Anthony Blake is one of the world’s foremost marine artists. Born in 1951, he is based in Auckland although his work is held in collections throughout the United States, Canada, Virgin Islands, Britain, Australia and New Zealand.
Blake has received commissions from the New York Yacht Club, the Herreshoff Maritime Museum, Rhode Island and the Storm Trysail Yacht Club, New York. His paintings feature in ‘Yachts On Canvas’ by James Taylor of the Greenwich Maritime Museum, London. The official America’s Cup Program of 2000 and the Cowes Jubilee Regatta programme celebrating the 150th anniversary of the America’s Cup race, both featured Blake’s work.
Blake’s familiarity with boating and the sea is very evident in his works as he uniquely captures the light and atmosphere. Blake’s thorough understanding of the sea is the result of having spent most of his life on the coast of New Zealand. He was a nationally competitive racer and has designed some of his own boats. He still actively races small boats and cruises in his yacht around New Zealand and internationally.