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J. Franklin Wright

Drawn to ships and the sea because of the timeless nature of its mystery and beauty, J. Franklin Wright has developed the mastery of the marine composition at its compelling best. Specializing in ship portraits, he is influential for his explorations into the sparsely documented history of Canada’s shipbuilding industry.

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HMS Erebus and HMS Terror

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For centuries, European explorers were fascinated by the possibility of discovering a short trade rout through the northern “New Found Lands” of America to the Orient. By the 19th century, curiosity about a “Northwest Passage” had reached its zenith – sending one expedition after another to one of the most forbidding frontiers of the world – the Arctic. On 19 May 1845, in an expedition led by Sir John Franklin, the HMS “Erebus” and HMS “Terror” departed England to explore the seas that were expected to lead to a direct navigable passage connecting East to West. To withstand the severity of the Arctic voyage, both vessels were fortified with additional planking and fastened with metal. Additionally, they were fitted out with engines and screw propellers. Sufficient supplies for three years were stored on each vessel. In their first season, constantly battling the elements, they investigated Barrow Strait, later sailing around Cornwallis Island before returning to spend the winter at Beechy Island. The painting depicts the HMS “Erebus” and HMS “ Terror” in the summer of 1846. Encouraged by mild weather conditions, the arctic explorers are towing the vessel through the ice-cleared passage. They later sailed south, discovering a sound between Somerset and Prince of Wales Islands. By September of that year they were ice-bound off the northwestern coast of King William Island in (what is now) Victoria Strait. Tragically, (under perished – never knowing that in simply getting to Simpson Strait, they had actually navigated a corridor through the Northwest Passage that connected the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans.

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About J. Franklin Wright

Drawn to ships and the sea because of the timeless nature of its mystery and beauty, J. Franklin Wright has developed the mastery of the marine composition at its compelling best. Specializing in ship portraits, he is influential for his explorations into the sparsely documented history of Canada’s shipbuilding industry.

A native of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Wright is strongly influenced by his environment. With a style that captures a fleeting moment in time, “a characteristic feature of Wright’s work is the production of clear and accurate draughtsmanship. The coloring is natural and luminous and the depiction of his subjects in bright weather discloses as much as possible about the vessel and its details, both on board and in its surroundings”. (Poulson, The Northern Mariner, CNRS, Memorial University, January 1992, p. 101) Many of Mr. Wright’s paintings have been made into limited edition prints.

Evidence of his popularity is reflected by an increasing number of “sold out” prints. His editions have received medals of distinction. “Wright, one of the most sought after artists in Canada continues to become more popular with each painting and edition released.” (Canada Today, Canadian High Commission, London, June 1991, p.12) J. Franklin Wright, whose work has been shown extensively throughout Canada, has exhibited internationally at the Annual Mystic Invitational, Mystic, Conn.; the Jacob Javitz Centre, New York, New York; the Royal Society of Marine Artists London, England; the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, London, England.

He is a member of the International Society of Marine Painters in Florida. Wright is the only Canadian included in the influential marine volume, 20th Century British Marine Painting by Denys Brook-Hart. A book featuring the mastery of Wright’s work and titled The Marine Art of J. Franklin Wright features many of the historic vessels that have earned Franklin Wright international acclaim. Down to Earth Art are proud to be the exclusive dealer of originals and new prints for internationally renown marine artist J. Franklin Wright.

 

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