Danielle Eubank


Eubank sketching aboard Phoenicia. Photo credit Aziz.
Eubank sketching aboard Phoenicia 2010. Photo credit Aziz.

Danielle Eubank is an expedition artist in pursuit of painting all of the major bodies of water in the world. She is beginning by painting all of Earth’s oceans. She is currently painting the second to last ocean on her list, the Arctic Ocean. So far she has painted all of the other oceans but one, as well as water in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, North America, and Asia. Eubank has painted around 200 bodies, in and around 21 countries. Below is a list of the expeditions she has been part of so far.

The Arctic Circle

The Antigua. Photo credit: The Arctic Circle
The Antigua. Photo credit: The Arctic Circle

Sailing 10 degrees from the North Pole, Eubank joined The Arctic Circle, an expeditionary program that puts scientists and artists together to explore the High Arctic, on a 3-masted barquentine tall ship, The Antigua. As part of The Arctic Circle 2014 Autumn Expedition, she was one of 28 international artists, scientists, and educators selected to board a the historic tall ship that sailed around the international territory of Svalbard, an arctic archipelago, north of Norway and only 10 degrees latitude from the North Pole.

Danielle Eubank is creating a body of work from the expedition that explores the unique qualities of the light, water, and ice in the High Arctic. As an oil painter interested in examining the relationship between abstraction and realism, she is making a statement about the unifying preciousness of water by documenting it all over the world with her paintings. She is studying the lakes, glaciers, pools, ocean and ice-flows around the archipelago.

I would like to formally thank the generous backers of this project who have donated time and money to help me get to the Arctic in order to paint the Arctic Ocean ~ Danielle
Andrew Adamyk Ray Ewan Sandra Mueller
Joe Aguirre Denise Fulton Maria Muriello
Alex Albin Mark Fargnoli Kate Noonan
Sheila & Vacit Arat Betty Fox Priscilla Otani
Vicki von Arx Laurelle Geils Celeste Oyama
Valerie Baptista Bonny Giardina Monica Payson
Ulla Barr Kelly Goto Marlene P. Plumnmer
Bruce Beasley Karen Gutfreund Judy and George Riley
Debby and David Beck Sonia Harman-Dawson trevor and Helen Robinson
Nicole Bernson Christie Henricks Harper Maiedell Rose
Naomi Blackburn Alex and Marie Henry tracey Ross
Jacki Breger Ann Isolde Keren Seymour
Alison Brett Mark Jen Eric Shank
Marie Cenkner Julia Jones Dan Shepherd
The Cole Family Sharon Killoran Misato Shinohara
Ellen Collender David King Noriko Suzuki
Tom Crew Humphrey Lau Kelly Townsend
Don Davies Meg Madison Mary Weaver
William Eagleton Kimberly Madrigal Steve Whalen
Marina Evans Victoria Manassero Heather Windham
Ellaine Eubank Nick McOllough Derrill and Nancy Quaschnick
  Craig Minami  

The Phoenician Ship Expedition

Phoenicia VII by Danielle Eubank, Oil on linen, 36x24 inches
Phoenicia VII by Danielle Eubank

Phoenicia in the Atlantic. Photo credit: Danielle Eubank
Phoenicia in 2010. photo credit: Danielle Eubank

Greek Historian Herodotus tells us how, in 600 BC, Phoenician mariners achieved the first circumnavigation of Africa, a voyage into unknown waters previously considered too dangerous to attempt. The Phoenician Ship Expedition, conceived and captained by Philip Beale, researched archaeological data of the Phoenician era. A number of leading maritime archaeologists and historians were consulted to develop the design specification based on archaeological data from shipwrecks of this era (predominately the detail of Jules Verne 7 & M'agan Michael wrecks).

Danielle Eubank is the Expedition Artist on the Phoenicia, a replica 600 B.C.E. Phoenician vessel that sailed from Syria in the Mediterranean through the Suez Canal, around Africa and back into the Mediterranean, completing the circumnavigation of Africa in November 2010 – in all 20,000 miles and over 2 years. She sailed aboard Phoenicia to London in June 2012, as part of the Phoenicia Exhibition that ran concurrently with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and London Olympics. As a crew member aboard the ship, Eubank’s duties also included assisting the captain in official events in Syria, Mozambique, South Africa, Gibraltar, and Tunisia.

Thompson’s Gallery, in central London, hosted Eubank’s solo show in date as Expedition Artist. Phoenicia will sail to the Americas in 2018.

The Borobudur Ship Expedition

Danielle was the Expedition Artist with The Borobudur Ship Expedition, an international expedition that sailed from Indonesia to Seychelles, Madagascar, South Africa, and culminating in Ghana. Officially launched by the President of Indonesia on August 15th, 2003, The Borobudur Ship made a journey of 10,000 miles finishing the expedition on 23 February 2004. The ship is a replica 8th century trading vessel, based on 5 stone relief carvings found at the largest Buddhist temple in the world, Borobudur, in central Java. The expedition was conceived by Briton Philip Beale, an aspiration originally concieved when Beale visited the Buddhist stupa in 1982.

In 2003 Eubank was invited to participate in the international Borobudur Ship Expedition. As Expedition Artist the body of work she produced during this expedition (over 100 paintings and photographs) was subsequently presented at a solo exhibition in central London. In addition to her role as Expedition Artist, she was the official advance liaison with legations in each country including the legations for Indonesia, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the countries visited: Indonesia, Seychelles, Madagascar, South Africa, and Ghana.

Photo of Borobudur Ship by Danielle Eubank 2003
Borobudur Ship 2003. Photo credit: Danielle Eubank
Borobudur Ship IV by Danielle Eubank, Oil on linen, 36x24 inches.
Borobudur Ship IV by Danielle Eubank

Danielle Eubank makes every effort to create her artwork in an environmentally responsible manner. She uses the highest quality materials. This includes low VOC or no VOC paints, thinners, and mediums, and FSC certified wood for stretchers. She recycles whenever possible.