Jaume Laporta was born in Barcelona, in 1940, to a family with a long artistic tradition. He started painting when he was 14 years old.
After moving to the Costa Brava, he found himself attracted to the beauty of the Mediterranean, and decided to devote himself to capturing it's fishing and seafaring life.
In his oil and pastel paintings, Laporta tries to maintain a realistic feel while playing with his media and brushstrokes to avoid slavish reproduction of the real world.
I seem to be posting a lot of square format paintings lately. I often wonder if CD covers, and the square thumbnails on Flickr etc, have increased public acceptance of square images.
An artist once told me many years ago: "Never try to sell square paintings, people don't like them." But public acceptance of square canvases seems to have increased since then, perhaps due to CD covers and the square thumbnails in Flickr etc.
It's best to chose a format that suits the subject, but chosing a square format can help an artist to break out of cliched compositions.
HMAS Belona Nina and Pinta Racing Home, 1493.
I think I've posted the top image before but this one is of better quality.
A photo of UK marine artist Geoff Hunt using a mahl stick: a support for the brush hand, padded at one end so as not to damage the canvas. A mahl stick is particularly handy for detail work... and for fending off stray animals who wander into the studio.
Lisa Adams is a self-taught Australian artist whose meticulously representational works have a disquieting element that has been described as "surreal" or "magic realist", but rises above the psychoanalytical baggage of those movements.
Left: Attack by Pirates Below: Mermaids at Play, 1886
Arnold Bocklin (Boecklin) (Swiss 1827-1901) has been seen as a precursor of Surrealism. At times his work can be gloomy, morose and overblown, which is perhaps why he fell from favour during the Modernist period.
Clement Greenberg wrote in 1947 that Böcklin's work "is one of the most consummate expressions of all that was now disliked about the latter half of the nineteenth century."
The seascape, often populated with mermaids, was a genre that appears to have preoccupied him.
I find him an exceptionally imaginative and skilled artist, and can see his influence in a lot of contemporary magic realist or neo-surrealist art.
His son, Carlo Bocklin, was also a talented painter.
Michael Whelan is an American artist who, after a very successful carreer as an illustrator of science fiction and fantasy books, has moved into exhibiting gallery paintings based on his own personal visions.
To paint the sea, you must love it, and to love it, you must know the sea. - Frederick Judd Waugh
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This blog is intended as a reference resource for seascape painters (particularly those working in oils) and for art lovers. It's a mix of nautical/maritime art, seascapes and coastal scenes, both old and new. The blog is of a non-profit, educational nature; however, if you are the owner of an image and would like it removed, please advise in a comment to the post. Add comments by clicking on the word 'comments' under a post.
Copyright of images of paintings on this blog are usually held by the artist or owner and are not generally in the public domain.
A large proportion of the artists are from the US simply because their work seems to be easier to find on the internet, and perhaps the genre is more popular there, but suggestions of famous painters from other countries (and for the blog in general) are welcome.
Apologies if a link to an artist's or gallery's website has been inadvertantly omitted. If you are interested in seeing more, or purchasing, work by any of the artists on this site, google their full name in inverted commas, with perhaps the word 'paintings' or 'artist' and it should take you to their site or the site of a gallery representing them.
If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people together to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry