Right whales got their name as they were the right whale to hunt. Unlike their mellifluous cousin, the humpback whale, right whales were not thought to 'sing'. In 2019 scientists working in the Bearing sea discovered that the 'gunshot' noises made by North Pacific right whales had all the charchateristis of songs. Albeit more heavy metal than ballard!
'Sea song' celebrates these wonderful giants of the sea singing their staccato songs in the deep dark waters at the edge of the Artic.
The painting has numerous layers of paint, ink and glaze to create the feeling of the velvet depths of a cold sea. These are scraped and scratched into to reveal the colours and shapes below, hinting at land, ships and structures above the waves and currents and sea life below. A large arc represents the soundwave passing through the sea from the gunshot song.
The contrast of the intricate whale image with the looser marks of the sea, the enigmatic series of dots ('sea song' in Braille) and scratchy lines of the land, lead the viewer's eye around the picture.The painting is framed in a simple off-white tray frame.
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Acrylic, finished with cold wax on canvas 40 x 30 x 1.5 cm (18 x 14 x 0.75 inch)
Frame is 45 X 35 X 3 cm (17.75 X 13.75 X 1 inches)
The picture is finished with a protective wax finish which gives it a gorgeous subtle sheen. The sides of the canvas are painted off white.
Picture is supplied in a white frame and is ready to hang.