Holiday Art Auction – 2019

UBC’s Institute of Oceans and Fisheries Student Society (IOFSS) is hosting an ocean themed art auction as part of our Holiday Fundraiser.

The full list of auction items opened online to the public on November 28, 2019.

Bidding will close at the end of the day of IOF’s Holiday party – December 12, 2019.

For each art piece, half of the profits from the auction will be returned to the artist, while the other half will be donated to the SeaSmart programs.

Art and Artist Profiles

Blue Pacific # 7

24” x 24”, acrylic on canvas
Market Price: $600

Bidding to start at: $100

Margot Morrell is a landscape and plein air painter based in Alberta. 30 years ago, shortly after arriving in Canada, she had signed up for a painting program at Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary. Since then she has taken numerous workshops with established artists to further hone her skills. One of the most important lessons has been, and still is, learning how to paint outdoors. Margot has been participating in annual Plein Air Challenge events and has won several awards. She takes part in numerous art shows throughout the year.

As a landscape painter in Alberta she is surrounded by the prairies and mountains, but over the years as a result of many trips to the coast she has fallen in love with the ocean. Margot takes her painting equipment with her to all ocean destinations, painting on location as much as possible. Here is what she says:

“The open sky and the uninterrupted horizon, the sounds and smells of the ocean are intoxicating.
 
Ocean invites and challenges to capture its constantly changing color, light and movement. There are also the more elusive qualities of water such as weight, depth, power, attitude, luxurious silkiness, poetry, etc. etc.
 
Painting the ocean on location is an unforgettable experience, it is a meditation.
 
There is an overwhelming feeling of rejuvenating energy and freedom associated with the ocean.
 
The ocean stirs the heart and inspires the imagination. It heals the wounds and fills the soul with joy. We need to protect our oceans.”

Margot frequently contributes to several organizations dedicated to ocean cleanup and protection of marine wildlife.
You can find more of Margot’s work at: www.margotmorrellart.com

Earth Bowl

4.25″ tall x 11″ wide
Market price: $60

Bidding to start at: $25

Jordan Rosenfeld is a research biologist with the Conservation Science Section, B.C. Ministry of Environment. His research focuses primarily on conservation and management of freshwater aquatic resources in British Columbia, and in his spare time he is an avid potter! Jordan is contributing two pieces of pottery to our Ocean Education fundraiser.

Turquoise Vase

10″ tall
Market price: $60

Bidding to start at: $25

Jordan Rosenfeld is a research biologist with the Conservation Science Section, B.C. Ministry of Environment. His research focuses primarily on conservation and management of freshwater aquatic resources in British Columbia, and in his spare time he is an avid potter! Jordan is contributing two pieces of pottery to our Ocean Education fundraiser.

Red rock crab and zoea

4.25″ by 5.5″
Pen and watercolor on paper
Market price: $120

Bidding to start at: $25

Patrick Pata is a PhD student studying the distribution of zooplankton in British Columbia. He is a fan of natural history illustrations and posts weekly sciency artworks on Instagram @patrickpasta

Sockeye salmon migration – Original Graphite Sketch

11″ x 14″ (comes in a matted black frame with an overall size of 14″ x 18″)
Market price: $250

Bidding to start at: $60

Alex Kwong is a self-taught muralist based out of Calgary AB. His work is largely representational and focused on the human experience. After pursuing a B.A. in Art History at the University of Victoria and a diploma in Graphic Design at S.A.I.T., he decided to pursue his art full time. Kwong’s murals can be found spanning from Canada to Southeast Asia.
To view more of his work you can visit his website (www.alexkwong.net) or follow his Instagram: @_alexkwong

Fisher repairing fishing net – Original Graphite Sketch

11″ x 14″ (comes in a matted black frame with an overall size of 14″ x 18″)
Market price: $250

Bidding to start at: $60

Alex Kwong is a self-taught muralist based out of Calgary AB. His work is largely representational and focused on the human experience. After pursuing a B.A. in Art History at the University of Victoria and a diploma in Graphic Design at S.A.I.T., he decided to pursue his art full time. Kwong’s murals can be found spanning from Canada to Southeast Asia.
To view more of his work you can visit his website (www.alexkwong.net) or follow his Instagram: @_alexkwong

Soft sculpture – Whale

9.5″ tall x 8″ long x 8″ width
Market price: priceless

Bidding to start at: $10

Katherine Came likes to make soft sculpture because she can do it relaxing while watching TV. Unfortunately this means that, due to her curious cat, most of her soft sculptures end up with incidental cat hair included in and on them. She is the Communications Manager at the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries and not being a marine biologist her ocean-y soft sculptures may not be structurally correct, but she is trying to improve. Her interests include fantasy and science fiction reading and writing, things that are cute but not cloying, and she is a lover of cats and dogs (the latter mainly due to the treats she has in her office).

