Oeuvres disponible / available Artwork

I am pleased to present my new page  “available artwork / oeuvres disponible” by Mayke Sassen  from earlier years. These will be regularly updated and please take note that the framed appearance is for presentation purposes only, they are all canvas on stretcher except as may be indicated on wood. Should you have an interest in a particular work we can send you higher definition photos. You can visualize each painting by double click, use the “previous page” function of your browser to return to the page.
As many of my collectors know the nature and expression of my work is a constant turmoil, yes I mess about a lot in quest of new expressions, techniques and of course inspirations. Sometimes these emerge from the past such as “Chorus” and “Four Girls” here below, then again often in thematic series such as “Moi-je, …”, or Battles of Human History”, or again “Carnet de Voyage”. My current portfolio comprises these and more.

🇫🇷 J’ai plaisir à vous présenter ma nouvelle page “oeuvres disponible / available artwork” de Mayke Sassen” issus des années passées. Ce portfolio sera mis à jour régulièrement mais je vous prie de prendre note que l’apparence d’encadrement est pour présentation seulement, les oeuvres sont sur toile tendu sur baguettes. Si une ou plusieurs oeuvres vous intéressent je peux vous envoyer des photos avec définition plus élevée. Vous pouvez visualiser en pleine page avec un double clique sur le visuel, pour revenir à la page ustuliser la fonction “page précédente” de votre navigateur.
Comme beaucoup de mes collectionneurs savent, la nature et l’expression de mon travail est en changement perpétuel à la recherche de nouvelles expressions, techniques et bien sûr inspirations. Parfois je puise dans le passé comme “Chorus” et “Four Girls” ci-dessous, ou autour d’un thème comme mes séries “Moi-je …”, ou mes “Batailles de l’Histoire Humaine” ou encore mon “Carnet de Voyage”. Le portfolio présent regroupe ceux-ci et d’autres.


Chorus / oeuvres disponibles - available paintings by Mayke Sassen

“Chorus” oil on canvas / huile sur toile 110x100cm 2008 / available paintings by Mayke Sassen €3100


Sometimes without design I start directly by putting paint on the white canvas using a pallet knife and turpentine. The result is an abstract from which images appear and a story emerges.
This time, the four boarding school girls immediately looked up at me – saying defiantly – as we once would ” we though it was allowed”. The answer from the nuns used to be “you don’t have to think, WE think for you”.   I have never forgotten that phrase.

🇫🇷 Parfois sans objectif précis je commence par une application de peinture au couteau et térébenthine sur une toile blanche. En résulte une abstraction qui m’évoque des images puis la construction d’une histoire.
C’est le cas de “Four Girls” ou quatre collégiennes qui lèvent les yeux pour dire avec défiance “nous pensions que cela était permis”.  La réponse des soeurs était invariablement “vous n’avez pas besoin de penser, NOUS pensons pour vous”. Je n’oublierais jamais cette phrase.



Four Girls / oeuvres disponible / available paintings by Mayke Sassen

Four Girls oil on canvas / huile sur toile 100cm X 100cm / available paintings by Mayke Sassen €2750


At other times outside events such as the popular uprising in Tunisia inspired my expression here below in the “Le Printemps de Tunis”.
Neither of these paintings ever left my wall, they like others were outside that year’ theme or more often just not ready or not the fit for that year’s exhibition.

🇫🇷 Parfois mon inspiration s’appuie sur l’évènementiel tel le soulèvement populaire en Tunisie qui inspira le tableau “Le Printemps de Tunis”.
Aucun des ces trois tableaux ont quitté mes murs, ils étaient comme d’autres soit en dehors de ma thématique, soit le plus souvent pas prêts ou en symbiose avec l’exposition de cette année là.



Printemps de Tunis / oeuvres disponible / available paintings by Mayke Sassen

“Le Printemps de Tunis” oil on canvas / huile sur toile 100x110cm 2010 / available paintings by Mayke Sassen €3100


Then among my “available paintings / oeuvres disponible” there are my orphans, those unspoken for in yearly exhibitions. Most often they end up on one of my walls or hidden behind my current work as it piles up. “La Salle de Bains” here below is one-such, though in the La Chapelle Saint Jean exhibition where I presented two works side by side of this Domestic Scenes period, the now owner of “La Chambre Rouge” in the center hesitated.

