This isn't the first time that Brooklyn-based artist Joel Dugan has been featured on Cool Hunting. In 2005, his nautically themed octopus tees were being sold to raise money for arts education for underprivileged schoolchildren. Dugan continues to be produce, elaborating and improving on the timeless maritime theme in what is his solo debut in the port city of San Francisco where the Iowa-born artist studied his craft.
We think this Pacific port is a fitting host for Dugan's latest portraits of foggy coastlines, shorebirds and lighthouses. Contrary to our simplistic description, these paintings are not clam chowder, Cape Cod-kitsch. Dugan's pieces bring a fresh perspective to a well worn (and at times overwrought) theme by artists who for years have been fascinated by the sea.
Dugan says he drew much of his inspiration from trips to coastal Nova Scotia, Ireland and New England, and we think he's done justice in to the maritime aesthetic.