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The Promenade, 162 Hurstmere Rd, Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand
Ph: +64 9 4456665 Cell: +64 021 577078
Email: art@artbythesea.co.nz

Alan Sanders
New Zealand Marine and Seascape fine art painter

Alan's former career was in the graphic design and advertising industry. He is a life member of the Designers Institute of New Zealand (DINZ) and a founding committee member of the 'Best' Graphic Design Awards. Alan retired from the design industry and is now able to concentrate on his main love of oil painting, with a focus on marine art.

Becoming a marine artist with some technical skills and knowledge, has been a little like sailing a large clipper ship, with lots of jibes and tacks to reach my destination. I set myself the challenge to visually capture these traditional sailing windjammers from another era, to appeal to today's contemporary lifestyle. Stories of these large clipper ships are an essential part of New Zealand's and Australia's early history, with unlimited stories of courage, hardship and seamanship.
They are the stories of the officers and sailors that braved the elements, bringing to the Antipodes the pioneering men, women, and children
to a new life in a new country. The ships that came to New Zealand and Australia had appropriate names like: Marlborough, Waimate, Waitangi, Invercargill, Waikato, and are an important part of the New Zealand story.
This series of Immigrant ship paintings, were inspired by a series of water colour illustrations by J. Spurling. Jack Spurling illustrated a number of books on Clipper Ships written by Basil Lubbock, 'The Romance of the Clipper Ships'. These great illustrations really capture the many ships that plied the waters between the UK, New Zealand and Australia with wonderful stories that tell the history and final fates of these great ships. Nearly all of Spurling's original illustrations were lost during the blitz of London in World War 2. My idea was to use these small illustrations as
a starting point, and to paint in oils, much larger versions of the original water colours. I have painted them in a much looser and atmospheric style, with my own interpretation of the sea and skies, to appeal to a more contemporary market.

These paintings of the ships are 120cm x 100cm, and this large format creates a visual impact. Painting majestic sailing ships of the past,
with a full set of sails in a running sea with dark clouds gathering, is a challenge not for the faint hearted. However, the thrill of bringing it all together on a canvas can be nearly as exciting as having been there.


Alan Sanders nz fine art paintings, The Marlborough sailing ship, oil on canvas

The Marlborough
Passenger and Immigrant Ship built in 1846
Oil on Canvas (Framed) Size: 120cm x 100cm Price: $5000 ENQUIRE NOW
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Alan Sanders nz fine art, sailing ships, The Invercargill, oil on canvas
The Invercargill
Passenger and Immigrant Ship built in 1874
Oil on Canvas (Framed) Size: 120cm x 100cm Price: $5000 ENQUIRE NOW
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Alan Sanders nz fine art, sail driven ships, The Miltiades sailing ship, oil on canvas
The Miltiades
Passenger and Immigrant Ship built in 1871
Oil on Canvas (Framed) Size: 120cm x 100cm ENQUIRE NOW
Alan Sanders nz fine art, Sail driven ships, The Pamir, oil on canvas, framed
The Pamir - Outward Bound
A Finnish Windjammer - the last of the 'Flying P Line' ships. A prize of war for the NZ Govt 1941-1948
Oil on Canvas (Framed) Size: 91cm x 61cm ENQUIRE NOW
Alan Sanders nz fine art, sail driven ships, The Piako, oil on canvas
The Piako
Passenger and Immigrant Ship built in 1876
Oil on Canvas (Framed) Size: 120cm x 100cm ENQUIRE NOW
Alan Sanders nz fine art, The Pamir becalmed, oil on canvas, framed
The Pamir - 'Becalmed in the Channel'
A Finnish Windjammer - the last of the 'Flying P Line' ships. Seized as a prize of war for the NZ Govt 1941-1948
Oil on Canvas (Framed) Size: 90cm x 90cm ENQUIRE NOW
Alan Sanders nz fine art, sail driven ships, The Waimate sailing ship, oil on canvas, framed
The Waimate
Passenger and Immigrant Ship built in 1874
Oil on Canvas (Framed) Size: 120cm x 100cm ENQUIRE NOW
Alan Sanders nz fine art, The Pamir sailing ship, oil on canvas framed
The Pamir - 'Pressing On'
Finnish Windjammer launched in 1905
Oil on Canvas (Framed) Size: 90cm x 90cm Price: $3000 ENQUIRE NOW
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Alan Sanders, NZ marine artist, The Pamir - Close Encounters, oil on Canvas
The Pamir - 'Close Encounters'
Finnish Windjammer launched in 1905
Oil on Canvas Size: 101cm x 76cm ENQUIRE NOW
Alan Sanders nz marine artist, The Pamir- Making Landfall, oil on canvas
The Pamir - 'Making Landfall'
Finnish Windjammer launched in 1905
Oil on Canvas Size: 122cm x 91cm Price: $3600 ENQUIRE NOW Sold
Alan Sanders nz maine artist, The Pamir- Cracking on, Oil on canvas
The Pamir - 'Cracking On'
Finnish Windjammer launched in 1905
Oil on Canvas Size: 101cm x 76cm Price: $3000 ENQUIRE NOW
Alan Sanders nz maritime artist, Dipping Ensigns, oil on canvas
The Pamir - 'Dipping Ensigns'
Finnish Windjammer launched in 1905
Oil on Canvas Size: 101cm x 76cm Price: $3000 ENQUIRE NOW


NZ Sail Driven Ships, Alan Sanders NZ Marine artist

 

 
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The Promenade, 162 Hurstmere Rd, Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand
Ph: +64 9 4456665 Cell: +64 021 577078
Email: art@artbythesea.co.nz