Spirit of Mystery, a voyage in time and space

Spirit of Mystery, Pete Goss,  a marine painting commissioned this to commemorate, to leave a record of a voyage in many senses.

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Spirit of Mystery
Spirit of Mystery in the Southern Ocean

Pete GOSS’ VOYAGE in the Southern Ocean CAPTURED ON CANVAS by Gordon Frickers, oils on canvas measuring 76 x 121 cm (30″ x 48″).

 

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Captain Richard Nicholls wrote in this log on 6th March 1855: “A terrific gale of wind – heaviest so far experienced. Our gallant little boat rides the mountains of sea remarkably well.”

Pete Goss built and sailed the replica 37’ Mounts Bay Lugger to Australia to commemorate the incredible voyage made by seven Cornishmen in 1854 aboard the original Mystery, the smallest migrant vessel ever to make the perilous journey to Australia.

Many of their descendants from Captain Nicholls voyage live in Australia today.

Spirit of Mystery in the Southern Ocean” is now available as a signed numbered print, priced from £147.00 including packing, insurance and post, with a limited number signed by Pete Goss; to make an order visit payment page.

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Spirit of Mystery detail
Spirit of Mystery detail

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Birth of an idea

Encouraged, ‘egged on’, by a mutual friend (George Skinner) I asked Pete if he would like to co operate in committing the Spirit of Mystery voyage to canvas.

Unknown to Gordon Pete Goss already knew my reputation and was a fan of ‘Roaring Forties’.

Pete said, for him “Roaring Forties” was one of the very few paintings to really capture the Southern Ocean.

Fair enough, it’s true to say I’m  is best known for his painting ‘Roaring Forties’ described by the editor of the best selling journal Yachting Monthly (Dick Durham) as “iconic”.

Roaring Forties’ dramatically depicts #RobinKnoxJohnston aboard Suhaili riding out a dangerous 80 foot plus Southern Ocean grey beard in 1968 as he Robin became the first man to single-handed circumnavigate the globe non-stop.

 

 

Robin Knox-Johnston had asked to meet Gordon when preparing for a transatlantic race at Queen Anne’s Battery Marina, Plymouth.

Robin said he loved my merchant ship paintings which at that time were being exhibited at QAB thanks to Mark Gates, the marina manager.

Robin and his wife, 6 months later, decided to celebrate Robin’s 50 th birthday by commissioning Gordon Frickers to paint what was to become ‘Roaring Forties’.

In his letter to Gordon Robin wrote “For a brief inglorious moment there was me & two masts in sight & nothing but ocean in any direction for 2,000 miles”.

(of ‘Roaring Forties‘, we still have a few copies left signed by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, they are real history, very collectable, to order go to our payment page. If in doubt call Gordon)

 

Pete Goss was captivated by my proposal.

Pete said he had no idea at all how to go about creating a painting and thus was intrigued, keen to follow the creative process.

Pete insisted the painting would be a commission.

Having read the logs I had several suggestions and much would depend on how Pete and his team reacted.

We agreed a meeting aboard ‘Spirit of Mystery’.

Cornish lugger
Pete Goss with Gordon Frickers.

It was one appropriately stormy day at the Mayflower Marina, Plymouth that the two men met for the first time to talk about the voyage and especially the Southern Ocean.

When I arrived Pete introduced himself with charming Cornish courtesy saying “Gordon it’s an honour to meet you”.

I was very taken aback and I was thinking ‘no Pete it’s an honour to meet YOU‘!

Pete proposed we have a mug of tea.

Spirit of Mystery, Mayflower Marina, Plymouth
Spirit of Mystery, Mayflower Marina, Plymouth
Spirit of Mystery & Pete Goss
Spirit of Mystery & Pete Goss

Gordon was invited aboard Spirit of Mystery.

Interior of SoM
Interior of SoM

We talked of the voyage and especially the Southern Ocean while I explained what was likely to happen as we would make a painting, an insight into a creative process.

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The painting:

I set to work sketching and questioning Pete Goss.

The first proposals were not unlike “Roaring Forties”.

After about ¾ of an hour, inspiration manifested.

Quite suddenly I had another idea very different from any of the previous sketches.

I drew it immediately and in about 45 seconds…

Sketch produced while with Pete Goss
Sketch produced while with Pete Goss

 

 

As luck would have it, my simple ‘concept sketch was soon developed and unreservedly approved by the Pete and soon after by those closest to him, family and his team.

Pete Goss & Gordon Frickers
Pete Goss & Gordon Frickers

Next challenge, I had to use my skills to paint as I’m was reputed to do…

Would my efforts be up to standard, would Pete approve?

 

The result is our painting of ‘Spirit of Mystery revealed in a way no camera could capture.

Spirit of Mystery labouring in huge waves with a vicious cross sea.

Pete Goss says, truly reminiscent of his voyage and that of the original crew, whose Captain Richard Nicholls wrote in their log on 6th March 1855: “A terrific gale of wind – heaviest so far experienced. Our gallant little boat rides the mountains of sea remarkably well.”

I said: I have endeavoured to give our painting the qualities cameras and Photoshop don’t have. Much of the scene is as abstract as possible, light, physical texture, because that is how it is in bad weather. I pursued feeling and emotion rather than detail. The colours and the white water are influenced by the ragged sky, the sort of patchy sunlight and flying spray Pete had described.

Pete Goss paid me a classic compliment, I got exactly the painting I had hoped for”.

 

 

Pete added: I particularly like the vast underlying swell rolling off into the infinite space of the Southern Ocean coupled with the immediacy of the nasty cross sea that threatens to overwhelm the boat. Gordon has a rare talent and has captured what is so hard to describe. When I first got the painting I put it on the kitchen table, made myself a cup of tea and lost myself in it for half an hour.

The painting has everything except the unforgettable noise of the huge Southern seas…” Pete Goss.

This splendid marine painting, measures 30” by 48” and will Pete says be framed in the same oak used to build Spirit of Mystery.

Spirit of Mystery in the Southern Ocean” is now available as a signed numbered print, with a limited number signed by Pete Goss; to make an order visit www.frickers.co.uk/art, payment page.

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"In the cross sea it felt as if we were being repeatedly rammed by a car" ~ Pete Goss
“In the cross sea it felt as if we were being repeatedly rammed by a car” ~ Pete Goss

Gordon Frickers © 05/10/13 updated 07.02.15, 04.01.2016

 

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You can commission a painting of this quality, courage up, call or email me.

 

For more information about Pete Goss and Spirit of Mystery project, visit: www.petegoss.com

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Pete Goss is proud to be able to say his project created 2 new businesses, still up and running…and not least this is a tribute to the original voyage and crew Captained by Richard Nicholls.

 

About Gordon Frickers:

Here’s a brief summary and you can discover more by reading my unconventional, illustrated résumée available on the web site.

I am fortunate to be one of the few artists to be invited, and the first and only marine artist to exhibit at, the European Parliament, Brussels (May 2011).

To have been the choice of many diverse & renowned organisations including Yamaha, British Telecom, the Ministry of Defence, Corum, Calmac and Deloitte & Touché.

Distinguished individuals have examples of the art of Gordon Frickers, people as varied as varied as Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, The Princess Royal, His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said, Sir Richard Branson, and now Pete Goss.

 

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