George Deakins (1911-1982)
`China Coast Sunset` 1970
An amazing image by George Deakins depicting a sunset on the China Coast, with Chinese junks lying in the shelter of the offshore islands, near to a coastal village with boats drawn up on the shore. Deakins was an extraordinary painter, and is now becoming much appreciated, especially since the 1960`s and 70`s eras have become fashionably `retro`. This painting with its vivid orange and russet tones is particularly 1970`s era.
Deakins` paintings have a fluidity which is almost impossible to replicate - and their own bizarre surrealist imagery! He was self taught and exhibited and sold widely during his lifetime, eventually working from his studio in Dunster, Somerset. He was a very prolific artist and the paintings vary considerably in quality - this is one of the nicest I have had, in superb condition. This would have been a scene well known to Deakins who sailed these waters in the Royal Navy, and I feel the subject would have been important to him. Painted late on in his career the fluidity and handling of the colour is superb - the sun and its reflection in the water would have been done in one stroke of the pallet knife!
Frame is the original deep white wooden type. Will look fantastic in a modern or retro interior! Deakins work is certain to become a good investment for the future.
George Deakins (1911-82) began painting to relieve the boredom of German raider patrol on a British Cruiser in the Indian Ocean during World War 2. After three years of daily painting in the tropics, his ship returned to the UK and his first sale was in the Scottish Royal Academy of 1943, since which time he had over 50 one man shows all over the world and exhibited many times in London and the Paris Salon. After 33 years in the Navy he retired to Dunster in Somerset where he continued to work prolifically, and was the subject of a BBC documentary where he worked continuously for 24 hours, creating `Eastern waterfronts, flowers,fish and woodland scenes.`
|Medium||oil on board||Condition||excellent - frame excellent|
|Image size||24 x 8 inches||Provenance||signed and dated lower right- titled verso|
|Overall size||30 x 12 inches|
|Age||1970||Price||SOLD JULY 2014|