Gentoo Penguin

By Marianne Nix

  • Gentoo Penguin
  • Gentoo Penguin

About this piece

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

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Gentoo 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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