CHRIS FURSE. CV
ARTIST Watercolour and mixed-media paintings of birds, and people.
Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, 2 man exhbiton 2008.
London Selected Exhibitions: Society of Wildlife Artists, Mall Galleries 2001;
Hesketh Hubbard Society, Mall Galleries 2005
Solo exhibitions Ashford International 2004; Wildfowl Trust Centre Welney 2002;
Eye of the Wind Gallery Arundel & Metropole Café Gallery Folkestone 2003.
Featured artist Ingleby Gallery Derbyshire 1999; Headcorn Gallery Kent 2003;
Field Dalling Gallery Norfolk 2002, West End House Smarden 2006
Other exhibitions across the UK & Europe; member of Ashford Visual Artists.
Other Arts Work. Demonstrator Artist&Illustrator Magazine Exhibition, London 2006
International Art Camps: in 2004 on Veranka Island in Hungary, and
and in 2005 at Aiud in Romania.
Artist in Residence Gordonstoun School 1997 & 2000, onboard MV Sarpik Ittuk
in Antarctica 2006, and with Vikky Furse at Nature in Art 22-27 Jan.2008
Onboard Artist in Polar Star Antarctic 2007 & in Polar Pioneer Arctic 2007. ILLUSTRATOR. Contributor to bird books, reports & magazine articles, including:
The Shelduck(1982)ISBN 0521246466,Ian Patterson,Cambridge University Press.
Birds of the Loose Valley (2001) booklet by Don Taylor.
The Countryman, Sea Swallow, Ardea, Artist & IIlustrator Magazine, also
Kent Bird Reports (from 1994), and two of my own books.
POLAR EXPEDITIONS. I'm better known for leading expeditions in the Antarctic:
1970-71 Ornithologist & boat driver on Elephant Island (4 months,15-men).
1976-77 Leader & birdman in Elephant Island group (3 months, 16 men)
1983-85 Leader on Brabant Island for 12 months in tents & snowholes.
Then the Arctic for BSES Expeditions in Svalbard 1987,1993,1996 & 2001
In 1999-2000 I led a fantastic team taking BSES back to Antarctica -
the Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia, West Falkland & Cordillera Darwin.
AUTHOR. Elephant Island (1979) ISBN 0904614026 pub.Anthony Nelson.
Antarctic Year (on Brabant Island)(1986)ISBN 0709910584 pub.Croom Helm.
Arctic Expedition Handbook (1997) ISBN 0953038602. Also articles in
BAS Bulletin,Geographical Magazine; Polar Record;Ibis; Climber, Canoeing etc
LECTURER. Royal Geographical Society; Scott Polar Research Institute; Alpine Club,
Plas y Brenin etc., and recently on board polar expedition ships.
ENGINEER. A Dagger Marine Engineer Officer & Commander OBE RN, I served in a dozen ships, & ashore teaching post-graduates, overseeing in shipyards & 9 years R&D.
BOATMAN. I have mucked about in boats most of my life, and in both polar regions.
1970-71. Cox’n of our 1 Gemini dinghy off Elephant Island, no external support.
1976-77. First Antarctic expedition using canoes for travel(and no safety boat).
1986,1993,1996 & 2001. Boat driver in Svalbard (c70 days boating, c4,500 km).
LAST YEAR I WORKED AS EXPEDITION STAFF ON POLAR TOUR SHIPS .
Dec.2006: M/V Sarpik Ittuk (2 Antarctic voyages as Artist in Residence).
Dec.2006-Mar.2007; M/V Polar Star(5 Antarctic voyages, lecturer & boatdriver)
July 2007: M/V Polar Pioneer (1 voyage to Svalbard, natural history lecturer)
This boreal winter I'm drawing & painting birds again....and then.... who knows?