The MV Ventura has many decks (18) and many lifts, to save passengers from walking up and down stairs.
However, the staircases provided yet more art to enjoy. At every landing – halfway between the opportunities to board a lift – there were dramatic displays of works.
There were t0o many to show them all here, but I selected three artists whose works were particularly stunning.
Art on the stairs: Johnny Bull
Johnny Bull was born in 1949 and the work he has on display are a series of colourful images produced from photographs taken in various locations visited by MV Ventura. They are unique images: inkjet print on paper, mounted behind a lenticular lens. So, the image moves – comes alive – as you walk past!
This is just one of many of his works of art.
Art on the stairs: Paul Critchley
Paul Critchley originates from Merseyside but now lives and works in Barcelona. Both parents were art teachers and he is much travelled. His works are oil on canvas mounted on aluminum.
The 3D effect is almost alarming. He presents familiar objects but in such a way as to provoke the viewer to see them differently. This one, called ‘The Daily Commute’, is relatively tame.
Others were more exciting and sometimes shocking. This one is called ‘House of Stories’.
This one appealed to the artist in me.
Hexagonal art: Vanessa Ballard
Vanessa Ballard has a passion for patterns. For the images on board MV Ventura, she travelled to 15 countries and spent hundreds of hours creating 100K digital images for these works, all created from hexagons. Close up, you could see how each hexagon was differently coloured.
From afar though, the intention of the artist becomes clear. This one, called ‘Setting Sail’, is of MV Ventura.
This one, fittingly, is a glass of champagne. It is called Paradise Island I.
Art in the cabin: artist unknown
Even in the cabin, we had art … and decided the style – with a wavy perspective – made complete sense aboard a ship, especially when we were crossing the Bay of Biscay. I omitted to note the artist’s name for these pieces … apologies!
This post is one of my POSTCARD series, sharing all things ART with you when I go travelling. My previous postcard was all about Whitewall Galleries.
Next week’s blog shares more of the art we discovered aboard MV Ventura, and ashore too.