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

80cm (H) x 104cm (W) x 4cm (D)

Medium: Acrylic and watercolour collage on paper

Artist: Erica Wagner

Price:  $ 480.00

The title is a reference to 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner', Samuel Taylor Coleridge. The original under-painting was done in 2008 and I called it 'dreamscape' then—you can see traces of some ghostly faces if you look closely. In recent times I've been painting and drawing lots of birds for a poetic project with a friend. I observe birds in nature, study them in books and watch videos of birds in flight to capture expressive moments in flight, then trace those movement drawings and cut out shapes from old paintings. So this is another work of layers, that for me resonates with Coleridge's poem about human transgression and the power of nature.

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A Sacred Song

38cm (H) x 76cm (W) x 4cm (D)

Medium: Acrylic on the stretched canvas

Artist: Rosa Wong

Price:  $ 1,200.00

This beautiful scenery is located in Brimbank Park, Melbourne. When I stopped by the embankment to watch the flowing water, it seems that Holy Spirit is singing, and He is soothing the uneasy heart, and gives people the strength and wisdom to overcome difficulties and refill people’s hearts with hope and love. The clear running water keeps washing away the fear, pain and loneliness arising from the epidemic. I believe that if we continue to care for others and work together to build peace, the new world will be around.

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102cm (H) x 102cm (W) x 3.5cm (D)

Medium: Oil on Canvas

Artist: Melissa Fraser

Price:  $ 2,100.00

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Approaching Storm

55cm (H) x 45cm (W) x 3cm (D)

Medium: Oil on Canvas

Artist: John Wakefield OAM

Price:  $ 1,500.00

It is hard to resist the magic of Port Phillip Bay.

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Beach Patrol—Seagull

51cm (H) x 41cm (W) x 1.5cm (D)

Medium: 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.

Artist: Hsin Lin

Price:  $ 1,000.00

Beach Patrol—Seagull (2021) Signed at front. Painted with palette knife and brushes. Ready to hang: D rings and wire attached at the back. Side panel painted: Blue Artist Acrylic & Lace (Mix Media) on Gesso primed canvas. Comes with a certificate of authenticity. Affirmation: Stand still and hold your heart close to mine, I will keep you safe. Seagull symbolism means that there is always opportunity in everything, even in the most unlikely time / places. It Is also a reminding to us that everything has a purpose. As many of you may know I don’t paint birds very often, but when I do it’s normally a self-projection. After months of lock down in Victoria, I felt the ocean was calling me so I took a day trip to Phillip Island. During the lunch I set down on a quiet beach and spotted this beautiful friend standing beside me. The weather was nice and the sky was blue. This little fella accompanied me for quite some time and I really enjoyed the serenity by the sea with my new little friend. I captured the Seagull with my eyes and camera, somehow, I saw determination and unwavering courage in its eyes, it’s comforting in a way that I cannot describe. I then worked in my studio for this piece after the trip, sending days capturing this beautiful bird with my paint brushes and canvas, and finally have it completed. Sharing this beautiful moment with you, hope you enjoy the latest piece of my animal series—THE VOICE OF NATURE SERIES. Artwork inspired by nature in Phillip Island, Victoria, Summer 2021.

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Boat repairs Williamstown

72cm (H) x 93cm (W) x 2.5cm (D)

Medium: Watercolour on Arches 300gsm

Artist: Robert Young

Price:  $ 950.00

My wife Jan and I enjoy going for day trips in and around Melbourne. On one of these rainy day journeys we were in Williamstown looking across to Melbourne city. Due to an oncoming storm all work on the boats in dry dock stopped. I decided to begin work on this painting in late 2019 and put the brushes down in early May 2020. At the time of starting the painting little did I realise that it depicts the gathering storm that was the Coronavirus that hit the world in 2020. The storm stopped the boat repairs: the virus stopped the world. Bob Young

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Medium: Oil on Canvas

Artist: Faramarz Mokhtarpour

Price:  $ 800.00

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Eaglehawk Neck Bay

76cm (H) x 102cm (W) x 3cm (D)

Medium: Oil on Canvas

Artist: Lihong Zhang

Price:  $ 2,600.00

The Artist travelled a lot both in Australia and oversea, she is eager to find beauty from the nature and trying to express her feeling by her brush. She has a sensitivity to colour and light, and interpret the seeing by the colour she felt. The landscape is real but with personal character. She painted series of landscape, Title it with the name of the location or holiday season.

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Fishing Boat Wreck

53cm (H) x 68cm (W) x 4cm (D)

Medium: Oil paint on wood. Professionally framed in a plain, neutral, light wooden frame.

Artist: Moyra Le Blanc Smith

Price:  $ 730.00

Walking on the wide beach in warm afternoon sunshine, I spotted something unusual on the beach in the distance. On approaching it, I found a rusting fishing vessel washed up on the sand, seaweed hanging off the railings. I spent a lot of time wondering about this boat. Who had it belonged to, what had befallen it and how long had it been lying here abandoned in the sand? I imagined it being washed by the ocean time after time, tide by tide and gradually becoming more and more rusted. Eventually it will break apart and be reclaimed by the ocean. I was intrigued and wanted to paint the peaceful scene. The painting is professionally framed with a light coloured, plain, neutral wooden frame.

