By Marc Alexander from his ‘In The Balance’ series. African Penguins, oil and silver leaf on canvas, 90cm by 90cm, (2015).
The endangered African penguin is only found in Southern African waters where I live. It is also widely known as the “jackass” penguin for its donkey-like bray. Like all extant penguins it is flightless, with a streamlined body, and wings stiffened and flattened into flippers for a marine habitat. It has distinctive pink patches of skin above the eyes which helps them to cope with changing temperatures. When the temperature gets hotter, the body of the African penguin sends more blood to these glands to be cooled by the air surrounding it. I live near a protected colony and therefore have had the privilege of observing these penguins up close.
Printed on ‘Van Gogh’ Archival Canvas with high quality HP Vivera fade-proof ink – made to last, ensuring a great investment. The image has an additional 3cm white border for staples. The Artist Print edition is limited to 500 prints and each print is individually signed and numbered. The canvas print is provided stretched over a stretcher that has a fixed backing board for added support. The canvas is treated with a high quality scratch resistant matt art sealant.