A portrait of the explorer Victor Vescovo following his remarkable achievements in ocean exploration, diving to the deepest points of each of the five oceans.
The Five Deeps was the first manned expedition to the deepest point in each of the five oceans.
Observing all aspects of life aboard the DSSV 'Pressure Drop' I travelled to the South Pacific for dives into Horizon Deep and 80° North, for Arctic dives into the Molloy Hole.
My work records the inspiring, historic mission of Victor Vescovo and his momentous journey with Triton's revolutionary deep sea submersible 'Limiting Factor'. The EYOS team, Triton engineers and expert scientists led by Prof. Alan Jamieson & Heather Stewart traversed 47,000 nautical miles making 39 ground breaking descents and multiple scientific discoveries in a year.
These paintings strive to explore the deepest reaches of our oceans, the people who venture there and the stories they create.
A portrait is the representation of a particular person and their story and this painting was commissioned for Victor's family. I hope it reflects a lasting legacy of the mission that Victor created and funded and offers a personal memoir away from the media's fast news. The project had integrity and it was an honour to use art to encapsulate that for posterity and personal reflection.
50 x 70cm
In a private collection, Texas.