Walfun Luey has sketched and painted marine scenes for as long as he can remember. Wooden boats with traditional lines in particular are his passion. He himself owns a restored wooden Dragon that he sails, races and displays in wooden boat shows. The elemental simplicity of sailing a pretty wooden boat, unencumbered by amenities, is what yachting is all about for him, and marine painting is an extension of that aesthetic.
Born and raised in Canada, he graduated from the University of Toronto in 1985 with a degree in Dentistry. An avid yachtsman, he has sailed and raced for over twenty years. A passion for wooden boats involved him in the restoration of worthy old yachts, a learning experience in traditional boatbuilding techniques. He was an original member of the “Splinter Group,” a cadre of wooden boat enthusiasts that founded the Wooden Boat Weekend in the Port of Newcastle, Ontario.
A passion for maritime history, and a lifetime of sketching and messing about in boats has provided Walfun with the “eye for a ship” requisite in this specialized category of art. He has painted mostly in watercolor in emulation of marine artists such as Winslow Homer, R. P. Bonington and W. L. Wylie. Lately, he has been influenced by the avant-garde ink work of Gao Xingjian and has been experimenting with the fusion of Oriental ink painting and Western marine painting. The nature of ink painting engenders spontaneity and discourages deliberation, lending a fresh approach to traditional marine art.
Many of his paintings have appeared on the cover of yachting magazines and he has been exhibiting at the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport, Mystic, Connecticut since 2002 where he won an Award of Excellence in 2012 and the Rudolph J. Schaefer Maritime Heritage Award in 2013.