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Forgotten painting rediscovered – Ben Aynslie at the Sydney Olympic Games 2000;

Revitalised over the past few months: an Olympic marine painting, rarer, a marine portrait.
Ironically, this old and forgotten painting  will probably become  my most important painting this year?

So sorry I can’t show you the entire of this dynamic picture – yet.
This marine painting, a portrait, has just had a major upgrade to my latest standard.   B_Ayns_detail_painting_04.09_006_wp.jpg
My question is how to use this completely unique marine portrait to do the BOA, RYA and me the most good?

This marine painting is subject to very strict copyright.
Permission is needed from the British Olympic Association, but who to ask?
I guess my original contacts via Ms Bogdanowiez in the British Olympic Association have moved on, does the BOA even have the same offices and phone numbers?

I am now ready to re contact the BOA.

This marine painting, a marine portrait of Ben Aynslie in action, was in 2000 intended by Ben and me to help raise funds and awareness of the remarkable British sailing team GBR, Team GB, effort organised via the Royal Yachting Association (RYA).
In Ben’s words, “to give some thing back”; both Ben Aynslie and I have had amazing experiences out of sailing.

Ben who?

At the time we produced this study, Ben Aynslie had won the silver  (Laser Class) at Atalanta. 

Then aged 23, Ben Aynslie surprised and  thrilled the British public but not those whio know this charming consumate professional, the Gold at Sydney.

Along the way Ben had won other titles including taking International Laser world champion (many consider the Laser an easy boat to sail, the hardest to sail well and the world’s most competitive sailing class bar none) from Robert Scheidt who had almost made it private properyfor 7 years.

Ben has subsequently won Golds at Greece and China, Yachtsman of the year and is probably after Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, Britain’s most famous (living) sailor

The British Olympic Association (BOA) issued me with a licence and agreed to jointly market the picture as a limited edition with an option on Ben Aynslie at the Sydney Olympic Games 2000 becoming the first of a series on British Olympic athletes, the sailing team in particular.

Ian Percy (gold medal, Finn Class) had indicated he was willing to work with me ans my contact at BOA, Ms Bogdanowiez and her boss had suggested we approave Steve Redgrave.

The painting lay for years forgotten in a basement, the beautiful hand made frame was ruined by damp, until recently the National Maritime Museum (Falmouth) heard about this portrait of Ben Aynslie sailing at the Sydney Olympic Games 2000; “on the grape vine“.

An enquirey arrived from the National Maritime Museum (Falmouth) asking if it would be suitable and possible to borrow the painting for an exhibit on Ben Aynslie and the sailing Olympic games?

Ben Aynslie being a Falmouth lad.

I have also been tentitively asked to exhibit at the European Parliament.

Ben Aynslie at the Sydney Olympic Games 2000 would make a great piece there, after all Ben is a European too.

The painting originated at a chance meeting at a British National Championship for the Optimist class dinghy.
Ben gave a talk to the young sailors and their parents, after, meeting and chatting with many, inspiring, encouraging the children.
I was there as part of the safety team and as a coach with my son Graham

Ben came and had a dinner at my house in Plymouth.
Ben and I arranged a meeting at Restronguet Sailing Club, Falmouth, Cornwall.
Ben Aynslie started his sailing career at Restronguet Sailing Club, coached by the redoubtable Eddie Shelton.
Many years before while living in Falmouthand working as a press photographer for Beaverbrook Western Packet Group, I’d been a member and rejoined as a coach helping Eddie Shelton coach my son and others in Optimists and Lasers.

Restronguet Sailing Club generously supported us with a launch helmed by the renowned Eddie Shelton, our mate, ok almost everyone’s mate, and crew so I could observe, sketch and draw Ben as he sailed.
It was a day of light airs so my son Graham Frickers, then 12, went with Ben in a Laser as a counter weight.
I have some very remarkable photos of the 2 together and the launch crew!

As luck would have it, the printer we chose omitted to say he was moving premises and made a mess of the proofs (he subsequently went bust) so on my recommendation, the job was cancelled.
Added to the fiasco, I was suffering a very emotional and unwanted divorce at that time; hence the dark, damp fate of this marine portrait.
If only I’d known about Alan Tooze of Adaptgraphics, Plymouth, who I have been working with since 2005, a brilliant printer!

Sold or confined to a store?
A dark store is no place for a great painting.
Oooor maybe the painting could go to the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich?

Ben Aynslie and I would like this painting to benefit the RYA ? BOA if possible who did and are doing a fantastic job and with whom I and numerous others had our lives enriched, learnt loads and had huge fun, thanks guys.

I have another splendid painting “Ice Maiden” ( http://www.frickers.co.uk/marine-art/ice_maiden.html) which would make an excellent candidate for the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich.

The photos:
Looking at my digital photos of this painting and others, none of the amazing subtleties are conveyed.
The originals are hugely more impressive than the j.pegs.
I really must find a more accurate way to copy paintings but who to ask…?

Gordon Frickers
gordon@nullfrickers.co.uk: text or phone to (UK) 07588 411720