Couch, Shane M. (1963-) UK (76)

Category: PAINTERS

CouchSMVBlessed with an inherited passion for maritime subjects through his family’s nautical heritage, the art of Shane Couch harkens back to the works of the finest 19th century marine artists. The subject he holds in the highest regard and has in common with artists such as James E. Buttersworth, Thomas Hoyne and Montague Dawson: yesteryear’s greatest sailing yachts.

The sea has held Couch’s fascination, from the stories of the naval experiences of his elders, to growing up in the storied port of Liverpool. Early on he developed a fondness for the works of Liverpool master Samuel Walters. While working as an aeronautical engineer, he pursued his art, and began showing at the Isle of Wight, Cowes in 1992. Within two years he established himself as a full-time professional artist.

Full of exacting detail, he expands beyond mere draftsmanship to impart creative, fluid visions of the sea and superb compositional arraignments. His theory is that the yachts must be painted as they were built, in layers from the keel up, and this methodology keeps his output quite limited, but worth owning and sought the world over. We feel he is among the best of today’s marine artists, with outstanding market potential, and Vallejo Gallery is pleased to represent him.

I was born in Lancashire near Liverpool England in 1963. I inherited a deep love of the sea from my father whose Cornish roots spread back many hundreds of years.
After school I pursued a career as an aero-nautical engineer for 14 years. Throughout these years the sea drew me to it during any spare time. It exercised an almost hypnotic obsession with me.

CouchSM1After painting for some years in my spare time, selling largely to work colleagues , by 1992 I began to show in local galleries. Meeting with a good response I took my work to the Marine Gallery in Cowes on the Isle of Wight where I was warmly received. Striking up a good relationship with the proprietor who actively promoted my work resulting in my embarkation on the unknown path of the professional “Yachting and Historic Marine artist” in June 1994.

In 1996 I moved to Cowes on the Isle of Wight the world famous centre of yachting where I met my wife Kathryn. Living and working on the Isle of Wight surrounded by the sea I am inspired where ever I go. During this time I developed outlets for my work in England and America exploring new ideas and techniques.

In 1997 I was commissioned by the German Yachting Historian Dr Christin Lammerting to depict the German Kaisers Yachts, the 5 Meteors racing together, to be used for her new book “Meteor”. The success of this painting lead to a number of other paintings being commissioned and used to illustrate her book.

In 2000 I was again commissioned by a prominent London Gallery to produce a series of large paintings to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the America’s Cup . These paintings formed an exhibition at the Jubilee celebration at Cowes. The exhibition was attended by yachtings most influential figures. It was a great success and was included in the New York Yacht Clubs commemorative book of the event and was the subject of an article in “Country Life”

I am entirely self-taught, never having a formal art lesson. Nature has been my great teacher combined with hours at the easel.
Over the years my work has been sold in all the major Auction Houses in London including Christies, Sotheby’s and Bonham’s. I am currently represented in America by a number of exclusive galleries on both the West and East Coast.

The Sea and the action of wind and light over its surface have long been an important part of my Historic Marine paintings. The painting of the sea is often a welcome break from the graphic accuracy of the yachts. I play with texture and colour as I attempt to recreate this fluid and reflective element. It is the studies I have done as a preparation for my larger Historic Marine pieces that have developed into the seascapes.


