C1988

[Sydney Harbour, from Vaucluse.]

Artist:

Louis Dodd (1943 - 2006)

Stunning oil painted on a mahogany board, by the famous C20th maritime painter Louis Dodd, of two British frigates at anchor off Watson’s Bay, both flying the Red Ensign, comprising a red flag with the cross of St. George on … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

[Sydney Harbour, from Vaucluse.]

Date:

C1988

Artist:

Louis Dodd (1943 - 2006)

Condition:

In good condition

Technique:

Original oil on board, signed lower right.

Image Size: 

650mm 
x 440mm

Frame Size: 

790mm 
x 600mm
AUTHENTICITY
[Sydney Harbour, from Vaucluse.] - Vintage Painting from 1988

Guaranteed Vintage Item
dated:

1988

Description:

Stunning oil painted on a mahogany board, by the famous C20th maritime painter Louis Dodd, of two British frigates at
anchor off Watson’s Bay, both flying the Red Ensign, comprising a
red flag with the cross of St. George on a white canton which was only used on British naval ships between 1707-1800. Both are also flying the smaller red
ensign at the top of the mast designating a vessel under direct
Admiralty orders. In the immediate foreground are groups of aborigines.

Recognised as a master maritime painter who used traditional techniques of painting on mahogany boards, with a gesso base and then applying numerous layers of thinly applied paint. He meticulously researched all aspects of the rigging and ship design for each of his paintings. Winner of numerous international awards.

The two British frigates at anchor off Watson’s Bay, are both flying the Red Ensigns, comprising a red flag with the cross of St. George on a white canton which was used on British naval ships between 1707-1800. As well as the smaller red ensign at the top of each mast designating a vessel under direct Admiralty orders. In the immediate foreground are groups of aborigines.

 

 

Artist:

Louis Dodd (1943-2006)

 Dodd was born in 1943, at the Buchanan Hospital in Hastings. His artistic career began at an early age when he won the prize for the best painting at a young people’s competition at the White Rock Pavilion. At St. Pauls’ School he was lucky enough to have John Spencer-Roberts as his art teacher, and was encouraged by him to enrol at Hastings School of Art. He then studied at Goldsmiths College from 1960 to 1963, and attained the National Diploma in Design. After graduating, he remained there as a member of staff, teaching graphics and running the reprographic unit. Later he taught at Hastings School of Art, before becoming a full-time painter at the age of 36.

He was the only three-time winner of the prestigious Schaefer Award for maritime painting at the Annual Mystic International Exhibition, and the first contemporary artist to be listed in the Dictionary of Maritime Painters: his work is in corporate collections and museums around the world.

Weeks or even months of careful research and countless sketches preceded each painting, and he developed his own highly refined method of painting, based on the techniques of the Old Masters. Painting in oils on carefully prepared gessoed panels of mahogany, and later of marine ply, he began with a base painting of the sky, sea and background. Over that, using a very fine brush, he painted the detailed outlines of shipping and background buildings. Then he applied many layers of transparent glazes, allowing ample drying time between them, and this created a brilliance of colour, and illusion of light to the finished work.

Having worked from historic documents archives and engravings, the works on display contain a wealth of subtle and exquisite detail resulting from meticulous research into every subject the artist addressed. 

 

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