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.