Maritime artist John Stobart (1929-2023)
Maritime artist John Stobart (1929-2023)

Today we are saddened to report on the death of renowned artist John Stobart (1929-2023), who pursued his dream despite being once told, “You’re never going to put bread on the table with that kind of work.”

John was a plein air artist and an icon, known for his incredible maritime paintings.

Marine art oil paintings of boats - John Stobart
John Stobart, “Fellow Emeritus Uploading in Hong Kong, the Dashing Wave,” Oil on linen,18 x 24 in.

“John was a giant, a legend, one of the most important artists of our times,” said Publisher Eric Rhoads. “He was a leader, an encourager of younger artists, and a brilliant businessman. He was known worldwide because of his PBS show WorldScape. He was a dear friend and I’ll miss him.”

John Stobart with Eric Rhoads
John Stobart with Eric Rhoads

Stobart became known for his meticulous attention to detail and incredible ability to capture the atmosphere and mood of historic ports. He quickly gained a reputation as one of the best in his field and was soon exhibiting his paintings in galleries throughout North America and Europe.

“John Stobart was a master painter, a fact that is evident as soon as you see his superbly crafted, extraordinarily evocative scenes,” said Peter Trippi of Fine Art Connoisseur. “What those who did not have the privilege to meet him may not know is that John was also a charming, down-to-earth man who always enjoyed meeting new people and sharing his knowledge and enthusiasms.  Everyone at Fine Art Connoisseur mourns his passing, and he will be missed greatly by his many admirers worldwide.”

Over the course of his career, John received numerous awards and honors for his contributions to the art world and in addition to his artistic achievements, he was a generous philanthropist.

In Plein Air Podcast Episode 149 with Eric Rhoads, John shared what he learned from a lifetime of living as an artist.

Read the full tribute for John Stobart at

Donations in Stobart’s memory may be made to The Stobart Foundation.


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