About the artist

PICTURED: Stuart at work

Stuart Williamson has been a professional fine artist and model maker since 1993. He is now a well-known and highly respected artist specialising in maritime subjects; though his work is not limited to this and Stuart has been commissioned to paint a wide range of subjects during his career. He lives and works in Derby, England with his wife Gill.

Stuart's first print of the 'Wreck of the Titanic' was an immediate success. This image has appeared widley since in books and other publications, as have many of Stuart's other works of art. His artwork has also appeared in USA Today magazine and has featured in Television documentaries, more recently in the Channel 4 programme about the Diving Expedition to the wreck of the Britannic, led by diver, Carl Spencer.

In 1994, Stuart was asked to draw up some ideas for an engraving that was to be carved into the top of a new memorial stone to mark the 75th Anniversary of the Lusitania's sinking. One of these ideas was chosen and carved into the memorial by stone mason, Brian Little. This memorial now stands on the Old Head of Kinsale in respect to those who died.

Stuart's model making work began professionally in September 1993 with exhibition pieces and his first model of the bow section of the Wreck of Titanic, which was displayed at The National Museum of Photography, Film & Television in Bradford for the premiere of the IMAX film 'TITANICA', opened by Titanic survivor, Eva Hart. The following year The National Maritime Museum in Greenwich held its highly successful Titanic Wreck Exhibition, where Stuart's wreck model was on display with artifacts from Titanic's wreck site.

In 1997, Dudley Museum had a Titanic Exhibition and Stuart was commissioned to produce exhibition displays with his artwork. His wreck models formed part of the main exhibition. The following year saw the big release of James Cameron's film 'Titanic'. Stuart's work was again in great demand and he held a highly successful year-long exhibition in Derby's Heritage Center. The interest caused by the film 'Titanic' was enormous and his work went on to exibit throughout Austrailia and New Zealand. In 2000, Stuart built and completed a large-scale model of the Wreck of Titanic which was bought by an exhibition in America and can now be seen at 'Titanic the Exhibition' in Florida.

In 2001, Stuart joined a diving expedition to the wreck of the Lusitania. "My greatest interest is in shipwrecks, and in particular the Titanic and Lusitania. Back in 1982, I saw a documentary about the Oceaneering salvage operations on the Lusitania's wreck and I have been trying to find out more about the wreck ever since, so to get the opportunity to go out to the wreck site was a dream come true. I am not a diver but to be at the spot where she went down was a moving expeience" Since then Stuart has been studying information collected on the expedition with a view to mapping the Wrecksite properly.

Stuart's work has taken him to many sites of maritime interest and a few years ago he was invited to Belfast by Kathleen Neil of Belfast Industrial Heritage, to do an art workshop at Belfast City Hall, which was a great success. "I made some great friends in Belfast".

Stuart's work is presently being used to promote the 'Titanic 2012 Cruise' for which he has booked his ticket for the trip. He is also supportive of the return and restoration of the Nomadic to Belfast. Stuart has been a British Titanic Society member since 1988 and is also a member of the Titanic Historical Society in America.

   

For further details or to add a link to this page you can contact Stuart at his e-mail address:
stu_williamson@lineone.net
or write to: Stuart Williamson, 195 Chellaston Road, Shelton Lock, Derby DE24 9EB
Tel: +44 (0)1332 700694

All images on this website are the Copyright of Stuart Williamson.