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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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The “Cutty Sark”

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During the days of deep-water sail, ocean “greyhounds” sailed from China around Africa and the Cape of Good Hope to England. Often weathering treacherous gales, they constantly challenged each other to be the first ship home, laden with well-stocked chests of tea. One of the famed China tea clippers, Cutty Sark, was launched in Dumbarton, Scotland, in 1869 – the same year that marked the opening of the Suez Canal. While this canal would lessen the time at sea for cargo-carrying steamers and eventually cause the demise of clippers, there were still records to break and rivals to beat. Registering at 963 tons, the Cutty Sark, with a sail area of 32,800 square feet, measured 224 feet in length, with a beam of 36 feet, and a draft of 21 feet. Her Scottish shipowner, John “White Hat” Willis wanted a vessel swift enough to beat the wondrous Thermopylae in the annual tea race. The Cutty Sark made several voyages in the tea trade. Year after year, and with a spirit of reckless daring, she beat the Thermopylae in that same trade. In 1954, she was moved to Greenwich where she was restored to her original condition as a tea clipper. In the painting, the sharp bow of the clipper keeps Cutty Sark slicing cleanly through the water, just as the sun is sinking beneath the horizon.

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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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