Painter and sculptor Nasser Azam has today returned to the UK having endured temperatures of -30¡C (wind chill of -45¡C) and battled winds as high as 100kph, whilst completing a series of large-scale paintings in the Antarctic tundra.
Over the course of a nine days on the continent (20Ð28 February), Azam produced a total of 13 paintings in response to a variety of frozen landscapes. The works were painted outdoors using specially designed brushes, canvas and non-freezing paints
Working in situ, Azam executed a series of monumental canvases on an ice desert, an ice lake, an ice cave and a glacier. The paintings were left out overnight at each location for the elements to contribute to the compositions. The harsh conditions of the ice desert proved hazardous and four canvases were lost in high winds during the night. A special search mission two days later retrieved one of the lost canvases.