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(83) Beric Henderson - Marooned (SOLD)
The artwork “Marooned” is composed of white ink and pencil on black paper and is a response to the Encyclopedia entry about Captain Scott’s voyage to the Antarctic. I believe the picture, in this case, speaks for itself. While the light-hearted nature of this illustration shows a marooned 19th century ship with its anchor accidentally embedded within an iceberg, the use of non-overlapping line and contour has been a large focus of my recent water drawings. I personally find the notion of voyaging to the Antarctic on a vessel both exhilarating and somewhat terrifying (given that I get sea sick and hate cold weather). A lot of my current portfolio is environment based and exploring the impact of climate change. Hence it is fitting that this work also includes an iceberg drifting in the sea until it makes that tenuous connection with humans. I believe the push-and-pull tethering of humanity with nature is something very tangible.
Beric Henderson has a background in art and science. His past scientific career (PhD in molecular biology, 1990) has had a profound influence on his approach to art. He has been exhibiting for 17 years. In 2016 he relocated his studio from Sydney to Port Macquarie on the mid-north coast of NSW and now lives next to a rainforest. This has become a major inspiration for recent artworks that explore nature through the different relationships and connections between man and the natural world. His artistic medium is predominantly painting with acrylics and ink on canvas and drawing with ink and pencil on paper. The compositions begin with an idea, are then shaped with photo references or his imagination, and honed into an image that often melds realism with abstraction. His drawing practice has recently included large and detailed compositions of water using line, one of which was shortlisted for the 2020 Adelaide Perry drawing prize.
Link to Beric’s Art Aviso profile HERE
Beric was supplied the following page from Newnes’ Pictorial Knowledge Encyclopedia:
True tales of high adventure.
Captain Scotts Antarctic Ship ‘Discovery”