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ISBN: 9781906690052
AUTHOR: Paul Wright
Hearts of Steel
Hearts of Steel
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‘If any single event can be said to have changed anyone's life then a hot July day in 1959 certainly changed mine. The event was a school trip to Portsmouth Naval Dockyard arranged for us ten-yearold schoolboys... we visited HMS Victory in the morning and then we were escorted to a motor launch for a tour of the dockyard. Our launch rounded the bend and there before us like a block of white flats set on an azure mirror-like sea lay HMS Vanguard, the last and largest British battleship, the sheer size and grace of her simply took my breath away...’

So writes the artist Paul Wright in his introduction to this superb book of his paintings of warships. Inspired as a boy, he embarked upon a career as a painter and illustrator maintaining his passion for the steel-hulled warships that dominated the oceans of the world for over a century. His meticulous paintings of famous warships of the 20th-21st century capture the grace, strength and sheer brutal power of these massive vessels. The paintings included in Hearts of Steel represent the leading battleships, carriers, cruisers, destroyers, frigates and submarines of the Royal Navy, the US Navy, the Imperial Japanese Navy, the Imperial German Navy, the Kriegsmarine, the Italian Navy and the French Navy.

Each painting is accompanied by a brief history of the ship, the purpose for which she was built and her consequent career at sea. The artist also describes the technique used in his paintings, the importance of understanding the architecture of the vessel, and the need to create drama with the sea and sky as background.

Anyone who has a passion for naval ships, or who appreciates the masterly skill required to capture such vessels in paint, will love this beautiful book.

Paul Wright, born in 1947, studied at the Farnham School of Art in the 1960s, since when he has been a full-time and highly successful maritime painter and illustrator. His work is represented in the Permanent Collection Royal Navy Museum, Portsmouth, and in private collections throughout the world.

In 1997 he was commissioned by the officers and men of HMS Chatham during their duty as headquarters ship for the hand over of Hong Kong to China to paint a portrait of their ship and HMY Britannia during the events of that week. In 2000 his work for the Patrick O’Brian novels was exhibited by the Jinishian Gallery of Connecticut at the New York Yacht Club and the 5th Avenue Club. More recently Paul has completed two large murals for the Sheikh of Abu Dhabi, and carried out mural paintings for the new Cunard superliner Queen Mary II. He has regularly exhibited at the Royal Society of Marine Artists in London.

Imprint: Halstar. ISBN 978 1 906690 05 2, hardback, 238x258mm, 136 pages. Published September 2009.

Web Price: £19.99
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