Antarctic art

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If you’re at a loose end next week, you might be interested in a free talk by a renowned wildlife artist.

Darren Rees received the coveted Artist in Residency honour from the Friends of Scott Polar Research Institute in 2015. It meant that he spent a month on board the Royal Navy’s HMS Protector, travelling from the Falklands to the Antarctic Peninsula.

His journey is documented through a series of more than 150 sketches, watercolours and acrylics in his book Ice Bound. His talk will highlight his methods, encounters and experiences.

Rees has been painting for more than 30 years. His first solo book Bird Impressions was published in 1993 to much critical acclaim and proved to be influential for many young artists.A knowledgable naturalist, he is a wildlife guide for several overseas destinations. He is also keen to promote the work of other painters of natural history and has penned many essays and a much-praised series of profiles of wildlife artists.

The talk will take place at the Grant Arms, Grantown, on March 16, from 8.30pm.

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