Geoff Hunt PPRSMA
About Geoff Hunt
Geoff Hunt is one of the world’s finest painters of 18th and 19th-century ships. Through his research for paintings, he is a leading authority on naval history and ship architecture of the period and has a special interest in the ships and commands of Lord Nelson. Geoff is past-President of the Royal Society of Marine Artists.
Geoff is well known for his depictions of naval scenes adorning the covers of Patrick O'Brian’s bestselling 'Aubery-Maturin' novels, a connection he began in 1988. He has also painted scenes from C.S. Forester's Horatio Hornblower series and Julian Stockwin's Thomas Kydd series. In a 2008 interview with Artist & Illustrators magazine, he asserted ‘I find ships awesome, fascinating, and slightly frightening.’
Geoff attended Kingston and Epsom Schools of Art, 1966–70, where he studied graphic design. Upon graduation, following a couple of years in advertising, he established himself as a freelance artist and designer, and was Art Editor for the popular Warship quarterly journal, from its inception in 1977 until 1979.
A wide selection of his work can be found in The Marine Art of Geoff Hunt (2004), published by Conway. Warships International Fleet Review found it ‘Spectacular and highly recommended.’ Famed for his attention to minute detail, Hunt once contacted ‘the Royal Observatory for the altitude and azimuth of the sun at a certain latitude and longitude at an exact moment in history’ to maintain the historical accuracy of one of his pieces.
In February 2007, he was asked by Rear-Admiral John Lippiett, Chief Executive of the Mary Rose Trust to paint an artist’s reconstruction of Henry VIII’s infamous flagship. He accepted the commission, finally completing the painting in January 2009 after hours of extensive and meticulous research. His article recounting the experience can be found in the Shipwright 2010 annual.
Geoff Hunt's paintings illustrate The Frigate Surprise: The Design, Construction and Careers of Jack Aubrey’s Favourite Command (2008), which he co-authored with respected maritime historian, Brian Lavery. Aubrey’s creator Patrick O’Brian has proclaimed that ‘Geoff Hunt’s pictures, perfectly accurate in period and detail, but very far from merely representational, are often suffused with a light reminiscent of Canaletto.’
Befitting his muse, Hunt’s studio is situated on the site of Merton Place, Admiral Nelson’s house.
The Nelson Collection
Geoff Hunt's spectacular series of prints depicting some of Admiral Nelson's most famous commands. Five of the prints show HMS Victory in the dramatic build-up to the Battle of Trafalgar, including the moment of that most famous signal: England Expects that Every Man will do his Duty..
Original Oil Paintings
Art Marine is pleased to be able to offer original paintings by Geoff Hunt. Original works directly for sale are very rare as so much of the painter's output has been painted to commission for private patrons.
Commission a Painting by Geoff Hunt
Geoff Hunt's paintings occasionally become available from his studio, but we recommend that you consider commissioning your own painting. Art Marine has over twenty years experience of working with Geoff - managing the process of commissioning marine paintings to the complete satisfaction of our clients.
Great Moments in Maritime History
A dramatic series of Geoff's historical subjects including the newly-launched Arrival of the Portuguese Royal Family in Brazil. Plus HMS Beagle off the Galapagos; an anti-slavery action by HMS Fantome, and three legendary trading clipper ships.
Fightling Sail 1773-1815
A set of twelve limited edition prints by Geoff Hunt, President of the Royal Society of Marine Artists. This is Geoff's definitive survey of the naval ships of the period.
The American Series
The full selection of Geoff's limited edition prints of American naval scenes. Dramatic naval actions associated with the War of Independence and the War of 1812. Decatur's expedition to the Mediterranean. John Paul Jones' Ranger bound for France - and more....