The Skellig Islands

neil williams


 The Skellig Islands are magnificent. Now uninhabited, they are found off the wild  South West Coast of Ireland, and are famous for the early Christian monastery on Skellig Michael and more recently were used in the newer Star Wars films.

I'd hoped to find a way out to them, but that isn't easy in the winter. In the end, I think I prefer this two minute long exposure photograph taken from a cold windy beach on the mainland just after sunset. For me, it conveys a sense of isolation and a longing for distant shores and out of the way places. I like that.



We build everything ourselves in the gallery. The photograph is printed on the very best archival matte canvas, hand coated in a matte varnish we import from America, and then left flat to dry for a few days. This means the picture can be cleaned with a damp cloth, and the great thing about a matte finish with no glass is that you have no distracting glare or reflections. It's a much more direct experience.

Whilst the print is drying we can get on with making the stretcher frame and the tray frame that the finished canvas will drop into. The tray frame is hand painted either white or grey depending on your order (for this image I like the white best).

Next the canvas is stretched over the stretcher frame. After that, we carefully paint the canvas  edges with several coats of the same paint used on the tray frame, so the they match perfectly. Then we assemble the canvas and frame, put a hanging wire on the back, and attach a Certificate of Authenticity. Finally Neil signs the piece front and back adding the title and edition number.


This picture is available as a framed stretched canvas, and comes in two sizes as detailed below. A shipping charge of £35 is added at checkout.

Large Stretched Canvas Framed in a White or Grey Tray Frame: £425

Limited Edition of 150

Framed Size 133cm by 60cm (canvas 1254cm by 52cm)

XL Stretched Canvas Framed in White or Grey Tray Frame: £675

Limited Edition of 50

Framed Size is 183cm by 80cm  (canvas size is 175cm by 72cm).

Canvases can be rolled and shipped abroad unframed. Please get in touch for a quote.

Feel free to call Neil on 07957 473693 with any more questions, or email us at 

Collections: THE SEA

Type: fine art print

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