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The Maritime Art of Jim Griffiths

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S: The Maritime Art of Jim Griffiths

BC: Jim Griffiths' art is in the collection of Maritime lovers around the world. He has produced his first artbook with a magnificent collection of full color images. Griffiths' unfailing eye for detail and talent for playing with light make this volume a must-have for any collector's library.

FC: The Maritime Art of Jim Griffiths

1: The Maritime Art of Jim Griffiths Selected works of Sailing Ships, Military Subjects, and Sea Scapes | All paintings are Copyright 2011 Chicago, IL

2: Dedicated to my beautiful wife and children | Front Cover On Her Way 12 1/2" X 19" U.S. clipper "Witch of the Wave" Page 1 The Mauritania Departing New York 12 1/2" x 19" The Cunard passenger liner Mauritania Opposite Clear to Port/Clear to Starboard 12 1/2" X 19" U.S.N. "Permit" Class Sub (Circa-Mid-1970s) Returning to Port Back Cover Bound for Lingayen Gulf 11 1/2" x 27" U.S.S. Louisville(CA-28), January, 1945

3: Table of Contents | Sailing Ships and All Canvas.................................4 Military and Commerical Vessels........................18 Landscapes, Sea Scapes and Wildlife...............26 About the Artist.....................................................32

4: Sailing Ships and All Canvas | Slow Going 6 1/2" x 11" U.S. clipper Asterion | Opposite Lahloo in Light Airs 10 1/2" x 15" British tea clipper Lahloo | 4

6: Unbeatable 17" X 24" The Constitution Defeats HMS Java, December 1812 | 6

7: Fleeting Colors 12 1/2" x 19" British tea clipper Taitsing | 7

9: Midnight Run 12 1/2" x 19" U.S. clipper the Golden West | Opposite Holding Her Own 12 1/2" x 19" U.S. clipper the Golden West

10: Close Encounter 12 1/2" x 19" Gloucester macherel seiner has a close encounter with a large New York bound passenger liner on the Grand Banks | 10

11: Next to the Last Second 10 1/2" x 15" A small rowboat is left shoreside in Nantucket Harbor | 11

12: Waiting Patiently 10 1/2" x 15" Sailboats in storage, waiting for warmer weather | 12

13: On Company Business 18"x25" American built/British owned clipper Lightning | 13

14: Driven 19" x 26" British clipper Lightning | 14

15: In the Kingdom of the Wind 10 1/2" x 15" American medium clipper Bonita | 15

16: They Mark Our Passage 16" x 25" British tea clipper Taitsing | 16

17: The Clipper Comet in Severe Weather 12 1/2" x 19" The American slipper ship Comet | 17

18: Military and Commerical Vessels | In the Gulf 12 1/2" x 19" Amphibious assault carrier USS Tarawa (LHA-1) | 18

19: Block Island at Casa Blanca 14" X 25" CVE-21 USS Block Island May, 1944 My father was a Naval officer attached to Composite Squadron VC-55 aboard the USS Block Island (CVE-21) when the ship was torpedoed by a German U-Boat off of the Azores. This is in honor of him.

20: The Leviathan in Warpaint 12 1/2" X 19" U.S.S. Leviathan (ex-Vaterland), Spring 1918 This unusual, but beautiful, WWI dazzle paint scheme was but one of many dozens of different camouflage patterns applied to ships in this war | 20

21: Heading for the Aleutians 10" x 19" U.S.S. Trenton (CL-11), September 1944 | 21

22: On Yankee Station in '68 14 1/2" X 26 5/8" CVN-65 U.S.S. Enterprise | Opposite First to go in Harm's Way 12 1/2 " x 19" U.S.S. Tripoli (LPH-10) | 22

24: No Quarter Asked, No Quarter Given 10 1/2" x 19" B-25's of the 499th Bomb Squadron attack a Japanese Naval frigate, April 1945 | 24

25: The Hobson 12 1/2" x 19" DD-464 in experimental WWII camouflage Ms. 15 (Ms. 12 w/ white) | 25

