Faces from the Southern Ocean, an exhibition of 35 prints of animals and icebergs from Antarctica by artist and photographer J.J. L’Heureux, will be presented at the G2 Gallery in Venice beginning Tuesday, March 29 through May 6.
In 2000 Venice resident L’Heureux made her first trip to Antarctica, where she collected digital images of ice and snow for a white-on-white color field series of “landscape” paintings. She recently returned from her 11th trip to the continent in as many years.
During her initial expedition L’Heureux said she became fascinated by the wildlife and pristine environment she discovered there. Penguins, various types of seals, whales and the unique varieties of birdlife found in the Southern Ocean became living models for her in the setting of the vast, wind-swept, icy landscapes of Antarctica.
“I want to share my sense of the intimate relationships that come with experiencing this unique continent and its wildlife. Faces and eyes are among the first thing we register when meeting our fellow human beings,” L’Heureux explained of the wildlife portraits in Faces.
“My intention is to introduce the viewer to the faces and eyes of some of the amazing creatures I met and photographed in Antarctica. Inhabitants like the Southern Royal Albatross, the Antarctic Fur Seal, the Emperor and Macaroni Penguins.”
Since that initial trip, she has continued to build her extensive digital database from Antarctica. L’Heureux has traveled as a passenger on a Russian icebreaker, as an art and photography lecturer on adventure cruises, and on her own in a small motor sailor, the Golden Fleece. She also participated in the South African Penguin Study on Robben Island, South Africa, which is part of a project with the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds.
L’Heureux’s book, “Faces from the Southern Ocean,” accompanies the exhibition and is available in the G2 Gallery gift shop and online at Amazon.com.
The photographer will give an artist’s talk at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 8. A closing reception for Faces will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 6.
The G2 Gallery is located at 1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays.