Leviathan III

by Marion MacPhee

We are proud to present this new large-scale etching currently on display in the Gallery X shop at the Royal Academy of Arts

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Artwork details

Colour Blue/Multicolour
Dimensions 78 x 98.5cm
Fabric & material Etching
Edition 30
Medium Print

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Artwork description

This work continues Scottish artist Macphee’s fascination with the humpback whale and the species’ seemingly endless journeying which she has observed on whale-watching trips. Initially inspired by depictions of whales by David Blackwood, Macphee works directly onto large sheets of copper after making preparatory drawings. She builds up several layers of ink during the printing process which helps to create the distinctive scarred marks found on a whale’s skin. Humpbacks are known to travel in a straight line for thousands of miles during migration by using the sun, the stars and Earth’s magnetism as a compass.

About Marion MacPhee

Marion MacPhee graduated from the Edinburgh College of Art, and exhibits widely in the UK.

MacPhee says, “Growing up on the Isle of Skye you are never more than five miles from the sea. It is this connection that has had a dominant influence upon my work; exploring themes relating to natural environment, history and mythology in an attempt to capture... Go to artist page