HERE AND THERE: Coastal Maine to the Shores of Cuba
August 15 - September 4
Concluding the 2018 season at the gallery, Barbara Prey Projects is proud to announce Here and There, featuring recent travel paintings and local scenes from coastal Maine; August 15 - September 4.
In constant dialogue with her surroundings, Barbara Prey never travels without her painting utensils; brushes, paint, sketchbook—always within reach. Here and There brings together memories and unique reflections from recent travels to Cuba and alpine regions in Europe to meet more familiar environs in her recent series of coastal Maine paintings. 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”. Past travels have taken the artist to Cuba, France, England, Scotland, Switzerland and Peru; "I’m always looking and distilling”, she states.