Powering out of the water, the Black Marlin "Going Ballistic" is the fourth in the NZ Billfish series.
I drew inspiration for this painting from the magnificent catch of a Black Marlin just off Cape Brett during the big Tutukaka five day tournament in 2001. I had just arrived at the club rooms to deliver some of my bronze marlin sculptures as tournament prizes and came across a bloke lying exhausted on the grass by the main entrance with a big grin on his face. He turned out to be a TV3 cameraman and told me the full story of the amazing footage he had just shot of this massive Black, caught by Brian Firman on board Striker.
Later I had the opportunity to see the very same fish mounted as a trophy head and by watching footage of the catch also, got a fuller appreciation of the size of this monster.
In my research for the ideal shot I had in mind, I actually came across a photo taken off the Cairns coast a few years ago by Peter Bristow. With a few phone calls I found him overseas and he kindly gave me permission to base the painting on his photo. Of course there is a lot more to it than sitting down and copying from a photo. We're talking about going through stacks of game fishing magazines, whatever other photos I could lay my hands on, watching video footage, studying specimens, doing preliminary drawings, cross referencing information, and even in some cases doing a small sculpture in wax to get the right perspective information.
"Going Ballistic" has been reproduced as a limited edition of 500 prints, using light-resistant inks on archival quality paper, and capturing all details of the original. Each one is numbered and signed by the artist. Completing the presentation is a satin black timber frame, with glass and a white double mat-board.
Size framed: 554 mm x 737 mm
Size unframed: 507mm x 688mm including white border
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