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Fish #129 Norway Redfish Sebastes viviparus ~ Annie Donlin
Oil on canvas 80 x 80 cm.
Norway Redfish is the smallest of the three Redfish species found in Icelandic waters, rarely reaching a length over 30 cm. Their eyes are big, their body colour red. On the gill covers there are five pointed spines, directed backwards. The members of the Sebastes genus give birth to living offspring during the summer months.
The Redfish is slow-growing and long-lived. It prefers rocky bottoms, close to shore, in depths ranging from 10 to 150 metres. It is widespread in the north-east Atlantic Ocean from Kattegat to Finnmark, Norway. It is also registered around the British Isles, the Shetlands, Faroes and Iceland. It is sporadically seen around Greenland.
When chosing a fish to paint for this exhibition, the Redfish was a natural choice. Besides my painting (AARTVARK), I am by trade a freelance graphic designer. My solo firm is called Redfish Design. There was no deep relationship with the Norway Redfish, or any other species of the Sebastes genus when I named my firm. Besides that I love the colour red and that the name is one that is memorable, the book created by Dr Zeuss "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish" was one of those books that always sang in my soul. Thus came the name Redfish Design.
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