PORT CLYDE, ME - Barbara Prey Projects is pleased to present three upcoming summer exhibitions of recent work by internationally acclaimed artist Barbara Ernst Prey.
BARBARA ERNST PREY: Recent Oil Paintings and New Print Releases July 1 – July 14
EARTH, SEA & SKY. SOUTH July 15 -Sept 4
SNOW IN AUGUST: Painterly Documents from Alpine Travels August 15 – Sept 20
Barbara Ernst Prey: Recent Oil Paintings and New Print Releases
The summer 2018 inaugural exhibition at Barbara Prey Projects will feature the artist's latest small-scale oil paintings along with a new series of limited edition prints. Mostly known as a watercolorist, Prey has returned to oils, the medium in which she first began her instruction; the smaller size of the panels and the nature of the medium enables Prey to experiment with levels of freedom and informality not afforded by watercolor. The exhibition will expand her island series and—with a nod to Fairfield Porter—debut paintings of village scenes that reveal her continuous interest in architecture, thinking of her early illustrations for The New Yorker in the 1980s or most recently her 8 feet by 15 feet interior portrait for MASS MoCA.
Earth, Sea and Sky — South
The title Earth, Sea and Sky — South stands in reference to Prey's concurrent exhibition at the Wendell Gilley Museum (Barbara Ernst Prey. Earth, Sea and Sky, July 1 to October 14, 2018) located north of Port Clyde on Mount Desert Island in Southwest Harbor.
An American painter with international reputation, Barbara Prey has been maintaining a studio and painting in Maine for over 40 years. The northeastern state has a long tradition in the history of American landscape painting, thinking of artists such as Hopper, Church, Homer, Wyeth—but few, if any, are women.
Over the many years of painting in Maine, Prey built a close and longstanding relationship with the local fishing community, which is fundamental to her subject matter.
Prey mostly works on site 'en plein air' and was always drawn to the unique landscape of Maine, examining and implementing her surroundings through the visual language of landscape painting. The exhibition is a synthesis of Barbara Prey’s dialogue with her immediate environs in the Port Clyde, ME area and her observations on the same location’s evolution over the course of four decades.
Earth, Sea and Sky — South further explores the strong watercolor tradition in Maine and with a woman painter, revising the male dominated art-historical tradition.
SNOW IN AUGUST: Painterly Documents from Alpine Travels
In constant dialogue with her surroundings, Barbara Prey never travels without her painting utensils; brushes, paint, sketchbook—always within reach. Painterly Documents from Alpine Travels brings together memories and unique reflections from recent travels to alpine regions in Europe; snow-covered peaks in France, the unrivaled glow of an early evening in the mountains or an approaching storm in the Swiss Alps. The world seen through the artist’s eyes, these works reveal Prey’s intense study and examination of her immediate surroundings. The travel paintings distinctively reflect on the artist as a world traveler; in her early formative years after graduation from Williams and Harvard, Prey received a Fulbright Scholarship and a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation, enabling her to travel, study, work and exhibit extensively in Europe and Asia—the sketch book always on hand. During her four years in Europe, the artist spent much time studying the lines of early Renaissance drawings, Gothic sculptures and architectural sketches. Absorbing her studies, Prey focused on drawing when she returned to the United States in the early 1980s where The New Yorker and other Magazines published her artwork for over 10 years. The artist's discoveries and memorable moments during her travels, the exposure to foreign cultures and new imagery are essential to her practice. Painting utensils as steady companions, Prey continues her journeys, always seeking out new sites to work “en plein air”. Recent travels have taken the artist to France, England, Scotland, Switzerland and Peru; "I’m always looking and distilling”, she states.