Plaice. Acrylic on 12×8″ Canvas


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Plaice – Acrylic on 12X8 canvas. £399


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About the fish

Plaice fish are right-eyed flounder fish belonging to the family of Pleuronectidae. It is a commercially valuable European flatfish that is closely related to sole, flounder, and halibut. It lives on sandy sea beds ranging from the Barents Sea to the Mediterranean Sea, and the North Sea.

Plaice fish hunt for food around the clock, no matter what the weather or water conditions are. Areas of seabed sand bordered by rocks and rough ground draw plaice shoals. Plaice is a flatfish native to the United Kingdom’s waters which is recognizable by its bright orange and red spots on the dark side of the skin.

What is a plaice’s habitat?

Plaice lives on sea beds all around the United Kingdom. Younger fish are usually found near the shore and in estuaries which are important nursery habitats. Plaice mainly live in shallow waters near the shore, in sandy bottom conditions. The fish is found in Europe, where it is called the ‘rough dab’, and North America, where they are known as ‘dab’ fish.

Who do plaice live with?

They live in schools of plaice fish, but they are often spotted exploring on their own.

How long does a plaice live?

There are different species of plaice fish, and each has a different life span. The American plaice lives for up to 20 years. The Alaskan plaice lives for about 30 years, and the European plaice lives the longest, for up to 40-50 years. Despite this, sadly most fish are caught when they are only about seven to eight years old.



About the artist


Aly is a Northern Irish based Artist, Writer and Educator.  One of Northern Ireland’s top artists, widely known for her Belfast prints and impressionist techniques. She has several accolades to her name, most recently:

> Nominated 40 under 40

> Listed as top 100 / Small Business Saturday

> Finalist in the East Side Awards

Aly works from a studio near Belfast which is conducive to her family life with her husband and their three young boys.

She is passionate about placing importance on everyday moments, objects and places in her oil paintings and pastel work.This is one of the many reasons Aly is a well established artist in Belfast, Northern Ireland and the United States of America.

Her practice is influenced heavily by her own childhood memories of growing up in a smallholding in the Irish countryside.

Themes of the familiar and familial can be traced back as far as her degree show in 2003 when her installation “Daddy’s bread” used 795 empty bread bags (of her father’s favourite loaf) to represent each week from when her Father passed until the opening of her final exhibition.

Aly was awarded a first class honours degree and a distinction in her Masters in Fine Art which she completed following her degree. Specializing in Acrylic, oil and Mixed Media Aly has a love for creating stunning vibrant paintings.  Along with a love of monochrome and simple sketches.

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