The painter at sea

In the 1990s James sailed before the mast on the Sir Winston Churchill belonging to the Sail Training Association, a three-masted top sail schooner with a rig that was deliberately designed to incorporate all the main types of sail. He describes it as an exhilarating experience, which provided him with much inspiration for his work.

Sir Winston Churchill schooner

The painter in print

James' work is recorded and illustrated in Denys Brook-hart’s book “20th Century British Marine Painting”, and E.H.H. Archibald’s “Dictionary of Sea Painters of Europe and America”.

Dictionary of Sea Painters of Europe and America
20th Century British Marine Painting
Cornish Breakers by James Brereton.

Cornish Breakers    Oil on canvas  //   50"(w) X 25"(h)  //   SOLD

Under the hammer

Six years ago, one of his paintings, a view of the seashore titled Cornish Breakers (pictured above), sold for £7,500 at Christie’s and he has also had works go under the hammer at Sotheby’s and Bonhams. He has exhibited at the Mall Galleries, the Royal Society of Marine Artists in London and West End, as well as many galleries throughout the country.

Bidders have battled to own his works at auctions in London and New York. His pictures are to be found in private collections in the UK, Eire, Belgium, Oman, Japan and the USA.

Marine Painting auction catalogues
James Brereton as a young painter
James Brereton framing pictures as a young man