Updates on ASMA members’ activities, including awards in art competitions.

October, 2016: Congratulations to Bill Thomas

Bill has been awarded the 2016 President’s Medal for his drawing The Second Mate

The Second Mate - Bill Thomas

ASMA President, Robert Carter, wrote:

‘The Second Mate, as well as being a masterful portrait in a medium that always seems overshadowed by oils, watercolours and pastels, reveals a period in Bill’s own life when as a cadet he was directly answerable to the second mate – a person who could make or break him. Perhaps it is an unwitting self-portrait as this is the first qualification that Bill would have attained on his journey to becoming a Master Mariner. In this work I see the gaze of a toughened seafarer who has survived U Boat attack and dive bombing by Junker 88s; the gaze of a man looking towards the horizon to see if the landfall he has predicted, appears, according to his navigation calculations. I also see the gaze of a man thinking of a loved one, far away.’

September, 2016: Congratulations to Ib Odfeldt and Ron Scobie

Admitted to membership of the ASMA College of Fellows

Thyra - Ib Obfeldt

Thyra − Ib Odfeldt

At day's end: HMAS 'Sydney' and HKS 'Korkoran' - Ron Scobie

At day’s end: HMAS ‘Sydney’ and HKS ‘Korkoran’ – Ron Scobie

February, 2016: Congratulations to Don Talintyre

Don has been awarded the 2015 President’s Medal for his painting  Hells Gates – Tasmania.

About the scene Don writes: ‘The small, unusually shaped lighthouse marks The Entrance to Macquarie Harbour on the West coast of  Tasmania. It is a calm day as the horizon indicates, but seas here can be ferocious as it is where the Southern Ocean meets the Western Shores, and most times The Entrance is impossible for shipping. The title “Hells Gates” was given by convicts interred on Maria Island within the harbour. The sea and surrounding dense bush made escape absolutely impossible, hence the macabre title.’

Don Talintyre | Hells Gates

July 24, 2015: Congratulations to Tony Belobradjdic

Tony Belobradjdic | Venice 1

At the Ku-ring-gai Art Society 50th Anniversary Competition Tony’s painting Venice 1  was awarded 1st prize for Watercolour – $1000.

One of the judges, Judith White, commented: “This is a very strong watercolour – subdues tones and confident brush work and the shimmering whites of the paper – well done!”

See more of Tony’s work on his website

July 4, 2015: LIGHTING the DARKNESS

Lighting the Darkness Exhibition13th National Exhibition
Queensland Maritime Museum

Australian Society of Marine Artists

The opening of the exhibition on Saturday 4th July was timed to be included as part of the celebrations of the Centenary of the Commonwealth Lighthouse Service, so there were many viewers with a connection to the Service. There were 41 paintings on display in many styles, techniques and mediums and something to please all viewers.

1st Prize to Warwick Webb for his evocative historical watercolour Guardians of the Hunter. $1500 donated by AMS and a grouping of CLS and Lighthouse badges donated by AMSA.

2nd Prize to Don Braben for his action oil Another day at the office – ‘Cape Grafton’ and crew. $500 donated by the Coleston family (ex CLS) and copy of Garry Searles book First order, Australia’s Highway of Lighthouses donated by AMSA

3rd Prize to Bill Thomas for his small oil of Wooli Light near Yamba showing the light at night. $100 donated by AMS and a plaque of a lighthouse and ship.

See more work on our Gallery pages  Don Braben  |  Warwick Webb

July 2, 2015: Congratulations to Gwendoline Lewis

Gwendolin Lewis | Working Harbour

Gwendoline won the Maritime/Industrial section of the Newcastle Art Prize (an annual exhibition of the Society of Artists Newcastle) for her painting Working Harbour – an acquisitive prize of $1000 sponsored by Port Waratah Coal.