🇫🇷 Enfin il y a parmi mes “oeuvres disponible / available paintings” ceux que j’appèle mes orphelins, ceux qui n’ont pas fait l’objet du coup de foudre lors de l’exposition. Le plus souvent ils se trouvent reléguées dans l’oubli d’un mur obscur ou cachées derrière des créations récentes. “La Salle de Bains” est un bel exemple, cependant je l’ai présenté lors d’une exposition novice à La Chapelle Saint Jean à côté d’un autre tableau de la série “Scenes Domestiques” : “La Chambre Rouge”, laissant le collectionneur de ce dernier hésitant. 


La Salle de Bains / oeuvres disponible / available paintings by Mayke Sassen

“La Salle de Bains” oil on canvas / huile sur toile 100x100cm  2012 / available paintings by Mayke Sassen €2750


Speaking of orphans, somehow it was strange to exclude Le Printemps de Tunis from my 2010 series “My Battles of Human History” – perhaps the contemporaneity then again there were so many, battles and expressions thereof, perhaps Tunis was my ray of hope.
They were prolific, powerful sometimes domineering. I was asked how : my answer

I have discovered through my usual empirical process a parallel between my relationship to the canvas and my new work on the Battles of Human History
When painting my battles I attack, Jab,
scratch and wipe out;
I attack whip slash and lash out;
I kill kill with knife, bayonet, slash it, shoot it, hack it
Fighting the battle on canvas…
Fire, fire, the canvas is the enemy and I fight it to the very end.

🇫🇷 Au propos d’orphelins et d’exclus je me demande parfois le pourquoi d’avoir exclu “Le Printemps de Tunis” de me “Batailles de l’Histoire Humaine” – peut-être la nature contemporaine, mais il y avait tant de batailles et des excès d’expressions de ces derniers, peut-être “Le Printemps de Tunis était le rayon de soleil.

Ils étaient prolifiques, puissants et parfois dominants. On me demanda comment : ma réponse
j’ai découvert un parallèle entre ma méthode de travail, c’est à dire ma relation avec le canevas et le thème que j’ai développé dans mes Batailles :
Quand je peins ces batailles j’attaque, poignarde, gratte et efface tout;
j’agresse, fouette et foule;
je tue avec couteau sinon baïonnette pourfendant,
projetant j’articule la bataille sur le canevas…
feu et puis feu, tire sur le canevas ennemi, je me bat jusqu’au bout.

Of the initial series of ten  “The Battle of Baghdad” and the “Battle of Trafalgar” you will find below were noted in Miroir de l’Art number 19 issue along with “Nioulargue” (private collection) and “Golfe de Saint Tropez” (private collection).

🇫🇷 Parmi les dix tableaux de la série “La Bataille de Baghdad” et “La Bataille de Trafalgar” présentés ci-dessous ont étés repris dans l’édition 19 de Miroir de l’Art avec “Nioulargue” (collection privée) et “Golfe de Saint Tropez” (collection privée).














1257 The Battle of Baghdad /oeuvres disponible / available paintings by Mayke Sassen

1257 The Battle of Baghdad / 1257 La Bataille de Baghdad (oil on canvas / huile sur toile 100 x 100cm) / available paintings by Mayke Sassen €2750


Of my Battles of Human History A battle of Mameluke against Mogul on the backdrop of the hanging gardens of Baghdad. The Moguls a people whose livelihood centered around their horses.

🇫🇷 Mes Batailles de l’Histoire Humaine La bataille entre Mameluke et Mongol sur fond des Jardins Suspendus de Baghdad Les Mongols, un peuple dont la sustenance dépendait du cheval. 


but also Trafalgar / mais aussi Trafalgar à l’affiche :

texte Miroir de l'Art sur Mayke Sassen page 39

Mayke Sassen has developed strong themes and, why deny it, a little atypical, in the sometimes chilly world of contemporary painting. The work here comes from far away, and has deep resonance. To summarize, let’s say that this is not deco (oh, the ugly term!). This painting has stomach and we could not fail to mention it one day or another in our columns. The series of Battles includes our support. The great confrontations of history, Mayke Sassen offers visions oscillating between ancient fresco and naive landscape. And here we are, for example, in the heart of Trafalgar, a terrible naval battle won by the famous Admiral Nelson who lost an arm. In carefully placed flat tones, in skilfully mastered tonalities, the oil painting of Mayke Sassen takes us closer to a rustling world of life, death, noises, thunderclaps, clamor, desperate cavalcades. Well done !