Into the Haze

11″ x 16″ acrylic on canvas

Bidding to start at: $60

Patricia Tiffany Angkiriwang is a graduate student the Institute for the Fisheries and Oceans at UBC, with a degree in biophysics and a passion for connecting science, art, and society. She holds a wide breadth of interests and channels her creative energy through graphic design, ‘sketchnoting', as well as painting abstract and surrealist expressions of the natural world. http://patriciatiffany.ca/

Humpback fluke with barnacles

8″ x 16″ Glossy Print in black frame
Market Price: $75
Bidding to start at: $35

Photograph by Fanny Couture, IOF Student Society Co-President.

Runoff into Archer Fjord on Northeastern Ellesmere

8″ x 10″ picture, framed and matted to 11″ x 14″
Aerial photograph
Market price: $60
Bidding to start at: $20

Katie Florko is a Ph.D. Candidate here at UBC. Florko's research takes her to the Arctic. This photograph was captured as her and other researchers were conducting aerial surveys in the high-Arctic near Northern Ellesmere Island, Nunavut. This area is projected to contain the last summer sea ice in the Arctic by 2050. The Archer Fjord, near the remaining multiyear sea ice, is home to several marine mammal species, and as of 2019, is included in the newly-established Tuvaijuittuq Marine Protected Area.

Abstract Jellies

Size: 6″ x 15.75″ for each canvas (includes both)
Medium: Oil on Canvas
Market price: $250
Bidding to start at: $60

Rylan McCallum is a multi-media artist from southern Manitoba. His work reflects his areas of interest in biology and natural sciences. McCallum works mainly with oil paint creating anything from canvas prints to mural art, representing his abstract ideas of the natural world around him.

En Garde

Dimensions: 9 x 12 inches
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Market Price: unknown
Bidding to start at: $25

Harold Eyster is a graduate student at the Institute for Resources Environment & Sustainability at UBC. In his research and his artwork, he seeks to create connections between humans and animals. You can see his daily sketches at fieldnotes.eyster.com and more of his paintings on Instagram @eysterart.

Whiskers

11×14 Acrylic on Canvas
Market Price: $600
Bidding to start at: $100

Sarah Dier-McComb is a graduate student and self-taught artist here at UBC in the Institute of Fisheries and Oceans. She is well known in our department for her work studying winter foraging strategies on reproduction in Gentoo Penguins. As a painter, Sarah’s work demonstrates her love of the natural world. Working in both acrylic and oil, she aspires to communicate the beauty and importance of science and conservation through her art.

Hand Crocheted Whale

Size: 14″
Market value: $125
Bidding to start at: $50

Originally from Calgary, AB, Nina Morrell is a UBC alumni! Graduating from UBC with a Master’s in Forestry in 2018, Nina loves to sketch, paint and crochet in her spare time. Although she is a terrestrial biologist, Morrell loves everything about the natural environment. Nina’s passion for artwork and the environment likely comes from her parents. Her mother, Margot Morrell, has also donated a piece to the auction for this great cause.

The Awesome Fish

Hand made by unique design, one of the kind, Wire wrapped, hammered and stained to create antique look. Made from Canadian copper and stones bought from local gem shows. Stones are Jasper, blue Rhodonite and Lapis lazuli
Dimensions: pendant 7×7 cm
Chain with clasp: approx 65 cm (copper, copper colored iron)
Market price:$60
Bidding to start at: $20

Yuliya Kuzmenko is a Ph.D. Candidate at UBC with a fierce love of the wilderness. Kuzmenko’s list of extracurricular hobbies is endless, ranging from metal detecting to mushroom picking, and then on to baking elaborately designed cakes. As a way to relieve the stress that is often associated with graduate studies, Kuzmenko began working with metal. You can view more of Yuliya’s work on her Etsy page.

Frog Prince

Hand made by unique design, one of the kind, Wire wrapped, hammered and stained to create antique look. Made from Canadian copper and stones bought from local gem shows. Stones are Agate, Jasper (This Frog has newer been kissed and there is no guaranty that it will turn into the man after the kiss)
Dimensions: pendant 6×7 cm
Chain with clasp: aprox 50 cm (leather cord)
Market price: CAN$ 60
Bidding to start at: $20

Yuliya Kuzmenko is a Ph.D. Candidate at UBC with a fierce love of the wilderness. Kuzmenko’s list of extracurricular hobbies is endless, ranging from metal detecting to mushroom picking, and then on to baking elaborately designed cakes. As a way to relieve the stress that is often associated with graduate studies, Kuzmenko began working with metal. You can view more of Yuliya’s work on her Etsy page.