26: Landscapes, Shore Scapes and Wildlife | 26

28: Page 26 Time to Worry 12 1/2" x 19" Great White sharks in murky water Page 27 The Shoreline at Portsmouth 12 1/2" x 17 1/4" Shoreline rocks bathed in late afternoon sun in Portsmouth, N.H. | Dance of the Giants (II) 12 1/2" x 17" Humpback whales in the Pacific, off Monterey, CA

29: Hard Water 10 1/2" x 15" A frozen creek in winter near the artists' home | The Surf at La Jolla 6 1/2 " x 11" Along the beach in La Jolla, CA

30: Sanctuary 12 1/2" x 19" Part of the rock formations at "The Haystack", Cannon Beach, OR | 30

31: Lord of His World 12 1/2" x 19" A Great White shark prowls near the surface | 31

32: Artist’s Biography of Jim Griffiths Chicago-born Jim Griffiths’ interest in art goes back to his early childhood when he spent a great deal of time drawing and painting. During high school years, summers were spent taking classes at the Chicago Art Institute and the American Academy of Art. Griffiths continued his enthusiasm for art at Amherst College, graduating with a BFA in studio art. He then attended the Los Angeles Art Center College of Design, graduating with a degree in illustration. Returning to Chicago Griffiths worked for an industrial arts studio but soon left as the constraints on his art were too demanding. He pursued his own career as a landscape artist but very shortly made the decision to devote himself entirely to marine art and paint the subjects of ship and sea that he had been most interested in for many years. To many, the most remarkable aspect of Griffiths’ paintings is the fluid realism of the sea. It required many years of study and hard work to achieve the skill and artistic perception necessary to depict the depth & character of the ocean in its many moods. Over the years Griffiths has acquired a large nautical library of books, photographs, magazines, and ships’ plans that are used extensively for research and accuracy of detail in the ships he paints. Authenticity and realism are important in creating technically accurate and historically correct paintings. Griffiths has several maritime subjects of special interest, one being the clipper ships of the second half of the 19th century, where this type of vessel was developed to its definitive form. Another area is U.S. Navy ships from the year 1898 onwards, but with emphasis on two time periods, the first from 1898 to 1909(the era of the Spanish-American War and the peacetime Great White Fleet) and from 1940 to the present. Quite a few of Griffiths’ commissioned works are from clients who currently are or who have served in the U.S. Navy; they wish accurate portraits of the vessel(s) they served aboard or wish the depiction of some event in the history of the ship. In this regard, in 1989 Griffiths was approached by the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln(CVN-72) Commissioning Committee to do the official portrait of this carrier. Of great satisfaction to the artist was the fact that upon completion of the work the carrier’s captain, executive officer, and air boss closely studied the painting of the ship for errors and found none. A limited edition print was made, signed by the artist, the ship’s captain William Hayden, then-Secretary of the Navy Garret, and then-Governor of Illinois James Thompson, with the original painting being assigned aboard ship. To commemorate the Centennial Celebration of the U.S. Navy Submarine Service(the year 2000), the artist was invited by the U.S. Postal Service to do a series of paintings; five of the paintings would be printed as postage stamps as well as a sixth painting that would be incorporated into a specially created “Prestige Booklet” that held the stamps and encapsulated the history of the submarine. Not only did the artist have the honor of creating art for this first-of-its-kind booklet, but one of the paintings, that of the W.W. II Gato class sub, was the first double-wide stamp ever printed by the USPS. Griffiths has also done a series of nautical paintings that were used as box top art by the Revell/Monogram Model Company. The vessels portrayed vary from sailing ships to submarines to ocean liners to super carriers. In 2003 Griffiths won the prestigious Rudolph J. Shafer Maritime Heritage Award at the Mystic International Marine Art Exhibition. The award recognizes the one work in the show that “best documents our maritime heritage, past or present, for generations of the future.” Griffiths has been an artist-member of the American Society of Marine Artists since 1985. He has exhibited his work in nautical galleries across the country and his paintings are in many private collections as well as in the corporate collections of such companies as KraftCo Corp. of Glenview, Ill., the Ebasco Corp. of Houston, Tx., and Jones & Laughlin Steel of Pittsburgh, Pa.

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