Trafalgar /oeuvres disponible / available paintings by Mayke Sassen

1805 The Battle of Trafalgar (oil on canvas 100x100cm) 1805 La Bataille de Trafalgar (huile sur toile 100 x 100cm) / available paintings by Mayke Sassen €2750


Of my Battles of Human History Sea battle of Nations immortalized at a cape whose name it would forever bear, 1805 The Battle of Trafalgar where destinies were determined by the audacious strategy of but one.

🇫🇷 Mes Batailles de l’Histoire Humaine Une bataille navale d’Etats-Nations immortalizée par le cap qui porte son nom, 1805 Bataille de Trafalgar où les destinées sont déterminées par la stratégie audacieuse d’un seul.

A third available painting of this series of ten is / une troisième oeuvre de cette série est disponible:


"A Conventional Battlefield Circa 1600" oil on canvas / huile sur toile 100x100cm 2010 oeuvres disponible / available paintings by Mayke Sassen

“A Conventional Battlefield Circa 1600” oil on canvas / huile sur toile 100x100cm 2010 / available paintings by Mayke Sassen €2750


Of my Battles of Human History Circa 1650 a Conventional Battlefield, flanks and logistics, reserves and wings, war will be war its human costs remains.

🇫🇷 Champ de Bataille Conventionnelle autour de 1650  Mes Batailles de l’Histoire Humaine Au milieu du 17ème siècle un champ de bataille déjà conventionnel, flancs et logistique, réserves et ailes, la guerre demeure tout comme son coût humain.


I was honored when Miroir de l’Art included me in their list of 100 unavoidable contemporary artists :

🇫🇷 J’ai été honorée quant Miroir de l’Art m’inclus parmi son choix de 100 artistes contemporains incontournables :


Coming from the Netherlands with a very different linguistic culture I am often taken aback with colloquialisms such as “Moi-je”. “Moi-je” that “id” expression form the French language possess in a sort of innate, instinctive, often impulsive “me, I”. For me that “id” was reminiscent when thinking back to candidate Holland’s colloquial expression : “Moi President …”, Moi-je… ever since I have toyed with the proximity of the selfie culture with which I drew parallels.

🇫🇷 Le thème “moi-je”, expression de la langue française qui peut surprendre celui né d’une autre langue maternelle me trotte dans l’esprit depuis l’élection présidentielle et pendant lequel le candidate Hollande répétait son credo “moi President”. C’était in forme de Moi-je tout comme je perçois la culture du selfie avec lequel je dessine tant dans un sens littéral que figuratif des parallels.

Within this portfolio “available paintings / oeuvres disponible” available paintings from this theme are – les “oeuvres disponible / available paintings” dans ce portfolio de cette période sont :


Moi je / oeuvres disponible / available paintings by Mayke Sassen

Moi-je, l’Artiste Compositeur, oil on canvas / huile sur toile 100cm x 100 cm / available paintings by Mayke Sassen €2750



"Moi-je, Je Me Cache Dans mon Salon" / oeuvres disponible / available paintings by Mayke Sassen

“Moi-je, je Me Cache Dans Mon Salon” oil on canvas / huile sur toile 100×100 / available paintings by Mayke Sassen €2750

Moi-je l’hermite


Moi-je Selfie my posterity oeuvres disponible / available paintings by Mayke Sassen

Moi-je, Selfie my Posterity, oil on canvas / huile sur toile 90cm x 100cm / available paintings by Mayke Sassen €2500



/ available paintings by Mayke SassenMoi-je, Fashion Week (composite 4 of 4 oil on canvas 40cm x 40cm)

Moi-je, Fashion Week (composite 4 of 4 oil on canvas 40cm x 40cm); Moi-je, Fashion Fanny (#1 of 4, oil on canvas 40cm x 40cm); Moi-je, Red Rose (#2 of 4, oil on canvas 40cm x 40cm); Moi-je, Blue Belle (#4 of 4, oil on canvas 40cm x 40cm); Moi-je, Leopard Lilly (#3 of 4, oil on canvas 40cm x 40cm) / available paintings by Mayke Sassen €2000


