Dimetrious Athas, a native of Salem, MA was educated at Berkeley University, California in commercial design and illustration. Since 1976 Athas has been painting luminous realistic scenes of catboats, sloops and schooners – the remaining splendors of sail which he feel records their beauty for future generations. Each season Dimetrious participates in many races so that he can accurately portray each race. The final intention is to bring to the viewer the feel of the wind in the sails and the drama of the seas.
Athas is a board member of the American Society of Marine Artists (author of the newsletter column “Studio Waves”) and was a past vice-president of the International Society of Marine Painters. Images of his paintings have been reproduced in both the 2001 & 2000 Art of the Sea Calendar – National Maritime Historical Society; Cover of the Friendship Sloop Society’s yearbook 2000, Sea Classics, American Art Review, Antiques & Fine Art, Down East, Maine Boats and Harbors, and the book A Gallery of Marine Art by Rockport Publishing.
Dimetrious Athas has spent the summer following the Friendship, Cat, and Schooner races. Athas was one of only two living marine artists to be displayed at the Fourth Annual Boston International Fine Arts Show in November of this year. The U.S. Sailing Association has chosen him to represent them on their greeting cards for 2001. His painting of Tannis, Strategy Session was chosen for the front cover of the Friendship Sloop Society’s Annual Yearbook. Several of his images were chosen to represent Gessoboard panels by Ampersand Company for national advertisements.
Dimetrious is the author of Studio Waves, a popular how-to column for the American Society of Marine Artist quarterly newsletter. He is well known for his luminous contemporary race scenes and is now also working on several marine landscapes. An example of his work can be seen in the calendar entitled, Art of the Sea 2001.
From Askart/J. Russell Jinishian Gallery