Courthouse Gallery Fine Art is pleased to host the Book Launch for Philip Frey: Here and Now, a new book by Daniel Kany and Carl Little on the work of Maine artist Philip Frey. The event will take place on Saturday, July 7, from 4pm–6:30pm. The event will be held in conjunction with a solo show of Frey’s recent oil paintings. There will be a talk with the artist and both authors beginning at 5pm. Singer-songwriter Pixie Lauer will perform two original songs inspired by the Philip Frey paintings highlighted in the book from her collection. The event is free and open to the public.
In the past twenty years, Philip Frey has developed into one of Maine’s finest landscape painters. Known as a brilliant colorist, Frey paints Maine’s harbors and islands with a bold palette that captures the light and moods of his home state, from the streets of Ellsworth and Portland to Monhegan and Acadia National Park.
With an introduction by curator George Kinghorn, and essays by art critics Daniel Kany and Carl Little, Philip Frey: Here and Now presents the first in-depth look at Frey’s body of work. Kinghorn highlights Frey’s remarkable ability to render complex motifs by way of dynamic planes of color, while Kany and Little place the artist in an art-historical context. In response to Frey’s role in Maine’s evolving contemporary art scene, Kany sums it up best:
“Frey’s art occupies the nexus between contemporary painting and brushy traditionalism. If there is a focus to this new direction in Maine painting, his art is it.”
This book offers readers thoughtful commentary and a glorious, full-bodied color representation of Frey’s work, much of it created over the last decade. His paintings are imbued with an immediacy that reflects his commitment to being “in the present,” whether responding to a panoramic view from the summit of Cadillac Mountain, a working waterfront, or an intimate interior.
Philip Frey: Here and Now is a gift to aficionados of Maine art. Here is a painter whose sense of place is profound and whose art is a feast for the eyes.
Courthouse Gallery is located at 6 Court Street in Ellsworth. For more information on upcoming shows call (207) 667-6611, or visit www.courthousegallery.com