Migaloo the white humpback whale by Stephanie Burns

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Migaloo the white humpback whale By Stephanie Burns Performance 9am-­‐6pm Friday 15 Nov 12 – 23 November 2013

Depot II Gallery 2 Danks Street Waterloo NSW 2017 M 0421 396 544 E info@stephanieburns.com.au www.stephanieburnsfineart.com


Migaloo and Orca, oil on canvas, 215 x 122 cm

Migaloo and Shark, oil on canvas, 215 x 122 cm


Migaloo breaching right Oil on linen, 30 x 25 cm

Miglaloo breaching leM Oil on linen, 30 x 25 cm


On 28th June 1991, an all-­‐white whale was photographed passing Byron Bay, Australia's most easterly point. Named Migaloo by the indigenous community in Queensland ("White Fella"), at the Rme the whale was the only documented all-­‐white humpback whale in the world. For me, Migaloo is symbolic of the vulnerability of the humpback populaRon. My current series of painRngs focuses on Migaloo, telling the story of his journey up and down the coast. Migaloo is an awe-­‐inspiring member of his species, unfortunately humpback whales are sRll threatened by humanity's interference and predaRon. Whale populaRons are affected by ships and scienRfic whaling carried out in the southern oceans. Even today, some countries threaten to resume whaling. The TV documentary "Whale Wars" highlighted to me the plight of these amazing creatures. Migaloo stands out in our waters as a beacon of hope for humpback whales, but he also highlights their vulnerability.


Migaloo Diving, oil on canvas, 168 x 199 cm


Migaloo’s lazy morning, oil on canvas, 121 x 182 cm


Migaloo Slapping, oil on canvas, 137 x 198 cm


Migaloo in the Kimberley Oil on board, 45 x 35 cm


Migaloo and calf chilling, oil on canvas, 36 x 46 cm


Migaloo and calf dancing , oil in canvas, 36 x 46 cm


Migaloo and calf surfacing Oil in linen, 35 x 35 cm


Migaloo and calf play, oil on linen, 30 x 40 cm


Migaloo and calf embrace, oil on linen, 30 x 40 cm


Migaloo slapping 2, oil on board, 30 x 40 cm


Danger in the water, oil on linen, 30 x 40 cm


Danger in the water Oil on linen, 30 x 40 cm


Migaloo Diving 2, oil on board, 20.5 x 25.5 cm