The Kathleen & May in Mounts Bay - oil on canvas.
Highly detailed and dramatic paintings of square-riggers and working ships by this award-winning maritime artist.
R.G.(Bob) Grimson was born in 1945 and grew up in a small fishing village in South Devon before moving to the north coast where he attended Ilfracombe Grammar School. Being by the sea it was natural to develope a lively interest in ships and boats and he began painting them, as well as the spectacular Devon coastal scenery, at an early age.
Bob's work reflects the experience gained from a lifetime living by or on the sea and from sailing many thousands of miles including three trans-Atlantics in boats that he built himself. Many of his paintings were created aboard the classic 37ft Gaff ketch 'Meander' which Bob designed and built at Ilfracombe in 1990-92 and which was cruising home for him and wife Jean for 18 years. The beautiful clipper-bowed 'Meander' was the subject of a full length article in the December 2003 edition of Classic Boat Magazine.
Bob's highly detailed marine art can be seen in fine art galleries in the UK and USA and can be found in private collections throughout the world. He has had work shown at the prestigious International Marine Art Exhibition at Mystic Seaport, Connecticut, USA in 2007, 2008 and in 2010 when his entry won an award of excellence. One of his Paintings was presented to H.M. Queen Elizabeth II when she opened the new Heritage Centre at Pembroke Dock in April 2014 and in October 2014 his entry titled 'The Kathleen & May in Mounts Bay' won the Derek Gardner Sea & Sky award at the Royal Society of Marine Artists exhibition in London.
You might also like to view Bob's limited edition prints of West Country harbour scenes
Bob Grimson is available to paint your choice of subject-matter to commission. For details of the commissioning process, please email Julian Thomas.
The Barry Pilot-Cutter Kindly Light - Oil on canvas
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