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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Maritime Paintings by J. Steven Dews (British, b. 1949)


Steven’s love affair with art and the sea began at the age of 5, when he had a picture of a ship displayed on the wall at St John’s Infant School. He inherited his passion for ships and the sea from his grandfather, who was an Assistant Harbour Master in Hull. Steven built up an astonishing portfolio for his first exhibition in 1976 and, on the exhibition’s first night, virtually his entire collection was sold. The following year he held an exhibition in San Francisco which also sold out to great critical acclaim and, since then, Steven Dews has continued exhibiting regularly through The Royal Exchange Gallery and his agent and director of the gallery Oliver Swann. Steven Dews is a highly experienced yachtsman who brings his knowledge to the composition and detail of his paintings. This, together with a mastery of technique to capture wind, sea and sky has raised his work to be so very highly prized amongst collectors. The Marine Board of N.S.W. commissioned from him a record of the Australian Bicentennial Celebrations, and in 1994 the New York Yacht Club chose him to record their 150th Birthday Regatta at Newport, R.I. Many owners from around the world have commissioned portraits of their favourite yachts. The Royal Yacht Squadron commissioned Dews to paint a record of the 2001 America’s Cup Jubilee Regatta.





America
Australia Day
Cape Horn
Challenger off Bermuda
Sobraon alongside at Pitt Street Circular Quay Sydney 1871
Susanne racing Westward off the Needles
The Bicentennial First Fleet arriving at Botany Bay January 1988
The Wind Piped Loudly From The West
Atlantic
Columbia and Shamrock off Rhode Island 1899
Maiden in the Southern Ocean
The Whaler Phoenix off Greenwich 1820
Tweed in the Channel
Wanderer off Spurn Point
Ariel and Taeping The Great Tea Race of 1866
Ariel Leaving London Docks 1866
Dainty
St Ives
The Battle of Copenhagen 2 April 1801

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