Artist Ken Marschall is best known for bringing Titanic back to life with his many magnificent, haunting paintings of the liner. Since the late 1960s, what started as a hobby evolved into a far-reaching and fulfilling career.
He has been repeatedly asked to portray this most famous of ships from almost every angle, taking pride in making each photo-realistic creation unique. The team is honored to have his amazing attention to detail helping build our version of the digital ship of dreams.To satisfy his drive for accuracy and detail, Ken has amassed one of the most extensive archives of reference plans and photographs anywhere. His familiarity with the ship has made him much in demand for consultation on everything from model kits to motion pictures, documentaries, and other projects too numerous to count. Paintings have been commissioned or are in the collections of such notables as the late Walter Lord, the late astronaut Neil Armstrong, Robert Ballard, James Cameron, the National Geographic Society, and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery, and his art has been featured in numerous books and on the covers of Time, Life, National Geographic and many others.
Ken has illustrated many books by explorer Robert Ballard and accompanied him on expeditions to Lusitania and Britannic. He descended twice to Lusitania and spent nearly 48 hours exploring Britannic in the U.S. Navy’s nuclear research submarine NR-1.
The artist’s impressive work in the New York Times best-selling book Titanic: An Illustrated History inspired Writer/Director James Cameron, someone else who wanted to bring Titanic back to life––not on canvas but on film. Ken’s knowledge of the ship’s appearance earned him the position of Visual Historian for the sets and miniatures where he worked closely with Cameron’s team, opening his photographic library and sharing artifacts from his personal collection with set designers, model builders and prop makers to enable the best accuracy possible. The influence of Ken’s paintings and expertise can be seen throughout Cameron’s stunning motion picture which went on to win a record-tying 11 Academy Awards®.
In the summer of 2000 Ken made his first dive to Titanic. The following year he accompanied James Cameron to explore Titanic for the large-format 3-D film Ghosts of the Abyss. Ken assisted in dive planning and dissecting the imagery brought back by the two mini-rovers that explored deep inside the wreck for the first time. In 2005 he was again asked to join Cameron on a Titanic expedition, this one documented in the Discovery Channel’s Last Mysteries of the Titanic, and made his sixth dive to the wreck. Ken also spent many years as a visual effects artist for the film industry and television. His work is immortalized in Star Trek: The Motion Picture, The Terminator, Stand by Me, The Princess Bride, Baby Boom, The Josephine Baker Story, Roswell, and many others. He shared in an Emmy® Award for his many matte paintings in The Winds of War.