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The following biography accompanied an exhibition, May-June 30, 2007 at the Scott Polar Research Institute.
"The Scott Polar Research Institute is delighted to host this
retrospective of the work of one of Britain's most highly regarded
Artist and naturalist Keith Hope Shackleton was born in England in 1923
and began his travels early when his family moved to Australia.
When they returned after five years, he continued his education at
He served five years in the RAF in Europe and the Far East, and painted
war scenes with the Army and Naval Coastal Forces. After the war
he joined the family aviation business as a salesman and pilot, an
occupation that lasted fifteen years and provided further travel
opportunities. All the while he painted in his spare time.
In the early fifties two books of paintings, drawings and essays were published by Lutterworth Press – Tidelines and Wake,
which were largely concerned with another great interest – small boat
sailing. He represented Great Britain several times in
international dinghy and four times crewed the winning boat in the
Prince of Wales' Cup for International Fourteens.
As the pressures of his artistic work increased, he gave up his
aviation commitments to become a full-time painter and joined the
Johnny Morris BBC television series Animal Magic. At this time he illustrated Birds of the Atlantic Ocean, A Sailor's Guide to Ocean Birds, Wild Animals In Britain and wrote and illustrated innumerable articles for wildlife and yachting magazines.
Since then he has worked extensively as naturalist and boatman in MS
Lindblad Explorer, MS Polaris, and other vessels, mainly in the
Antarctic but also in the Arctic, Amazon and far-scattered islands of
the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans.
His painting has been influenced by a wide variety of subjects and
places, but he remains principally a marine painter perhaps best known
for his exciting interpretations of sea and sea-birds. He has
been President of both the Royal Society of Marine Artists and the
Society of Wildlife Artists, of which he was a Founder Member, and
Chairman of the Artists' League of Great Britain.
Bibliography: Keith Shackleton: An Autobiography in Paintings, published by Swan Hill Press, 1998.
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