23/3/2018Framed Size: 945 x 820mm
The sea charts on which Philippa Bentley’s sea creatures are lovingly printed are from the yacht Archangel.
Archangel is a 70 foot schooner built in Canada by C and C Yachts for Michael Davies and launched in 1980. The Davies family enjoyed many adventures on the Archangel, sailing her all over the world, before selling her to New Zealand yachtsman Peter Blake. Archangel became Sir Peter and Lady Blake’s family yacht and has a special place in New Zealand’s sailing history and in the hearts of the sailing fraternity.
Mike Bundock, Philippa’s partner, purchased Archangel from Lady Blake in Barcelona in 2004. Mike then spent about two years sailing her slowly back to New Zealand. Archangel is currently based in Auckland and can be seen sailing regularly on the Hauraki Gulf.
Many of the maps and charts stored in Archangel’s lockers hint at oceans and lands explored, while others clearly show the sailor’s record, courses plotted in pen or pencil, chartered across the flat paper seas.
What better ground for an artist to work on than these sea charts carefully studied, handled and plotted by such sailors. They are unique and special items in themselves, their beauty and value enhanced further by the vision of an artist reflecting on the boldness, curiosity and open spirit of adventures going bravely into the unknown.