Danielle Eubank is an expedition artist. She travels the world capturing images of water, following in a long history of expedition painters that dates back centuries. Her paintings are at times surreal yet realistic – abstract and cleverly inferred. She explains what draws her to her unique subject, “Water is both universal and personal. There is one ocean, and we all share it.” Her portraits of water indeed create an instant feeling of nostalgia and collective recognition. Eubank’s work also seeks to raise awareness about our effect on the climate and oceans. The artist hopes viewers will see the beauty, and fragility, in the bodies of water she depicts.
This marks the first exhibition since her 20-year quest to paint all the oceans on earth was realized this past March, when she completed an expedition to Antarctica. The exhibit features photographs and a sketchbook she used on that journey, as well as paintings representing all five oceans she’s painted over the years.
Eubank has been on more adventures than one can count. She served as expedition artist aboard the Borobudur, a replica ancient Indonesian vessel that rounded the Cape of Good Hope sailing from Indonesia to Ghana, a journey of 10,000 miles. She also sailed on a replica of a 2,500-year-old Phoenician ship that traveled from Syria and circumnavigated Africa, to name just a couple.
Eubank is a recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, and has exhibited in the U.S., Europe and Asia. She lives and works in Los Angeles.
An artist's reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 15.
Admission is free. Kwan Fong Gallery, located in Soiland Humanities Center, is open to the public 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Visitor parking is available at all hours in the lot on Mountclef Boulevard north of Olsen Road. Parking in lots south of Olsen Road is by permit weekdays until 5 p.m. Street parking is by permit Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Image: Arctic X, oil on linen, 42 by 60 inches, 2017. Courtesy of the artist.