Clansman at Barra

Caledonian MacBrayne Ltd  known locally as Calmac commissioned this painting and two other paintings of ‘Clansman’.

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"Clansman at Barra", a marine painting by Gordon Frickers, 91 x 61 cm (36" x 24"), Commissioned by Calmac. Available as a print from our print page.







Clansman at Barra and a royal recommendation :

Princess Anne who know the Western Isles very well, had a 15 minute chat with me at the Clansman’s naming ceremony during which she turned to the directors and told them the painting is perfect and they should commission me to paint more for them.

You could commission a similar painting, I still have my sketches and notes.

Available as a fine art print on canvas for the look and feel of the original, signed, numbered from our ‘Marine Art Prints‘ page

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Capt J A B Simkins on Clansman

The original is in the main salon on board Clansman as shown here with the then M D of Calmac, Captain John Simkins. 

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Detail from Clansman departing Castlebay, Barra

Ship art for professionals: Caledonian MacBrayne Ltd  known locally as Calmac commissioned this painting and two other paintings of ‘Clansman’.

With Capt. John Simkins at Barra, our boat courtesy of the RNLI

Clansman paintings

This picture was ordered by the managing director of Caledonian MacBrayne Ltd as the first of a series which included ‘Loch Nevis‘ and ‘Hebrides‘.

Calmac had a new ferry building at the Appledore Shipyard, N. Devon for the Western Isles, The Outer Hebrides in particular for Barra.

Calmac required 3 paintings suitable to present to Royalty.

They were confident  I had plenty of experience of this sort of work so specifications and budget were quickly sorted, contract agree and visits to the design office (Glasgow) and to Barra.

Clansman Royal Invitation
Here is the Clansman naming, ‘Royal’ Invitation

After the ship naming I was presented to the Princess Royal, Princess Anne, a 15 minute conversation about paintings and the Hebridean islands ensued.

This very successful project produced further commissions from Calmac.

Today you can view “Clansman departing Castle Bay, Barra” onboard ship in the main saloon of Clansman, or collect a beautiful signed copy here.

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Frickers paintings have been exhibited at many venues in Britain and Europe including by invitation a one man show in the European Parliament.

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