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812 and Zeelander (at Portofino) by Jay Koka
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812 and Zeelander (at Portofino)
Title: "812 and Zeelander (at Portofino)"
by Jay Koka, © 2022
36”w x 48”, acrylic on canvas, Private Collection

The setting is the much admired and very beautiful harbor of Portofino, located in the Italian Riviera region of northwest Italy.

Jay Koka" Although I am enamored of wooden boats, the Zeelander presents to me a shape that is irresistible. It is in so many ways almost "car-like" in its overall shape and layout and serves as a perfect companion to the Ferrari 812 on shore. This yacht is a Zeelander 44."



Visitors to the Studio site are well familiar with Ferrari and all the latest models including the 812. Boatbuilder Zeelander was established in the Netherlands in 2003, engineering and creating high-end motor yachts to the very high standards. www.zeelander.com

NOTE: The original painting has been altered: the country flag has been changed and the boat name has been applied to the stern. Reproductions are as originally painted.

A major new work, publishing information coming soon.



Pedrazzini Werft by Jay Koka
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Pedrazzini Werft
Title: "Pedrazzini Werft"
by Jay Koka, © 2021
60”w x 60”, acrylic on canvas, Private Collection

a stunning 25 SQ FT original work

A privately commissioned original painting, this very large work features the Pedrazzini Werft on Lake Zürich with three of the company's famous hand-crafted boats.


Begun by Augusto Pedrazzini in 1906, the boatyard is now run by third generation Claudio Pedrazzini who carries on the family's passion and meticulous hand built care. Pedrazzini's craftsmen need 1,800 to 4,000 man-hours (six to nine months) to build a single runabout. Mahogany, teak, burl...handmade fittings...there is an obsessive attention to quality and detail. And it shows. Not to mention - they are drop-dead gorgeous. Like wooden boats? check it out...
» pedrazziniyacht.com



356 at Pedrazzini Werft by Jay Koka
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356 at Pedrazzini Werft
Title: "356 at Pedrazzini Werft"
by Jay Koka, © 2021
34”w x 44”, acrylic on canvas, Private Collection

The setting is the famous Pedrazzini Yacht-und Bootswerft in Bach on the shore of Lake Zurich, Switzerland.

Jay Koka" This wonderful work unites two of my favorite things: a classic Porsche and wooden boats. Since 1991 and my "wooden body" painting of the 1939 Lagonda Rapide Tulipwood boatail titled "Wooden Rocket", I have much enjoyed the creation of work involving "wood". I was thrilled when approached by a longtime collector to execute this work. There's not much I can add to the volumes that have been published about the iconic 356 so we will expand a bit on boatbuilder Pedrazzini."



Begun by Augusto Pedrazzini in 1906, the boatyard is now run by third generation Claudio Pedrazzini who carries on the family's passion and meticulous hand built care. Pedrazzini's craftsmen need 1,800 to 4,000 man-hours (six to nine months) to build a single runabout. Mahagony, teak, burl...handmade fittings...there is an obsessive attention to quality and detail. And it shows. Not to mention - they are drop-dead gorgeous. Like wooden boats? check it out...
» www.pedrazziniboat.com

A major privately commissioned original work. Not published.



Longtails in Phuket by Jay Koka
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Longtails in Phuket
Title: "Longtails in Phuket"
by Jay Koka, © 2021
44”w x 34”, acrylic on canvas, Artist Collection

The COVID19 outbreak of 2020 created opportunities to create fine art work that is not directly related to automobiles. The cancellation of all major shows resulted in much welcomed time to explore these themes as well as painting "styles".

A 2017 trip to the Thai peninsula resulted in first, the 2018 painting "Welcome to Patong Beach" and now "Longtails in Phuket".



The magnificent beach and nearby dock is crowded with these boats called "long-tails". Named because of the exceptionally long drive shaft leading to the prop...as much as 2 meters or more...creating the appearance of a "tail" while in motion. The engine (with prop shaft) can be rotated 180 degrees as shown in this work to store the assembly while docked.

This wide arc of motion also makes them exceptionally maneuverable. The engines are mainly secondhand car and truck engines making purchase and ongoing maintenance economical. Hugely popular, they are not however unique to Thailand, seen throughout Southeast Asia.

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Sweet Rides by Jay Koka by Jay Koka
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"Sweet Rides"
Title: "Sweet Rides
by Jay Koka, © 2004
24”w x 18”, acrylic on tempered masonite, Private Collection

This painting captures the convergence of three very "sweet rides" and combines a "few of my favorite things"... ...a Ferrari Daytona Coupe and two wonderful Greavettes. The words "rakish lines" had to have been invented for the boat on the left. I can't possibly add anything new to the comments that have been made on the Daytona so I'll just mention that the two fabulous boats are from Greavette.


Long a fan of wooden boats, I was surprised to find that some of the very best were built not 200 miles from my home in the Muskoka lakes region. Greavette Boats of Gravenhurst Ontario Canada built boats from 1936 to the 50's. Thankfully many survive to this day and cruise the Muskoka lakes to the enjoyment of all.

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Steamliner by Jay Koka by Jay Koka
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"Streamliner"
Title: "Streamliner" (Greavette)
by Jay Koka, © 2004
18”w x 24”, acrylic on tempered masonite, Private Collection

Again, long a fan of wooden boats, I was surprised to find that some of the very best were built not 200 miles from my home in the Muskoka lakes region. Greavette Boats of Gravenhurst Ontario Canada built boats from 1936 to the 50's. Thankfully many survive to this day and cruise the Muskoka lakes to the enjoyment of all. This painting was created at the same time as "Sweet Rides" because I simply could not resist the spectacular wood work.

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