A little bit about the painting
This painting is one of a series of three along with the penguin and the fox.
12 x 7 canvases
A little bit about polar bears
It is estimated that there are about 26,000 polar bears left in the wild. They occupy a significant area of land in the northern areas of North America, Asia and Europe, within the Arctic Circle. Polar bears can measure up to 3m in length and an adult male can weigh as much as 800 kg, which makes them the largest the largest land carnivore in the world. Their diet consists largely of seals. In spite of their distinctive white appearance, underneath their fur their skin is actually jet black. Their conservation status is currently described as vulnerable, with much of their habitat under threat as sea ice within the Arctic Circle has been melting in recent years. The Polar bear has long played an important role within indigenous folklore of many of the Arctic communities. The Polar bear has long had an association with Coca-Cola, having been used by the company widely in their advertising campaigns.
About the artist
Aly is a Northern Irish based Artist, Writer and Educator. One of Northern Ireland’s top artists, widely known for her Belfast prints and impressionist techniques. She has several accolades to her name, most recently:
> Nominated 40 under 40
> Listed as top 100 / Small Business Saturday
> Finalist in the East Side Awards
Aly works from a studio near Belfast which is conducive to her family life with her husband and their three young boys.
She is passionate about placing importance on everyday moments, objects and places in her oil paintings and pastel work. This is one of the many reasons Aly is a well established artist in Belfast, Northern Ireland and the United States of America.
Her practice is influenced heavily by her own childhood memories of growing up in a smallholding in the Irish countryside.
Themes of the familiar and familial can be traced back as far as her degree show in 2003 when her installation “Daddy’s bread” used 795 empty bread bags (of her father’s favourite loaf) to represent each week from when her Father passed until the opening of her final exhibition.
Aly was awarded a first class honours degree and a distinction in her Masters in Fine Art which she completed following her degree. Specializing in Acrylic, oil and Mixed Media Aly has a love for creating stunning vibrant paintings. Along with a love of monochrome and simple sketches.
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