Renowned marine life artist Wyland changed the way people think about our environment when he started painting life-size whales on the sides of buildings in the 1980s. Wyland always thought big. And he never stopped. Today, the Wyland name has become synonymous with the new generation of awareness about environmental conservation. Through his unique marine life paintings, sculptures, and photography, Wyland has inspired a generation about the importance of marine life conservation.
In 2013, Wyland Galleries celebrated its 35th Anniversary. This is a distinguished accomplishment in the art world — and one we look forward to sharing with great pride. That’s because our mission of showcasing the world’s finest marine life art, introducing people to the power of nature, and giving back to communities everywhere has redefined what an art gallery can mean to the world. Like many other success stories, Wyland started with a small gallery in the renowned art community of Laguna Beach, California. As the response to his art and mission grew, Wyland Galleries expanded, opening galleries across the United States, from Hawaii to Florida. Today, our galleries have become must-see destinations on the itineraries of millions of travelers. As Wyland Galleries has grown, Wyland, the artist, has helped shaped the way we see, understand, and appreciate our ocean planet. A celebrated painter, sculptor, muralist, writer, filmmaker, and music producer, he is one of the most prolific artists anywhere. With one-man shows at art museums and art collected by people and corporations in over 100 countries, he has been recognized by the world’s most prestigious organizations, including the United Nations, the Guinness Book of World Records, the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame, and the famous Explorer’s Club. As an official artist for the United States Olympic Team, he has created large-scale art events for the Vancouver and Beijing Olympics, including the completion of his 100th and final Whaling Wall mural, “Hands Across the Ocean,” a nearly mile-long series of giant canvasses painted with kids from over 100 Olympic countries for the Olympic Cultural Festival in Beijing. At the request of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, these unique artworks were installed at the National Mall in Washington DC to celebrate the opening of the Sant Ocean Hall at the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of Natural History. The artist also painted on the lawn of the White House with 14,000 kids celebrating the health of the oceans with the President of the United States. Perhaps the most important aspect of Wyland art is his non-profit Wyland Foundation. This year will mark the 20th anniversary of the Wyland Foundation, a national organization that has used art and science education to inspire millions of young people to become ambassadors for the planet. As part of his commitment, Wyland has painted with over one million kids in all 50 states and many countries around the world in the last 20 years. The Wyland Foundation and our conservation partners continue to develop creative ways to inspire a generation to protect, promote, and preserve our environment.
Wyland’s collection at Stravitz Art Gallery