Wooden Ships and Iron MenThe Maritime Art of Thomas Hoyne
REESE PALLEY, MARILYN ARNOLD PALLEY
"Determined to make the most of the two years left to him after cancer diagnosis, commercial artist Thomas Hoyne decided to paint what really interested him–sailing ships at sea, and he ended up painting some of the most compelling works ever done in the genre. . . . While we may marvel at Hoyne's ability to capture watercraft down to the smallest detail, we never lose sight of the fact that his vessels, however substantial–and their crews, however competent--exist at nature's pleasure, forever hovering at the edge of destruction. In the end, Hoyne lived far longer than his allotted two years. To find out why you'll have to read this extraordinary book." ––Eric Gibson, Wall Street Journal
Tom Hoyne was a successful artist in advertising when, in mid-life, he was diagnosed with cancer and given two years to live. Confounding his physicians, Hoyne lived for seventeen years, during which he produced some of the most dramatic paintings of America's maritime past. This beautiful volume is the first full presentation of Hoyne’s work. More than 100 paintings are reproduced here, almost all of which portray the beauty of the fishing schooners and the terrors and hardships on the waters of the notoriously inhospitable Grand Banks. In addition to reproductions of his paintings, this book deals with the artist’s life and techniques. It discusses the fishing schooners and their legendary designers. It also describes life and work on the most dangerous fishing grounds in the world with fascinating recollections of the great skippers of the fishing communities around Gloucester, Massachusetts, and the small villages that lined the East Coast.
This book, along with traveling exhibition of Hoyne’s paintings which begins at The Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia will confirm the artist’s place as a master of marine realism.
REESE PALLEY ,art dealer and historian, spent two decades girdling the world in Unlikely VII, his 46-foot sailing vessel, with his wife Marilyn. He is the author of many books and articles on subjects both nautical and artistic, including: The Best of Nautical Quarterly: The Lure of Sail and The Porcelain Art of Edward Marshall Boehm.
MARILYN ARNOLD PALLEY Marilyn is a fiber artist and specialist in Danish design. The Palleys live in Key West, Florida.
September 2005 $59.95 clothbound (Can. $84.00) ISBN 1-59372-013-0 11 1/4 x 10 7/8 inches 100 color reproductions 224 pages SAILING/ART