Ice Bear

Ken Gorczyca

Acrylic on Canvas

30″ x 30″


Polar bears are the iconic species representing the suffering and torment from our warming planet. As the sea ice melts, they are being forced to carve out a new life on the land with unfamiliar dangers and starvation. Rising sea temperatures are directly related to man-made greenhouse emissions.  The capture of the despondent bear’s gaze reveals sadness felt by the entire polar bear species. His eyes show us a deep knowing that as we destroy him and his habitat, we destroy ourselves. Both brush and knife help me craft thick textures of built-up acrylic paint with bright color and shadows.