Hunt - Portrait of a Marine Artist
Hunt - Portrait of a Marine Artist is a riveting piece
of documentary making for anyone interested in art, the
age of fighting sail, or the Napoleonic Wars.
is simply done, almost too simply, but with face-in-camera
Geoff Hunt explains how it is he has managed to move from
young illustrator through to being one of the pre-eminent
marine fine artists in the world.
is very self-effacing and while you see immense pride
in his work, you never get the feeling he has a superiority
complex. All that matters to him, it seems, is getting
it right on either canvas or board.
you, while his ego is contained, his desire for accuracy
doesn't seem to have any bounds as he pores over captain's
diaries, journals and weather charts to get everything
correct on his historically exact works of art.
if getting the miles of rigging ropes isn't enough, Hunt
has to make sure his painting of Trafalgar has the right
angle of light, for the right moment. Unbelievable.
if you don't know of Geoff Hunt - he is the artist who
produced the cover art for the very successful Patrick
O'Brian novels covering the exploits of Jack Aubrey and
Stephen Maturin. He
is also the president of the Royal Society of Marine Artists.
Hunt - Portrait of a Marine Artist explores Hunt's
career, his passion for maritime art and mixes it in with
an unexpected dose of humility from the artist. This is
no ego-centric artiste, this is a fantastic painter who
freely admits to getting seasick looking at a glass of
is this very ordinary side that makes this documentary
so appealing as Hunt plays down his success despite his
obvious abilities with the brush. And you get to see the
master in action as he works on a new painting.
only does he have the work in his mind's eye, Hunt has
the technical ability to bring it all to life.
can recommend Geoff Hunt - Portrait of a Marine Artist
as a very watcheable and interesting glimpse into the
man's career and way of working.