1. Christopher Blossom Pilot Schooner Gracie S. Becalmed off Alcatraz $595.00
Ships navigating into and out of the harbors around San Francisco in the late nineteenth century were typically met by a pilot, a local seaman familiar with the shallow waters around the coastline. After directing the ship through the waters, the pilot would return to his schooner and await the next ship. The pilot schooner Gracie S. traveled waters around San Francisco from the nineteenth to the early twentieth century, tirelessly aiding larger ships in their passage.
While working on this painting, artist Chris Blossom said, “I was really interested by the play of light on the sail against the dark blue sky, and by the contrast of the boat against the water.” The artist used the original plans for the ship Gracie S. as a reference, as well as shots of the shoreline around Alcatraz. The Pilot Schooner is a striking tribute to ocean, sky, and the labors of men.
2. Christopher Blossom Sunrise in the Golden Gate Down Easter Benjamin F. Packard MASTERWORK EDITION ON $750.00
Winner of the 2010 Prix De West Purchase Award!
The top honor at the Prix de West art exhibition and sale, hosted by the National Cowboy and Heritage Museum is the Prix de West Purchase Award, the work chosen to be purchased for the Museum’s permanent collection. It is one of the most coveted prizes in the field today. Christopher Blossom’s Sunrise in the Golden Gate; Down Easter Benjamin F. Packard was selected for the award from a field of 110 of the country’s finest artists who presented 346 paintings at this year’s show. Past winners of this award include Howard Terpning«, Morgan Weistling, Curt Walters, Tom Lovell, Wilson Hurley, Tucker Smith and James Reynolds.
Now you can own one of the few large-format Masterwork® Fine Art GiclTe Canvases of this award-winning image. A Greenwich Workshop artist since 1983, Chris is the most highly regarded and collected maritime artist painting today.
A work of Christopher Blossom’s fine art is considered the height of craftsmanship in maritime art. In his 21 years of participation in the Prix De West, Blossom has three times been chosen by his fellow artists for the Robert Lougheed Award. His bold design and impeccable rendering capture the mood and mystical experience of men at sea.
Each work is also the work of an ardent historian, as is apparent in Blossom's telling of the story behind the painting:
As the sun just peeks over the mountains to the east, the ship Benjamin F. Packard passes through the Golden Gate and into San Francisco Bay.
Built in Maine in 1883, the Benjamin F. Packard was a type of vessel known as a Down Easter. Named for their place of building, down east where sufficient stands of timber still stood near the shipyards, these last of the wooden square rigged ships were larger with more cargo capacity than their predecessors, the clipper ships. They were able to carry sail longer thanks to their rugged construction and were capable of very credible passage times. These attributes made them a commercially viable option particularly on the long and rough Cape Horn passages until they were supplanted by steam around the end of the century.
The Benjamin F. Packard had a long and varied life and was a regular visitor to San Francisco, having been built for the trade around Cape Horn to the west coast. Her first few years, the Packard was under the management of her builders, Goss, Sawyer & Packard of Bath Maine. In 1887, the managing ownership was purchased by Arthur Sewall & Company also of Bath, under whose management she remained for the rest of her Cape Horn career. In 1909, she was sold to the Northwest Fisheries Co. of Port Townsend, Washington for the salmon packing business. With this change she sailed north each year for the season until 1924 when she was sold and made the voyage back to New York once again, this time under tow with a load of lumber. After her return to the east coast, with several changes of ownership and continued deterioration, she eventually became one of the centerpieces at the amusement park Rye Playland, being used, ignominiously, as a ‘pirate ship’ for years. In 1939, she was dismantled and towed to the dumping grounds of Eaton’s Neck, NY and sunk. Fortunately, prior to this, her main cabin was dismantled and saved and is now on exhibit at Mystic Seaport Museum in Connecticut.
3. Christopher Blossom Below Telegraph Hill SMALLWORK EDITION ON $225.00
4. Christopher Blossom U.S. Frigate Congress on the California Coast $595.00
In U.S. Frigate Congress on the California Coast, artist Christopher Blossom presents us with the flagship of the California squadron during the war with Mexico. Built between 1839 and 1842 at the Portsmouth Navy Yard in Maine, the Congress served off South America in the 1840s. The Civil War brought Congress back to U.S. waters, joining the blockade of the Confederacy's Atlantic coast. In March 1862, US Congress was attacked by the ironclad CSS Virginia and forced to surrender.
This painting is not a particular historical moment, but rather a classic marine composition, Blossom says. Looking for a different approach, I placed the bow in shadow, lighting the aft part of the ship, layering the light and shadow parts of the sails to create depth. As any of Blossom's loyal collectors will attest, the artist's passion for the sea and its romance is apparent in each of his powerful paintings.
5. Christopher Blossom Afternoon Arrival Gloucester $595.00
“I have always enjoyed painting the arrival and departure of vessels,” says artist Christopher Blossom.“ Regardless of the excitement or anticipation of the voyage to come, when setting out there is an underlying level of apprehension.The ocean can be unforgiving.With the satisfaction of a successfully completed trip, there is always a feeling of relief mixed with thoughts of homecoming.” The Greenwich Workshop is proud to celebrate Blossom’s homecoming, as he returns to his collectors with his first Fine Art, Afternoon Arrival, Gloucester.The artist captures a moment in the early 20th century as the fishing schooner Monitor slides quietly into Gloucester, Massachusetts’ inner harbor in the late afternoon.
6. Christopher Blossom GOLD RUSH TWILIGHT(REMARQUE) Limited Edition $395.00
Bargemen, watermen and deck hands alike make ready for nightfall as cabin lanterns and anchor lights wirk across the harbor. The Cohota, newly arrived from Boston, rides at anchor with wet sails drying in the Pacific breeze wafting across Yerba Buena Cove. To the northwest, the sun slips silently behind Telegraph Hill, enfolding the infant city of San Francisco in a gold rush twilight.
7. Christopher Blossom Ashore at Soldiers Cay $495.00
A trace of salt water is noticeable in the light tropical breeze; time-worn, velvety Caribbean sand gives way
underfoot; the soft intermingling of land and sea the only sound. Christopher Blossom’s passion for the
beauty of the sea keeps him close to his subject and it was while on a working trip in the Bahamas’ Berry
Islands that he found inspiration for Ashore at Soldier’s Cay. “This small uninhabited cay was about 300 yards long by 100 yards wide and probably 10 feet at its highest elevation. Consisting of mostly coral, beach and scrub brush, with the Atlantic to the east and banks (where we were anchored) to the west. I found the essentially deserted landscape intriguing. It seemed like we were the only people on earth.”
8. Christopher Blossom Witch Of The Wave $235.00
Witch Of The Wave -The discovery of gold in California in 1848 had a dramatic impact on this country and the rest of the world. In the shipping industry, for example, speed and capacity became even more important for shipping goods to the booming city of San Francisco. It was during this time, at the height of the clipper ship era, that George Raynes built the "Witch of the Wave" at Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Built primarily for Far East trade, a typical voyage took her from the East Coast to California and then around the world. Although she was a clipper ship, "Witch of the Wave" was not designed for extreme speed, but rather to accommodate a large amount of cargo. After her fourth voyage in 1854, she was chartered by and later sold to Dutch interests, who renamed her "Electra." "I like to find a way to show a ship in a slightly different way than the typical full-sail, sunny day picture," says Chris Blossom, "and here I show her under shortened sail in fairly blustery conditions, as the sun begins to set."