2016/ 2017 was a difficult period, as I amply described in my presentation of 2019 work dark clouds were occupying my horizon finding their way into my expressions. Here are the available paintings from this period :

🇫🇷 Comme j’ai pu décrire dans ma présentation de 2019 a période 2016 et 2017 est empreinte de nuages noires révélé dans mes oeuvres. Ci-après je présente les oeuvres disponibles de cette période :



Mathilda Gone Shopping / oeuvres disponible / available paintings by Mayke Sassen

Mathilda Gone Shopping (oil on canvas 90 x 100cm) 2016 / available paintings by Mayke Sassen €2500



Mathilda and Henri / oeuvres disponible / available paintings by Mayke Sassen

Mathilda and Henri oil on canvas / huile sur toile 90x100cm 2016 / available paintings by Mayke Sassen €2500

The story in “Mathilda and Henri” lies in the graphics, Le temps perdu, se reposer 24/7 bye bye while the  clock sounds  phuk-it . I went berserk here, is that an understatement?


psst /oeuvres disponible / available paintings by Mayke Sassen

psst Mathilda on s’en va? (oil on canvas 90 x 100cm) 2016 / available paintings by Mayke Sassen €2500


Henri Gone Fishing /oeuvres disponible / available paintings by Mayke Sassen

Henri Gone Fishing (oil on canvas 90 x 100cm) 2016 / available paintings by Mayke Sassen €2500


Then there is my “Carnet de Voyage” period images and impressions I brought back from our incredible 2013 / 2014 road trip across the United States in an Airstream Land Yacht motorhome. If the “yacht” notion took us back to our blue water sailing days this time the waypoints were more constrained, beginning south of Tampa Florida across the southern states to Big Sur south of San Francisco.
Too many images needed to be transcribed, I started with a “chemin de fer” ,  a sort of fresque of sketches and colorful renderings before deploying impressions on canvas.

🇫🇷 Il y a ma période “Carnet de Voyage” emplis d’images et impressions ramenées de notre incroyable traversée des Etats Unis dans un camping car. Nous avions supplanté notre navigation en eaux profondes pour un vaisseau des sables avec des points de route plus contraignants, jalonnant le sud de Tampa en Floride jusqu’à Big Sur au sud de San Francisco.
Avec trop d’images à transcrire j’ai commencé par un “chemin de fer”, une fresque de sketches et de couleurs avant de m’exprimer sur la toile.


Chemin de Fer oeuvres disponible / available paintings by Mayke Sassen

Carnet de Voyages : part of my Chemin de Fer / partie de mon Chemin de Fer


While Miroir de l’Art  in their article “Made in States” would claim that “La peinture autorise tous les voyages” (painting allows for all voyages).

🇫🇷 Au vue du résultat Miroir de l’Art publia “La peinture autorise tous les voyages” dans une article nommé “Made in States”.


Article dans Miroir de l'Art, sur le Carnet de Voyage de Mayke Sassen











I have several available paintings / oeuvres disponible from this period. Religion is everywhere, a plethora of churches of all denominations competing for attention, from addressing societal drama from the billboard to attracting new members to its flock with free movie showings and other caritative offerings, to the culturally iconic trailer-truck bearing the name of its proprietor below his statement : Mission Carriers.

🇫🇷J’ai plusieurs oeuvres disponible / available paintings de ce theme. La religion et partout avec pléthore de dénominations qui se concurrencent ; ici un panneau d’affichage qui address le drame societal, là l’offre de films gratuits ou autre offre caritative, jusqu’au camion affichant le nom de propriétaire indépendant et son crédo : porteur de mission et son église d’appartenance.


"Downtown" oil on canvas / huile sur toile 60x60cm / oeuvres disponible / available paintings by Mayke Sassen

“Downtown” oil on canvas / huile sur toile 60x60cm / available paintings by Mayke Sassen €950


Religion is so prevalent to every facet of the new world culture I could not help drawing the parallel of the Nigerian saying I encountered while living in Lagos “god is man man is god” I could not avoid the temptation of flying this flag.

