09 Nov 2018 | Janette Kerr: Extreme Seas

North

 Solo Show with Cadogan ContemporaryDec 3 - 21st 2018for more information go to the link: https://www.cadogancontemporary.com/exhibition/janette-kerr-north/Showing new work from the Arctic and Shetland

17 Nov 2017 | Janette Kerr: Extreme Wave Theory Project

Shetland: November 16th – Walking in a Westerly – increasing to severe gale force at times

--> I wake and lie in the warmth listening to the wind bashing about the house.  Woken several times last night as the wind started to make its presence felt I’m in no hurry to get up. Looking out I can tell it’s a Westerly. Waves below the house are racing out towards the sea beyond the voe.  The sparrows are desperately battling across the track to reach the sunflower seeds I’ve strewn underneath the window. Rain sweeps in. Check the weather forecast: 'Blustery wintry...

22 Oct 2017 | Janette Kerr: Extreme Wave Theory Project

Endings – 17/18 October 2017 – back to the begining

Monday 17/10/2016  8°C, light wind 2m/s, overcast, low fog. Sunrise 10:49 - Sunset 16:34 Early morning we take leave ofPyramiden. In dark grey green sea ruffled by a light wind, I watch the glimmer of dawn appear over mountain tops, the moon still hanging above us. I stand on deck watching mountains and glaciers passing, and the last time most of us will pass this way for a while. We are all subdued. A few hours later we sail into Longyearbyen and moor up. 78°13.7´N, 015°36....

16 Oct 2017 | Janette Kerr: Extreme Wave Theory Project

16 Oct 2016 – Pryamiden and the furthest north Lenin

Sunday 16/10/2016  -2°C, 5m/s. Sunrise 10:39 - Sunset 16:45.Late Saturday night we arrive and anchor close to Pyramiden 78°39.2´N, 16°22.9´E.Emerging onto an icy deck in crisp blue morning light, the moon still hangs over a now completely calm sea. In front of us the abandoned Russian settlement of Pyramiden sits silently at the foot of the snow-capped Pyramid Mountain. Once a model coal mining town until the fall of the Soviet Union in the late 1980s, it still bears the scars o...

03 Jul 2017 | Janette Kerr: Extreme Wave Theory Project

Fjortende Julibukta: wind-blown boat-rocked rain-spattered

--> Friday 14/10/2016  Fjortende Julibukta  4°C, 7m/s. Sunrise 10:20 – Sunset 17:04.Morning; grey gloomy light from an overcast sky. Grey green blue black sea a slightly swelling disturbed surface. Small chunks of glacier ice litter the sea. It rains all morning, so any thoughts of kite flying are abandoned (again) despite wind whipping across the water. We land and on shore I find a wooden structure - a make shift table; laying out my sketchbook and drawing materials...

23 May 2017 | Janette Kerr: Extreme Wave Theory Project

Arctic Post – Thurs 13th Oct Fuglefjorden – how darkness and light are bound together

--> Thursday 13.10.2016 Fuglefjorden - how darkness and light are bound together-2°C, 3m/s. Sunrise 10:11 sunset 17.15. 9-10 m/sA pre-breakfast Zodiac trip has been planned; it’s still dark when I arrive on deck. Can’t see any stars yet, a luminous green sea and dark land mass is silhouetted against the sky. The group of early-morning risers clamber into the Zodiacs, and travel out into a sea of ice, leaning out to push large chunks of looming icebergs out of the way. The sea and i...

01 May 2017 | Janette Kerr: Extreme Wave Theory Project

Arctic log: Wednesday 12th October, Smeerenburg – Walrus, wonder and whaling (with added bits)

Wednesday 12.10.2016 Smeerenburg 79°43,7´N, 011°00.5´E, 2°C8m/s, wind picking up. Sunrise 10:02 – Sunset 17:23. I wake early and peer out of my porthole; still dark, there is now 22 minutes less daylight. I can just make out coastline and mountains. It’s raining; depressing, it shouldn’t be. What is happening to our climate? We move a short distance closer to the island of Smeerenburg, and there’s the usual scramble for equipment and to board the zodiac for th...

