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Mecray, John (1939-2017) USA (28)

Category: PAINTERS

MecrayJVJohn Mecray's paintings and limited edition prints have earned him an international reputation for excellence. He is firmly established as one of the world's finest marine painters.
Mecray grew up in Cape May, New Jersey, a block from the Atlantic Ocean. Upon completing high school he was accepted at the Philadelphia College of Art where he majored in illustration and painting.

MecrayJ3He began a career as a freelance illustrator even before graduating in 1961. The very next year he was asked back to his alma mater to teach a weekly drawing class. In 1976, after his third offshore sailing trip to the Virgin Islands, he gave up his successful Philadelphia based illustration career and moved to Newport, Rhode Island to devote full-time to maritime painting.

Nine offshore yacht deliveries between New England, Bermuda and the Caribbean have given the artist a personal knowledge of the effects of wind, sea and light on a variety of sailing vessels. His masterful paintings of classic racing yachts clearly convey the feeling of their power and grace. Experience, perspective, and love-of-subject set his work apart in a field rich in tradition.

MecrayJ2A deep interest in yachts and yachting history led Mecray to establish The Museum of Yachting and the museum's annual Classic Yacht Regatta in Newport. Not content, he went on to become a founder and trustee of the International Yacht Restoration School, where his major focus is the restoration of the nation's most historic yacht: the schooner CORONET. He is also a member of Mystic Seaport Museum's Yachting Committee, the New York Yacht Club, the Fort Worth Boat Club, the National Maritime Historical Society, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Herreshoff Marine Museum.

Since 1976 John Mecray's limited edition prints have set very high standards. Most of' the editions published since then are now sold out and have appreciated greatly on the secondary market. His powerful images have given us a new perspective and greater appreciation of the classic racing yachts that are his trademark.

John Mecray, passed away Tuesday, October 31, 2017.

 

John Mecray - 28 Works
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The schooner yacht AMERICA
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THE SCHOONER YACHT AMERICA
John Mecray
New York Harbour
John Mecray
The Schooner Yacht America
John Mecray
The first defense of the America's Cup
John Mecray
PURITAN vs. GENESTA
John Mecray
PURITAN
John Mecray
VOLUNTEER AND THISTLE
John Mecray
THE RACE OF THE CENTURY
John Mecray
Defender
John Mecray
COLUMBIA vs SHAMROCK
John Mecray
THE JIBE
John Mecray
FLYING HOME
John Mecray
J-sloop RELIANCE, 1903
John Mecray
RELIANCE
John Mecray
RELIANCE vs. SHAMROCK III
John Mecray
SHAMROCK V
John Mecray
MT. HOPE & ENTERPRISE
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THE CHASE
John Mecray
RAINBOW
John Mecray
RANGER
John Mecray
RETURN OF THE LEGENDS
John Mecray
SHAMROCK V

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Drawing of Enterprise by John Mecray
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J Boats Shamrock v. Endeavour
   
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AMERICA
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Madeline vs. Countess of Dufferin
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PURITAN
 

 

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