“Wyland the marine mammals & seascapes artist... par excellence”
As artists we visited the two Wyland Galleries on Duval Street in Key West - one is located way out West at 623 Duval and the other is way out East at 102 Duval, same side as the Southernmost Point. Both Wyland galleries are exceptionnal and the viewing is worth the visit especially or even if you're an amateur naturalist or wildlife & marine painter or just an art lover. Both gallery ceilings on Duval have been painted by the artist Wyland himself and give you the impression you are in a deep-sea situation as a diver yourself and looking up either at whales or sharks swimming right above you! Based on my experience, most of the Wyland paintings displayed were huge, some about 8' x 4', the framing is outstanding and some selling, at the time, as high as $75,000US - some even more. Some of the whales, dolphins, manatees and other sea creatures on canvas are reproduced in bronze maybe 1/4 size or 1/2 size in some cases; one floor display had three life-like dolphins, in a circle, jumping out of the water serving as a support for a glass-top table approx. 6' in diameter - high price tag . Don't forget that Wyland is an international artist, a wildlife painter, a deep-sea diver and sculptor and his art is in high demand throughout the world by collectors, politicians, heads of states, film and movie stars or by just wildlife art lovers. When we were in Key West, we were not allowed to take pictures inside the gallery except for taking a picture of a huge Wyland poster that was hanging near the entrance - a permission we got after asking. Also at the time there was a visiting artist at the 623 Duval St. Wyland Gallery who was performing for visitors; people were free to ask him questions on his art or techniques. If you travel around The Keys look for some of Wyland's life-size wall paintings - they are worth the stop and taking out your camera! Definitely worth the visit!
You can check Wyland's Art Studio web site: www.wylandsartstudio.com
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