Great Yachts: The Marine Paintings of Russ Kramer
Russ Kramer’s one-man show at the Mystic Museum of Art will be somewhat of a retrospective, with over a dozen original works on loan from private collections and seen together for the first time; as well as a display of the process with which the paintings are created, employing extensive research, model building, sketching, and development through to the final creation.
Prior to turning to painting full-time in 2006, Russ Kramer spent three decades as a graphic designer, illustrator, journalist, and creative executive. Today, Russ is widely regarded to be among the world’s leading marine artists, and has won multiple awards for his work. His large-scale studio paintings create “first-hand” experiences for the viewer, putting you on board some of history’s greatest yacht races or turn-of-the-century luxury vessels through a combination of dramatic movement and attention to detail. His works are unique and immediately recognizable, combining narrative, historical, figurative, and maritime disciplines.
Russ is a past President of the American Society of Marine Artists, and a member of the New York Yacht Club. He has been the subject of a solo show at the Museum of Yachting in Newport, Rhode Island; appeared in WoodenBoat, Yachting, and Sail magazines; and is prominently featured in Hyland-Granby and William Koch’s series of books, Art and Artifacts of the America’s Cup.
Russ Kramer works and lives in Mystic, Connecticut, with his wife, Laura, and son, Jack.
The Joy of Saling, 2012. Oil on linen, 30 x 44 in.
On loan from the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Kip Hall
Owner Stuyvesant Wainwright helms Cara Mia in early competition against Nautilus and Neola II. Eighteen New York 30s were built by Herreshoff in 1905, and became instant classics. Several have been lovingly restored and campaign to this day. Cara Mia was the overall winner in her inaugural season of 1905.