Sean Garwood's Antarctic Adventure
Nelson artist Sean Garwood was chosen to travel to Antarctica at the end of November 2015 to sketch and photograph the historic huts of Robert Falcon Scott and Sir Ernest Shackleton by the Antarctica New Zealand and Antarctic Heritage Trust.
With his return to Nelson in December, Sean's task is to work full time on a collection of highly detailed oil paintings.
His focus is predominantly on the inside of the huts which contain a treasure trove of personal items belonging to these famous polar explorers.

NZPost's Historic Huts of the Ross Dependency stamp set

Find out about the NZPost's Historic Huts of the Ross Dependency stamp set featuring Sean's paintings.
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Listen to Sean talk to Kathryn Ryan

Listen to Sean talk to Kathryn Ryan about his oil painting project recording the intimate detail of life in the huts of Scott and Shakleton.
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Interesting Links

www.antarcticanz.govt.nz
www.nzaht.org
www.antarctica.recollect.co.nz
www.sony.co.nz/electronics/cameras

Travel to Antarctica was supported by Antarctica New Zealand through the Community Engagement Programme.

Antarctica New Zealand

Sneak peak at one of the marine paintings.

Here is a section of one of the marine paintings that will be on show at the exhibition. It has been steady progress with each painting taking on average seven weeks full time to complete. This is not including the research involved. The exhibition will include two paintings depicting New Zealand’s proud history in sailing.

The famous mullet boat “Celox” thundering down the Hauraki Gulf.



Front cover and feature story in the legendary Antarctic magazine ” Antarctic”.

The painting ” Shackelton” front cover of Antarctic.

 

Here is a glimpse of the spread inside.

 

The reproductions were just about spot on as well. Here we the paintings “Shackleton’s Nimrod Hut” and “Thank you Mrs Sam”

 

Here is one of my favourite paintings ” Blow The Wind Southerly”. The painting depicts Scott’s ship ” Terra Nova” sailing through the brutal storm just South of New Zealand during the voyage to Ross Island Antarctica.



New exhibition – maritime paintings.

I am now underway with a new exhibition that will feature maritime paintings. This is my preferred subject matter and one that I know very well having spent 28 years at sea. The next exhibition will be in Auckland in 3 years that will be a visual narrative covering the maritime history of New Zealand from the 1800s to early 1900s that may also include the war years. A tremendous amount of research is required with a number of people assisting including maritime historians and some very knowledgable people on the square rigged ships. The exhibition will also include port scenes. New Zealand has such a rich and diverse marine history and no wonder she is known world wide for her maritime prowess. I will endeavor to cover every maritime sector.

I will post regular images with updates on how the paintings are progressing.

The attached images are of the first painting that depicts New Zealander Frank Worsley taking one of the four sextant sights that enabled Shackletons “James Caird” to successfully reach South Georgia on the epic voyage from Elephant Island. Frank Worsley a New Zealand Master Mariner that richly deserves his place in New Zealand’s maritime history.

Detailed section of the first painting. Frank Worsley taking his sextant sight onboard “James Caird” ( B&W)

 

Another detailed section of the painting.



Life after the Antarctic paintings

Here is the last painting that was almost completed before the Antarctic paintings. I must say painting old leather boots is very enjoyable. To create the rich leather  so you can almost smell it is the challenge. In this case the painting depicts a pair of  ladies boots from the Victorian era set in a scene of a old potting shed.

Please visit again for an update on my next exhibition and subjects.

 



Nice story about the Antarctic paintings and New Zealand Post stamps. Please click on the link.

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Antarctic exhibition sell out

Thank you to everyone who attended the Antarctic exhibition. Yes, the exhibition sold out but the greatest pleasure was seeing peoples emotional response to the paintings. two people were moved to tears. The greatest reward an artist can have. Thank you.

Thank you to my wife Ligliana for all the support over the years.

 

Book signing before the opening

 

Setting up the prints and books in the annex room.

 

Serenity and Shackleton’s Nimrod hut

 

Blow The Wind Southerly and Step Into My World

 

Just before the opening.

 

Coming together. Nearly finished the set up.

 

 


 

 

Thank you to New Zealand Post for choosing six paintings in the Historic Huts Of the Ross Dependency 2017 stamp issue. All the other paintings have been included in the first day covers and presentation pack.

 

Underway at the Antarctic exhibition preview opening.

 

The family, these guys made it happen.

 

 

 

 





The painting “Dearest” reproduced as a stamp in the NZ Post Historic Huts of the Ross Dependency 2017 stamp issue



The painting “Thank You Mrs Sam” reproduced as a stamp in the NZ Post Historic Huts of the Ross Dependency 2017 stamp issue



The painting “Scott’s Terra Nova hut” reproduced as a stamp in the NZ Post Historic Huts of the Ross Dependency 2017 stamp issue