BLACK ICE

Visiting the North Pole is a life changing experience. Seeing the vastness of the ice flow and the lonely pursuit of food of the polar bear, is very different from seeing the usual frolicking bears in picture postcards. It is a majestic and unforgiving environment.

The five large ice panels in the series combine wood engravings, painting and plastics to create an abstracted version of the arctic landscape.  Several smaller pieces depict the bears themselves. The use of plastics to create this series of work was included as both a relevant, thematic and artistic decision.  Plastics are oil products and literally (floating in the water) and in terms of drilling, raise issues of global consequence. Transparent sheets of plastic add texture and layering, producing a  translucent  quality which adds surface interest and the effect of light on the ice and water.

 “… art that infuses vision with great ability.”
- Robert L. Kurtz, Curator of Exhibitions, Butler Institute
of American Art, 1996

 

01
Arctic Bones
Wood engraving, acrylic paint, Japanese paper on canvas
60x 40 inches

02
Polar Bear
Wood engraving, acrylic paint, Japanese paper on canvas
30 x 20 inches

03
Sole Swimmer
Acrylic paint, Japanese paper, plastics on canvas
42 x 36 inches

04
Black Ice (detail)
5 panels
Wood engraving, acrylic paint, plastic on canvas
72 x 30 inches

05
Black Ice (5 panels)
Wood engraving, acrylic paint, plastic on canvas
72 x 30 inches

06
Black Ice (detail)
Wood engraving, acrylic paint, plastic on canvas
72x30 inches

07
Black Wave
Wood engraving, acrylic paint, plastic on canvas
48x36 inches