Acrylic in the Arctic

Words and Paintings by: Christopher Walker

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Expedition (HMS Erebus and Terror) 36 x 50

Expedition (HMS Erebus and Terror) 36 x 50

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.

 
Surveillance 48 x 72

Surveillance 48 x 72

Arctic 36 x 48

Arctic 36 x 48

Sonar 48 x 72

Sonar 48 x 72

Pensive 11 x 14

Pensive 11 x 14

Elder 24 x 36

Elder 24 x 36

Tuskers 48 x 72

Tuskers 48 x 72

Subdivision Two 24 x 36

Subdivision Two 24 x 36

Meltwater 20 x 30

Meltwater 20 x 30

 

All paintings are acrylic polymer emulsion on masonite. More about Christopher’s polar work can be found at the RCGS Expedition Fund website.

 
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