🇫🇷 Face à cette prévalence de la religion dans tous les dimensions de ce nouveau monde je ne pouvait éviter le parallèle avec un dicton Nigérien trouvé alors que je vivais à Lagos “dieu est homme et homme est dieu”, ainsi ce drapeau.


"Home Sweet Home" /oeuvres disponible / available paintings by Mayke Sassen

“Home Sweet Home” oil on canvas / hull sur toile 60x60cm / available paintings by Mayke Sassen €950


We never reached our San Francisco destination-waypoint, though barely two hours further away, our progress was stalled by our “big love” discovery: Big Sur California.
As we headed north on Highway 1 the   range emerged, Mayke was becoming fidgety, evermore as her camera lens locked-in upon the Esalen Institute she had courted years before in her role teaching dramatic arts. We continued climbing the enamoring redwood-clad mountain range overlooking the Pacific. We both simultaneously fell in love with the beauty of these mountains as they plunge into the depths of the Pacific ocean; we knew we had reached our destination, wished we could drive a claim-stake.

🇫🇷 Nous ne sommes jamais arrivés à San Francisco, bien qu’environ deux heures plus loin notre progression a été stoppé par le grand amour, la découverte de Big Sur California.
Tandis que nous progressions au nord sur la Route 1 un massif montagneux majestueux a émergé devant nous. Mayke devenait fébrile autant plus quand sa caméra s’est figée sur l’entrée du Esalen Institute qu’elle avait courtisé des années auparavant dans son rôle d’enseignante en arts dramatiques. Nous avons continué notre ascension en corniche avec d’un côté le massif recouvert de séquoias  de l’autre une plongée quasi verticale dans les profondeurs du Pacifique dont nous sommes tombés instantanément amoureux. Dans le silence, ébahis, nous nous savions arrivés à destination – souhaitant comme le pionniers d’antan revendiquer un droit.


"Letterboxes on Big Sur" / oeuvres disponible / available paintings by Mayke Sassen

“Letterboxes on Big Sur” oil on canvas / huile sur toile 60x60cm / available paintings by Mayke Sassen €950


The stake took the form of the letterboxes, one of which, third from the right Mayke labeled “Me”

🇫🇷 Le pieu d’un lot revendiqué s’est limité au tableau de boîtes à lettres, celles de quelques maisons enfoncés dans les collines, sur la troisième depuis la gauche Mayke a inscrit “Me” ou moi.



"Lost Your Shirt? Sell Us Your Car" / oeuvres disponible / available paintings by Mayke Sassen

“Lost Your Shirt? Sell Us Your Car” oil on canvas / huile sur toile 60x60cm / available paintings by Mayke Sassen €950


“Lost your shirt? sell us your car” illustrates this new world in which everything is transactional, to include empathy. That said, even in the empty expanses of flyover country where the truck is king humor can prevail.

🇫🇷 Perdu votre chemise? vendez nous votre voiture – Un monde où tout est objet à transaction, même l’empathie. Mais dans ces régions désertiques du centre où les camions sont roi il reste un terrain d’humour.


Use Shoulder Only / oeuvres disponible / available paintings by Mayke Sassen

“Use Shoulder” oil on canvas / huile sur toile 60x60cm / available paintings by Mayke Sassen €950


While the dark threatening clouds I mentioned above began to disperse I explored the abstract, experimented with new techniques, new mediums and materials from waxes and oil bars, to colors and forms until I found the bridge back to figurative expression. I destroyed most except a few that bridged the divide, among the available paintings from this period here below is my rendering of the Suyere torrent whose waters emerge from the mountain above our home before gushing by my studio.

🇫🇷 Tandis que les nuages noires que j’ai mentionné plus tôt commençait à se disperser j’ai exploré l’abstrait, j’ai expérimenté de nouvelles techniques, mediums, couleurs et matériaux, des cires, barres d’huile, couleurs, formes jusqu’au moment de trouver mon chemin de retour vers l’expression figurative. J’ai presque tout détruit excepté quelques uns qui éclairent le chemin entre ces deux expressions. Ainsi ci-dessous ma vision du torrent de la Suyère dont les eaux émergent de la montagne au dessus de notre maison avant de se déferler devant mon atelier.


