Nikolina Kovalenko's Utopian Reefscapes address the effects of climate change on the health of the ocean’s corals. In 2019 the artist began diving to explore and photograph coral reefs as they are today. Her images are the jumping off point for her oil paintings, which imagine what could be, under the ocean surface, if we all committed to taking better care of the Earth. The artist's imagined Utopian Reefscapes depict an ocean of abundance, where corals of all shapes and colors thrive. These underwater Gardens of Eden take viewers to a world where one can’t tell reality from fiction.
Inspired by the hope filled message of her paintings, Nika has extended her creativity and messaging into a project where each oil painting will have a limited edition “reflective NFT experience”. These NFT videos, paired with either a “breath” or “heartbeat” soundtrack, envelop the earth and rotate infinitely through time and the cosmos. Each oil painting in the exhibition has a special limited edition reflection NFT experience. The NFTs are minted in sets of 4 (3 + 1 A/P kept by artist). Twenty percent of each NFT purchase being donated to the Coral Reef Alliance.
This NFT project was minted on the environmentally friendly Proof-of-Stake Polygon blockchain. They are available for purchase on our Opensea Utopian Reefscapes project page. Please let us know if you’d like additional information or assistance purchasing these beautiful artworks.
“I’m hopeful these paintings will inspire viewers to feel joy, awe, curiosity – and a shared sense of stewardship toward our beautiful, fragile planet.”
We have partnered with the Coral Reef Alliance as part of our philanthropic efforts, and 20% of all sales will be donated to this organization. CORAL is an environmental NGO with a mission of saving the world's coral reefs through restoration and protection. They are working with the global coral reef conservation community to establish adaptive reefscapes around the globe.
Below is a selection of oil paintings from our upcoming exhibition Utopian Reefscapes featuring artworks by Nikolina Kovalenko. Each sale will benefit the Coral Reef Alliance to help stabilized and rebuild coral reefs around the globe. There will also be a raffle for an oil painting which the artist will be painting during her residency. 100% of the money raised by the raffle will go to the Coral Reef Alliance, who we are working with as our philanthropic partner. There will be 100 tickets at $50 each. Contact us if you are interested in purchasing a raffle ticket.
Please join us on this philanthropic environmental journey.