Frye Art Museum

photo by Jill Berarducci

Seattle, Washington

(206) 622-9250



Contemporary American Marine Art


The exhibition includes 65 participating artists from the United States with 97 pieces in a variety of mediums, such as oil and acrylic, watercolor, pastel, graphite, etchings, scrimshaw, and bronze sculpture. The artists continue the ancient tradition of marine art and include well-known artists such as Thomas Hoyne, John Atwater, Christopher Blossom, Willard Bond, Donald Demers, Ann Brodie Hill, and Raymond Massey among those on view. Works are dated from 1987 through 1997, with the majority being completed in 1996.

The artists illustrate their passion for the opposing forces of the sea through images of crashing waves and heaving ships, whaleboats, sloops, fishing schooners, lighthouses, and even dolphins at play. Locales depicted include the Seattle Waterfront in 1904, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Oregon Coast.


A. W. Rouzie, Thurisaz


The challenge for marine artists has been to incorporate changing art movements into their work within the parameters of traditional marine art. The Contemporary American Marine Art exhibit reflects their success in meeting these artistic challenges through a variety of solutions and techniques. The art is contemporary and primarily representational with a few variations into abstract art.

A free slide lecture on marine art is presented by the Frye on Thursday, July 31 at 7pm in the Auditorium, with Director Richard V. West as speaker. The exhibit is organized by The American Society of Marine Artists, North Wales, Pennsylvania, an organization established to recognize and support marine art and maritime history.


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