"Torrent de la Suyère" / oeuvres disponible / available paintings by Mayke Sassen

“Torrent de la Suyère” oil on canvas / huile sur toile 60x60cm 2018 / available paintings by Mayke Sassen €950


I am closing this portfolio of available paintings / oeuvres disponibles as I opened it, with an old never shown painting named “Private Rooms” from 2007. It too has a story that began with our settling in the Massif des Maures mountain range.
Moving is always traumatic and we had both had our share, but here we were camping of sort in old stones. Between the percussion drills, offensive sounding machines of all sorts, workers taking down partitions and the build-out of my future studio beginning in an adjacent building I desperately sought to isolate, protect myself. “Private Rooms” was my quest for some private space as I meander through a construct I could not yet apprehend.

🇫🇷 Je termine ce portfolio d’oeuvres disponibles / available paintings comme je l’ai ouvert avec un tableau plus ancien (2007) nommé “Private Rooms” pour la notion d’espaces privés. Il a une histoire comme beaucoup d’autre, celui-ci relate de notre installation dans le Massif des Maures. Les déménagements sont toujours traumatiques et tous deux nous avions un lourd vécu de ces expériences, mais cette fois nous campions dans de vielles pierres en mal de renouveau. Confrontée aux machines à percussions et autres engins offensifs, aux les ouvriers démolissant murs et partitions, mon futur atelier en confection dans un autre bâtiment, j’avais un besoin critique de m’isoler, de me protéger. “Private Rooms” était ma quête d’un espace privé dans les méandres d’une construction que je ne pouvais pas encore appréhender.


"Private Rooms" / oeuvres disponible / available paintings by Mayke Sassen

“Private Rooms” oil on canvas / huile sur toile 80x80cm / available paintings by Mayke Sassen €1800


A Tale For All Ages
By Mayke Sassen
Photo book

oeuvres disponible / available paintings by Mayke Sassen

Mayke Sassen – Publications Articles Images

Publications & articles  & images – Que dit-on que voit-on à propos de Mayke Sassen / What is said and seen about Mayke Sassen: Dans “Le Guide des Galeries” de […]
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Painting "La Salle de Bains" of Mayke Sassen' Inimate Scene period.

Perspective & Retrospective – available Artwork / Oeuvres disponibles Mayke Sassen

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Mayke Sassen – 2019

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Mayke 2016 work and exhibition

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Adventures continue : discovering Sicily and Apulia

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L’Exposition 2015, “Moi-je” de Mayke

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Mayke’s 2015 “Moi-je” Exhibition

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Starquest, a Tale for All Ages

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Mayke’s 2014 Exhibition

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Mayke’s 2013 exhibition

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s/v Sean Seamour as the adventure began

s/v Sean Seamour II photo-history

If you look at the photo of our life-raft on the side of the mountain of water it is hard to imagine, but to put these incredible 70+ foot wave in perspective consider Hurricane Grace in 1991 that led to book and movie "A Perfect Storm" had averaged waves of 37 to 50 feet and rogue waves hitting 100 feet. Sub Tropical Storm Andrea that led to our demise had waves that averaged 70 feet with rogues waves much higher!
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As the woodshed becomes cottage

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ST Storm Andrea swallow s/v Sean Seamour II

A Storm Too Soon, a true story by Michael Tougias

Michael Tougias' newest best selling true story 
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A long journey

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Hamlet of Camp de la Suyere

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Dernière leçon apprise du naufrage du Sean Seamour II

🇫🇷 Le 7 mai 2007 ‘une vague scélérate estimée entre 24 et 36 mètres de haut a percuté le flanc bâbord de Sean Seamour II au milieu de la nuit. Les miracles qui nous ont permis de survivre sont contés; les héros qui nous ont arrachés à ce maelström médaillés; les leçons apprises publiées. Cependant, lors des remises des ces décorations...
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Atelier de la Suyere 2010 work

The ferry leaving Mindelo Cape Verde with the dayworkers bound for Sao Anton across the straight, a morning and evening event. Overladed with passengers hanging on over the gunwale with […]
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Equipage du HH-60 médaillé pour le sauvetage du 7 mai

🇫🇷 C'est confirmé, les quatre membres de l'équipage du HH-60 des Gardes Côtes (US Coast Guards) seront médaillés le 19 décembre pour l'extraordinare sauvetage de l'équipage de Sean Seamour II
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Epitaphe pour le Sean Seamour II

