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Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1914-1917

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Title: Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1914-1917

With this painting, I wanted to explore how it would have felt being onboard The Endurance as she entered the Antarctic ice for the last time. I built up layers of paint, creating expressive marks to illustrate the energy of the freezing and foreboding environment.

Acrylic on paper

“December 7th brought the first check. At six o’clock on that morning the sea, which had been green in colour on the previous day, changed suddenly to a deep indigo. The Presence of so many bergs was ominous, and immediately after passing between the islands we encountered stream ice.”

Excerpt from Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance diary, 1915


Artist Bio:

I am a Derbyshire-based, artist/illustrator and art tutor.

I have a degree in textile design, and a masters from Central St Martins in Communication Design/Illustration.

My inspirations include natural history, explorers and naturalists, Hitchcock films, kitchen sink dramas, ghosts & haunted housesĀ  and Agatha Christie and Daphne du Maurier novels.

I am currently working on a series of Shackleton illustrations which evoke the foreboding atmosphere and historic accounts of the Trans-Antarctic Expedition, as well as developing an idea for a graphic novel inspired by Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier.