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Fish #140 Meagre Argyrosomus regius ~ Ali Elly
Watercolour on paper 41 x 31 cm
Also known as a shape-fish, stone bass and bubbler bar, a Meagre resembles a bass in shape, but is very different in many respects. It belongs to the Sciaenidae family with a pearly-silver coloration. In the wild it typically lives in deep water in the Mediterranean, the Black Sea and the Atlantic coast, but is often found in shallow and rocky seabeds. It can reach up to about four feet in length and can weigh up to 65 pounds. Sadly it is a sporting fish and extremely good eating; because of this it is reported it may have been over-fished off the European coast centuries ago. It is so rare in British seas that there are no angling records. A few specimens were caught in the North Sea during the 19th century. Farmed meagre is emerging into the UK market. It is farmed in Mediterranean countries, mainly in Italy. Although it can be farmed in both land based systems and in open sea pens it is mainly farmed in the sea in open pens. As with most open intensive production the environmental impacts can include disease transfer and pollution issues. Feed use and its sustainability is also a concern.
Really interestingly, this fish is able to make a drumming noise with muscles adjacent to the swim bladder that can be heard at up to 30 metres.
Ali Elly's designs demonstrate her love of the sea. Painting mainly with watercolour she captures the aesthetics of the shoreline and all things nautical. Working from her studio on the Northumberland coastline, with a degree and background in fashion and textile design she approaches each painting with a design aspect. Always searching for natural patterns, painting as much as possible from life, her style is always modern, clean and uncomplicated with a strong emphasis on illustration. Her paintings are created into surface pattern designs and they are sold as fashion and homewares. She has an obsession with the colour blue and all it's fabulous range of shades. This predominantly blue palette gives each paintings a even stronger nautical theme and makes them more distinguishably an Ali Elly Design.
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