Jack Lorimer Gray (1927-1981)
In the Southern Ocean,
signed "Jack L Gray JD" lower left
oil on canvas, 30 by 50 in.
inscribed "(4 masted barque based on "Parma")" on back Quester Gallery, Connecticut label on back
Jack Lorimer Gray was one of America’s premier marine artists. Born in 1927 in Halifax, Gray was drawn to art early in life and grew up sketching the local boats. He studied at the Nova Scotia College of Art and at the Montreal Museum of Fine Art, but was consistently pulled to the sea. He worked on fishing fleets during his summers, and frequently lived on boats until he moved to New York in the mid-1950s. In New York, Gray found representation at the Kennedy Galleries.
For the next thirty years of his career, the peripatetic artist moved between Maine, Nova Scotia, and Palm Beach, finding significant success and commission work in the seaside communities. Today, Gray’s paintings can be found in many prominent museums and collections, including the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, the U.S. Marine Corps Museum, and the Museum of the City of New York. A related painting, “Dressing Down the Gully,” was a gift to President John F. Kennedy in 1962 and is now in the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston.
“In the Southern Ocean” is among Gray’s best, classic large-scale maritime scenes. Painted from the perspective of being on the deck looking aft, the artist shows three sailors on deck boldly navigating the expansive seas of the Southern Ocean. The thick impasto of the waves and the detailed ropes of the rigging mark Gray as a modern master.
Provenance: Private Collection, Greenwich, Connecticut, acquired from Quester Gallery, Greenwich, Connecticut, c. 2005
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