Inky Octopus Napier Aquarium Escaped Artist
by Stirling Art
This painting was inspired by Inky the Octopus Escapee who made international news.
Ironically the artwork is mostly in inks! It's coloured in vibrant shades of sea green, lime, yellow, teal, ocean blue with hints of pearlesque metallics. Light at different times of the day pick up different effects of the painting which kind of floats in layers and creates a sense of movement – just like Inky.
When the light catches the painting there are beautiful shimmers of iridescent blue, like you're looking up from the bottom of the ocean.
Inky the Octopus glints in metallic copper, but he's changing his colour to lime green so he camouflage in the seagrass.
Octopuses are extremely intelligent and have a large brain for their body size. They have high cognitive function and can figure out how to use tools, problem solve, and even how to successfully escape the Napier National New Zealand aquarium and make for the sea!
My first encounter with an octopus was on a fishing boat at Makara, when a huge black one climbed its way up the thin fishing line towards me. I was transfixed. And I’ve had a fascination for my tentacled pals ever since.
This painting is my interpretation of Inky the Octopus vibing in the sea. You made it Inky! You cephalopodic legend!
76.5cms x76.5cms on 3.5cm Deep Box Canvas. The edges of each artwork are painted black.