Skalagard is a world renowned marine painter. He has been described as
a “living legend” by art critics. This man is a descendant of Vikings
and was born in the Faeroe Islands of Denmark in 1924.
He began painting at the age of 8, and at the age of 14 began to carry
on the family’s seafaring tradition, becoming an apprentice seaman on a
square rigged ship (such as “County of Linlithgow” in the painting which
is for sale). Thus, he began his experiences that allowed him to create
accurate paintings of such ships.
Hans grew in experience and served on merchant ships during World War II
convoys. He survived the sinking of four (4) ships in six (6) years of
this war, enabling him to draw on these experiences and paint a series
of ten “North Atlantic Convoy Scenes”.
Hans had initially moved to the United States in 1943 but returned to
Denmark after the war to study at the Royal Academy in Copenhagen. In
New York, he had a one man show in 1954, where he had studied with the
marine painter, Anton Otto Fisher.
In 1955, he became an American citizen and soon after married Mignon,
who became his business manager.
In 1961, his works were exhibited at the Legion of Honor in San
Francisco, California. He remained in California, becoming a fixture in
his Carmel, California gallery, “Skalagard’s Square-Rigger”.
He has had numerous one man shows both in the United States and in
Europe. His paintings are hung in many public buildings. Examples of
such locations include the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey,
California, the Los Angeles County Maritime Museum, the Allen Knight
Maritime Museum and galleries in Norway, Denmark and his native Faeroe
Islands. His paintings are owned by admirals and collectors world
over. He is the holder of six gold medals for his work.
Hans spent over thirty years at sea and his paintings accurately reflect
this knowledge of sailing ships and the weather at sea.
This painting of the “County of Linlithgow” most certainly is alive with
action in the finest expression of Hans Skalagard’s art. Mr. Skalagard
is active at this date and currently, with his wife Mignon, resides in