Sail-World.com/uk Gerald New, October 2007
The Dutch artist Marco Käller has devoted himself to maritime art. Originally trained in commercial design and working in theatre set design he eventually turned to a mixture of teaching and interior design.
During this time he started to paint, mainly in the evenings and at night, since he was too embarrassed to paint during the day, since painting could not provide him with an adequate living.
Being a keen sailor, he graduated towards maritime subjects, 'I started rather abstractly because I was afraid to show too much of the boats.
For some reason, I found maritime subjects not suitable for serious art. You don’t do that, painting boats. Gradually my work became more figurative.'
When sufficient work was completed Marco held an exhibition and to his a surprise was able to sell a considerable amount.
From then he quit the teaching and went full-time on painting. Since then, he paints during the day!
'I had always sailed on rivers, my wife on seas and together we had a dinghy. Afterwards we bought an Optimist for the children and I paddled along in a canoe to give them instructions.
We soon fell in love with a classic, wooden Swedish Neptune; an open boat with a tiny cabin, just bigger than a Dragon.
It was beautifully renovated. We enjoyed sailing in it, but it soon became too small. If you want a classic with space, it often ends up being really big.'
'Now we have a Beneteau First 32.5, The Colourful.
I painted the spinnaker and the stern with a personal logo. I get my energy from sailing a lot and I also work when I am on board.
I always carry materials with me. Not oil paint, but acryl and of course not my biggest canvases. With my family we sail as tourists, but with my friends I go to competitions and events.'
'You can only capture the essence of sailing by experiencing it yourself. A lot of painters don’t experience their objects they just remain spectators.
I am on the starting line myself. En route I take many photographs that I reconstruct at home in order to make the start of a composition.'
'I currently display my work at four maritime fairs: Düsseldorf, Hamburg (Germany) and the Hiswa’s (The Netherlands).'
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