Clipper Kyle Leaving Newcastle, New South Wales, 1905 by John Steven Dews
- Museum of Australia;
Private Collection, United Kingdo...
- 24.00 x 36.00 ins
60.96 x 91.44 cms
- Signed lower left
- Oil on canvas
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Known for his sailing paintings, John Steven Dews is the pre-eminent marine artist of our day. Painted in an exquisitely realist style, Dews’ ability to capture the movement and ferocity of the ocean is fully realised in this beautiful painting. This is also an especially good illustration of the way in which Dews can accurately depict the fluctuating colour of the ocean, and the crystalline quality of light that can only be found on the open water.
Historical boating events are Dews’ subject of choice, and from the lifelike nature of this work one can feel his passion for boating. The way in which the huge ship sits serenely upon the choppy water as it makes it way out to sea is highly realistic. The huge, looming ships help to infer a sense of drama; and one is given a strong impression of the expansiveness of the sea and sky, which seem to reach on forever. In his spare time, Dews is a sailor himself, and paints from a body of technical sailing knowledge, as well as an artistic one, making his paintings unparalleled in their precise attention to detail and technical accuracy.
John Steven Dews was born near Hull, Yorkshire in 1949, and his connection with the sea began from an early age, when he inherited a love for the ocean from his Grandfather, who was an Assistant Harbour Master. The boy’s ability for painting ships was first recognised when he was five, and his picture was displayed in the school hall. His late teens however, were less promising; he failed his art A Level and then dropped out of a Fine Arts Degree after only a few weeks, because he disagreed with the way it was taught.
However, he went on to build a spectacular body of work, ready for his first exhibition in 1976, where nearly every painting was sold and his stratospheric rise to success began. The following year he held an Exhibition in San Francisco which also sold out to great critical acclaim, and since then, Dews has continued exhibiting regularly at leading galleries in London and around the world. Validation of his pre-eminence came in the Sotheby’s sale of Maritime Art in London on April 28th 1999, where his original, entitled ‘Off Cowes’, sold for a phenomenal price for a living marine artist.
This piece presents a brilliant opportunity to own a Dews; the artist is now commissioned for years in advanced and his paintings continue to fetch higher and higher prices. Dews’ painting of HMS Victory at Trafalgar sold in 2016 for close to £170,000. Sotheby’s described him as “The best there is, nobody to touch him.”
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About John Steven Dews
Museum of Australia;
Private Collection, United Kingdom
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