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Jack Rigg

Jack Rigg, brush in hand, works on another original painting.While a love of ships is a necessary prerequisite for a Marine Artist,success is very much dependant on mastery of the difficult skills of capturing the changing moods of the sea and the sky.

Admirers of Yorkshire Marine Artist Jack Rigg’s work invariably cite his treatment of the sea and the sky as the main attraction of his work, and perhaps the greatest tribute to his skills is the fact that fishermen are among the biggest buyers of his paintings.

Jack, who was born in Farsley, near Leeds, West Yorkshire, England in 1927 spent his early life in the textile industry. He gained his love of the sea during service in the Royal Navy and that fired the creative urge he had since a boy.

The creativity was curbed in boyhood because he could not afford to paint and his only outlet was his sketchings on scraps of paper. He was a family man in his thirties before he started serious painting in his spare time in the 1960s. He found he could tackle almost any subject and his paintings began to sell locally, but right from the outset he had a preference for Marine paintings, and so did the buyers.

In 1978 he took the decision to give up work and take up painting professionally. Since then Jack Rigg has become one of the UK’s leading Marine Artists. His work has encompassed much of the British coastline and the vessels which sail around it.

The quality and individuality of his work is attributed to the fact that every painting begins with in-situ sketches. He never copies from other illustrations or photographs; and while he might refer to photographs he has taken himself for the fine detail of vessels, etc, the scene is real, Always a faithful reproduction of what his eye saw and his sketchpad captured on a particular day in a specific place.

Such work is not just dashed off in days. A Jack Rigg painting can be three months or more in the making from the first sketches to the final brushstrokes. In addition to his own creations Jack Rigg is regularly commissioned by vessel owners and maritime organisations. Resulting from such commissions, his paintings, or reproductions of them have finished up in places as eminent as Buckingham Palace here and The White House on the other side of the Atlantic.

In 1991 HRH Duchess of York signed a limited edition print which was auctioned later and raised over £1,000 for charity. In recent years a Jack Rigg painting has been selected for the Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fisherman’s Christmas card, with the print run being increased each time to meet the growing demand.

He receives letters from all around the world from people who have seen and admired his work and has sold paintings as far afield as the United States, the Middle East and Australasia. Limited edition prints of some of Jack's best known paintings are already collectors items.

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