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John Ursillo

“Movie Ship: SS Venture

Colored Pencil, 24” x 18”

I am a Signature Member of the Colored Pencil Society of America (CPSA) and work primarily in that medium on paper and on alternate surfaces such as canvas, board and stone. The subject of this piece is the actual vessel used in the Peter Jackson 2005 remake of the 1933 film “King Kong.” I studied her at quayside in Wellington, NZ in 2004 during filming. The piece is executed in a self-developed technique called “Solvent-enhanced Colored Pencil ™” that uses solvents to create a color-layered image much like the old master glazing technique employed by artists in oil. The film vessel Venture, judged too decrepit to maintain, was scuttled in the deep water of Cook Strait (between New Zealand’s North and South Islands) in 2010.

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