Marine or maritime art is a form of art that has the sea or ocean as its central focus. Boats are usually the central subject matter; these paintings can include the human element (people working on ships, at battle, etc) or not, although, arguably a human trace is always featured if boats are included in the composition.The sea can be depicted in many different way.
Ships and boats have been included in art from almost the earliest times, but marine art only began to become a distinct genre, with specialized artists, towards the end of the Middle ages, mostly in the form of the “ship portrait” a type of work that is still popular and concentrates on depicting a single vessel.
Today the sea and ocean is still a hugely successful subject matter for all mediums of art, it is also a very fashionable style of painting to feature. The sea inspires all forms of painting; from realist oil paintings to abstract to water colour. Some artists will always be drawn to the sea, as water allows the artist to explore symbolism, skill and composition – that is the magic of marine art.
At artwaley we have a variety of maritime artworks that you can choose from to compliment your living space and add a touch of elegance to your plain walls.
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