Geoffrey Huband

Limited edition prints by Geoffrey Huband, creator of the covers of Alexander Kent's Richard Bolitho novels.

GEOFFREY HUBAND was born in Worcestershire in 1945, and studied at Stourbridge College of Art and Victoria College, Manchester University. As a student in the 1960’s, he came to admire painters of the Newlyn School, who depicted day-to-day subjects in the fishing villages of Cornwell, as well as Montagu Dawson for his “style and directness.”

After a spell teaching, he moved to Cornwall in 1970 to paint full-time; its rugged coastline has inspired his marine paintings throughout a career that has seen him commissioned by collectors worldwide and his paintings included in numerous private collections.

Geoffrey Huband's best-known works are perhaps the cover paintings for Alexander Kent's superb Richard Bolitho series of novels. Six of these images have now been issued as highest-quality Limited Edition Prints.

Huband states of his work: "Visually I am intrigued by the abstracted qualities of maritime painting. The solidity of hulls, the apparent delicacy of masts and spars, the fragile beauty of sails billowing or revealing the form of the masts as they are blown aback. I enjoy the ordered tracery of rigging seen as a bold statement against the bright sky. My interest in maritime painting is excited as much by the physical appearance of ships as it is by the romance that time and history have endowed upon the subject. I am interested in ships for their beauty as well as for their functional qualities, and I am fascinated by the ingenuity that has been displayed in their construction and development since earliest times. The focus of my interest centers between 1700-1800, a period I regard as the peak of achievement in the combination of function and beauty in ships as well as architecture."

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