Ice Bound with Darren Rees part 2 (click here for more…..)

Ice Bound with Darren Rees part 2 (click here for more…..)

“During my residency, my time at the British Antarctic Survey base at Rothera was my most productive. The Royal Navy was tasked with pumping fuel for the forthcoming winter and to assist with survey work for improvements to the harbour area. This warranted an extended stay for HMS Protector and crew and I spent three full days on land at Rothera making the most of the landscape and its wild residents. In particular I enjoyed very close proximity to Antarctic Fur Seals, Antarctic (Blue-eyed) Shags, Adelie Penguins and especially the charismatic Southern Elephant Seals that were loafing around the buildings. These made great models as they were used to people walking around and were keen to exploit the relative shelter afforded by the buildings.

Antarctic Shag flotilla, North Point, Rothera

Antarctic Shag flotilla, North Point, Rothera

Adelie shapes, North Cove

Adelie shapes, North Cove

Studying Elephant Seals close up might not be to everyone’s liking as the experience was a full-on sensory overload. Breaking wind, belching and roaring, they sounded like orcs having an altercation at a steam engine rally. The aromas were rich and pungent and luckily I didn’t paint with scratch-n-sniff materials.

Elephant Seals, Rothera

Elephant Seals, Rothera

North Point, Rothera

North Point, Rothera

The landscape was equally as breath-taking and was irresistible to an artist with paint. After several days on the move aboard Protector, this was the first time I could sit and paint giant icebergs directly with no fear of the perspective or background moving.

Low cloud, Rothera

Low cloud, Rothera

This year Darren will be guiding our Speyside Wildlife guests overseas to Yellowstone, South Africa, Nova Scotia and New Mexico, as well as touring the Scottish North Coast 500 route.

Award-winning artist and Speyside Wildlife guide Darren Rees received the coveted ‘Artist in Residency’ honour from the Friends of The Scott Polar Research Institute in 2015, so he travelled with the Royal Navy on HMS Protector from the Falkland Islands to the Antarctic Peninsula. His new book Ice Bound documents his journey with a collection of sketches, watercolours and acrylic paintings executed in situ.

Darren’s new exhibition is at the Polar Museum, Cambridge from 18 January to 25 February 2017. Over seventy of the original artworks and small sketchbooks from Ice Bound, showing more of his methods, encounters and experiences in the far south are on show. (All artworks are for sale.)

Exhibition Details

Ice Bound: In the Antarctic with artist Darren Rees

Polar Museum, Cambridge

18 January to 25 February 2017

Book Details

Ice Bound by Darren Rees (Mascot Media publishers)

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