Return to Antarctica and South Georgia


In November 2011 I will be returning to Antarctica and really look forward to visit South Georgia again. This special expedition will be taking the ashes of explorer  Frank Wild to South Georgia where he will be buried beside  his “boss” and loyal friend Sir Ernest Shackleton. Mr Wild was Shackleton’ right hand man and played a huge role in the 1914-1916 Imperial Trans-Antarctic  expedition  . As second  in command he was left in charge of 21 men on a desolate rock on Elephant island while Shackleton and crew of 5 made the epic  rescue mission to South Georgia in a lifeboat. From April 24th to August 30 (winter in antarctica) , Wild and men waited until rescued on a rock now called Point Wild. They all survived. Attached on this post is  some short video clips from a previous trip to Elephant Island  and a taste of the  incredible wildlife  and painting-photography opportunities at St. Andrews Bay on South Georgia Island.


Last week I was honoured to receive  the Curry’s , Da Vinci award, in recognition of the  painting   “Paradise Bay, Antarctica’ . For several years now I have painted on the great white continent and always find inspiration in its natural  beauty and endless abstractions of form. Witnessing climate change among the massive ice shelves, and glaciers, I contemplate this melting flow of water that effects us all. Watercolour is an ideal medium for attempting  to capture the light and flow of this journey  and i am grateful to share this painting at this Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour  open international juried exhibition in Toronto.

"Paradise Bay, Antarctica",

"Paradise Bay, Antarctica", 22 x 44 inches, watercolour

About David McEown

Artist, Landscape Painter, Art instructor, Musician
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