08 Mar 2017 | Janette Kerr: Extreme Wave Theory Project

Monday 10th October – Blomstrandbreen trek – "Get off the tundra!"

--> Monday 10.10.2016  Blomstrandbreen  79°00,2´N, 012°13.1´E Cloudy and overcast, a dark but beautiful morning. 2°C, 2m/s. Sunrise 09:45 – Sunset 17:41A wet foggy start to the day, still dark while we eat breakfast; even as we assemble on deck and climb into the Zodiacs it’s only just about getting light. We travel towards shore in the gloom of early morning, a pale green sea, mist clinging low to the mountains. No-one speaks, the bay is full of ...

11 Feb 2017 | Janette Kerr: Extreme Wave Theory Project

Arctic Blog Saturday Oct 8th – drill and party night

Saturday 8/10/2016. Kongsijorden Bay 79°00'0.00" N 11°39'59.99" 3°C, 10m/sec; Sunrise 09:29 – Sunset 17:58    The sun is rising slowly above a blue/grey sea; daylight is noticeably later now than when we set off. Pink light reflects off the mountains, sedimentary layers lie horizontal, then swoop diagonally and fold together, forced upwards by some huge seismic activity which took place probably more than 410-440 million years ago      The wind ...

29 Jan 2017 | Janette Kerr: Extreme Wave Theory Project

Arctic Blog: Friday 7th October – ‘Værfast’ (Ymerbukta)

--> Friday 7/10/2016 2°C, Ymerbukta. 20m/s; Sunrise 09:21 – Sunset 18:06. Sea state – moderate; wind speed 7-8, gusting wind, speeds of up to 20 knots predicted. Grey-green sea, small waves break the surface.A hint of spindrift. Mist hovering, mountain shapes disappearing re-appearing. We are moving yet going nowhere. Last night the boat was moved closer to the entrance of the fjord, but despite two anchors we've been pulled half way back to where we o...

26 Jan 2017 | Janette Kerr: Extreme Seas

Arctic Blog: Thursday 6th October – scrapings, swayings and bangings

--> Thursday 6/10/2016 -2°C,  2m/sec, Sunrise 09:13 – Sunset 18:15   – 1°C It’s dark and I’ve been awake for sometime. I have no idea what time it is but so far it’s been a night of little sleep, kept awake by things sliding back and forth, scrapings and swayings and bangings. The door that I propped open with the bin to allow some air to permeate the stuffy cabin (and to stop me feeling totally claustrophobic) has been crashing to and fro into ...

15 Jan 2017 | Janette Kerr: Extreme Wave Theory Project

Arctic Blog – Oct 2nd/3rd/4th: Embarkation and my first sight of a glacier

It has taken me a while to get my diary notes written up and to sort out the hundreds of photographs I have taken while traveling. Most of my drawings and water-colours are now up on the wall in my studio (well those not in sketch books) and I'm struggling with how to make images from it all. A wall of Arctic sketchesIt's so different to painting seas. Since returning home I've been a bit busy ...had a solo show at Cadogan Contemporary in London, driven up Shetland to give a paper and exhibit a few of ...

20 Oct 2016 | Janette Kerr: Extreme Wave Theory Project

Taking leave of Longyearbyen Oct 19th

--> Finally I am in the air and taking leave of Longyearbyen. A lot of us are leaving on the same flight so there's been a lot of hugging and kissing and some tears. I don't really do the big goodbye stuff. So onto the plane... Passing through mist and cloud and up, I see the sun for the first time. It has been so low on the horizon for the past couple of weeks that only a glow from below the horizon reminds us of its presence. Now here it is, shining gold in a blue sky above a thick bank of ...