Adele Gibson

Hydrosphere

 

Transient Landscape 1

 

Transient Landscape 2

 

Hydrosphere

2017

Oil on zinc etching plate

32 x 28 cm (framed)

£600

 

This work was made on a reclaimed zinc etching plate: the aquatint that had been applied to the plate having altered its surface allowing paint to adhere differently when drawn across the surface. The painting is Gibson’s personal and emotional response to her research and reading about the Anthropocene.
(The hydrosphere includes water that is on the surface of the planet, underground and in the air: a planet’s hydrosphere can be liquid, vapour or ice)

Transient Landscape 1

2017

Oil on zinc etching plate

40 x 35 cm (framed)

£650

 

Gibson’s Transient Landscape paintings were made after a visit to Iceland. She was moved by the seemingly pristine nature of the glaciers there and the particular colour of centuries old ice. However, the ice is being lost at an increasing rate and by the next century Iceland may be ice free.

Transient Landscape 2

2017

Oil on zinc etching plate

40 x 35 cm (framed)

£650

 

Gibson’s Transient Landscape paintings were made after a visit to Iceland. She was moved by the seemingly pristine nature of the glaciers there and the particular colour of centuries old ice. However, the ice is being lost at an increasing rate and by the next century Iceland may be ice free.

Ocean Swell

Anthropocene Ocean 1

 

Anthropocene Ocean 2

 

Ocean Swell

2017

Oil on wood panel

50 x 40 cm

£700

 

Ocean Swell is an expression of Gibson’s connection with the sea and her experience of the storm systems which are increasingly more powerful.

Anthropocene Ocean 1

2017

Oil on canvas

70 x 90 cm

£750

 

Gibson gained inspiration to create Anthropocene Ocean 1 after watching film about coral bleaching in the Great Barrier Reef. Gibson dived in this location years ago before the extent of our effect on the planet was fully realised. This work references her thoughts and emotions about the loss of this most beautiful natural treasure and her hope that there is still time to make the necessary changes to mitigate the damage.

Anthropocene Ocean 2

2017

Oil on canvas

70 x 90 cm

£850

 

Gibson gained inspiration to create Anthropocene Ocean 2 after watching film about coral bleaching in the Great Barrier Reef. Gibson dived in this location years ago before the extent of our effect on the planet was fully realised. This work references her thoughts and emotions about the loss of this most beautiful natural treasure and her hope that there is still time to make the necessary changes to mitigate the damage.


Albedo 1

 


Albedo 2

 


Albedo 3

 

Albedo 1

2017

Oil paint and graphite powder on wood panel

15 x 15 cm

£210

 

This small series of paintings explores materiality and flow using oil paint together with graphite powder. The work in essence was created by the physical forces of gravity, surface tension and friction. This way of working accesses the scientific process of chromatography where different substances are separated according to their polarity. The graphite powder was added to the surface as a lubricant and so helps the paint to spread. Both the graphite powder and vine black pigment used are pure carbon. The choice of matt black together with shiny white is a way of referencing the concept of albedo (which is a measure of how shiny an object is). Albedo is an important factor causing the escalating rise in temperature in the Arctic. As reflective ice is lost over the ocean, more of the dark heat absorbing water is revealed and this is speeding warming in the region. The shapes produced also coincidentally resemble the polar ice cap.

Albedo 2

2017

Oil paint and graphite powder on wood panel

15 x 15 cm

£210

 

This small series of paintings explores materiality and flow using oil paint together with graphite powder. The work in essence was created by the physical forces of gravity, surface tension and friction. This way of working accesses the scientific process of chromatography where different substances are separated according to their polarity. The graphite powder was added to the surface as a lubricant and so helps the paint to spread. Both the graphite powder and vine black pigment used are pure carbon. The choice of matt black together with shiny white is a way of referencing the concept of albedo (which is a measure of how shiny an object is). Albedo is an important factor causing the escalating rise in temperature in the Arctic. As reflective ice is lost over the ocean, more of the dark heat absorbing water is revealed and this is speeding warming in the region. The shapes produced also coincidentally resemble the polar ice cap.

Albedo 3

2017

Oil paint and graphite powder on wood panel

15 x 15 cm

£210

 

This small series of paintings explores materiality and flow using oil paint together with graphite powder. The work in essence was created by the physical forces of gravity, surface tension and friction. This way of working accesses the scientific process of chromatography where different substances are separated according to their polarity. The graphite powder was added to the surface as a lubricant and so helps the paint to spread. Both the graphite powder and vine black pigment used are pure carbon. The choice of matt black together with shiny white is a way of referencing the concept of albedo (which is a measure of how shiny an object is). Albedo is an important factor causing the escalating rise in temperature in the Arctic. As reflective ice is lost over the ocean, more of the dark heat absorbing water is revealed and this is speeding warming in the region. The shapes produced also coincidentally resemble the polar ice cap.


Arctic Sea at Dusk

 


Storm

 

Arctic Sea at Dusk

2017

Oil on wood panel

30 x 30 cm

Storm

2017

Oil on wood panel

The storms in the UK are much less destructive than those elsewhere on the planet, nevertheless the high energy system which hit in December, 2017 made sleep impossible. Gibson painted this from imagination whilst recalling standing at Cape Cornwall a few years ago witnessing the aftermath of another storm there. As the atmosphere warms and holds more moisture, severe storms are becoming more prevalent. Gibson wants to capture the energy of this elemental force, as citizen of our planet she hopes to raise awareness of the impact of climate change.

Adele Gibson’s work is concerned with the environment and the part society is playing in its alteration. Gibson has a profound emotional connection with the far north and finds herself returning to the Arctic region where there is a strong sense of the sublime in the landscape. After visiting Iceland, Gibson embarked on a three-week residency expedition to the high arctic around the Spitsbergen archipelago in June 2018, ‘The journey was an intense experience, being immersed in the remote wilderness of glaciers, rock and ice during the polar summer, but also seeing all around me, evidence of anthropocentric changes to the entire ecosystem.’

Gibson makes her work on location which helps her to observe and feel part of her surroundings. Her paintings in oil are then made in her studio using imagination and visual memory together with her thoughts and emotions about the fragility and risk to our natural world. Gibson uses solvent free oil mediums and the best quality artist oil paintings avoiding any pigments containing toxic material.