Icy art on show

Jenni Mitchell's painting 'Messenger of the Ice'
Jenni Mitchell's painting 'Messenger of the Ice'. Photo: Jessica Fitzpatrick

An exhibition featuring the work of Australian Antarctic Arts Fellows opens today at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies in Hobart.

The collection of artwork by Stephen Eastaugh, Jenni Mitchell, Sally Robinson, Trish Hart and Peter Gouldthorpe, exhibited together for the first time in this exhibition, explores the Antarctic landscape and the artists’ experiences in Antarctica.

Stephen Eastaugh has been to the icy continent three times since 2000 as an Australian Antarctic Arts Fellow, and is so far the only artist to have ‘wintered-over’.

From his round trip, summer at Davis and winter at Mawson, Eastaugh produced a major body of work, an Antarctic artist’s book, and a sculpture garden at Davis station.

On display in this exhibition is a small selection of some of Eastaugh’s smaller paintings on salvaged wood and paper.

Sally Robinson travelled to Antarctica in 1991 visiting Davis and Mawson stations and Heard Island.

When Robinson returned home, montages of the photographs she took were combined with historical material to create a suite of limited edition screen prints – 10 of these are on show.

Jenni Mitchell’s large diptych oil painting “Messenger of the Ice” is also on display – a work capturing a scene encountered during her 2002 voyage.

Trish Hart travelled on the last voyage of the resupply vessel the Nella Dan in 1987, and this exhibition features some of the lithographs depicting Antarctic wildlife she produced on her return.

A large scale model of the Nella Dan is also on display, accompanied by an oil painting of the ship unloading in Antarctica painted by Peter Gouldthorpe in 1988.

The exhibition runs until 3 November.