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Iceberg A-68

Iceberg A-68

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Acrylic paint on shaped mdf board
220mm W x 290mm H x 5mm (sits 20mm out from wall)
2018
Signed and dated, ready to hang

This sculptural painting/wall sculpture is mounted off the surface of the wall, creating a drop shadow that alters with the changing lighting conditions, adding an extra dimension to the work. It responds really well to being lit by a spotlight or sunlight.

The Iceberg series is a continuation of my work exploring shadows, form and the perception or illusion of 3-dimensions.

Initially inspired by a photograph I took of Wellington harbour from the top of a hill on a very grey wintery day, the naming of this series came about after I fell down a bit of a rabbit-hole on the internet researching icebergs and their naming conventions. I wanted a set of names for these paintings that had a meaning and relevance, and that worked for a group of related paintings.

I live in New Zealand, close to Antarctica, where many of the world’s icebergs originate. Being near the South Pole we are also under the largest hole in the ozone layer, with the inherent problems that brings like fading of pretty much anything that is exposed to sunlight, and wicked sunburn (which means very high skin cancer rates). This in turn makes New Zealanders pretty familiar with the problems of global warming, especially as we are a small island nation with a massive coastline being affected by rising seawater levels.

In recent years extremely large icebergs have been forming in Antarctica. Each new iceberg is named using a convention which identifies where they broke away from, and whether they subsequently split from the original iceberg to form a new smaller one. I have named this series after the 7 largest icebergs to date, all formed since 1987.

Iceberg A-68 calved from the Larsen C Ice Shelf in Antarctica in July 2017. It had a surface area of 5,800 km², twice the size of Luxembourg, and weighed one trillion tonnes. The calving of A-68 reduced the overall size of the Larsen C Ice Shelf by 12 percent.

This artwork can either be hung on a standard picture hook, or on a split batten if you want to firmly attach it to the wall so it can't move and become crooked - ideal for people who live in earthquake prone countries like I do, and who are offended by crooked paintings! 

It is painted entirely by hand, apart from the final protective varnish, which was sprayed to give it a very even finish. The end result is a painting that appears to be very precise, but on closer inspection small brush marks and faint imperfections of a hand-crafted item are apparent - the hand of the artist is visible!

Signed on an edge.

The entire Iceberg series is available at Gallery 57, Arundel, West Sussex, UK.

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