Christopher Kovacs - Fine Art
June 25, 2024   12:00 pm NL Time


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Status of Original Painting – For Sale

All prices are in Canadian dollars

Size: 15 x 16.25  inches

Price: $1,050 on display at Red Ochre Gallery

Medium: Watercolour on 300 lb Arches


Tilting is a community on Fogo Island in Newfoundland. Jacques Cartier sailed to the area in 1534, but it wasn’t until the 1720s that the island was settled. Tilting was a key harbor for the Atlantic cod fishing industry, and well known to Basque, French, and Portuguese fishermen. Today it is a registered heritage site and features many original buildings and stages, such as in this painting.

The name Tilting is of uncertain origin but thought to have originated with the French. It seemed especially appropriate to use Tilting as the title of the painting, given how just about everything depicted seems to be leaning, or lacking straight and right angles.

I thank Dr. Leslie Rourke for the reference photo, which she took nearly 12 years ago when she took a circumnavigation tour of Newfoundland aboard the MS Explorer in September 2007. That ship later sank off the South Shetland Islands in November 2007 after striking an iceberg. I’ve done a number of paintings from Leslie’s photos over the years, but this may be the last because I don’t have any more saved.

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