2007-08-09 / Front Page

Island artist completes 4th commission for Ted Turner

John Mecray, at his island studio, with his most recent painting "Courageous." The work marks Mecray's 45th painting that will be released as a limited edition print. Photo by Jeff McDonough John Mecray, at his island studio, with his most recent painting "Courageous." The work marks Mecray's 45th painting that will be released as a limited edition print. Photo by Jeff McDonough Marine artist John Mecray of Jamestown has just finished a painting of Courageous succesfully defending the America's Cup in 1977.

The work was commissioned by American media mogul and philanthropist Ted Turner, who skippered the winning defense. Turner will present the painting to the New York Yacht Club at the 30th anniversary reunion of the yacht's crew in Newport.

Courageous successfully defended the America's Cup twice - in 1974 with Ted Hood at the helm and again in 1977 with Turner driving.

Mecray attended the 1977 races, which were held on the waters off Jamestown and Newport. The acrylic on canvas painting depicts Courageous, with Turner at the helm, and Australia just after rounding the second mark. Both yachts are under spinnaker, with Australia in a threatening position. In the background is the spectator fleet.

Mecray said Turner wanted the painting to hang at Harbour Court in Newport. The yacht club had to lower the fireplace mantle by one foot so the painting would fit, Mecray added.

Turner owns four paintings that he commissioned from Mecray and also owns a fifth work of Mecray's.

Mecray said it required about four months of work to complete Courageous, his 45th painting to be released as a limited edition print. To learn more about Mecray's work, visit his Web site at mecray.com

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