The Gorgeous & Glamourous Ocean Liner Series by Artist Scott McBee

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The Leviathan by Scott McBee

I recently came across the elegant and captivating work of Artist Scott McBee‘s portraits of the most famous and legendary ocean liners and private yachts.  McBee’s stunning series celebrates the “Grand Dames” of the sea, spanning from the early 1900’s to the early 1960’s (the heyday of ocean liners and sophisticated travel).  An aside…McBee says his obsession for ocean liners began after his parents took him to see the movie The Poseidon Adventure as a child (I still love to quote Shelley Winters from that film as many of you unfortunately know).  Each piece is breathtakingly detailed…to say he has given each monumental piece a meticulous attention to detail is a painful understatement.  Each work is executed in acrylic, Indian ink and gouache and are on average about 3′ by 9′, with each “portrait”  paying exact attention to detail and historical accuracy for each ocean liner.  For me, their quiet power and stunning ability to transcend genres lays in their exquisite detail and their unique ability to transport one to a lost era…  a time of glamour, dinner attire and gracious manners.  It makes the viewer almost painfully long for a return of this kind of elegance and sophistication, as well as a time when travel was equally as much about the journey as the destination!  (in painful contrast to our view today on any long distance excursions).  McBee is featured at the ultra chic Chinese Porcelain Company on Park Avenue in NYC 

I would love to see one of these works in a sunfilled room against a dark wall (perhaps MSL’s Francesca Black or Lagoon) or better yet a series of them in an oversized room grouped on one wall with NO other Art in that area to allow them to become the elegant and powerful focal point.

The Caronia

RMS Queen Elizabeth

The SS Ile De France

The SS Normandie

The Queen of Bermuda

The Empress of Britain

  1. KirkKirk09-30-2012

    I also became an ocean liner enthusiast when I saw “The Poseidon Adventure”. I was old enough to see it and young enough to be so caught up in the movie that I was almost there. I now have many books about ocean liners including Frank O. Braynard’s six-volume series about the Leviathan. What with the economy and Prohibition that wonderful ship was kept from a longer and more successful career. She shouldn’t have been scrapped but put in lay-up for the World War that would start soon and that seems not to have been unexpected. One of the officers on the Leviathan in her peacetime career had the same last name as I have (his picture is in one of the Braynard books) and I was told there’s a family resemblance. I’m sorry things didn’t go better for the Leviathan but glad for what time she was with us and for the measure of success she did have.