"I believe in making a difference through my art. In my work, I seek to act
as a messenger, alerting people all over the world to the deterioration of the
global environment, and to the need, as well, for greater understanding and
respect for the worlds diverse cultures. The Earths irreplaceable
treasures are steadily being eroded, but each of us, collectively and as
individuals, can make a difference and must! This is my message."
Christian Riese Lassen is Hawaiis premier marine artist. His paintings
and sculptures are displayed in galleries across the United States and Japan,
and his images grace an eclectic array of merchandise, from greeting cards to
jigsaw puzzles, wristwatches to scuba gear. Meticulous and imaginative,
Christians paintings depict an idealized vision of the natural world, and
in particular the ocean he so loves.
Working in acrylics, enamels and oils, Lassen captures brilliant-hued
butterfly fish, Moorish idols, somber-eyed sea turtles gliding through clean
blue waters, while above, the light of late afternoon illuminates a lush green
island. On other canvases, dolphins frolic below the surface of a deep-water
tropical harbor, and humpback whales move majestically through their watery
realm, or leap triumphantly into ours. When he was still a child,
Christians family moved to the Hawaiian island of Maui; the ocean has
always been a part of his life.
A world-class surfer and wind surfer, Christian has traveled the globe in
search of the perfect wave. It is only through this direct observation of
the ocean that I can accurately paint its magnificence, he says.
Inevitably, that intimate connection awakened Christians concern,
transforming him into one of the worlds leading environmental
Christian's talent and abilities are not limited to his art pieces. He has
exploded into the music scene with the release of his debut album, Turn the
Tide. Closely tied into his marine life preservation theme, Turn the Tide has
effectively captured the beauty of his mission in words and music.
Christian Riese Lassen is the most successfully
licensed artist in the world today, with more than 70 licensees worldwide.
Major sponsors and alliances include the Walt Disney Company, MCA Universal,
Sumitoro Bank, National Panasonic, JVC Victor, and American Greetings.
Christians images adorn hundreds of product categories.
Lassen is published in several pictorial books including "The Art of
Lassen", a tabletop book that tells the history of "Lassen", and features a
large selection of Christian's works. Because of Christian's desire to carry
the message of concern for our oceans to the new generation, he has personally
penned a book for children entitled "Treasures of the Sea". A third book,
"Lassen Island" depicts the nature of Christians' energy that he derives from
the sea, on canvas.
In 1998, Christian Riese Lassen debuted a traveling exhibitiona
collection of more than 85 of the artists original works, on loan from
owners around the world. Since then, the paintings have toured more than 26
cities in the US and Japan, delighting and inspiring hundreds of thousands of
In January 1998, the feature-length motion picture "I Am the Earth"
premiered at the United Nations in New York, prior to its release worldwide.
The film, a fantasy with an environmental message, starred Christian Riese
Over the years, Christian has appeared on numerous television shows,
including Baywatch, P.M. Magazine, The Extremists, Life Styles of the Rich and
Famous, 20/20; as well as on CNN, ESPN, and the Travel Channel.
In Japan, where Christian is considered that countrys most popular
artist, his fans further enjoy his artwork by viewing Lassen Hour,
a weekly television show featured on Star TV.
An accomplished swimmer, surfer and wind surfer, Christian Riese Lassen has
traveled the globe to explore the incredible diversity of our oceans.
Ironically, the artist first gained international recognition not for his
paintings, but for his athletic prowess. By the mid-eighties, he was exploding
into aerial loops in dramatic television commercials for everything from Swatch
watches to Quasar televisions, and was featured in advertisements on billboards
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