PortandTerminal.com, May 14, 2020
HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA – Today’s Maritime Image of the Day” is by Artist Ran Ortner and as hard as it may be to believe, is a painting and not a photograph.
About Ran Ortner
Ran Ortner was born in 1959 in San Francisco and raised in rural Alaska. His first career was as a professional motorcycle racer. He continues to ride and remains an avid surfer.
Nothing is more symphonic, more effervescent, more delicately complete than the endless sea.Artist Ran Ortner
In 1990, Ortner moved to Brooklyn and spent two decades working in solitude. His photorealistic paintings of the ocean are done on canvases that are as much as 8 feet tall and 32 feet wide. They show no land, sky, boats or other reference points – simply the raw power of the ocean.
Ortner remained unknown until the age of 50. In 2009 he won the inaugural ArtPrize competition which he credits for changing his life. The win was covered by The New York Times as well as the WSJ, BBC and NPR Studio 360.
Since being “discovered” in 2009 his work has gained global attention. In 2013 the Dutch government commissioned ‘Element No. 5′ as the visual centerpiece for the United Nations, World Water Day at the World Forum in The Hague.
Ortner continues to work from his studio in Brooklyn.
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