“‘Arctic Coast and Moon’ is one of the small works on paper that I produced early on after my return from a trip to the Arctic.
In September 2018 I had the great privilege of travelling to Greenland and Baffin Island with the Friends of the Scott Polar Research Institute as their Arctic Artist in Residence. The residency was spent on board the Akademik Sergey Vavilov, as she sailed up the west coast of Greenland, crossed the Davis Strait to the Canadian Arctic and then down the east coast of Baffin Island. Prior to the trip I had never been at sea for more than the short crossing to France or the Outer Hebrides, but I loved it.
Very early on, I made the decision not to paint or draw whilst on the ship, but instead, sought to be as open and present as possible to the whole experience. Each day I spent hours on deck watching in all weathers as the icebergs and snowy coast slipped by. The light was breath-taking. For over 18 months after my return my time in the studio was devoted entirely to Arctic paintings and seeking to evoke something of the rich and varied beauty that is created in the polar regions from the simplest of elements: ice, rock, water and light.
It is my hope that all these paintings may not only speak of the beauty and fragility of the Arctic but also, in some small way, open up space and light for others, just as my time in the Arctic did for me.”
Nick lives and works in Bristol