Shane M. Couch - 76 PAINTINGS
America and Maria Racing in New York Harbor
1851-05-14 00:00:00
AMERICA vs MARIA - New York Harbor, 1851
1851-05-14 00:00:00
Yacht America in Boston Harbour
1869-00-00 00:00:00
The famous schooner yacht America in the East River, New York
1869-00-00 00:00:00
Cambria and the Ashbury Cup Newport 1870
1870-00-00 00:00:00
Palmer and Idler rounding the Block Island Buoy, Newport R.I, 1870
1870-00-00 00:00:00
The American schooner Sappho off the Needles, Isle of Wight
1870-00-00 00:00:00
Idler in New Yok Harbour 1870
1870-00-00 00:00:00
1870-00-00 00:00:00
"Magic" vs "America" 1870
1870-08-08 00:00:00
The first defence of the America's Cup, 8th August, 1870: Magic, Cambria, America, Dauntless and Idler racing in the Narrows
1870-08-08 12:00:00
MAGIC And The First Defence, August 8th, 1870
1870-08-08 12:00:00
Sappho off Sandy Hook 1870
1870-08-08 14:00:00
The first defence of the America's Cup, 8th August 1870: Magic rounding Sandy Hook light vessel
1870-08-08 14:03:00
Dauntless ahead of Sappho off the Battery in New York Harbour
1871-00-00 00:00:00
Clash of the Leviathians: Dauntless racing Sappho off the New England coast
1871-00-00 00:00:00
Citizens cup race, Newport R.I., August 28th 1871 with Sappho, Columbia and Dauntless
1871-08-28 00:00:00
Sappho Victorious
1871-10-23 00:00:00
The schooner America leaving Nantucket Harbour July 1874
1874-07-01 00:00:00
'Mohawk' and 'Madeline' Off New York 1875
1875-00-00 00:00:00
1876 America's Cup Winner Madelaine in N.Y Harbour
1876-00-00 00:00:00
The America's Cup, 11th August, 1876 - Madeleine versus Countess of Dufferin: Madeleine racing off Sandy Hook
1876-08-11 00:00:00
The schooners, Norseman, Magic, Resolute and America in Marblehead harbour in the 1880s
1880-00-00 00:00:00
The Sloop 'Gracie', in Boston Harbour 1881
1881-00-00 00:00:00
Genesta, Irex and Margorie racing during Cowes Week, 1884
1884-00-00 00:00:00
Dauntless in the East River 1885
1885-00-00 00:00:00
Dauntless in New York harbour, 1885
1885-00-00 00:00:00
Puritan and Priscilla
1885-00-00 00:00:00
Yachts Puritan, Priscilla & Bedouin During 1885 America's Cup Trials
1885-08-00 00:00:00
Yacht America in New York Narrows 1886
1886-00-00 00:00:00
Volunteer vs Mayflower EYC Regatta 1887 Marblehead
1887-00-00 00:00:00
Volunteer racing Mayflower in Marblehead
1887-08-01 00:00:00
Goelet Cup, 1887
1887-08-05 00:00:00
Goelet Cup, 1887
1887-08-05 00:00:00
Volunteer and Thistle New York Harbour 1887
1887-09-27 13:00:00
Challenge from the Clyde off New York 1887, Thistle and Volunteer
1887-09-27 13:05:00
Dauntless and the 1888 Autumn Regatta of the NYYC
1888-00-00 00:00:00
FORTUNA and the Fleet, Newport Regatta 1890
1890-00-00 00:00:00
Elmina and Colonia
1893-00-00 00:00:00
Herreshoff's Vigilant and the Goelet Cup
1893-08-11 00:00:00
Vigilant vs Valkyrie 1893 Americas Cup
1893-10-07 12:20:00
Britannia racing Satanita and Valkyrie II around the Needles, 1894
1894-00-00 00:00:00
A close start, Britannia vs Vigilant 1894
1894-00-00 00:00:00
Vigilant racing Britannia off the Lepe 1894
1894-08-00 00:00:00
Britannia and Valkyrie (II) thundering across the line at Cowes, 1893
1894-08-01 00:00:00
Defender and Vigilant on East River, New York 1895
1895-00-00 00:00:00
the 1895 Americas cup trials between the new Herreshoff designed sloop "Defender" and the1893 cup defender "Vigilant"
1895-00-00 00:00:00
1896-00-00 00:00:00
Herreshoff Colonia
1899-00-00 00:00:00
Herreshoff Defender Columbia
1899-00-00 00:00:00
Herreshoff defender Defender
1899-00-00 00:00:00
Herreshoff Defender Vigilant
1899-00-00 00:00:00
Columbia vs Defender 1899
1899-00-00 00:00:00
The Herreshoff Defenders
1899-00-00 00:00:00
The Herreshoff Americas Cup Defenders 1899
1899-00-00 00:00:00
1899 trial's between Columbia and Defender
1899-07-00 00:00:00
1899 trial's between Columbia and Defender
1899-07-00 00:00:00
Columbia vs Shamrock 1899 Americas Cup
1899-09-00 00:00:00
COLUMBIA & CORONA, July 28, 1901
1901-07-28 00:00:00
Rounding the Mark
1930-00-00 00:00:00
The selection trials for the 1930 Americas Cup.
1930-00-00 00:00:00
The birth of the J Class
1930-06-00 00:00:00
Birth of the J Class
1930-06-17 00:00:00
1930 Americas Cup between Shamrock and Enterprise
1930-09-00 00:00:00
The start of the first race of the 1930 Americas Cup
1930-09-13 00:00:00
J Class Yacht Rainbow 1934
1934-00-00 00:00:00
Britannia racing Endeavour and Velsheda off "Back of the Wight"
1934-00-00 00:00:00
J Class Rainbow racing Yankee in Americas Cup 1934 trial
1934-00-00 00:00:00
J Class Endeavours trial races with Velsheda
1934-00-00 00:00:00
Battle of the Js, Endeavour vs Velsheda, 1934
1934-00-00 00:00:00
J Class 1934 Endeavour, Velsheda and Shamrock V racing in Osborne Bay
1934-00-00 00:00:00
J class racing in Osborne Bay 1934. Endeavour,Yankee, Shamrock V and Velsheda.
1935-00-00 00:00:00
'Ranger v Endeavour America's Cup 1937'
1937-00-00 00:00:00
1937-00-00 00:00:00
1937 americas Cup trials, Ranger vs Rainbow
1937-00-00 00:00:00
J Class Running up the Solent
2010-00-00 00:00:00


Shane M. Couch - 10 SKETCHES
Sketch of Endeavour off Cowes circ 1934
Endeavour leads Rainbow
New concept for the 1934 americas Cup
New concept for the 1934 americas Cup
New concept for the 1934 americas Cup
Endeavour passes Rainbow on the down wind leg of the first race of the 1934 Americas Cup
Endeavour takes race 1 of the 1934 Americas Cup
Start of race 1 of the 1934 Americas Cup
Rainbow close on Endeavours windward quarter at the start of the 1st race of the 1934 Americas Cup