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Don Braben was born in Wallasey, Merseyside in 1937 and from an early age was interested in ships. Choosing a career in art instead of the sea Don taught in UK, Nigeria, Zambia, and Canada before emigrating to Australia where he lectured in art at Griffith University, Brisbane until retirement in 1997.

CHANTALA departing Brisbane, gouache, 30x46cms, A$420.00

Ships have always been a favourite subject and his prizewinning watercolours have been exhibited in many countries both in solo and group exhibitions.

JUWARA 24cm x 36cm watercolour A$285

Don is a foundation member of the Australian Society of Marine Artists and a member of the International Society of Marine Painters, his work has been exhibited at the Royal Societyof Marine Artists, UK and the Mystic Marine International, USA. He prefers to capture contemporay maritime activity where possible and has been artist-in-residence aboard CSIRO Oceanographic Reseach Vessel FRANKLIN, the AMSA lighthouse tender vessel CAPE GRAFTON and Royal Australian Navy Hydrographic ship HMAS LEEUWIN recording the ships and crews at work.

LANDAURA off South Head 24 cm x 36cm watercolour A$285

Solo exhibitions of Don's marine art often take a theme, paintings depicting the ports of Brisbane and Kobe were shown in Japan and Australia; ships serving New Caledonia featured in an exhibition in Noumea. Don's work is in many shipping company collections including, Wallenius-Wilhelmsen Line, Blue Star Line, Sofrana Unilines, Adsteam Marine, CSIRO, AMSA, Fed Nav. Port Philip Pilots, Torres Straits Pilots etc as well, as many seafarers personal collections.

WOODARRA departing Sydney 24cm x 55cm watercolour A$285

All paintings are supplied shrinkwrapped with mat and backing ready to slip into standard sized frames. Post and packing extra. GST of 10% to be added if purchased in Australia. Commissions are welcomed and any ship or size of painting can be considered. Paintings can be commissioned for as little as $200 unframed, all that is needed is a photograph, a sketch or even just a name. Email Don Braben at or telephone/fax +61 7 3849 3327. His site is at

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