-
x

Meet New Friends!

Recommended friends are based on your interests. Make sure they are up to date.

Friends ff8c072dd79a91c1300f032d674241a8d64367100ffb1f25fa3f9bec4a05319f
Kidzworld Logo

Wyland - Whaling Wall Murals - Ocean Art

Are you one of the one billion people per year that see Wyland's Whaling Wall murals throughout the US, Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and Europe? These paintings have made people all over the world aware of the struggle of whales, dolphins and all ocean life.

Wyland was born in 1956 in Detroit, Michigan, which isn't that close to the ocean he now recreates for a living. Growing up, Wyland had to wait several years before he could dip into the water. Born with a severe clubfoot (the foot is bent out of shape - twisted or curled,) Wyland had 11 major surgeries by the time he was seven years old. Before Wyland and his family settled in Madison Heights, Michigan, he had moved around lots - 13 times in one year. Wyland made it a goal to use his artwork to avoid the poverty he'd seen so close to home. As a teenager he dropped in on the top airbrush muralist in the country, Dennis Poosch, who took him on as an apprentice. Later, he got a grant to the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit.

So far Wyland has completed 84 Whaling Walls since painting his first life-size mural in 1981 in Laguna Beach, California. He plans to complete 100 walls by the year 2011, each dedicated to the great whales and other life in our oceans. Wyland currently lives on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii.

For more information about him and pictures of murals check out www.wyland.com.

Related Stories:

  • Marine Biologist
  • Strange Looking Sharks
  • When Sharks Attack
  • More Great Artist Biographies and Art Projects!
  • 0 Comments

    Related Stories

    F1019060311578

    What's The Coolest Obstacle to Paint?

    • Buildings - everyone sees your artwork.
    • Fire hydrants - very unique.
    • Vehicles - that gets everyone's attention.
    • I'd like to paint people's bodies.

    General In The Forums

    aditicoolsome
    aditicoolsome posted in Random:
    "brilliantstudent" wrote: Its been a great time here . Made so many friends and some are so special. It was really fun . I thank the whole of kW to give me an amazing experience here. Now that I will be leaving soon , I feel that the adult world is waiting for me . Thank You kW ! Good Luck . It's really  sad.. I know we are not that good friends but talking  to you  was an exceptional  thing it felt  awesome.. I will miss you sista .. I had an awesome  experience with  you...  Keep in touch .. Love you  sista 
    reply 20 minutes
    Annabeth808
    Annabeth808 posted in Random:
    Let's give Nashi a memorable and emotional farewell
    reply 22 minutes
    Abbergrl
    Abbergrl posted in Random:
    Who wants to have another partyyyyy? Another good bye one for Nashi?
    reply about 3 hours
    brilliantstudent
    27 DAYS LEFT IN KW
    reply about 3 hours
    brilliantstudent
    Well i am finally back after a long time ! Leaving in a month or so . Would like to thank all those who were always there for me here ! I had an amazing journey here and I thank kW for that . Thank You so much everyone . A special thank you to my friends . Will not make this very long as it might become like a boring speech lol . KW WILL BE MISSED ! THANK YOU SO MUCH NASHITA  @brilliantstudent P.S this is dedicated to everyone in kW who knows me directly or indirectly here .
    reply about 3 hours