Are you interested in collecting seascapes, or ocean art? In today’s post, we will share a variety of ocean artwork for collectors who might be interested in this genre.

Ocean art has been a favorite genre for artists and collectors for centuries. Probably the most famous is The Great Wave by Hokusai. The Wave is a Japanese woodblock print created in Japan circa the 1830s. These prints were called Ukiyo-e, a Buddhist term that refers to the impermanence of the world.

Hokusai. The Great Wave. 1830.
Hokusai, The Great Wave. 1830

When Japan opened to the west in the 1840s, these Ukiyo-e prints caused a sensation in the west. The French impressionists and Vincent Van Gogh took notice, and this iconic example of Japanese composition has had a long-lasting influence on modern art in the West.

The heart of man is very much like the sea, it has its storms, it has its tides and in its depths it has its pearls too.

Vincent van Gogh

While Hokusai is still on the mind of some modern artists, the art of the ocean has evolved in many different directions. This week we feature five styles of the art of the ocean by five different living artists workings across a variety of media.

Hokusai-Inspired Collage

Natasha Sorelli Collage
Natasha Sorelli, On A Roll

“The ocean is a symbol of power, strength, life, mystery, hope and truth. And the dolphin represents transcendence, friendship and playfulness. ”

Natasha Sorrelli

First up, this collage on Saatchi from UK artist, Natasha Sorelli. Sorelli combines aquatic tropes (waves, dolphins, seagulls) in this gorgeous collage and we love the nod to Katsushika Hokusai in the main element of the wave. Sorelli’s collages are hand cut using Japanese chiyogami and unryu papers.

Sea and Sky in Woodblock

Natalia Wehler, Woodcut
Natalia Wehler, Sea View

Natalia Wehler is a contemporary German artist who works in a variety of media and who is constantly developing work around different themes. What unites her work as an expressionist style as well as a search for contrast. Wheler juxtaposes elements such as calm vs dynamic, emptiness vs abundance and so on. We find her series of woodblock prints around the themes of sea and sky delightful.

Drawings of the Deep

Linda King Drawing
Linda King, Synergy

If you’re looking for a piece of art that gives you a feeling of being in the water, we love this ink drawing on Saatchi by American artist Linda King.

In her ink on paper drawing, King explores this scene, the viewpoint of being in the water through her repetitive linework, conveying the undulating waves and incorporating the horizon to give the piece that sense of infinity. 

Beachy Photography

Dean West Photograph
Dean West, Porto Katsiki Beach # 3, Under the Sun

Porto Katsiki is a beach on the Ionian island of Lefkada, Greece. I try and capture my images with the same feeling you would get if you were actually there. In this case everything feels bright (unless you’re wearing sunglasses) The light reflecting off the cliff and the intensity of the sun are captured in camera.”

Dean West

If you’re looking for a piece to hang on your wall that gives you that feeling of a perfect summer holiday all year long, then this vivid photograph on Saatchi from New York-based artist, Dean West is the perfect answer. This aerial photographic take on the ocean-theme gives us all the summer vibes! 

Sun-Drenched Coastal Paintings

Susanne Boehm Painting
Susanne Boehm, Beach Life

This artwork is the pure joy of life. You are thinking of summer, sun, holidays, beach, swimming and much more.

Susanne Boehm

For a pop-art take on the ocean theme, we love this painting on Saatchi from German artist, Susanne Boehm. She approaches the subject with simple graphic elements. Boehm perfectly captures a sun-drenched day at the beach, complete with beach towels and umbrellas. It’s a very fun take on the theme. 

Ocean Conscious Sculpture

Larry Graeber, Sculpture
Larry Graeber, Melt

For a more environmentally conscious take on the ocean theme, we really love this sculpture on Saatchi from American artist, Larry Graeber. His piece, entitled “Melt” constructed of wood shards, assembled to look like pieces of an iceberg, is a commentary on glacier melts and rising sea levels. Graeber tints the wood with a blue-green stain, reminiscent of the cold ocean waters. 

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