Gentoo Penguin


It was wonderful to watch the busy comings and goings of these penguins while visiting the antarctic earlier this year and I was well and truly captivated by the penguins that live here. This charismatic and busy looking Gentoo Penguin for me captures their busy lives and the fact that an adult spends most of the day doing as many as 450 dives a day foraging for food. Hatchlings remain in the nest for up to a month, and the parents alternate foraging and brooding duties. They populate the Antarctic Peninsula and numerous islands around the frozen continent and are protected by the Antarctic Treaty of 1959 and received near threatened status on the IUCN Red List in 2007.

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 × 15 × 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

Artist: Marianne Nix

Product Reference No: A-120347

Additional information

Dimensions 12 x 15 cm
(Width x Depth x Height)

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 related works that are closely linked to my local surroundings and those who live and have lived here.   As well as being selected for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in 2012 & 2013 and selected for the V&A collections,  my work is exhibited with i-contemporary art at the Affordable Art Fair Hampstead,  has been selected for exhibition with the Printmakers Council, the Mall Galleries. In 2015 I have for the first time exhibited as a guest artist with a solo show at Original Features Gallery for the annual curated Crouch End Open Studios. Education: Middlesex University London MA digital interactive media 1999 University of Gloucestershire BA(hons) fashion design 1982 University of the Creative Arts Farnham - Arts foundation 1978

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