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Auctioneer Spotlight: Dylan and Jane Cawood

 In Cruise Art Auctions at Sea, Joan Miro, Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso

Many of our Park West collectors develop friendships with the art teams over the course of their land or sea vacations. Here’s a chance to get to know them better as they share their favorite adventures in the art world.

Dylan hails from Roodepoort, South Africa, and Jane is from Bexhill, England, but their paths crossed on a cruise ship three-and-a-half years ago. At the time, each was working in a different department. Jane, a professional dancer, says, “We were left with a decision: either I go with Dylan to Park West or he becomes the next Gene Kelly!” Luckily for us, Dylan decided to use his past experience in his family’s jewelry shop to assist people collect another great acquisition: a work of art.

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Dylan and Jane have been on ships for six years. In that time, they met each other, traveled around the world and assisted countless guests in building their own art collections. Photo credit: Dylan Cawood

 

Previous ships as Auctioneer: Holland America Westerdam, Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas, Carnival Dream, Celebrity Reflection, Grand Princess, Ruby Princess, Regal Princess, and Royal Princess.
Current ship: Norwegian Epic

What do you like most about being an auctioneer?
Dylan: Everyone works hard, and when they finally get a vacation they have to think wisely about how they will spend their time. Therefore, when we have a room full of guests eagerly awaiting the auction, it is always an honor for me. Then, after the auction, someone comes up and says, “Dylan, I was dragged to this auction. I had no idea about art or why people even collect it! Now, I am so excited about it!” The fact that I can ignite a flame of passion that was not there before is the best part for me.

Who is your favorite Park West artist and why?
Dylan: Both of us are completely mesmerized by the works of the great masters: Chagall, Picasso and Mirό. However, our ultimate favorite has always been Rembrandt. Even after studying his works and techniques, we are increasingly absorbed in them. In our eyes he was the ultimate visual storyteller, whose images can evoke a different emotion in everyone.

What is your favorite guest memory?
Jane: When on a ship for six to nine months, even though we’re together, we miss our family. We couldn’t pinpoint one specific memory as there are far too many. However, the relationships we make with our guests in only a few days are always the highlights of our contracts. It always amazes us how people from all over the world can be brought together through art.

Dylan and Jane on their special day on May 4, 2013 in Magaliesburg, South Africa.

Dylan and Jane on their special day on May 4, 2013 in Magaliesburg, South Africa. Photo credit: Sylvie Shekinah

What has been your favorite port?
Dylan: When travelling and working on a ship, we love ports where we can truly relax and unwind for a few hours. This is why one of our favorites is Mykonos. Here, we wander down the winding lanes, and occasionally get lost. We enjoy finding unique items in the little shops, and like finishing off the day with some authentic Greek food whilst watching the sunset in the harbor. That’s our R&R time.

How has this unconventional career impacted your life?
Jane: We both started out on ships six years ago in different departments. After a mutual friend introduced us, we have never looked back. We made the decision to join Park West together and it has been one of the best moves we have ever made. Not only has this given us a wealth of knowledge that will stay with us forever, but it has also enriched the lives of our families as well. My family joins us quite often and travels to places they would have never dreamt of. Though this is not possible for Dylan’s family, they have learned so much from our travels, and now have a house full of world-class art!

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  • Joseph
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    Congrats guys and am glad to hear that you both are doing well. Had the opportunity to work with both of you a few years ago when we stayed on the Enchantment of the Seas. Would have to say that if not for you guys i would not own all the kinkades and a a few bones. Again congrats to you both and wish you both a happy and wonderful life. Hopefully we will meet again.

  • Kim Marsh
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    Dylan was my Park West sales assistant in July 2015. He is amazing at what he does and made the experience of purchasing my Tarkay very memorable. I hope he is on my Carnival ship December 6-12, 2015 departing from Ft. Lauderdale. I would love to purchase the Igor Medneved I didn’t get last trip from him.

  • Sue & Larry Hawk
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    We had such a wonderful time with you both on our cruise to Mexico on the Miracle Hope to see you both again soon

  • Celestine Welcome
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    Dylan was ‘Excellent’ as an auctioneer on the Princess Cruise Ship! I bought 5 pieces of art work. (Enjoying them everyday!) Plus, I loved hearing about their romance during my cruise. Jane was delightful and detailed in our many conversations! Congrats to them again!

  • wendy serra and karen goode
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    Had the pleasure of they dynamic duo on the Royal princess April 2015. We love the Peter Max Patrick Guyton and Romero Britto we purchased from them. Hope to see them again.Next stop for us is NCL Escape.

  • Lauro & Pacita Nilo
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    Thanks to the Cawood Team, we’re enjoying our acquisition. Had the pleasure of working with them in July 2015 on the Royal Princess.

  • Tim Yanke
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    What a great couple. Always with a smile and ready to talk art. I’m just not sure about their favorite artist choices.

  • Shannon Dahlke
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    Dylan & Jane, thanks so much for a great time, I have been on many ships and attended many Park West auctions but yours is the best….you got me to spend all of my money……please keep in touch and hope to see you soon on a ship some where in the world!!!

  • Angelica & Patrick Bermudez
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    I attended every single art auction on the Norwegian Epic in late November 2015 because Dylan & Jane have taught my husband and myself that art is not only for those with fat wallets! We had such a wonderful time learning about the artists and their works. Watching them share their passion with others was one of the highlights of our honeymoon. Thank you so much for the fun experience and helping us realize that everyone can collect art!

  • Dom & Arlyn
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    We had the pleasure of purchasing several pieces from Dylan and Jane on a recent NCL EPIC cruise. They really made our introduction into collecting art fun and educational. We look forward to enjoying all of the pieces we acquired. Dylan said collecting art was addictive, and boy was he right!
    Hope to see you both again on a future cruise. Best of luck!

  • Sally and Dayne Clemmer
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    We met Dylan and Jane on Celebrity Reflection in 2013. They are ,by far, the best ever!! Available at just about any and every time, they made art fun. They will remember Dayne for his reply to “how much do you think the framing cost?”, “$50.00”. We miss you, Dylan and Jane-hope to see you again on Celebrity or RCCL. You put your heart and soul into art collecting. Sally and Dayne

  • Randal and Stephannie Byrd
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    Steff and me are so disappointed that you won’t be on our next cruise 01/15/17 aboard the Regal princess, best wishes to the both of you and we have our fingers crossed you will be on the Royal Princess 01/09/18, your smiling faces make our cruising much more enjoyable. hope to see you two again soon

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