🇫🇷 Après le tableau de Mayke "Widow Walk du Camp de la Suyère", si prémonitoire des évènements du 7 mai, une résignation silencieuse envahie sa vision de Sean Seamour II qui repose au fond de la Fosse de Hatteras, un épitaphe et une immortalisation qui permet à notre créativité de rebondir et à une nouvelle aventure d'émerger
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Epitaph for the Sean Seamour II

The storm has subsided, Seanee as we always affectionately called her for me, him for Mayke, lies at rest 2500 leagues deep in the Hatteras Trench. I singled out this part of Mayke’s rendering of Seanee at rest for the artist within her still sees blue sky from the depths as the epitaph reads “met a rogue wave on the seventh of May 2007”. The full painting lies below.
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Of my battles of human history

This new posting celebrates two events, the inauguration of the Gallery Suyère close to my Atelier and my most recent ...
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A Final Lesson Learned from Sean Seamour II

Just one year ago today a rogue wave estimated between 80 and 120 feet high pounced upon Sean Seamour II ...

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Next generation Sassen : Viviane Sassen honored with the Prix de Rome award

Viviane Sassen honored with the highly coveted Prix de Rome award for her unique contribution to the art of photography
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Stars Are Made In Heaven – Witches Are Not

A humoristic book of illustrations about witches and angels with laughs and stories for all ages For a slideshow presentation or just a visualization of the illustrations click on the […]
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Death’s Door by Doug Campbell

Death's Door in Soundings November magazine by Douglas A. Campbell Senior Writer is the story of Sean Seamour II rescue and a glimpse at the investigation regarding the malfunction and duplication by cloning of the ACR EPIRB hexadecimal code that almost cost the life of the crew
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The widow walk of Camp de la Suyere, waiting on Sean Seamour II

Our move back to Saint Tropez from the Luberon is over, albeit with the terrible loss of our Sean Seamour II in sub-tropical storm Andrea. From 4000 miles away I felt the storm brew then explode, Camp de la Suyere became my widow walk, canvas my only connection to nature' course.
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Video du sauvetage du l’équipage de Sean Seamour II

🇫🇷 Video du sauvetage des trois membres de l'équipage de Sean Seamour II en face du Cap Hatteras le 7 mai dernier, a peine une minutes des 30 disponibles... dans des creux de plus de 20mètres (70 pieds)
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Sean Seamour II rescue video

I have uploaded the Sean Seamour II rescue video edited by NOAA for the COSPAS SARSAT 25th anniversary
Sean Seamour II rescue

Additionally, WPLG Local 10, the ABC station ...

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Mayke Sassen back to Saint Tropez

It will soon be three years since our transfer from the Luberon back to the Golfe de Saint Tropez, successful albeit with the loss of our Sean Seamour II in sub-tropical storm Andrea. Mayke's atelier is finished and humming away with new works you will soon be able to see on her website but better yet in her Atelier Gallery soon finished.
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About me

I paint from a passion to get to know who and where I am. I once had a dream, I was on stage giving a brilliant performance. At the end, I noticed that the curtain had been closed during the session. I want to open that curtain and share.
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A mon propos

Je peins, mue par la passion de découvrir qui et où je suis. Je vis un rêve : je suis sur scène délivrant une brillante performance. A la chute, je remarque que le rideau est resté fermé. Je souhaite l’ouvrir et partager
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s/v Sean Seamour II – the final log entry

This is the log of actions and events driven by the only subsequently named Sub-tropical Storm Andrea, leading to the sinking of s/v Sean Seamour II and the successful rescue of its entire crew on the early morning of May 7th 2007.
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Récit du naufrage de Sean Seamour II

(extraits du magazine Voiles et Voiliers # 438) Jean-Pierre quitte la Floride avec deux équipiers à bord de son Océanis 44 CC, direction Gibraltar. Après quatre jours de mer, au large du Cap Hatteras, l’équipage doit faire face à un coup de vent bien plus fort que prévu.
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Mayke Sassen – some of my older work

At the request of many interested in my earlier work I have begun to post photos here ... there are few dur to youthful insouciance, none from Japan, a few from Nigeria and of course some of my commissions.
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EPIRB / GPIRB issue update

