The International Swimming Hall of Fame Gold Medallion Award is
presented each year to a former competitive swimmer for his or her national
or international significant achievements in the field of science, entertainment,
art, business, education, or government. There are no restrictions other than
the recipient must be an outstanding adult whose life has served as an
inspiration for youth.
A 10th generation Jamaican of English heritage, Guy Harvey grew up in Jamaica loving the ocean and spending many hours fshing and diving with his father along the Island’s south coast. He was obsessed with the creatures of the sea. Their beauty and uniqueness impressed young Guy to where he began drawing their pictures sparking interest in their preservation. But, rather than pursuing an artistic educa-tion, Guy opted for a scientificeducation and earned high honors in Marine Biology at Aberdeen University in Scotland. He was on the University swim and water polo teams for four years from 1973 to 1977, serving as swim team captain for two years, and president of the Scottish Universities Swimming Association in 1977. He swam every freestyle event from 100 meters to 1500 meters. In both 1976 and 1977 his team placed second in the British Universities annual swimming championship.
Guy returned home to Jamaica in 1977 to begin work on his PhD in Fisheries Management at the University of the West Indies in Kingston. He continued swimming and play-ing water polo for Jamaica’s national team. In 1985, Guy depicted Ernest Hemingway’s famous fishingstory “The Old Man & the Sea” through a series of 44 original pen and ink drawings and displayed them at an exhibition in Jamaica. Based on the positive response he received at the show, he began painting full time. Today, his art is routinely reproduced on canvas, fne art prints, posters and books as well as merchandise.
The theme of his drawings is to bring attention to the need for fsh conservation, to promote catch and release programs and to use the drawings to educate the public to protect these endangered sea creatures. He began taking under water photographs, using the photos as guides to painting fsh. He has become a scientist, diver, angler, photographer, explorer and educator all in the name of conservation.
Guy Harvey’s Portraits from the Deep is a syndicated television series that combines the showcasing of sport fishing destinations with educational information from marine scientists.
The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation and the Guy Harvey Research Institute at Nova Southeastern University are designed to inspire and conduct research to save the world’s fsh resources.
Working from his studio in the Cayman Islands, the Guy Harvey Magazine is a publication promoting fsh conservation through his art.
Guy Harvey’s Portraits from the Deep is a large-format coffee table book. Santiago’s Finest Hour, is an illustrated depiction of the protagonist Santiago’s fight with a fish the Ernest Hemmingway novella “The Old Man and the Sea”.
Harvey’s name is also associated with a chain of restaurants called “Guy Harvey’s Island Grill” with fve locations in Florida, Alabama and the Cayman Islands.
Guy captures marine wildlife in their natural environment with extraordinary detail and brilliant colors. His artwork can be found in stores, galleries, restaurants, doctor’s offices, living rooms and at fishingtournaments. His natural gift to re-create marine life has propelled him from Professor of Marine Biology to a Wildlife Artist and Photographer.