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Original/ Repro: Original Date of Creation: 1970-1989
Subject: Landscape/ Cityscape Medium: Watercolour
Framed: Yes Style: Impressionist

Frank Shipsides Bristol Savages Watercolour Painting

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An excellent charcoal landscape watercolour on artist's paper, signed "Frank Shipsides" and dating circa late 20th Century. Framed - approx 17 X 21 inches (43.18 X 53.34cm).

This is an excellent English School watercolour dating from the late 20th Century period.
The landscape depicts a wonderful "Bristol Savages" evening sketch of an old water mill, the charcoal ground heightened with bodycolour. The sketch is titled "Going Roon' n' Roon'". Birch trees stand in the foreground, the river glistening in the evening sky as it gently flows over a weir. The old mill stands surrounded by trees, as the big timber wheel gently turns, water spilling from the paddles.
The work is signed "Frank Shipsides" lower right.
The watercolour probably dates to around late 20th Century.
Artist Biography:

Frank Winston Shipsides (1908 - 2005) - A wonderful character, prolific Bristol artist and author. 1st Patron of the Long John Silver Trust, Bristol Harbourside. A fine artist depicting scenes from areas around his beloved Bristol. Frank died aged 97 before all copies of a limited edition print issued for the Long John Silver Trust, were signed. He was a much valued member of "Bristol Savages" - biography as follows:- Frank was born in Mansfield in 1908. From an early age he loved to draw and paint and developed his skill as a schoolboy. He admits a great debt of gratitude to his Headmaster at Mansfield Grammar School who encouraged him to enter for a scholarship at the Nottingham College of Art, where he received a classical grounding in Art and learned the fundamental techniques. His first job was with a firm of tin makers for whom he designed the decorations on their products - boxes, trays etc. At this time, in 1935, he married Phyl Woods who was a secretary to a firm of architects. His health was not good and all his life he says he has been in and out of hospital. At the outbreak of War in 1939 he was turned down for military service. Drawn by love of the sea Frank and Phyl came to Bristol in 1941 and lived in a house in Portishead with a view of the Bristol Channel. He worked as an artist for several firms and eventually settled down with Mardon, Son and Hall. Much of his work was for the Imperial Tobacco Company. At the age of 60 he retired from Mardons and became freelance and able to paint only what he wanted to paint and especially marine subjects, and then as he says, began `the best part of his life`... He developed a relationship with the Alexander Gallery and over the course of years they put on 10 one-man exhibitions of his works in oils and watercolours. They also produced limited print editions of many of his best paintings. He was commissioned by Bristol City Council to paint the seven HMS Bristols for permanent display in the foyer of the Council House where they are seen by everyone passing through. These large and splendid paintings he regards as the high point of his achievement. Sir Robert Wall has written a book about these pictures HMS Bristol and dedicated it to Frank. Another commission from Bristol City Council was to produce a painting to commemorate the Queen`s visit to Bristol to open the Heritage Maritime Museum. She arrived at Avonmouth in the Royal Yacht Britannia and came up to Bristol Docks in the Royal Barge. Frank’s picture of the event and of the personalities is now permanently on view there. In 1989 Bristol University bestowed on him the honorary degree of Master of Arts. Far many years he has designed, constructed and painted stage scenery for amateur theatrical groups, especially the Catholic Players in Bristol, who specialise in Gilbert and Sullivan. In recognition of his clever and arduous work over the years the Vatican awarded him a Medal which was presented to him in a ceremony at the Cathedral. Another activity in which he has excelled recently is the making of scale ship models. He does not sell them but has exhibited them and won four medals, one of them from Sweden. He has illustrated 8 books: 1977 Bristol Impressions text also by Frank Shipsides. 1979 Bristol: Profile of a City with Helena Eason. 1981 Bristol: Maritime City with Robert Wall, 1984 Frank Shipsides, Bristol with John Sansom. 1986 HMS Bristol Robert Wall, 1992 Quayside Bristol with Robert Wall. 2001 Shipsides Bristol Text by Robert Wall, 2002 Shipsides Slow Boat to Bristol Text by Robert Wall. Bristol owes a great debt of gratitude to Frank and his collaborators for producing these fine books proclaiming to the world Bristol`s beauties and its maritime history. Frank`s two children have followed in their father`s artistic footsteps. Pat is a lecturer in Art at Brunel University and is married to Anna, herself a talented painter of flowers. Frank`s daughter Jennifer has invented her own art form. She designs and makes large and colourful tapestries, not embroidered but knitted, and lives at Broadway in the Cotswolds. Since his wife Phyl`s death 3 years ago he has lived alone and, handicapped by his many infirmities, he paints perhaps more than he has ever done, producing little masterpieces from the sketch book he always has with him. Indeed, most of the pictures from his most recent book Slow Boat to Bristol have been painted from these memories. Died 11 October 2005 (M.G.W.)
Contemporary ovolo moulded Pine. Finish: Gilt.
The watercolour is mounted on board and has a cream mount.
Tfhe painting is in excellent original condition.
Frame Image
Width: 21 inches (53 cm) Width: 15 inches (38 cm)
Height: 17 inches (43 cm) Height: 11 inches (27 cm)

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