Pete Newell

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Lifeboat

Lifeboat

One of a series of paintings based upon the new old and derelict boats to be found in the port of Bideford. This painting portrays a section of one of the largest vessels to come to Bideford and is connected to the export of clay.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
30cm x 24cm

£250.00
Can be seen at Burton Gallery
My love of ships reflects my upbringing in Liverpool and the emotive bustle of a busy port. The old ships also typify those to be found in many West Country ports and harbours recording and reflecting the activities of those ports.
Rope and Anchor

Rope and Anchor

This small painting is of the bow of an old tug moored on the Torridge at Bideford. I used a small section of the boat in order to explore the textures of the hull and additions like the Turks head and tyres.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
20cm x 20cm
Sold
Can be seen at studio
This painting is one of a developing series of works that explore the old tugs and boats moored alongside the quay at Bideford. My paintings involve detail and texture as well as trying to capture the form and textures of the boats. My selection of viewpoint enables me to explore these in a way the responds to the formal arrangement of the shapes and colours. The absence of figures signifies their original use has passed into history and whilst not abandoned they have now a more solitary existence.
Iona

Iona

The Iona is an ex-London tug now moored in the Torridge estuary. A small painting focusing on the strong diagonals made by the bow and bridge.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
30cm x 30cm

£350.00
Can be seen at Broomhill Art Hotel
This painting was made as one of pair exploring the common histories of two tugs. One now berthed in Swansea and this one berthed in Bideford. Both have a common heritage in Britain's maritime past.
The Daniel Adams

The Daniel Adams

An ex Irish Navy ship now moored at East the Water Bideford. Beautiful lines.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
30cm x 30cm

£400.00
Can be seen at studio
This ship is one of several moored on the Torridge Estuary. Their original purpose is slowly fading and in many cases being replaced by new functions.
Celtic Crusader

Celtic Crusader

The Celtic Crusader is an aggregate carrying ship and I have attempted the synthesis of abstract pattern with detail.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
70cm x 60cm

£1,000.00
Can be seen at 62 High St Bideford EX39 2AN
This ship comes to my home town of Bideford to collect clay. When it's hold doors are open they raise up against the superstructure of the ship. From the stern this operation of the hold doors creates a dark backdrop to the detail of the ship. This pictorially limits the depth of field, it is this that I have tried to capture. My painting started with drawings and small studies together with some photographic reference material.
Mist and Rust

Mist and Rust

This is one of my favourite boats moored on the River Torridge and drawn many times. this morning the mist was clearing revealing patches of colour.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
40cm x 50cm
Can be seen at 62 High St Bideford EX39 2AN
I have painted and drawn this boat several times, it has the most beautiful lines through its hull. On this morning there had been a thick river mist and as it burned off patches of colour were revealed.
steps

steps

This painting is a part of an old tug. It is one of a series of paintings based upon the old and derelict boats to be found in the port of Bideford. I choose a section of the boat and use this in a composition that reduces depth of field and almost lets the detail construct a flat surface pattern.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
29cm x 24cm

£295.00
Can be seen at The Square Studio
My love of old ships reflects my upbringing in Liverpool and the emotive bustle of a busy port. The old ships also typify those to be found in many West Country ports and harbours recording and reflecting the activities of those ports.
Canning

Canning

The Canning is an ex-Liverpool tug now berthed in Swansea.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
30cm x 30cm

£359.00
Can be seen at Broomhill Art Hotel
The Canning is now part of Swansea's Maritime Museum collection. She is an ex-Liverpool tug and shares a common past with the Iona. Both were painted with a focus on strong diagonals, and each painted from an opposing viewpoint.
Engine Room of the Freshspring

Engine Room of the Freshspring

RFA Freshspring was a Fresh-class water tank vessel of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary. The painting responds to the patterns and forms to be found on the ship.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
30cm x 24cm
Sold
Can be seen at 62 High St Bideford EX39 2AN
RFA Freshspring was a Fresh-class water tank vessel of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary. She survives in civilian hands as SS Freshspring, the last surviving example of the Fresh-class ships. As a subject the ship being in a process of change gives numerous opportunities to respond to the patterns and forms of the ship.
The Cannis

The Cannis

The Cannis is an ex London Tug, now moored between Appledore and Bideford North Devon.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
75cm x 65cm

£500.00
Can be seen at studio
The Cannis is an ex-London Tug and is now moored between Appledore and Bideford on the Torridge estuary North Devon.I made many line and wash drawings on the spot before embarking on the painting.
Bar

Bar

A composition taken from drawings that I made of "The Cafe on Board" moored at Bideford.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
60cm x 30cm

£400.00
Can be seen at 62 High St Bideford EX39 2AN
I fell in love with the simplicity of the composition and the muted colours. The Cafe on Board is an old Submarine service vessel and now functions in Bideford as a unique cafe.
The

The"Bee" of Bristol

The beautiful "Bee" moored in Bristol docks, beautiful lines in the hull. I was visiting my son early one morning,on had to stop and draw the "Bee" with the reflections.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
44.5cm x 55.5cm

£700.00 Framed
Can be seen at 62 High St Bideford EX39 2AN
I spotted this subject on the way to a canal boat that my son was living on. The reflections in the completely still dock water were amazing complimenting the lines of the Bee. i constructed the composition with the ship at the top allowing plenty of room for the reflections.