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

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...

13 Jun 2017 | Janette Kerr: Extreme Wave Theory Project

Arctic Air – an absolute difficult beauty

This work represents my initial responses to the experience of travelling in the High Arctic. It includes drawings, watercolour drawings, photographs and a film & sound piece of the sound of ancient air being released from glacial ice made in collaboration with my son Tom Poole-Kerr.These are on show at the RWA, Bristol until August 20th 2017. For those of you who can't make this here are some of images of the work - photographs, drawings and paintings - in the exhibition The work represents i...

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 ...

20 Jan 2017 | Janette Kerr: Extreme Wave Theory Project

Arctic Blog: Wednesday 5th October 2016 Tunabreen

--> Wednesday 5/10/2016 Tunabreen 4°C, 2m/s Sunrise 09:05 – Sunset 18:23The Antigua remains anchored in front of the glacier. The day is overcast and raining which makes for dramatic cloud, drifting mist hanging in the mountains, the sea brown against a mass of luminous chunks of blue and white ice floating on its surface. The Belugas reappear, five white backs breaking the surface in unison. Last night I was sure we were moving since the boat was swaying so much. All that thu...

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 ...