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Arctic Slumber - SOLD

Arctic Slumber - SOLD

By Sue Ryland


Original artwork

Oil on canvas


Image size: H: 40cm x W:  50cm

Framed size:  H: 44cm x W: 54cm (White floating frame)


This is one of the most beautiful and peaceful of Sue's engaging polar bear paintings.


Like all her other work, it's based on her observation and photographs in the wild, in this case at Churchill, Manitoba, on the edge of Hudson Bay, which is one of the largest polar bear denning regions in the world.


By late fall each year, it's an area where multitudes of bears congregate to wait for the ice to redevelop, providing the crucial frozen link to their hunting grounds.


Sue's experiences on the tundra led to her series entitled The Bears of Hudson Bay, of which this is a prime example: "Polar bears are my first love. They're all individuals and I've tried to reflect their personalities in the way I paint them. ...Everyone thinks that polar bears are white but they're actually not – they're all sorts of warm, honey colours."


She is conscious that both the polar bears and grizzlies she paints are endangered species – largely due to loss of habitat and dwindling food sources – so there's a prominent ecology aim in her work aS well, to bring these creatures and their plight to wider attention.


Her art is being shown exclusively in Spencer House Gallery this year.


    Sue is a South Cotswold-based artist who specialises in oil painting and pyrography. Drawing inspiration from the natural world, Sue is passionate about documenting the wildlife she encounters.

    In 2018, she travelled to Churchill, Manitoba where she was able to spend time among the polar bears. This inspired The Bears of Hudson Bay, a series of oil paintings and pyrography works.

    Most recently, Sue's travels took her to Katmai National Park, Alaska where she witnessed grizzly bears during the salmon spawn. That experience formed the basis of her newest series of oil paintings, entitled The Bears of Katmai.

    Sue received her BA in Textiles and Fine Art from West Surrey College of Art and Design. Her work can be found in private collections as well as in the permanent collection of The Museum in the Park in Stroud, Gloucestershire.

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