CFAP John Horton

Action Stations

Medium: Oil on board
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Date: 2002

"When the ship is on action station these days, yes the ship is going along but you don't see anybody. There are a couple of people on the bridge and everybody else is down below. So the latest painting I've just completed is actually in the operations room on Ottawa, where the Captain and a whole line of various members of the crew are poring over computers and are operating under a little red light, they've got the anti flash gear on and they've got the lights of the computer reflecting up on their faces which actually shows some concern and concentration. This to me is probably very telling of how modern warfare is fought."



'Apollo Patrol' by John Horton (Navy) 2002

Apollo Patrol

Medium: Oil on board
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Date: 2002

"I also wanted to show the air side. I was very aware of the fact that with the aging Sea Kings there is obviously the problem of keeping them flying etc. One painting I have completed is from the air from behind the Sea King (which is just banking to land on Ottawa). Ottawa is down below and also the Sudani line freighter which they have just been doing an interdiction on. Again, it shows the interdiction work going on and it shows the air side. In fact, Admiral Fraser said 'I have a funny feeling that is the first operational painting that may have ever been done of a Sea King in theatre'."



'A Dawn Boarding' by John Horton (Navy) 2002

A Dawn Boarding

Medium: Oil on board
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Date: 2002

"I wanted to show what was being achieved and a little bit about what life was about in the modern Navy... I knew I had to paint some sort of ship portraits, as it were, to show what the job was and with that I had done one painting which...immediately placed it in the Arabian Gulf. It shows interdiction work i.e. the rubber boat with the crew going up the ladder artfully armed to do an inspection and a search on this dowel with Algonquin in the background. It's painted at sunrise with the haze in the gulf which is from the sand blowing off the dessert. It is quite an atmospheric painting but it does show the interdiction work; these are the conditions under which they are working."



'“Go Fast” - Interdiction' by John Horton (Navy) 2002

“Go Fast” - Interdiction

Medium: Oil on board
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Date: 2002

"Migrant workers cross the Arabian Gulf in fast open boats which of course would be an easy way for terrorists to escape from Iran or Pakistan. These vessels are stopped and the occupants interrogated - often under the blazing sun. This can take over 2 hours, which is hard on both sides. I observed the Canadian sailors give humanitarian help to these poor people after no threat was detected. These workers are merely looking for a better life for their families but are caught up in the terrible politics of our time."



'Homecoming' by John Horton (Navy) 2002

Homecoming

Medium: Oil on board
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Date: 2002

"This painting shows HMCS Algonquin returning to Esquimalt in October 2002 after a seven month deployment to the Arabian Gulf. It is a painting to which all naval families can relate - hopefully depicting the joy of being reunited after a long absence in a far off theatre. The idea for the painting was suggested by Jane Town, wife of Captain Town who was Chief of Staff with MARPAC at the time."



'The Shadow' by John Horton (Navy) 2002

The Shadow

Medium: Oil on board
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Date: 2002

"I remember one hot night standing on the flight deck. We were shadowing a deep sea "vessel of interest". The moon was bright but the horizon was again shrouded in haze. The subject hangs somewhere between romantic and sinister - like a cat stalking a mouse!"