James Bowman Consor summons the moods of nature with his personal narrative of the unassailable dignity of the sea. His affectionate regard for the sportsmanship of yachting and racing events coalesces into scenes of startling vivacity. Consor’s skilled interpretation of the sea as a romantic realist follows in the traditions of England’s marine masters, Wylie, Wilkinson and Somerscales, a tradition continued by American artists Fitz Hugh Lane, Frederick Cozzens, and Gordon Grant. And now, Consor captivates us with his portrayal of America’s racing vessels, calm seas and dramatic skies. The solidity of his form and the accuracy of his drawing, as well as the aesthetic documentation of his rigged masts muted and distilled in a restrained and formal elegance show prominently in his work.
Consor has been a freelance illustrator, an advertising art director, and a frequent exhibitor in several successful major academic and commercial marine exhibit. In literary verse, John Masefield applied pen to paper. “I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky, and all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by.” Consor, uses paint and brush freely to captivate the feeling of bending humbly before nature, creating melodies of freshness and vitality and gifting us with his visual poetry.