The Center for Maine Contemporary Art will host an illustrated talk and book signing with artist William Irvine and author and art critic Carl Little, based on Little’s new book “William Irvine: A Painter’s Journey.” The Aug. 19 Tuesday Talk will begin at 5:30 p.m. at CMCA, 162 Russell Ave. Admission to the talk is free.

The book chronicles the life and career of Irvine from his formative years in Scotland to a visit to his new studio in Brooklin. Irvine's journey in art began in the town of Troon on the Scottish coast, where he was introduced to modern art through the collection of whiskey magnate Johnnie Walker. In the ensuing 40-plus years, Irvine has established himself as a Maine and American master, known for his seascapes and his enchanting figurative paintings and still lifes.

Little is the author of several books including “Paintings of Maine,” “The Art of Monhegan Island,” “Winslow Homer and the Sea,” “Eric Hopkins: Above and Beyond” and “The Art of Dahlov Ipcar.” He writes for several publications including ARTnews; Art New England; Maine Boats, Homes and Harbors; and Island Journal.

“William Irvine: A Painter’s Journey” was published by Marshall Wilkes, Inc. There is a solo exhibition of Irvine’s recent work on view at Courthouse Gallery Fine Art in Ellsworth through Sunday, Aug. 17.

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art is a nonprofit organization advancing contemporary art in Maine through exhibitions and educational programs. Main media sponsor Maine Home + Design magazine.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or