The animals that helped influence Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution go on show at an exhibition of wildlife art taking place in Thixendale from Saturday 21 June to Sunday 13 July.
Giant tortoises and magnificent frigate birds are among exotic species from the Galapagos Islands to feature in a new collection of paintings by artist Robert Fuller.
The event follows a tour of the famous archipelago by Mr Fuller and is being supported by the world renowned Galapagos Conservation Trust and the Royal Geographic Society.
“I stood on the very beach Charles Darwin walked along when he saw marine iguanas and frigate birds puffing out their cheeks like toads and tried to imagine what it must have been like for him seeing these strange creatures for the first time,” said Mr Fuller.
“Incredibly there was no artist on board Darwin’s ship when it stopped in the Galapagos.
“The illustrations that we can see today in Darwin’s book, The Origin of the Species, were made years after his return to England.
“This means there are no original images of the species encountered on the most important voyage in natural history. Of course if he had been travelling today, Darwin would have taken a camera. As I followed his footsteps across the islands, I made up for this by taking lots of pictures.”
Mr Fuller’s exhibit includes underwater film of sea lions and turtles and of the fascinating courtship displays of birds such as waved albatrosses.
The Galapagos Conservation Trust, which supports scientific research in the region, will also have a presence at the exhibition.
For information of all the events taking place over the next few months at the Robert Fuller Gallery visit www.robertefuller.com or contact 01759 368355