“Sugar Water Purple” Commissioned 2012 for Private Client. 20″ x 26″ Acrylic and Enamel on Canvas.
The main underlying request in this commission was Purple and Tunas ! This was a challenging painting to approach, working with a different color palette is always fun and produces unexpected results. These yellowfin tunas depict a familiar scene chasing squids from the depths of the ocean to the surface and back down again to he abyss. My friend who purchased this piece as a gift for someone had the unique name picked out before I even started the piece, which inlfluenced its creation.
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“Tuna Twilight” – 18″ x 24″ Acrylic and Enamel on Canvas. For Sale @ CCA Banquet Auction only. Copyright 2012 Peter Agardy.
Ive recently teamed up with CCA Florida on some of their fundraising events, and other projects. I recently finished this new painting for their South Palm Beach Banquet and fundraising auction at the end of this month, if you are interested in the event, or a chance to buy the painting at auction, visit here.
This painting was inspired by one of my Bahamas Tuna fishing trips this summer. It was one of those moments that will be etched into my memory forever. After a REALLY hard day of slow fishing, live baiting multiple flocks/Schools of tuna with only a little success, we finally came up on the last flock of birds for the day just as the sun was setting and the water was completely glassed off. We got the tunas busting around the boat, and pretty soon, everyone onboard was tight on Yellowfin Tuna in the 10-50lb range. After about a half hour of Mayhem, we began to see the schools of tuna erupting by the acre all at one time in unison, quite a sight. A friend of mine utters ‘I bet there’s a Blue (Marlin) pushing those things up!” , and what do you know within a minute we spot a Giant (500lb+) Blue Marlin slowly and eerily swim 5 ft under the boat, No joke!! Lit up like a Christmas tree the Flourescent Blue pectoral and tail fins are what I remember most about him. To me it was the holy grail of what we had gone there to do. I knew from that moment this scene would one day be translated into at least one yellowfin tuna painting, and maybe more to come!
60 in x 30 in . Acrylic and Enamel on Canvas . Copyright 2012 Peter Agardy .
Yellowfin Tuna fishing is at the top of my list of thrills in fishing. Chasing down flocks of birds, feeding fish at the boat and hooking up on spinning gear sums up the ultimate in live bait fishing for me, words really can’t describe it. Often times you see these massive schools of Yellowfin pushing flying Squid up to the surface, and back down to the depths, but more often I find these small squid in the stomachs of the brutes. I wanted to create a scene, which I envisioned, that portrays the unknown of the ‘below the surface’ action.
My friend Tommy commissioned this painting for his new baby, Louis’ room. He gave me free range on the painting, but I knew exactly what subject would suit this, soon to be, Tuna Slayers’ room! Tommy, a seasoned fisherman and Tuna fishing extrordinaire agreed the piece was perfect for his boy to grow up with. Tight lines lil’ Louie !
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