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Artist statement

Inspiration struck when stumbling across an old boat tucked away in an unused boat shed. Sunlight streamed through cracks in its siding, highlighting the dust in the air while casting streams of light and shadows over the worn wood and peeling paint of this sleeping beauty. Who built it, why was it built? How has necessity defined its shape and function?

As a boatbuilder and as a career, I have chosen to preserve old wooden boats. I'm fascinated by their historic value, an intrigue that draws me into a careful study of their build and design. Many of the boat images I create come from the inspiration of working on the vessels themselves, or of the historic role they played in the past.

Intrigued by the myriad of hulls shapes, styles and construction, I find true beauty, and then joy of artistic license, by using light and colour to capture the essence of the boat in my paintings.

Tony Grove

 

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Turner Beach
Turner Beach

The Sum of Many
The Sum of Many

Drumbeg
Drumbeg

Sunset Beach
Sunset Beach

Summer Evening
Summer Evening

Raven
Raven

Pea Pod
Pea Pod

Aja
Aja

Golden Eye
Golden Eye

Blue in the Dark
Blue in the Dark

Cat Boat
Cat Boat

Turner
Turner

Sid Skiff
Sid Skiff

Dory
Dory

End of an Era
End of an Era

Carloforte
Carloforte

Lateen
Lateen

Ruth
Ruth

Anna
Anna

Wherry
Wherry

Acorn Skiff
Acorn Skiff

Evening Light
Evening Light

Silva Bay
Silva Bay

Dorothy
Dorothy

Stem & Stern (2 paintings)
Stem & Stern (2 paintings)

Wherry 2
Wherry 2

Waiting for the Incoming Tide
Waiting for the Incoming Tide


Giclée prints on canvas are also available. Contact me for inquiries.


 
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