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“It is important that I see exactly how the sails of a yacht are formed when she is rounding a mark or how the ocean appears during a storm.” - Tim Thompson

Tim Thompson was born in Hull, Yorkshire but spent his youth in the channel islands on the island of Herm. The natural beauty of the island and the influence of the sea in everyday island life fed Tim's imagination from an early age. He is as much a historian as an artist, taking inspiration from tales of great naval battles and historic craft. This historical glamour is brought to his paintings of contemporary craft as well, the same luminosity and romanticism shining through.


"A Warm Westerly Breeze off Castle Hill Light"(20x30)


Tim works in oil paints on linen canvass and he takes great pains to make sure his technique is as historical as possible. He works in the style of the Dutch maritime painters of the seventeenth century; layer upon layer of thin oil paint built up overtime in a process called "glazing" which creates the depth of color and clarity of form for which he is best known. Before beginning a painting he often spends months pouring over historical accounts of the event he wants to depict, tracking down details such as weather and tidal patterns. It's these little details and intense attention to accuracy that have helped Tim make a name for himself.




"Sloop Becalmed off the Needles, Isle of Wight" (30x40)


Tim's work is widely collected and lauded as "modern classics". He has work in the collections of Ted Turner, Bill Koch, The Shah of Oman, David Rosow, Ranulf Rayner, Sterling Morton Hamill, Les Trois Rois Hotel - Basel, Karl Wissing, Graham Blease and Dennis Conner among others. He was personally commissioned by the Royal Navy and HRH Prince Charles and Diana The Princess of Wales praised his work when they attended an exhibition of his in London. His longest running and most involved project has been a documentation of great moments of the America's Cup throughout the years, with one painting done of the winner of each race. He is the co-author of two books. He lives and works in Cornwall, UK.


Sean Farrell is one of those rare people who come along once in every generation or so. A true Renaissance man he is completely self taught, capturing his luxuriant still lives through observation and, perhaps, the channelling of the ghost of Caravaggio.

Growing up, Sean had no idea it was possible to make a living off of art, thinking of art as pure creation. His family encouraged his creativity and self-sufficiency but he never considered pursuing art as a career. He went into advertising instead, putting away every penny he made until finally, about twenty years ago, he quit his job and traveled to Italy.


"Italian Gardens"


Italy became the spiritual muse for Sean's work. Not just the history but the landscape, the quality of light, and the local approach to living sparked his creative spirit. He spent several years traveling through Europe observing the landscape, visiting museums, and painting nearly constantly. Like the great masters before him, Sean's style is intimately attached to place, influenced by the light and the natural world. It is both this sense of place and the studied techniques of the likes of Caravaggio and Rembrandt that makes his pieces so of-the-moment and also so timeless.


"Bearded Irises"




Painting is as much an intellectual process as a creative one for Sean. He is driven by the constant need to improve his craft, to study more, research in more depth, hone the process to perfection. He says that

"I try to take away elements of great works that I find useful and incorporate those elements into advancing a vision for my own work. I take away and work at what appeals to me and leave out the rest. I think somehow this has made my work unique in the sense that I do not try to paint as I've has been instructed by another, but only as I've been instructed by my own image of what makes a great painting. I am still learning."

It is this constant pursuit of perfection which gives his work such dynamism and his nods to art history and local italian landmarks make every piece of his a jewel that one will never get tired of examining.




"Peonies"


He has been awarded a lifetime membership to The Northeast CT Artist Guild and has been given the highest award the Copley Society offers; Since the late 1800’s fewer than 80 artists have received this award from the oldest non-profit gallery in the country.


He has also been awarded achievement as a Copley Master, the highest level one can achieve, and he has received 3 Copley Patrons Choice awards in all 3 of their Patron choice exhibits. The Florence Biennale in Florence, Italy has offered him a lifetime invitation to participate their exhibitions: The Slater Museum in Norwich, Connecticut has exhibited and awarded his work. In addition he has been published in American Art Magazine.


In the mid 1800s a group of French painters began painting landscapes inspired directly from nature. It was as much a revolt and revolution as anything imagined by today's youth, an approach to painting which flew in the face of the fashionable and accepted Romantic approach of the time, which strove to utilize nature as a backdrop and allegory to the struggles of the human spirit as opposed to a subject in its own right. In the 1960s a young Dennis Sheehan began staging a revolution of his own; a harkening back to this realist, nature centered, approach in revolt against the prevailing trends of abstraction and postmodern deconstruction which he saw taking root in the art world.

"A Place to Rest" ( 18x24)


Born in Boston in 1950 Sheehan grew up as the second of four brothers. As is the case with many artists he was always, always, interested in art and had his mind made up to become a painter the first time his father took him to the Boston MFA as a child. His father was endlessly supportive, taking the young painter to museums and galleries and encouraging his creative experimentation. Sheehan's mother would halfheartedly argue that he go into something more practical - business or banking - but even she was won over by her young son's passion and clear talent.

"December Dusk" (30x30)


Sheehan pursued his study of art at the Vesper George School of Art and the Montserrat School of Visual Art under the tutelage of Robert Douglas Hunter and the indomitable Jean Gabin. While in school he developed his signature deft hand and his fascination with the transitional periods of life - the changing seasons, changing times of day - always attempting to catch nature in a split second of indecisive luminosity. He employs much of the same techniques as the Barbizon and Realist painters before him; a muted color palette, a dark romanticism, and a smoky approach to distances which renders his pieces as ephemeral as they are exacting images of a landscape caught in a moment in time.



"Passing Storm" (16x20)


Sheehan pays the most attention to the light areas of his work, pulling the eye and rendering the reflections, but it is the darkness of his works which make his pieces so phenomenal. They capture the imagination of everyone who sees them and have made Sheehan one of the foremost painters of classical landscape in our time. His works are featured in the private collection of the White House as well as the personal collections of Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. He is a member of the Guild of Boston Artists and recently began offering free video classes on his facebook page "Sheehan Academy". He lives in the New England countryside with his family.




"Near The End" (10x20)


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