an artistic style of painting and photography that
captivates fish and ocean lovers. He is a member of the prestigious Society of
books are collectors’ items, including his new “Panama Paradise” book featuring
pictures and illustrations of the world famous Tropic Star Lodge in Panama.
Among his many other accomplishments, Harvey’s
Portraits from the Deep book was made into a television
fishing series currently airing on Fox Florida TV Network. The series received
a Telly Award.
Harvey’s distinguished work is on a grand scale, having created full-wall
murals at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, the Hollywood-Ft.
Lauderdale International Airport and Owen Roberts International Airport in
Grand Cayman. Harvey is the recipient Panama’s highest recognition, The Vasco
Nuñez de Balboa Grand Cross and Silver Star, presented to those who make a positive
impact in preserving Panama’s ocean resources. For additional information on Guy Harvey, visit www.guyharvey.com
About Artists for
Founded in 1997, the
Artists for Conservation Foundation (AFC) is a non-profit, international juried
organization dedicated to the celebration and preservation of the natural world
and is the world’s leading artist collective dedicated to the environment. Based in Vancouver, Canada, the
Foundation has a membership spanning five continents and nearly thirty
countries. The AFC’s mission is to
support wildlife and habitat conservation, biodiversity, sustainability and
environmental education through art that celebrates our natural heritage.