Commissioned by Patrick Lahey, co-founder & President of Triton Submarines

Depicting dive number 2019-023, the revolutionary new Triton submersible shelters Patrick Lahey and Jonathan Struwe in the most extreme place on earth. On the floor of the Mariana Trench the sub provides safety from the crushing pressures of the ocean.

The music track 'Gimme Shelter' by the Rolling Stones was playing in the submersible as this drama played out - here's the link to fully appreciate the rock and roll vibe of Patrick's memory.

The painting represents validation of Triton's goal to build a DNV/GL certified submersible designed and engineered for repeated use at any depth. It also embodies the fact that the submersible can accomplish meaningful and important work on the bottom of the deepest trenches. A scientific lander is released from the sediment and in the top right of the painting, the spherical casing strapped to the lander encapsulates the $200,000 OMEGA watch that was stranded in the deepest place on the planet.

The bold colours and repetition of the landers lines show the dynamic powerful moment that the trench floor gives up the lander and as the sediment blooms into the crystalline ocean, the lander rockets upward to the surface over 10,000 meters above. It captures the momentous elation, accomplishment and validation of so much work and dedication.

50 x 70cm
In a private collection, Florida.
'Validation' 2020
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'Validation' 2020

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