Sunday, September 11, 2011
J Franklin Wright, Port Haweksbury, NS, artist.
J. FRANKLIN WRIGHT Renowned marine artist The Town of Port Hawkesbury
Bluenose II in the Strait - J.Franklin 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)
PORT HAWKESBURY boasts several prominent native sons and daughters, and among those is marine artist J. Franklin Wright, who has developed a mastery of marine composition. Drawn by the timeless nature and mystery of the ships and the sea, Wright’s work reflects the strong influence of the shipping environment that still plies its trade in the Strait of Canso, beside which his home town is located. Many of Wright’s marine fullmasted paintings have been released as limited edition prints and medals of distinction for their quality.Wright’s work has been shown extensively throughout Canada,
has exhibited internationally at the Annual Mystic Invitational, Mystic Conn.; the Jacob Javitz Centre, NewYork, 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. The Town of Port Hawkesbury has honoured this great marine artist by
naming the town’s exhibition space in the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre the J. Franklin Wright Gallery, and offered exhibits of regional artists throughout the year. It’s worth a visit.
The Sunset Side of Cape Breton, 2009.
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