'Badge of Glory'
'Constitution vs. Guerriere'
'Honour this Day'
'Stand Into Danger'
'Form Line of Battle'
English artist Geoffrey Huband was born in Worcestershire
in 1945, and studied at Stourbridge College of Art and Victoria College,
Manchester University. On leaving college he taught, but in 1970 he moved
to Cornwall to paint full-time, and found in its rugged, maritime beauty
the inspiration for paintings, which are now commissioned internationally.
Huband, who lives and paints in in the small village of Marazion, is known
for his cover art on the novels of Douglas Reeman and Alexander Kent. As a
student in the 1960’s, he came to admire painters of the Newlyn School,
who depicted day-to-day subjects in the fishing villages of Cornwell, as
well as Montague Dawson for his “style and directness.” Huband’s work
embodies naval scenes from the Age of Sail and the Second World War, as
well as the seascapes and maritime communities of far southwest England.
"Visually I am intrigued by the abstracted qualities of maritime
painting," says Huband. "The solidity of hulls, the apparent delicacy of
masts and spars, the fragile beauty of sails billowing or revealing the
form of the masts as they are blown aback. I enjoy the ordered tracery of
rigging seen as a bold statement against the bright sky. My interest in
maritime painting is excited as much by the physical appearance of ships
as it is by the romance that time and history have endowed upon the
subject. I am interested in ships for their beauty as well as for their
functional qualities, and I am fascinated by the ingenuity that has been
displayed in their construction and development since earliest times. The
focus of my interest centers between 1700 and 1800, a period I regard as
the peak of achievement in the combination of function and beauty in ships
as well as architecture."
Click here to read an interview with Geoffrey Huband.