Barbara Prey Projects is pleased to present three upcoming summer exhibitions of recent work by internationally acclaimed artist Barbara Ernst Prey.
VISTAS: Recent Oil Paintings and New Print Releases July 1 – July 14
THE ART OF LIGHT AND SPACE July 15 - Sept 2
SNOW IN SUMMER: Painterly Documents from Alpine Travels August 14 – Sept 2
VISTAS: Recent Oil Paintings and New Print Releases
July 1 – July 14 , 2019
The summer 2019 season inaugural exhibition at Barbara Prey Projects will feature Prey's latest intimate oil paintings. Due to the nature of the medium and the smaller scale of the works, painting in oil allows the artist to experiment with levels of freedom and informality not afforded by watercolor, the medium she is well known for and in which she created her 8 feet by 15 feet - considered the world's largest watercolor - interior portrait for MASS MoCA.
VISTAS will expatiate on Prey's iconic village and island view series as well as her paintings of Maine's working waterfront; visually exemplifying Prey’s ongoing dialogue with her immediate environs in the mid-coastal area of Maine, the works are observations of the same location’s evolution over the course of four decades.
In conjunction with the new oil paintings, recent digital print releases of selected works will also be on view.
THE ART OF LIGHT AND SPACE
July 15 - Sept 2, 2019
The second show at Barbara Prey Projects, THE ART OF LIGHT AND SPACE, opens mid July and stands in loose reference to Prey's concurrent exhibition at the Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield, MA (Borrowed Light: New Watercolors by Barbara Ernst Prey. May 10 to November 11, 2019).
Leading up to her exhibition in Massachusetts, Prey spent many hours on site at Hancock Shaker Village, looking, distilling, and painting. Fascinated by the light and its spatial use by the Shakers, Prey was equally taken by the simplicity of their handcrafted objects and furniture; purpose oriented, the everyday items avoid any ornaments but reference function above all. In her immersive style, the artist's latest paintings strikingly capture the elegance of the simpleness of this utilitarian approach, a simpleness that can also be found in her iconic boat paintings, interiors or still lifes. Barbara Prey's focus on simplicity and plainness offers a welcomed breather in a technology driven society.
The exhibition combines Prey's most recent large scale watercolors and further explores the strong watercolor tradition in Maine and with a woman painter, revising the male dominated art-historical tradition.
SNOW IN SUMMER: Painterly Documents from Alpine Travels
August 14 – Sept 2, 2019
In constant dialogue with her surroundings, Barbara Prey never travels without her painting supplies; brushes, paint, sketchbook—always within reach. Painterly Documents from Alpine Travels brings together her onsite paintings and unique reflections from recent travels to alpine regions in Europe; snow-covered peaks in France or Italy, the unrivaled glow of an early evening in the mountains or an approaching storm in the Swiss Alps. These works reveal Prey’s intense study and examination of her immediate surroundings and reflect on the artist as a world traveler; in her 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 NewYorkerand other publications featured her artwork for over 10 years. 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 the Dolomites in Italy, France, Scotland, Switzerland and Peru; "I’m always looking, thinking, and distilling”, she states.