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2018 Maritime Winner -Thomas Somerscales Trophy - Ted Dansey - Splitsail Barges, watercolour

VAS Maritime Exhibition 2021

This exhibition features artworks including tall ships, peaceful beach scenes and the ever changing moods of the ocean. The Thomas Somerscales Trophy is presented at the official opening of the Maritime Exhibition to the winning artist.

Banner Image: 'Splitsail Barges', watercolour by Ted Dansey, Maritime Thomas Somerscales Trophy Winner 2018

See the past winners here.

Opening night, Tuesday 20 April 2021. The VAS Maritime Exhibition 2021 was judged by Craig Penny.

VAS Maritime Exhibition Winner

Julian Bruere VAS FVAS—'Le Vengeur sinks, 1794'

Highly Commended Artists

Faramarz Mokhtarpour—'Challenge

Linda Weil—'Moby

Anne Melloy—'Polar Pioneer

Ray Hewitt FVAS—'Passing Shower

Colin Shaw—'Time for Some TLC

Mary Hyde VAS—'Shipping Movements on the Yarra


The VAS Maritime Exhibition may be viewed in the Galleries at the Victorian Artists Society until Monday 3 May 2021. Visitors welcome.

A Mariner's Tale
Erica Wagner
104cm (W) x 80cm (H) x 4cm (D)
Acrylic and watercolour collage on paper
$ 480.00
Rose Wong Martime Entry
A Sacred Song
Rosa Wong
76cm (W) x 38cm (H) x 4cm (D)
Acrylic on the stretched canvas
$ 1,200.00
Melissa Fraser
102cm (W) x 102cm (H) x 3.5cm (D)
Oil on Canvas
$ 2,100.00
Approaching Storm
John Wakefield OAM
45cm (W) x 55cm (H) x 3cm (D)
Oil on Canvas
$ 1,500.00
Beach Patrol—Seagull
Hsin Lin
41cm (W) x 51cm (H) x 1.5cm (D)
Artist Acrylic & Fabric (Mix Media) on Gesso primed canvas. Ready to hang, D rings and wire attached at the back. Comes with a certificate of authenticity.
$ 1,000.00
Boat repairs Williamstown
Robert Young
93cm (W) x 72cm (H) x 2.5cm (D)
Watercolour on Arches 300gsm
$ 950.00
Faramarz Mokhtarpour, Challenge, Highly Commended 2021
Faramarz Mokhtarpour
Oil on Canvas
$ 800.00
Eaglehawk Neck Bay
Lihong Zhang
102cm (W) x 76cm (H) x 3cm (D)
Oil on Canvas
Fishing Boat Wreck
Moyra Le Blanc Smith
68cm (W) x 53cm (H) x 4cm (D)
Oil paint on wood. Professionally framed in a plain, neutral, light wooden frame.
$ 730.00
Harbour, Apollo Bay
Raymond Wilson
53cm (W) x 43cm (H) x 3cm (D)
Oil on Belgian linen
Homeward Bound
Carole Lees
49cm (W) x 55cm (H) x 2cm (D)
Oil on wood
$ 495.00
Last Light in Hobart
Jon Lam
98cm (W) x 78cm (H) x 10cm (D)
Watercolour on paper
$ 850.00
Le Vengeur sinks, 1794
Julian Bruere
$ 4,000.00
Linda Weil
56cm (W) x 50cm (H) x 2cm (D)
Graphite and Colour Pencil
$ 1,400.00
Ray Hewitt, Passing Shower, Highly Commended 2021
Passing Shower
Ray Hewitt
$ 800.00
Anne Melloy, polar Pioneer, Highly Commended 2021
Polar Pioneer
Anne Melloy
$ 1,900.00
Ship's Cat
Jane Flowers
140cm (W) x 140cm (H) x 3cm (D)
Oil and charcoal on canvas
Shipping Movements on the Yarra
Mary Hyde
76cm (W) x 56cm (H) x 3cm (D)
Oil on Stretched Linen
$ 3,000.00
Storm near Staten Island
Andrew Littlejohn
71cm (W) x 56cm (H) x 4cm (D)
Stormy Sea
Radmila Hardi
59cm (W) x 29cm (H)
Oil on marine plywood panel
The Twelve Apostles
Leslie Pascoe
74.6cm (W) x 64.6cm (H) x 5.5cm (D)
Oil on Canvas
$ 950.00
The Wine-Dark Sea
Amanda Holmes-Tzafrir
102cm (W) x 76cm (H) x 5cm (D)
Florentine hand ground oil pigments on linen
$ 18,000.00
Time for Some TLC
Colin Shaw
68cm (W) x 82cm (H) x 4cm (D)
Pastel on primed board
$ 790.00
Clive Sinclair_Under the Westgate
Under the Westgate
Clive Sinclair
80cm (W) x 60cm (H)
$ 800.00

Acknowledgment of traditional owners.

We would like to pay our respects to the traditional owners of the land on which our building stands, their leaders, past, present and emerging.