you ought to be your happy self again

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Size: 36 H x 60 W x 2 in

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Art Description

Painting: Oil on Canvas.

This humpback whale is from a series entitled To My Widow, which chronicled the tragic final voyage of British explorer Captain Robert Scott to the South Pole.

Diane Calder's review of the exhibition:

Transposing ghosts of photographic imagery into haunting paintings through various degrees of allegorical remove, Kim Kimbro explores the final voyage and tragic death of British explorer Robert Falcon Scott. Borrowing from J. M. W. Turner's habit of endowing romantic seascapes with literary themes, Kimbro resurrects fragments of the farewell letter to Scott's wife found on his frozen corpse and appropriates them as titles for her uncanny depictions of sled dogs, sailing vessels, and large marine creatures. Scott's final words thus underscore our awareness of life's fragility and transient nature.

Kimbro's ability to sculpt form and pull texture out of opaque passages and liquid washes of oil paint makes pleasurable a close inspection of her work. By maintaining veiled, matte-like finishes, and by purposefully referencing flaws found on the surface of the archival photographs she uses as source material, the artist deepens the sense of mystery in these images. Shifting through a nuance of colors but favoring ultramarine blue, Kimbro intensifies the chilly sense of isolation and loss conveyed by her solitary figures, adrift in the Antarctic.

by Diane Calder


This stretched canvas is signed and dated on the back. It does not require framing and is wired for hanging. It ships in a wooden crate.

Keywords: Sea, Blue, Turquoise, Whale, Celadon Green, Animals, Dreamlike, Gray, Grey, Moody, Magical, Ocean

Subjects: Animal

Styles: Realism, Fine Art, Figurative, Minimalism

Mediums: Oil

Materials: Canvas

Prints: Animal Art Prints, Realism Art Prints, Fine Art Art Prints, Figurative Art Prints, Minimalism Art Prints, Oil Art Prints, Canvas Art Prints

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