Painting School

The famous Painting School of Montmiral. It has been my good fortune to visit twice and enjoy a lunch and long conversations with the ever stimulating professor Francis Pratt. Aside from painting we were as you do, putting the world right we enjoyed a long discourse about a subject upon which he is probably the … Read more

Guest Speaker

Did you hear this?

Page and activity I’ve neglected for a while, re written at the request of a new friend , marketing guru.

Guest Speaker

 

Gordon Frickers, best known as a Marine Artist, noted too for poetic landscapes, has proven a popular, entertaining guest speaker.

Gordon Frickers, portrait
Gordon Frickers, photo courtesy of Anthony Osmand Jones.

Gordon Frickers has an engagingly interactive, amusing, immensely knowledgeable and often surprising style as a speaker and lecturer.

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Titanic Progress

Titanic’s, “Plymouth Harbour“, after Norman Wilkinson. A major painting in progress. Titanic’s voyage was soon over, these two paintings sail on to become an addition to the brief life and long story, Titanic’s story.   Titanic’s ‘Plymouth Harbour‘ measures exactly as the original and is presented on the identical  type of canvas, 79.5 x 172 … Read more

Chris Fagg

It is with the greatest sadness that it falls to me Ladies, and gentlemen, on behalf of his sister Jo and family; it is also my privileged honour, to announce we have lost Chris Fagg

Chris, James, Gordon, Nov 2018

Chris has gone from this the ‘cloud cuckoo land’ he often laughed about to what we hope is a better place.
My deepest sympathy goes to his surviving family especially his sister Jo, and to all his good friends. I wish you all long life.

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Pickle Night?

Tonight, ‘Pickle Night’ theme party at the Crown Plaza, Plymouth.
There was a copyright issue with this poster, now resolved in my favour.
Had it been resolved sooner I’d have allowed the sale on the night of my renowned “I Have Urgent Dispatches” prints [from page Marine Art Prints £167 inc P&P] and given half my profit to the charity.
Crown Plaza, Plymouth
 
This beautiful, impressive print is available from my web site page https://frickers.co.uk/art/new-marine-print-gallery/

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Bright Yellow?

What was / is Bright yellow on warships and why important to my ‘Trafalgar Collection?

A Detail from ‘First Shots’

More than one ship today sports a curious choice of yellow line on her hull.
Quite different from ‘Nelson’s Bright Yellow’.

‘First shots’, HMS Victory at Trafalgar …

At that time [1995] Victory was painted Chrome Yellow.
As a marine artist I knew Chrome yellow was very expensive before 1820.
I suggested it was an error to use it for 1805.
Consternation !
Victory is the Royal Navy’s most famous icon !

Nelson’s Bright Yellow

I researched the colours, external and internal, at Portsmouth and elsewhere, together with Mr. Peter Goodwin when he was ‘Keeper and Curator of HMS Victory.

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Beach

Is there anything quite like sand between your toes, real paddling in a warm sea? I just love this sign !!! Please let’s keep all beaches clean !! Better still, not just to the beach…… tissues dropped in elevators, cartons etc thrown on the streets!!! Bin your waste in the appropriate way !!! On the … Read more

Disaster !

“The sea is all wrong, it should be flat calm” said Peter Goodwin to me by phone having just returned from the Arctic circle.
Actually, the painting, is absolutely ‘spot on’.
H M Sloop Racehorse, Friday 17 September, 1773
The moment portrayed : “HM Sloop Racehorse, North Sea storm, Arctic expedition 1773″.
Subtitle “Put Preventer Gammoning upon the Bowsprit’, Friday 17 September“.
Taken from the ship’s log book and journals and guided by the very authoritative Mr. Goodwin, this painting is accurate down to the tiller ropes on the poop deck and the fish davit blocks. The latter is a detail often missed by artists and model makers.

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The Mayflower Blank

Plymouth and government bureaucracy got involved and killed our project.
A few years astern some far sighted Plymouthians approached me with a far sighted proposal.
The Mayflower & Plymouth bureaucracy, a blank canvas
This in part because I’ve lived in Plymouth for over 25 years, they know my work and reputation,
A series of large paintings to be VIP gifts during Mayflower 400 in 2020.
I produced a series of concept sketches.
See ‘The Mayflower‘ page
https://frickers.co.uk/art/marine-art/merchant-sail/the-mayflower/
Any one or all of the concept sketches shown there, could be developed into an impressive painting.

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