Pioneering Marine Artist & Conservationist Honored with AFC's Top Award

Richard Ellis

Vancouver, BC., CANADA - June 24, 2013 - Richard Ellis has long been recognized as one of the world's foremost painters of marine natural history subjects, including whales, dolphins, sharks, seals, sea lions, fishes, and marine invertebrates. For nearly 50 years, Mr. Ellis has been painting, exploring and writing. His research has taken him around the world from the Antarctic to the North Pole. Mr. Ellis is a special adviser to the American Cetacean Society, a member of the Explorers Club, a Research Associate at the American Museum of Natural History and a Signature Member of Artists for Conservation (AFC) since 2003. This fall in Vancouver, British Columbia, at the Artists for Conservation Gala on September 27th, he will receive AFC's top honor -  Simon Combes Conservation Award, recognizing his dedication to conservation through his artistic talents. AFC is the world's leading artist group supporting the environment.

He is the author of more than 100 influential magazine articles and twenty-six books, many of which he illustrated. As one of the world's top marine life authorities, Mr. Ellis has had a long, storied career at the American Museum of Natural History, beginning with the design of the life-size blue whale model, and as a curator and in raising public awareness of marine life and the impacts humans are having upon it.

From 1980 to 1990, Richard was a member of the U.S. delegation to the International Whaling Commission. Upon the 1980 publication of "The Book of Whales," he embared on a national lecture tour, which took him from Boston to Hawaii. In September 1986, he completed a 100-foot-long mural of Moby Dick for the New Bedford Whaling Museum in Massachusetts, and in April of 1987, his illustrations of the seals and sea lions of the world were published by the National Geographic.

Some of Richard's many books about conservation and art that have received wide critical acclaim, include "The Book of Sharks," "The Book of Whales," "Dolphins and Porpoises," "Men and Whales," "The Empty Ocean," the sad story of the depletion of the world's marine resources, "Sea Dragons: Predators of Prehistoric Oceans", "No Turning Back: The Life and Death of Animal Species.", "Tiger Bone and Rhino Horn: The Destruction of Wildlife for Traditional Chinese Medicine,", "The Search for the Giant Squid," "Singing Whales and Flying Squid: The Discovery of Marine Life.", "On Thin Ice," about global warming and the demise of the polar bear, and "Tuna: A Love Story," about the great bluefin tuna, one of the world's most spectacular fishes, now threatened with extinction by the sushi market. In 2006, he was given a one-man show in Genoa, Italy, in conjunction with the publication of his "Encyclopedia of the Sea" in Italian. His most recent books are "The Great Sperm Whale," and "Swordfish: A Biography of the Ocean Gladiator."

AFC President and Founder, Jeff Whiting explains: "We are very proud to honor Richard for his incredible life of marine exploration and devotion to educating the world about critical marine conservation issues around the world." Richard will join a who's-who roster of international recipients chosen for their artistic excellence and lifetime of extraordinary support of conservation, including David Shepherd, Robert Bateman, John Banovich, Robert Glen, Sue Stolberger, Pollyanna Pickering and another marine artist, Dr. Guy Harvey.

Richard explains his passion, "Why have I concentrated on such a variety of marine life? Well, I guess I was trying to save the oceans, one species at a time."

In addition to painting, Mr. Ellis is the author of more than eighty magazine articles, which have appeared in such journals as Geo, Audubon, Natural History, Animal Kingdom, Curator, Smithsonian, Science Digest, and National Geographic. He has been the subject of stories in American Artist, Ocean Realm, The New York Times, Wildlife Conservation, Yale's Discovery magazine, and his alumni magazine, the Pennsylvania Gazette. He has appeared in numerous television specials, and has written screenplays on whales and sharks for PBS.

Richard will be recognized during the Artists for Conservation Festival Gala in front of a VIP crowd on September 27th, 2013 in Vancouver, BC. The trophy associated with the award is an inscribed bronze sculpture created by AFC member Peter Gray of South Africa.

Learn more about Richard Ellis through his AFC website and the Simon Combes Conservation Award.

Tickets to attend the AFC Gala on September 27th are available for purchase online. Click here.

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