30th October 2017
The Deep is delighted to announce the final instalment of its marine art series, a stunning collection from art potter Katharina Bolesch and jewellery designer and craftsman Alexander Reichardt, collaboratively known as Fish & Olive – Art of the Aegean. The collection of ceramics including vases, plates and tiles alongside magnificent photographs will be on show from 1 November 2017 to 31 January 2018.
The couple live and work in the village of Halki on the Cycladean island of Naxos, where they operate their workshop, gallery and boutique.
Reichardt's compelling imagery is based strongly on the motif of the fish as the all-encompassing symbol of the sea and its fruitfulness. His exquisite fish designs feature on the ceramic and porcelain work of Bolesch and are incorporated into artefacts of luminous beauty that include silver jewellery, Naxian marble, brass, wood, and lithographs.
From his earliest years, Alexander Reichardt has engaged with the sea in every way and most intensely through scuba diving, a pursuit that has invested his art with its unique aesthetic. Such close engagement has also imbued him with a profound sympathy for the marine environment in general and his engagement with marine conservation is expressed through his close association with the Cousteau Divers.
Thus, respect for the sea, for its beauty and its danger, defines Alexander Reichardt's aesthetic and ethical view of the marine environment. He believes that the rich diversity of the Mediterranean that has captivated him from his earliest years has been greatly diminished in his own lifetime. His artistry and his beautiful images are a celebration of that diversity and reflect also a powerful plea for its recovery and restoration.