The Seychelles And The North Atlantic Ocean.

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An exhibition of 50 paintings comparing the two oceans by Nicholas Romeril at the Thomas Dutoit Galerie, Suhrenmattstrasse 2, Unterentfelden, Switzerland. +41(0)62 723 41 32 [email protected] 4th May – 30 May

Seychelles, North Island.

In January 2023, Romeril was invited again by WildLife Act to be the AiR at their Seychelle project. He spent 4 weeks on North Island. This privately owned island has high-end tourist lodges as well as an established conservation project. The conservation objectives are to monitor the Hawksbill and Green turtle nesting and hatching, beach comb for sea waste and record and log what is found, eradicate invasive species, nurture the giant tortoise population and record fish species.

Romeril created sketchbooks, shot virtual reality films, created ‘field paintings’ and helped as a volunteer on the project.

‘I have been working to capture the different colours and feelings of the two seas. The Indian Ocean have a turquoise which is not found in the Atlantic. The waves seem to be shorter and break more evenly while the seas around my home are bottle green and break chaotically. Both are beautiful and full of energy.”

North Island was the first Seychelles Island on which a recorded landing was made by sea farers in 1609. They predated the giant tortoise population so by the 19 century only three giant tortoises were left, Harry, Patrick and Brutus. Through conservation projects they now safely roam the island with another 150 giant tortoises in a perfect sanitary. The island has eradicated many invasive spieces such as rats, cats, pigs, barn owls and coconut trees.

This exhibition is the celebration combines his experiences while on North Island during the AiR and his love for the North East Atlantic sea.