Father and son holding joint maritime exhibition

PUBLISHED: 09:44 07 October 2010

Jack Messam

Jack Messam


A great grandfather whose art career took off after he retired is holding a joint sea-themed exhibition with his son.

Jack Messam

Retired publisher Jack Messam, 79, the honorary president of National Maritime Museum Art Group in Greenwich, has been fascinated with the sea ever since his mother used to take him to the promenade when he was a child.

Much to his surprise, his hobby has turned into a good earner, with his paintings selling all over the world, with his most expensive piece going for £380.

Now his watercolour paintings will be shown alongside his son Neil Messam’s model boats at the What If...? Gallery maritime exhibition in Dartford High Street, from MondayOctober 25 until Saturday, November 6. Mr Messam said: “I tend to come out of my mind when I paint. I make it up as I go along.

“When I retired I took up painting up as a hobby and they started selling and it has taken off from then.

“It has been great working with my son. It is like a late bonding exercise as when the children were growing up I was working in central London and by the time I got home they were in bed. The exhibition will be very nice for the Messam family.”

He describes his 52-year-old son’s model boats, which can take months to complete, as “museum quality” as he makes them from scratch, meaning “they look as good inside as they do outside”.

He has sold his paintings to people in Australia, Canada, France and Germany, often with buyers sending him postcards to tell them where they have hung his paintings.

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