Steven Dews is one of Britain’s most celebrated marine artists. Born in Yorkshire in 1949, Dews divides his time between his homes in Australia and England’s southern coast. He trained as an engineering illustrator in Yorkshire at the Hull Regional College of Art and his first exhibition as a professional artist in 1976 was an immediate success.
Dews is a highly experienced yachtsman having owned cruising and race yachts. He has sailed on Lulworth and Velsheda, and his passion for ships and the sea is clearly evident in the composition and detail of his paintings. Dews states: “I sail so that I can paint and I paint so that I can sail, they feed each other both literally and emotionally.”
Dews’ paintings are prized amongst collectors and have seen him attract major patrons including the Royal Yacht Squadron, the Marine Board of New South Wales and the New York Yacht Club. He has also undertaken private commissions for marine collectors and America’s Cup syndicate owners around the world.
J Steven Dews
Waimate Making Sail, Outward Bound from Auckland, September 1894
Oil on canvas
41 x 67 cm