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Original whale painting by Cornish outsider artist Steve Camps, in antique wooden frame. 


Materials: Waxed emulsion on board


Dimensions: 82 x 43cm


Please note that these are handmade items framed by Steve from his own collection, and there may be some imperfections in the frame and/or painting such as small marks, chips, cracks, scratches etc.




Steve Camps was born in Cornwall in 1957, and worked as a builder for most of his life. Although always having had a passion for collecting vintage art and frames, it wasn’t until February 2023 that he decided to turn his own hand to painting.

With an existing interest in antiques and painting, Camps began to experiment with imagery of whales: creating an array of entrancing scenes. With their beautiful muted colours, and each one carefully framed from Steve’s own collection, the result is a magical combination of traditional style, and unmistakable character.


Steve's work has since gained a cult following with art dealers, celebrities and people from all over the world  clamouring to get a hold of his work. The value of his pieces is now ten times what it was a few months ago, and they never stay in stock at Sailors Jail for very long!

“I always liked collecting old items from fairs and car boots, and was especially drawn to paintings. After a while I started to collect art: buying in auctions and wherever I could find it.

I think the first whale painting was after I just retired from building, and on holiday I bought two 1950s watercolours from a charity shop in Carmarthen, Wales. They were of whaling ships, which I thought was an unusual subject. I decided to paint a whale, put it into an old frame, and sold it online for a few quid. So I started to paint more and do the same. I was so surprised when a few months later Sailors Jail contacted me to exhibit them, but I think it’s great that so many people like my paintings."


Sailors Jail Gallery Ltd acts as agent on behalf of our sellers. This sale is for the item listed only, and the seller/ Sailors Jail retain all reproduction rights.


Steve Camps Original Framed Whale Painting

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