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Harbour, Apollo Bay

43cm (H) x 53cm (W) x 3cm (D)

Medium: Oil on Belgian linen

Artist: Raymond Wilson

Price:  $ 800.00

Modern tonal impressionist artwork painted alla prima en pleinair

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Homeward Bound

55cm (H) x 49cm (W) x 2cm (D)

Medium: Oil on wood

Artist: Carole Lees

Price:  $ 495.00

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Last Light in Hobart

78cm (H) x 98cm (W) x 10cm (D)

Medium: Watercolour on paper

Artist: Jon Lam

Price:  $ 850.00

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Le Vengeur sinks, 1794

Medium: Watercolour

Artist: Julian Bruere

Price:  $ 4,000.00

Le Vengeur sank after a ferocious action with HMS Brunswick at the Glorious First of June, Sea Battle of 1794

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50cm (H) x 56cm (W) x 2cm (D)

Medium: Graphite and Colour Pencil

Artist: Linda Weil

Price:  $ 1,400.00

'The human mind enjoys impressive visions of unearthly creatures'―Jules Verne, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas The Oceans are a world of myth and mystery, the depths hiding unknown marvels. 70% of the earth’s surface is covered with water; the sea is everything and the embodiment of a supernatural and wonderful existence. ‘20,000 Leagues’ refers to the distance travelled by my pencils as I explore the mechanics of nature and ocean dwellers through a clockwork lens. Starting from a point of realistic naturalism I journey through a world of life based on cogs, gears, wheels, and mechanical constructions. Graphite drawings with hints of colour delight in complex detail inviting you to closely examine each work and explore its creative engineering. Early in Jules Verne’s novel, Professor Aronnax asks ‘What goes on in those distant depths? What creatures inhabit or could inhabit those regions … It is almost beyond conjecture.' I like to dare to make conjectures.

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Passing Shower

Medium: Oil

Artist: Ray Hewitt

Price:  $ 800.00

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Polar Pioneer

Medium: Watercolour

Artist: Anne Melloy

Price:  $ 1,900.00

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Ship's Cat

140cm (H) x 140cm (W) x 3cm (D)

Medium: Oil and charcoal on canvas

Artist: Jane Flowers

Price: NFS

There is a long tradition of ship's cats. Thousands of years ago, cats were encouraged aboard boats, as rodent reducers on vessels plying trade between communities throughout the Mediterranean. Later, cats have also become ocean going companions, notably Matthew Flinders’ adored Trim. Or Pepe, as detailed in adventuress Neilma Sydney’s 'True tale Of Henrietta the Hen and Pepe a Sea Cat' who all travelled the world together via various container ships. Or surfer / world warrior / ocean going yachtswoman Captain Liz Clark and her adopted tabby Amelia the tropicat. In this painting, out to sea, under a full moon, the ship’s cat keeps watch … It is part of a series of more monochromatic paintings I am developing to capture the essence of light on water.

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Shipping Movements on the Yarra

56cm (H) x 76cm (W) x 3cm (D)

Medium: Oil on Stretched Linen

Artist: Mary Hyde

Price:  $ 3,000.00

An artistic interest is always provided by the movement of shipping on the Yarra River. Here the powerful tug nudges the large ship into position.

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Storm near Staten Island

56cm (H) x 71cm (W) x 4cm (D)

Medium: Oil

Artist: Andrew Littlejohn

Price: NFS

Inspiring view while traveling on the Staten Island Ferry.

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Stormy Sea

29cm (H) x 59cm (W)

Medium: Oil on marine plywood panel

Artist: Radmila Hardi

Price: NFS

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The Twelve Apostles

64.6cm (H) x 74.6cm (W) x 5.5cm (D)

Medium: Oil on Canvas

Artist: Leslie Pascoe

Price:  $ 950.00

Always a beautiful part of the Great Ocean Road near Port Campbell Victoria.

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The Wine-Dark Sea

76cm (H) x 102cm (W) x 5cm (D)

Medium: Florentine hand ground oil pigments on linen

Artist: Amanda Holmes-Tzafrir

Price:  $ 18,000.00

The 'wine-dark sea' is a reference to the words of Homer, as in ancient times there was no word for the colour blue. In the literal translation the 'wine-face sea' is mentioned in the Illiad and Odyssey, often to describe rough, stormy sea.

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Time for Some TLC

82cm (H) x 68cm (W) x 4cm (D)

Medium: Pastel on primed board

Artist: Colin Shaw

Price:  $ 790.00

Tug Boat in Dry Dock

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Under the Westgate

60cm (H) x 80cm (W)

Medium: Acrylic

Artist: Clive Sinclair

Price:  $ 800.00

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