JOHN STEVEN DEWS
Title: "A Fresh Breeze"
Size: Height 48 inches Width 68 inches (framed)
John Steven Dews was born in Yorkshire in 1949. Due to his superb draftsmanship and the excellent quality of his painting, his rise to success was meteoric and has now placed him at the pinnacle of the marine art world. Following his graduation, Steven Dews built up an astonishing portfolio for his first exhibition in 1976 and, on the exhibition's first night, virtually his entire collection was sold. The following year he held an exhibition in San Francisco which also sold out to great critical acclaim and, since then, Steven Dews has continued exhibiting regularly at leading galleries in London and throughout the world. He is now commissioned for several years in advance. Steven Dews has been the official artist for the British Americas Cup challenge team and his many official commissions have included paintings to record the 150th anniversary of the New York Yacht Club and an Australian Government commission to record the bicentennial celebrations in Sydney Harbour. His paintings combine his mastery in oil of the natural elements of the sea and sky with the precision and accuracy of his depictions of ships and boats under sail. Above all, coming from a family with generations of links to the sea, Steven Dews lives and loves the subject he paints.
Traditionally one of the highlights of the yachting year, the Clyde Fortnight was a hugely popular event which, particularly in that golden era between the two World Wars, attracted the finest yachts afloat. In this unusually topographical work, Dews portrays seven of the most famous yachts of the day as they jill around off Hunter's Quay waiting for the start of the race for the prestigious King's Cup in the 1928 regatta on 7th July. From left to right, Dews himself has identified them as Shamrock, Lulworth, Cambria, White Heather II, Westward, Britannia and Astra, each and every one of which was a thoroughbred at the top of her class.
This is a superb example of his work which is presented in pristine condition.