Tony Warren's Sketchbook 'Falmouth-born Painter of Ships and the Sea'.
This small book has been compiled and written by Sheila Bird. It has been produced in the style of a sketch book spirally bound, each page has an example of Tony Warren's work and facing it a description.
The illustrations cover the whole span of Tony's work from childhood drawings of wartime Falmouth to his later well produced water colours from 1988 and 1989. In this book there is something for everybody's taste. For my part my favourites are the well worked up watercolours "Falmouth For Orders" and the Waterwitch, both of which have a delightful soft, calm period flavour, which is easy on the eye. I am sorry that it has not been possible to reproduce them in colour, as the picture of Barracks Ope inside the front cover shows just how attractive his use of colour was. I am not so happy with his depiction of the Lisboa Packet on the cover. Bright and cheerful, but with an exaggerated impractical hull it becomes much more an item of Popular Art for the tourist than a serious reconstruction of a Falmouth Packet at sea.
This book is a very good introduction to the whole range of Tony Warren's work and serves to remind us of his versatility as a marine artist in many different mediums.
Reviewed by George Hogg
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Sadly i was born in the midlands as far away from the sea as it is possible to get. Visits to Cornwall as a child developed a love for the region and the sea in particular.When I took my own son to experience the same in the eighties I had the pleasure of meeting Tony, and my wife started me buying his paintings as wedding anniversary presents. I remain happily married, and the proud owner of 19 of Tony's amazing watercolours, and about 20 framed prints.
I guess that qualifies me as a "fan"
I have an oil painting of my fathers stern trawler which was completed by Tony around the early 1980's. Approx size 3ft x 2ft. Unfortunately this boat is no longer above sea level but the painting brings back great memories of the short spell when I worked on this boat off Brixham.
TONY COULD CATCH THE TRUE ESSENCE OF THE SUBJECT, ABRILLIANT GIFT, I COMMISSION TONY TO PAINT IN OILS, THE NEW ROSELAND FERRY,COMING ACROSS FROM ST.MAWES TO FALMOUTH, IN WINTER AGAINST A SOU-WESTERLY. AS A BOY I TRAVELED TO AND THRO IN ALL WEATHERS FOR PEOPLE GOING AND COMING TO WORK, AND SOME SUPPLIES FOR THE SHOPS AND EATERIES,
TONY CAUGHT EVERY MOVEMENT OF HER(THE FERRY)AND EVERY SPLASH OF THE SEA. PERFECT, IS WHAT I CAN SAY.THE OIL PAINTING WAS ABOUT 3FT X 2FT, FANTASTIC.
PAUL MARTIN. 10/09/2010
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I own three of Tony's paintings two water colours and a lovelly large oil painting of a clipper. They are a constant source of visual pleasure and also a reminder of holidays in Falmouth and the image of Tony in his little studio. What pleasue he must have given to many many people, and still does.
he was a great painter of ships and was proud to have as my uncle, i also own some prints of his painting
Keith (a relative of
If you can describe the painting in more detail, or provide a phone number for contact, I may be able to help
i have just bought a load of `stuff` house clearance - amongst it there is a tony warren painting - label on the back with gallery details - anyone know if this will be a print - doesnt look like it to me but then i aint no expert
I was fortunate to aquire by comission two water colours direct from Tony, unfortunately he died two days after he delivered them to me.
Im thrilled to own them, as i'm a cornish girl and lived in Falmouth, they will be a constant reminder of Tony and Falmouth.
Karen & John Norris
We purchased two of Tony's watercolours in 1986 during a visit to his studio in Falmouth. They are a continual source of pleasure. The book is a must for anyone interested in Tony's art works.
Barbara & Gary Hieat
We purchased two of Tony's original paintings in 1984 when in Falmouth during a visit to the UK from New Zealand. We have always enjoyed them and would like very much to get hold of a copy of this book, although it's a bit of a shame the pictures aren't in colour!
Super review. I am a Falmouth man now living in Essex. I own four of Tonys original water colours and they are a super reminder to me of my childhood in Falmouth
Good review, tony was my dads brother!