Acrylic in the Arctic
Words and Paintings by: Christopher Walker
The Arctic has gripped my imagination ever since childhood. To this day, I am fascinated with this vast and mysterious place which is rich in biodiversity and history.
I had the privilege of being a ship's artist as part of a scientific expedition titled The 1994 Arctic Ocean Section with Canada Coast Guard and the United States Coast Guard. On that 3 month voyage, I witnessed incredible vistas from the icebreakers on which I sailed to document the transition of ice and wildlife towards 90 degrees north. I stood on the North Pole on August 22nd, 1994 and the spirit of that moment is an essential component in my arctic subjects to this day.
I paint the Arctic from a visceral perspective influenced by experiences that I will always hold close to my heart.
One must experience this foreboding yet beautiful region on Earth to fully appreciate its subtle yet dynamic characteristics. I paint the Arctic from a visceral perspective influenced by experiences that I will always hold close to my heart.
All paintings are acrylic polymer emulsion on masonite. More about Christopher’s polar work can be found at the RCGS Expedition Fund website.