RCGS EXPEDITION FUND
Expedition, a new painting of polar explorer Sir John Franklin’s HMS Erebus and Terror, is dedicated to the 129 men of the voyage who sacrificed their lives to bring a better understanding of the Arctic to the Western World, explains artist Christopher Walker. Walker, whose paintings have been exhibited in galleries across North America, is known for his progressive style of realism. He became a Fellow of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society in 2016, and created the “RCGS Expedition Fund” to help support the Society’s scientific, exploration and education programs. (Proceeds from the sales of limited edition prints of Expedition will be donated to the RCGS.) To ensure that every detail in the painting is accurate — from the rigging and iron-plate ice reinforcement on the bow to the size of the crew on the deck — Walker worked with the original ship plans from the National Maritime Museum in London, and in partnership with maritime archeologists. The result is one of the most authentic representations of the vessels ever made. “From an artistic point of view, painting this was like an expedition,” says Walker. “There is anguish behind the extreme accuracy in this painting, which I carried through to the end.” Perhaps most notably, rather than fixating on the peril, hardship and suffering typical of depictions of Franklin’s final voyage, Expedition captures the arrival of Erebus and Terror at Beechey Island — a moment full of determination, gallantry and hope. To purchase a quality reproduction of Expedition and support The Royal Canadian Geographical Society, visit rcgsexpeditionfund.ca.