Gordon Frickers (born 1949 in Beckenham, Kent, United Kingdom ) is a marine artist based in Plymouth, Devon, but also paints in France. Frickers was the first marine artist to be exhibited at the European Parliament in Brussels in May 2011.
Education and Experience
- Maidstone College of Fine Art (later part of Kent Institute of Art & Design and now part of University for the Creative Arts) and Medway College : Visual Communication, Photography for advertising & media
- Falmouth Technical College : Ship & Boat Building;
- Montmiral School of Painting (South West France)
- Plymouth College of Further Education (now City College Plymouth) : Internet, E business, web design 
Awards and Memberships
- Four times chosen Yachting World/Rolex-Swan prize artist 
- Member of the British Marine Federation 
- Member of SuperyachtUK 
Works and series by Frickers include:
- "I have urgent dispatches" which depicts the schooner HMS Pickle conveying news of the death of Nelson and victory at Trafalgar 
- "Trafalgar Dawn", the view from HMS Victory at 6:05 am on the morning of 21 October 1805 
- "Trafalgar Dawn, the French Perspective" showing the view Vice-Admiral Villeneuve had from his flag-ship Bucentaure just before the battle 
- 1994 "Nexus", the Cable Ship Nexus commissioned by BT Marine and donated to Coe Metcalf Shipping of Liverpool, who had converted the oil drilling ship Pelican 2 to become CS Nexus 
- 1991 "Cable Ship Sovereign" commissioned by BT Marine for their boardroom 
- "The Port of Chester" 
- "Royal Yacht Britannia (1893)" 
- "Uganda entering Falmouth with tugs to lay up after the Falklands war"
- "Dumra departing Bombay in a rising S.W. monsoon", for Sir Robin Knox-Johnston to celebrate Sir Robin's earliest times at sea 
- "Cunard Express Steamer The Mauretania" 
- "Plymouth Cattewater", which shows a clipper loading in the early 1880s before her imminent departure for Australia
- "HMS Formidable, Seafires Returning", painted for a lady whose husband had served as a pilot 
- "Norway", the cruise ship, leaving Miami 
- The voyage of the French explorer Lapérouse series
- Historic & Picturesque Wine Villages of Bordeaux series
Some of Frickers work has been reproduced as limited edition prints 
Frickers patrons and clients include:
- The Sail Training Association (now the Tall Ships Youth Trust) 
- Caledonian MacBrayne 
- British Telecom (Marine) Ltd. 
- Cunard Line
- Yamaha 
- Sir Robin Knox-Johnston
- Maiden G.B. (Tracy Edwards)
- Blue Arrow America's Cup
- The National Trust
- Imperial Tobacco (Award won)
- Devonport Management Limited
- Marine Projects (now known as Princess Yachts)
- Coe Metcalf Shipping Ltd.
- Corum - French Admiral's Cup Sponsor
- Sir Richard Branson
- Henri Lloyd Limited
- La Maire de Sauternes
- CPC (United Kingdom) Limited (name changed in 1998 to Best Foods Inc) 
Exhibitions and Galleries
Frickers work has been exhibited at:
- European Parliament, Brussels, May 2011 
- Buckingham Palace
- London International Boat Show
- Royal Society of Marine Artists
- Maison de la Fontaine, City of Brest 
- Chester Town Hall, including a Civic Reception 
- La Mairie, L'ile sur Tarn, October, November 2007 
- 1868 Restaurant, King David Street, Jerusalem, May 2007 
Books and TV
Frickers work has appeared in:
- The Nelson Almanac edited by David Harris 
- Nelson's Ships by Peter Goodwin 
- Ships of Trafalgar by Peter Goodwin 
- Fighting Ships 1750-1850 by Sam Willis 
Notes and references
- "Gordon Frickers". The Wivenhoe Encyclopedia. Wivenhoe Town Council. Retrieved 30 June 2011.
- "Life on the Ocean Wave". News & Press. British Marine Federation. 14 April 2011. Retrieved 30 June 2011.
- van den Berg, Eric (12 April 2011). "Brussels date for Frickers". Lloyd's List. Retrieved 4 July 2011.
- "Gordon Frickers". Cranston Fine Arts - Artist Listings. Military Print Company. Retrieved 30 June 2011.
- "Gordon Frickers". Member List. British Marine Federation. Retrieved 30 June 2011.
- "Gordon Frickers". Members. Superyacht UK. Retrieved 30 June 2011.
- Goodwin, Peter (2005). The Ships of Trafalgar: The British, French and Spanish Fleets, 21 October 1805. London: Conway Maritime. p. 256. ISBN 1-84486-015-9.
- Lloyd's List. 19 August 2005. p. 6.
- Goodwin, Peter (2002). Nelson's Ships: A History of the Vessels in which he Served 1771 - 1805. London: Conway Maritime. p. 192. ISBN 0-85177-742-2.
- The Western Morning News. 14 October 1994.
- Monitor (26 April 1994). "People and Places". Lloyd's List. Retrieved 4 July 2011.
- Monitor (11 January 1995). "People and Places". Lloyd's List. Retrieved 4 July 2011.
- The Evening Herald. 21 May 1993.
- "Gordon Frickers". BI Art Gallery. John Prescott. Retrieved 30 June 2011.
- "Artist gets vote in Brussels". This is Devon. 29 June 2010. Retrieved 2 July 2011.
- The Western Morning News. 2 February 1999.
- Calmac press release. 6 February 2001.
- "Gordon Frickers Painting Exhibition". Tarn & Aveyron Events. FrenchEntrée. Retrieved 30 June 2011.
- Davis, Barry (15 May 2007). "Long forgotten Israel paintings find new life". Jerusalem Post. p. 24.
- "A colourful view of life in France". The Plymouth Western Morning News. 30 September 2006. Retrieved 30 June 2011.
- The Nelson Almanac: A Book of Days Recording Nelson's Life and the Events That Shaped His Era. London: Conway Maritime Press. 1998. p. 192. ISBN 0-85177-755-4.
- Willis, Sam; introduction by N.A.M. Rodger (2007). Fighting ships, 1750-1850. London: Quercus Publishing. p. 224. ISBN 1-84724-171-9.
- "The Pickle". The Boats That Built Britain (TV series documentary 2010). IMDb. Retrieved 30 June 2011.