JACK LORIMER GRAY
oil on canvas
signed and dated ‘61
24 ins x 36 ins; 59.9 cms x 89.9 cms
Jack Lorimer Gray was born in Halifax and studied at the Nova Scotia School of Art and Design (NSCAD). Though a traditional painter of marine pictures in a decade known for advances in abstraction in Canada, Gray's paintings are avidly sought internationally. The appeal of his paintings has much to do with their authenticity and dynamism. Gray spent time at sea and was well-positioned to interpret in paint how vessels responded to the movement induced by wind and wave, unlike other marine painters who limited themselves to moored ships which they studied from dry land.
Gray lived in New York in the mid-50s and was represented by Kennedy Galleries which accounts for the significant patronage he enjoyed in the U.S. Gray moved to Maine in the late 1950s but was back in Halifax by 1961, the date of this fishing dragger (or trawler).
Private Collection, Virginia