Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Max Jensen

Max Jensen (1860; fl. until 1908), was a German painter of marines inspired by his observations of the open sea in the North Sea and the Baltic.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Sarah Adams

Sarah Adams paints large format oils of the coastal scenes near her Cornwall studio.
These works are inspired by the abstract forms of rocks and sea caves framing keyhole glimpses of the sea.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Today, I made a quick visit to the Art Gallery of New South Wales, located among the giant fig trees of The Domain, a large parkland in the heart of Sydney, with views of one of the most spectacular harbours in the world. It's a must see if you are in this part of Australia, or the world.

Here are some marine-themed works from the AGNSW collection. From what I could see in the limited time available, only the Monet is actually on display. I suspect that marine painting, especially maritime or nautical art, is often seen by curators as too bourgeois - something that businessmen use to decorate their office or study. None of these works are by Australian artists. Marines have not been a major aspect of Australian painting, despite the fact that Australia is an island continent with a vast coastline, and, apart from the indigenous population, our ancestors came here on very long sea voyages. Perhaps we don't like to be reminded of the sea that exiled us from the rest of the world.

Charles Napier Hemy, Smugglers- "To save their necks".
Edward de Martino, Golfo degli Aranci, Sardinia.
John Mogford, Crossing the Bar, Scarborough.
Julius Olsson, The Night Tide, 1915.
Cluade Monet, Port-Goulphar, Belle-ile.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Erik Tiemens

These atmospheric cliff studies by Erik Tiemens are in gouache not oils.

Where it is impractical to make on site studies in oils, gouache and or watercolour is a quick and convenient medium. The studies can be used to make larger studio works in oils, but they also stand as wonderful works of art on their own.

Erik is an internationally renowned landscape painter and award-winning film concept artist.

Erik's website

Friday, August 8, 2014


Louis Isabey, Shipwreck.
Joseph Abeille, The Tempest.
Phillippe Jaques De Loutherbourg, Shipwreck off a Rocky Coast.
John Chancellor, Survived.
Vernet, detail.