Astute 1

Photorealist painting of a submarine

Photorealist painting - Astute 1
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A smallish painting of a very cool photograph

  • When I first saw this photo online I thought ‘I have to paint that.’
  • The painting is all about power.
  • Due to the lo-resolution image I started with I was forced to improvise a little. Often photorealism means ‘interpreting’ waht information isn’t capyured by the camera.


Dimensions: 47x62cm.
Painted: 2012.
Materials: Acrylic on MDF board.

Availability: For sale $600.

The story behind Astute 1

The HMS Astute is a nuclear-powered submarine in the Royal Navy. It is an outstanding achievement of modern engineering. Her builders BAE systems boast that it is “the largest and most able attack submarine that the Royal Navy has operated, with a performance to rival any in the world.”

HMS Astute was launched on 8th June 2007. The submarine is 323 feet long has a beam of 37 feet and a draught of 33 feet. It also weighs 7400 tonnes. She is capable of hitting 29 knots (54 kph) and has a crew of 98. The HMS Astute is nuclear powered, and its power-plant never needs refueling and the limitation for time away from port comes down to the supply of food onboard. Her service life is 25 years.

The HMS Astute is capable of destroying other ships and submarines with torpedos as well as launching her Raytheon Tomahawk Block III land-attack cruise missiles. These missiles utilize high explosive warheads and do not use nuclear warheads. The Tomahawks can fly 2,500 km at 880 kph. This makes the HMS Astute a formidable weapon.

This is the first in a series of photorealist paintings featuring the Astute class.

Photo by Christopher Morgan-Jones.

Photorealist painting - Astute 1 - Detail 1
Photorealist painting – Astute 1 – Detail 1
Photorealist painting - Astute 1 - Detail 2
Photorealist painting – Astute 1 – Detail 2
Photorealist painting - Astute 1 - Detail 3
Photorealist painting – Astute 1 – Detail 3
Photorealist painting - Astute 1 - Source image
Photorealist painting – Astute 1 – Source image

Although this painting is to be sold unframed this is what it could look like. It is shown for a better understanding of its size and presence.

Photorealist painting - Astute 1 - Wall mockup
Photorealist painting – Astute 1 – Wall mockup

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