Ice Maiden – the story
This painting, “Ice Maiden” is an inspiration to all who struggle in particular, against blind prejudice.
About this marine painting:
Numerous ideas were discussed with Tracy Edwards, for example when the girls entered Miami provocatively wearing teeny weenie bikinis.
Tracy felt that this was the moment that for the crew epitomized what the race was about for her & all her team.
Tracy Edwards first comment on seeing the finished painting at the Royal Southampton Yacht Club was “WOW“.
The achievement demonstrated by these women silenced their many critics who insisted an all women team would never complete the race.
A typical comment was “the women will fall out long before the voyage is done”.
The team defied them by winning 2 of the most demanding legs of the race with what was clearly not ‘a money is no object’ boat, and by returning to a thoroughly deserved hero’s reception at Freemantle, Auckland, Florida and finally at Ocean village, Southampton.
I was asked, an honour, by the then head of paintings, if I would give this painting, 'Ice Maiden' to the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.
At that time I had a young family and high hopes of a sale so I declined.
"Ice Maiden" remains with me today, a splendid example of my work, last shown when I was invited to give a one man show, an exhibition at the European Parliament, Brussels (May 2011).
I may yet present the paintings to the museum as part of the legacy of my art... unless this inspirational picture finds a home.
Gordon Frickers & the Maiden Team combined to produce this painting which skipper Tracy Edwards says is for her, the definitive image from that remarkable Whitbread race.
The race exists today as the Volvo Ocean Race and is the world’s premier offshore race.
This painting was honoured by being exhibited, by invitation, at the European Parliament, Brussels (May 2011).
A book and a film of the challenge were produced.
You can find the latter on Utube, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKCebH-CXZs
Painted by Gordon Frickers the original measures 76 x 101 cms (30″ x 40″), oils, price £ 10,000.00, (ex studio, ex frame).
Available 2 remaining prints signed by the captain and artist as a numbered edition price £147.00 each including postage)
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Gordon Frickers © 02.03.2012, updated 26.06.15, 16.01.2017
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