Aristides by Efren Erese
Competition between sail and steam for passenger traffic to Australia was at its height when the Aristedes was launched in 1876, but George Thompson & Sons were pioneers in the trade and had gained as excellent reputation. The Aristedes was the flag ship of the White Star Line. She was the largest ship ever built for the White Star and she was also considered the finest ship ever produced from Hood’s yard. There was an interesting reason for the popularity of the Aberdeen White star Line. Aside from being a pioneer in the colonial trade, and the numerous objections the tea and wool brokers had to steamships, it was the jewish names of the green clippers such as Maid of Judah, Jerusalem, Patriarch or Salamis to name a few. They attracted the business of the Israelite shippers, who made a point of honor to reserve their choicest cargoes for the Aberdeen Liners. Sailing regularly to Melbourne, the Aristedes often raced with the crack clippers and always held her own. She disappeared in 1903 on her way to San Francisco with a load of nitrate.
Efren S. Erese has been a founding member of the Pacific Artists’ Guild for over 35 years. While drawing inspiration from such maritime masters as Montague Dawson and Jack Spurling, Mr. Erese has since developed his own unique style, while still honoring the tradition of the masters. He is equally at home painting the intricacies of the rigging of a 19th century clipper sailing ship as he is recording the natural beauty of the exotic flowers that surround his home in the Philippines.
What is a Mirrored Print & Gallery Wrap?
Canvas for Gallery Wrap
Take a good look at your print. The edges are mirrored, so that, the complete image is shown on the face of the frame once it is wrapped. In other words, You don’t lose any of the artwork. Our 2½” mirrored borders, allow your finished product to have a variety of thickness up to 2” deep. Therefore, make sure you choose an experienced framer who can make the frame to the exact specs of your custom print.
Hand-made Rattan Frames
Though the design has changed over the years, we commission these Rattan frames through a small family owned company in The Philippines. Your frame is the result of trial and error of the last 20 years! Rattan is a vine-like Palm that requires forest cover in order to thrive. Rattan grows throughout the jungle for over a quarter of a mile. Its trunk can span a diameter of over two inches down to the thickness of a human hair. The harvester’s collection process is performed by hand by a simple machete. Ultimately, the rattan vine cannot survive without the forest. Rattan quickly regenerates. As a result, this method of harvesting protects the destruction of the forest.
Aristides by Efren Erese