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|Having had a naval career in the Pacific Theatre as a gunner officer on
the L.S.T. 48, Thomas Hoyne created paintings that reflect his
experiences as well as his poetic feelings about the sea and its
sailing and fishing vessels. Many
believe that his greatest strength was his realistic depiction of ocean
vessels, something that he worked at meticulously. In
1983, Hoyne received the Rudolph J. Schaefer Award at the Mystic
International, an award given to artists who best document the
country's marine heritage.|
In order to be
absolutely accurate, he commissioned renowned ship modeler Erik
Ronnberg to build models for ships that became subjects of
paintings. "To capture the vessel's movement in water, Hoyne
positioned the model in a tray of kitty litter, and then raked the
kitty litter against the model as water would rake against a
ship. These miniature seascapes were then sketched and
photographed in order to produce possible compositions for paintings."
(tfaoi). Using a similar method for figures, he posed and
photographed himself in costumes, did a full-size drawing, and then
traced it onto the canvas.
Between June 16 and September 30, 2005, the Independence Seaport Museum
of Philadelphia held a solo exhibition of forty-eight of Hoyne's
paintings. Titled Fishing on the Grand Banks: the Marine Art of Thomas Hoyne, it also included artifacts from his studio such as ship models.
For much of his career, Thomas Hoyne was a commercial artist in
for big companies such as Jolly Green Giant and Charmin. He also
painted landscapes, cars and airplanes and did 16 portraits of Noble
prize for Science winners. Then in
mid life, after cancer diagnosis, he decided to follow his long time
interest in marine art, something he did until his death in 1989.
His interests in marine subjects began during his childhood when he
spent summers at his grandmother's place at Ogunquit, on the southeast
coast of Maine. His grandmother introduced him to the famous
marine painter, Gordon Grant, and he later visited his studios in New
York and Gloucester.
Hoyne became a founding fellow of the American Society of Marine Artists.
Traditional Fine Arts Online, http://www.tfaoi.com/aa/6aa/6aa16.htm. Courtesy, The Independence Seaport Museum
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