Witnesses to the pinnacle of Art and Technology of their century, much like cathedrals were in their time, the great transatlantic liners have written a significant chapter in human history. Crossing the oceans, sometimes at great peril, these ships carried people in search of better fortune, dreams thoughts, sources of work and Art, in essence, the riches of Humanity. Yet today, they remain little known and, for some, true mysteries. Few documents survive, having been damaged, destroyed, or lost. From this observation arose my desire to bring back to life this Golden Age, so near yet so far.

My work as an artist is a true archaeological adventure, following a contradictory and almost scientific approach, delving into the smallest details into plans, photographs, brochures, or accounts, to recreate a faithful image of the ship. Several months of work go into the creation of a single portrait, so that Art, Beauty & Technology can once again come together in a graphic homage, like an ideal color photograph, which for many of these ships, does not exist.

Each work is produced in a high-precision digital laboratory in Paris.

“Tall ships are magnificent objects: they inspire and provoke intense emotions. It takes great skill, precision and attention to detail to translate these sensations through artistic projection. Nuances of shade, color and form must be carefully mastered to convey the reality of a ship’s soul. Julien Garnier’s work embodies this expertise. The few portraits he has already produced depict some of the greatest ships in history. They seem to literally sail across the sheet of paper in stunning realism, glory and perfection. As the architect of QUEEN MARY 2, I admire Julien Garnier’s interpretation. As an artist, his work deserves as much recognition as the ship itself, and I highly recommend it.”

Stephen Payne, Architect & Designer of RMS QUEEN MARY 2