Thompson's Gallery, located in Marylebone, London, will hold a solo show of paintings by Danielle Eubank. The show, 6-24 July, 2011, will feature the very latest work from Eubank's travels aboard Phoenicia, a re-creation of a 6th-century BCE Phoenician sailing vessel.
Former British Royal Navy Officer Philip Beale conceived of Phoenicia's expedition and captained the ship. The voyage started in Syria in August 2008, continued through the Suez Canal, around the Cape of Good Hope, through the Straits of Gibraltar, and ended in Syria in October 2010. In all, the ship sailed 20,000 miles and was at sea for more than a year.
Beale will be featured during Eubank's exhibit, speaking on his career as an Adventurer, as well as on constructing and sailing Phoenicia. Beale invited Eubank aboard as Expedition Artist in order to ensure that images of the boat and the essence of the voyage were preserved for generations to come.
'Eubank's paintings vividly and colorfully bring to life the extraordinary story of this voyage "in a way that the written word simply cannot," said Beale. "The artwork that she has produced is critical to this project, because it allows viewers to participate in the voyage and experience the travel themselves through her interpretation of the water that surrounded us every day."
Approved by the Royal Geographic Society, Phoenicia's circumnavigation of Africa was a true feat of experimental archaeology, demonstrating possible the report by the ancient Greek Herodotus that such a circumnavigation was accomplished by Phoenician mariners in 600 BCE.
Notably, 10% of the sale proceeds of the exhibition of Danielle's art will go towards The Phoenicia Foundation that will use Phoenicia to provide opportunities, challenges and inspiration for underprivileged students from schools on the Phoenician coast in modern day Syria, Lebanon and Palestine.