Although I have sought to inform the mariner community worldwide to check their EPIRB and GPIRB proper registration by posting in various forums my near death experience due to an EPIRB that did not, and that could not fulfill its vital life saving function, this alert seems to have gone somewhat unnoticed until gCaptain.com focused their attention on the issue (photo: my GPIRB and the clone manufactured two years later).
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Sean Seamour

The Greening of Sean Seamour III

The Green Boat Adventure seeks to define a new art of "green sailing" with the ultimate objective of totally eliminating fossil fuels from our sailboats in favor of a total dependence on renewable energies.
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Security notice to all mariners

On this anniversary of the loss of Sean Seamour II and the traumatic experience of clinging to a life raft in seventy foot seas with the belief that no help is on the way I call on all mariners to read and consider appropriate measures to avoid our predicament (in photo side by side the original GPIRB and the clone manufactured with the same serial number close to two years later).
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Note de sécurité à tous les navigateurs

🇫🇷 L'anniversaire du naufrage de Sean Seamour II et l'expérience traumatique de se cramponner à un radeau de survie dans des creux de plus de vingt mètres, persuadés qu'aucun secours n'arrivera, m'amène à alerter tous navigateurs, plaisanciers comme professionnels, à lire et prendre les mesures nécessaires pour éviter que ce drame se reproduise (photo: ma balise et le clone fabriqué deux ans plus tard).
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Yet another award for USCG Swimmer Drew Dazzo

US Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer Drew Dazzo is once again awarded for the extraordinary rescue of the Sean Seamour II crew by the Naval Helicopter Association
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US Coast Guard HH-60 crew receives award for May 7th rescue

US Coast Guard HH-60 crew members will receive awards for the extraordinary rescue of the crew of s/v Sean Seamour II last May 7th. The vessel caught in a sub-tropical depression subsequently named Andrea, was further battered by a rogue wave.
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US Coast Guard crews honored by her Majesty’ services after saving Sean Seamour II crew

The US Coast Guard crews (HH-60 and C-130) are the true heroes of the day for their extraordinary rescue of the Sean Seamour II crew. The HH-60 crew is to be recognized (we hope and are pushing) by both the Canadian and US governments for their courage and valor.
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Les services de la Reine d’Angleterre honorent les équipages du HH-60 et C-130 des Coast Guard

🇫🇷 Les deux équipages du HH-60 et C-130 qui ont assurés le sauvetage de Sean Seamour II sont honorés par les services de la Reine d'Angleterre, l'équipage du HH-60 sera reconnu par les deux gouvernements du Canada et Etats Unis pour leur prouesse et courage.
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Action summary for the US Coast Guard rescue of Sean Seamour II’ crew

The US Coast Guard action report on the Sean Seamour II rescue is another extraordinary demonstration of valor and courage, the parallel between Kevin Costner' The Guardian is not limited to Comdr. Smith' role as co-pilot, here again the winch cable...
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Rapport d’activité US Coast Guard – Sean Seamour II

🇫🇷 Le rapport d'activité des US Coast Guards dans le sauvetage de l'équipage de Sean Seamour II est édifiant, le parallèle avec le film de Kevin Costner The Guardian ne se limite pas au Commandant Smith qui joue le rôle du copilote, ici encore le cable du treuil...
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The circuitous routes to my inspiration: how “Four Girls” came to be

Mayke Sassen shares another of her new works and its source of inspiration "Four Girls", a preview with a story. Come visit my gallery http://www.maykesassen.com/galerie.php
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Leçons tirées du naufrage du Sean Seamour II

🇫🇷 Dans l'attente du récit sur le naufrage de Sean Seamour II qui sera publié sur mon blog à la mi-août et en pensant à tous ceux qui préparent leurs croisières ou traversées cet automne sur la route du sud, je livre déjà les leçons tirées de mon mon naufrage du 7 mai dernier
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Lessons learned – don’t leave port without them

After the sinking of Sean Seamour II during Andrea many have asked me to publish my lessons learned from this harrowing experience, I encourage all fellow mariners to read these ten points.
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Mayke Sassen – Atelier and Current Work

It took well over a year to transfer from the Luberon back to the Golfe de Saint Tropez, now that the Atelier Camp de la Suyère is built and filling up with new works it was time to create a new website window "Atelier and Current Work, have a peak...
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