(1924 - )
The docks of the Port of London were the playground of the young
Roy Cross and the place where his imagination was kindled among the non-stop activity and rich history of the great port. He displayed great artistic potential as a young man and when war came, his aptitude for art determined his service and he was drafted to an aircraft factory to make technical illustrations. The five years he spent serving his country was the foundation for his remarkable ability to portray the intricate workings of the most complicated of ship riggings and mechanisms. After the war Roy made his living as a freelance technical illustrator.
His break into the London fine art market came in 1972 at a show in St. James. He continued to show in London for several years during which time he made frequent trips to the United States. Since then the majority of his paintings have featured American vessels and the main focus of his studies has been based on the maritime museums of the eastern seaboard.
More than fifty years of study and practice in the painting of historical maritime scenes has made Roy Cross one of the finest artists ever to specialize in this genre.
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