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Landscape painter Frey talks, signs new book at library

Sep 26, 2019
Photo by: Julia Walker Thomas Philip Frey

ROCKLAND — The Rockland Public Library presents an illustrated talk and book signing with artist Philip Frey on the recently published "Philip Frey: Here and Now" on Thursday, Oct. 10, at 6:30 p.m. In the past 20 years, 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 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.

Frey is a nationally exhibiting artist best known for his bold paintings of Maine’s coastline, landscape and working waterfronts. His primary focus is color and light, and the inherent forms found in nature, interiors and figures. He paints from direct perception, preferring the dynamic quality, richness and challenges of working from life.

Frey's work has been mounted in numerous exhibitions, highlighted in several books and publications, and is held in private and corporate collections around the world. Frey lives in downeast Maine, where he maintains a full-time studio.

After the talk, books will be available for purchase and signing.

This talk, sponsored by the Friends of Rockland Public Library, is free and open to the public. Rockland Public Library is located at 80 Union St. For more information, call 594-0310.

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