Adelie Penguin

By Marianne Nix

  • Adelie Penguin
  • Adelie Penguin
  • Adelie Penguin
  • Adelie Penguin

About this piece

This small Adelie penguin was the only of his type remaining at the end of the breeding season and the early days of the onset of winter on the small island Admirante Brown in the Antarctic. He has lost his fluffy baby penguin feathers and is just developing his tail feathers and is about to set off on an independent life. This moment is full of mixed emotions for humans and no doubt penguins too. His slightly aprehensive expression and pose captures this moment for me.

The Adelie Penguin is named for the wife of French explorer Jules Dumont d’Urville who discovered these penguins in 1840.

The print is made by creating the image by hand in an oil based medium on a metal plate which is then etched by dipping in acid. The plate is then individually hand inked for each print giving each print their own individual character with none of them being exactly the same. The metal plate is then covered with dampened paper and run through the press which puts immense pressure on the paper that is pushed into the lines of the plate and lifts out the ink. The print is then dried flat in acid free tissue under weights for a few days.

Please note – frame not included

Dimensions 12 × 14 × 0.1 cm (unframed) / 8 × 10 cm (actual image size)
Edition size Limited edition of 20
Framing This artwork is sold unframed

Oil based etching ink on Somerset 250gsm paper

The artwork is numbered, signed and dated by the artist and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity, signed by the artist

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Adelie Penguin

Marianne Nix

My paintings and hand made prints present observations and thoughts on life today. I am concerned with accumulated influences and legacy and am currently working on a series of landscape…

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