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Painted in acrylics on antique wood, at least 100 years old.
In an old book, I found black and white images of old ships that roamed the coastal waters of England, carrying coal, stone and other cargoes. These kinds of pictures had originally been painted by itinerant sign painters, sailors and ship's captains, who would decorate their sea-chests with images of their ships.
I have reimagined and re-coloured these images, bringing them back to life and using old wood to give the same feeling of antiquity the originals have.
The wood has been rescued from old houses on the Kent coast and East End of London. It has been treated with woodworm repellent, painted in modern artists' acrylic paint and finally varnished with yacht varnish to protect the surface.
This style of ship was working around the turn of the 20th century.
Wood, acrylic paint, yacht varnish