September 16, 1955|
Bad Lippspringe, Germany
|Field||Painting, Printmaking, Fashion, Boating, Jewelry, Fishing, Publishing|
Guy Harvey (born September 16, 1955) is a marine wildlife artist and conservationist. His depictions of sealife, especially of sportfish such as marlin, are very popular with sportfishermen and have been reproduced in prints, posters, t-shirts, jewelry, clothing, and other consumer items. Harvey is also a very vocal and active advocate for marine conservation, having established the Guy Harvey Research Institute (GHRI) at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida as well as the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, an organization that funds scientific research and educational initiatives.
Guy Harvey was born in Bad Lippspringe, North Rhine-Westphalia, West Germany on September 16, 1955 while his father was serving as a Gunnery Officer in the British Army. He grew up in Jamaica, West Indies. Harvey is a 10th generation Jamaican of English heritage as his family immigrated to Jamaica in 1664. Harvey attended Aberdeen University in Scotland, graduating with highest honors in Marine Biology in 1977. He then obtained a PhD degree in Fisheries Management from the University of the West Indies in 1982.
In 1985, he depicted Ernest Hemingway's famous fishing story "The Old Man and the Sea" in a series of 44 original pen-and-ink drawings and displayed them at an exhibition in Jamaica. Based on the positive response he received at this show, Guy began painting full time and, by 1988, was providing custom artwork for use on a variety of products.
Artwork and merchandise
Harvey's artistic style is mostly to realistically depict warm water marine sport fish in dynamic poses in their natural settings. His media include water color, oil, and acrylic. His original paintings have been composed on water color paper, canvas, and wall murals. His art is routinely reproduced on canvas, fine art prints, posters, magazines, and books, as well as being licensed for use in merchandising such as T-shirts, aloha-style shirts, belts, hats etc.
Guy Harvey's Portraits from the Deep is a syndicated television series that combines the showcasing of sport fishing destinations with educational information from marine scientists in an entertainment format.
Harvey has two books currently in print. The first, Guy Harvey Portraits From The Deep is a large-format coffee-table book. Harvey's second book, Santiago's Finest Hour, is an illustrated depiction of the protagonist Santiago's fight with a fish in the Ernest Hemingway novella "The Old Man and the Sea".
Harvey has donated portions of his proceeds from the sale of his artwork and merchandise to various causes dedicated to the protection of the marine environment. He is also an advocate for responsible and sustainable commercial and recreational fishing.
In 1999, Harvey founded the Guy Harvey Research Institute at Nova's Oceanographic Center in cooperation with Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The institute, which is funded in part by contributions from the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, conducts research on the ecology, genetics, behavior, physiology, and evolution of fishes. Research areas include shark ecology and conservation, stingray ecology and conservation, and artificial reef design and monitoring. Harvey continues to speak on ocean conservation and other topics at universities, symposia, and other venues. His work in the field of game fish conservation led to him being included in the International Game Fish Association Hall of Fame.
In 1997, Harvey partnered with the Pompano Beach Fishing Rodeo part of the Broward County Artificial Reef Program. Harvey sponsored the preparation and sinking of a 180-foot (55 m) freighter, and painted fish silhouettes along the side before the sinking. The ship was sunk on May 10 and came to rest in 140 feet (43 m) of water, with the superstructure reaching to within 90 feet (27 m) of the surface. Christened the Guy Harvey Reef, the ship is a popular dive site and is home to a large number of sharks, barracuda, jacks, angelfish, grunts, and snappers.
Guy Harvey Research Institute
In 1999, Harvey partnered with the Oceanographic Center at Nova Southeastern University to create the Guy Harvey Research Institute (GHRI) for the purpose of providing "the scientific information necessary to understand, conserve and effectively manage the world's marine fishes and their ecosystems." The GHRI provides global-level leadership in the generation of the scientific data necessary to conserve the world's fish resources. Harvey, Guy (2002). Portraits From the Deep. World Publications. ISBN 0-944406-54-8.
Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation
The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation was founded by Harvey in 2008 to “help ensure that future generations will enjoy and benefit from a naturally balanced ocean ecosystem where fish and other marine wildlife flourish.”
Awards and Honors
- 2004 - NOGI Award: the oldest and most prestigious award in the diving industry, given to artists, scientists, educators and other distinguished individuals 
- 2008 - International Game Fish Association's Lifetime Achievement Award: first ever award given by the World Fishing Awards Committee 
- 2009 - Wyland ICON Award: recognizes the achievements of individuals who exemplify the spirit of the adventurous ocean and inspire others to do the same through their art, research or diving 
- 2009 - International Game Fish Association Hall of Fame 
- 2010 - International Swimming Hall of Fame Gold Medallion Award: presented each year to a former competitive swimmer for his or her national or international significant achievements in the field of science, entertainment, art, business, education, or government 
- 2010 - The Jamaica Committee Award of Excellence: presented to Guy Harvey for hands-on commitment to marine sciences, his inspired promotion of the marine environment and his philanthropy 
- 2010 - Country of Panama's Vasco Núñez de Balboa Grand Officer Order: the highest honor the country of Panama bestows on non-Panamanians; Guy Harvey was presented this award for his work to preserve and publicize Panama's marine resources 
- "International Yacht Builder Peer Gynt Launches New Line Featuring Guy Harvey Graphic Designs". Press release. PR Newswire. Retrieved 2010-04-13.
- "Renowned Marine Wildlife Artist and Conservationist Dr. Guy Harvey to be Inducted Into IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame". Press release. News Blaze. 2009-10-14. Retrieved 2010-04-13.
- "Guy Harvey: The Personal Side". Nova Southeastern University. Retrieved 2010-04-13.
- Kimm, Yvette (2009-06-07). "Foundation aims to help sea life". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Retrieved 2010-04-07.
- "Save Our Seas Specialty Plate". Florida Atlantic University. Retrieved 2010-04-07.
- Morris, Amy (2007-06-10). "Guy Harvey reels in a crowd". Savannah Morning News. Retrieved 2010-04-07.
- Burrell, Mary (2006-05-24). "Guy Harvey to make personal appearance at John’s Pass gallery". Tampa Bay Newspapers Inc. Retrieved 2010-04-07.
- "Noted marine wildlife artist Guy Harvey to speak, April 17, 2009". University of Florida News. 2009-04-08. Retrieved 2010-04-07.
- Cocking, Susan (2009-10-28). "Guy Harvey inducted into Game Fish Association Hall of Fame". The Miami Herald. Retrieved 2010-04-07.
- Harvey, Guy (2002). Portraits From the Deep. World Publications. ISBN 0-944406-54-8.