Beyond The Reef - Bounty

This is a re-mastered art edition, issued as one of 600 on conservation canvas.

Size 860mm x 1220mm.

Each Image is printed individually, and to add further value and quality has been embellished by over painting on various areas by the Artist, to add texture and more vibrant colour.

This modern technology of reproduction is virtually the closest art form to the original painting. The image is printed in eight colours with pigment inks, which are completely colourfast.

The large format of this work embraces all the new developments of digital photography and computer imaging transferred directly onto conservation canvas, thus eliminating all variances in pre press and litho printing.

I have chosen Binary Master Art to reproduce my work in this stunning large format. This Company is a world leader in this new technology and it is your guarantee that the highest standards have been implemented throughout the re-mastering process.

This image is also available as a limited edition re - mastered art on paper of 1200, size 570mm x 762mm.

HISTORY The mutiny on the Bounty is one of the most famous episodes in the annals of the sea, and Bounty, one of the best-known vessels in history. Built as the Berthia, she was purchased in 1787 by the Royal Navy, renamed Bounty and fitted out to carry breadfruit plants. These were to be shipped from Tahiti in the South Pacific to the West Indies. It was thought that breadfruit would make an economical food source for African slaves working on sugar plantations.

After spending five months gathering bread plants, the Bounty set sail for the West Indies. A few days out, first mate Fletcher Christian took over the ship and put Captain Bligh and his followers adrift in an open boat. From this moment the mutineers virtually disappeared without a trace. It was not until the year 1808 when the American ship Topaz came across the descendants of the Bounty crew on Pitcairn Island that the mystery was solved.

I visited Tahiti in 1993 to gather material for this work and to soak up the atmosphere of this most beautiful island that was so instrumental to discovery in the Pacific. My painting portrays Bounty sailing off Matavai Bay, she has a fresh southeast tradewind coming across her port quarter, the sun has set over the island of Moorea reflecting in a large cloudbank in the southern sky, giving the scene a golden glow.

Some of the crew crowd over the port rail to get a glimpse of the magnificent anchorage inside the reef which fringes the lagoon. The ship portrayed is the 1962 replica built for the MGM film "Mutiny on the Bounty".

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