CHRISTIAN RIESE LASSEN (b. 1949). Limited Edition signed/numbered Lithograph. Voyage of the Ho'Okulea, 1990, 18-1/2" x 12" sight size (framed size: 29-1/2" x 23") signed in gold lower right; signed in the plate below the fish on the right; numbered lower left: GL 100/225. This is framed under plexi-glass and has a Koa wood frame. Condition: I see a couple of little spots in the sky of the print, a few tiny frame nicks.
Biography from Askart: Christian Riese Lassen is a self-taught marine artist who was raised on the island of Maui, and found his original influence in nature, especially the ocean. His style is super-realistic, and many of his paintings feature whales, dolphins and fish, which he depicts both in and out of water. He describes this creative approach as "Two Worlds", a depiction about the interconnection of the Earth's bio-systems.
"The thing about art and surfing is: a wave is like an empty canvas. I try to do something new and different with each; every time," says Mr. Lassen.
In 1998, he was selected by the United Nations as Goodwill Ambassador for International Year of the Ocean. For a commemorative stamp, he created the painting, Sanctuary, which the United Nations used an Ocean Preservation stamp. Lassen has also partnered with the Walt Disney Company incorporating Disney characters, including Mickey Mouse, into three original Lassen art works and related projects.
Seavison, a non-profit foundation dedicated to preserving the marine environment and wildlife, is of paramount importance to Mr. Lassen. Of this, he stated: "I believe in making a difference through my art. In my work, I seek to act as a messenger, alerting people all over the world to the deterioration of the global environment and to the need for greater understanding and respect for the world's diverse cultures."
Additionally, Christian Riese Lassen has been recognized on TV, magazines and film, with appearances in Life Styles of the Rich and the Famous, 20/20, Baywatch, CNN, ESPN, Travel Channel and numerous others in the US and in Japan. Mr. Lassen, a published poet, writer and musician, studies the martial arts of Judo and Tae Kwon Do while keeping his surf skills sharp by skiing, snowboarding and skateboarding.
Mr. Lassen is never satisfied, as he says his "work is his ultimate seduction". As Mr. Lassen's work matures, he seeks "simplicity, reality and truth". In his latest exploration, Mr. Lassen is creating a series that is totally new and unique by blending his original painting techniques with hi-tech digital imagery. This Zen-like journey to find balance between the digital and organic world is not unlike his exploration of multiple worlds above and below the ocean or in and out of multiple art styles. An adventurous spirit comes naturally to Christian Riese Lassen, as his mother taught him, "Reach for the stars; you can always take the moon!"
Source: Website of the artist