Arty Antarctic: must-have Christmas gifts with an artistic twist
If there’s one thing Antarctica isn’t short of it is endless awe-inspiring vistas, breathtaking scenes of nature, and diverse, untouched wildlife. It is, without doubt, one of the most beautiful spots on the planet. It’s easy to see why artists - amateur and professional alike - are so inspired by the continent. With that in mind, we’ve put together this guide of our top arty gifts to help bring the beauty of Antarctica into your home.
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1. Signed limited edition Port Lockroy painting print, £300
In this painting of Port Lockroy, celebrated British painter Keith Shackleton captures the familiar icy scene, spectacular setting and historical site that is Goudier Island. Measuring 470 x 360mm, only 200 of these limited edition prints are available, each signed by the artist.Why we love it: Natural tones depict a calm scene, beautifully capturing the co-existence of man and gentoo at the historical Port Lockroy site. A special painting of one of the world's most beguiling and wondrous places.Perfect for: Visitors of Port Lockroy seeking an eye-catching memento; avid art collectors; Antarctic adventurers dreaming of a return to the White Continent. Buy now
2. Port Lockroy glass salver, £50
Exclusively commissioned and handmade by London glass artist Janette Garthwaite, this glass salver captures the intense contrasts and dramatic landscape of Port Lockroy, Antarctica. Hues of blue and white set the backdrop for the iconic boatshed of Base A, Port Lockroy. There’s even a hint of copper in the windows of the boatshed, reflecting the intense colour of sunset on Goudier Island; one of the finest sunsets to be seen anywhere in the world.Why we love it: It’s a unique, bold and beautiful piece that strays from the more usual muted tones often used to depict the White Continent. Unapologetically bright, it is a wonderful statement piece. Perfect for: lovers of statement artwork; artists inspired by the Antarctic landscape; hopeless escapists dreaming of spending time in the natural wonders of Antarctica. Buy now
3. Gentoo watercolour by Una Hurst, £20
This original watercolour by Scotland-based artist Una Hurst is hand painted to embody the true beauty of the gentoo penguin. Soft true-to-life tones come together to create a piece of art that truly captures the essence and raw beauty of this spectacular animal.Why we love it: It’s a beautiful watercolour that is completely unique - each one hand painted, created to be as individual as its subject. Perfect for: wildlife and penguin enthusiasts; nature art lovers; anyone hoping for a reminder of the natural beauty of Antarctica. Buy now
4. Shackleton bust, £25
This exclusive UK-made gypsum plaster bust of Sir Ernest Shackleton is the perfect gift for any would-be Antarctic explorer or enthusiast looking to connect with the history of the continent. Hero to many, Shackleton remains one of Britain’s most remarkable men. A tasteful addition to any home office or lounge, this bust makes for a very special gift.Why we love it: This bust is a wonderful way to remember and relive Shackleton’s adventures. Without doubt, a talking point and conversation starter for all who cross its path. Perfect for: would-be Antarctic explorers; historians intrigued by Shackleton’s legacy; armchair adventurers with a passion for Antarctic exploration. Buy now
5. Husky bronze figure, £40
Sculpted by Dartmoor-based Harriet Dunn, an artist specialising in dogs and birds, this husky is modelled wearing his working harness. Designed to show the type of dog used on expeditions throughout the Heroic Age, it is a reminder of the loyal and brave sidekicks that accompanied some of our most notable explorers on their other-worldy adventures. Offering companionship and support, the husky was a vital part of the expedition team.Why we love it: Giving a quiet nod to the unsung heroes of many expeditions, this sculpture is a tasteful and stylish reminder of the importance of mans four-legged friend. Perfect for: Collectors of Antarctic memorabilia; dog lovers; those with an interest in the history of our greatest explorers. Buy now
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