Magee, Morlet and Tyng at Dowling for September

Aug 23, 2019
"Detente," a 2019 acrylic on canvas by Alan Magee.

ROCKLAND — Dowling Walsh Gallery hosts three exhibitions in the month of September: Alan Magee, Madeleine Morlet and Alexandra Tyng. The shows open Friday, Sept. 6, from 5 to 8 p.m. in conjunction with Rockland's First Friday Art Walk.

Dowling Walsh Gallery is located at 365 Main St., directly across from the Farnsworth Art Museum. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 pm.Tuesdays through Saturdays, and by appointment on Sundays and Mondays.

For more information, visit dowlingwalsh.com or call 596-0084.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:

Alan Magee

Alan Magee was born in 1947 in Newtown, Penn., attended art school in Philadelphia, and, in 1968, began working as an editorial and book illustrator in New York. Among his regular clients were Time Magazine, The Atlantic, Playboy, New York Magazine, The New York Times, McCall’s, and Avon, Ballantine, and Simon and Schuster Books. His illustrations received numerous awards from the Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts magazine, and the Art Directors’ Clubs of Los Angeles, Chicago and New York. Magee’s illustrations were honored with Playboy’s Annual Editorial Award in 1977, and an American Book Award in 1982.

Magee has received awards for his painting from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and the National Academy of Design. Several television documentaries have been made about his work including the Maine PBS production "Alan Magee: Visions of Darkness and Light" and "Maine Masters: Alan Magee." The artist’s most recent documentary, "Art is Not a Solace," premieres at the International Camden Film Festival in September 2019. Magee has been interviewed on Voice of America Radio, Monitor Radio in NY, WHYY in Philadelphia, Pacifica Radio in San Francisco, and on WERU in Maine.

Forum Gallery has represented Alan Magee since 2001. The artist was the subject of a major retrospective exhibition in 2003–04, organized by the Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, Maine, and presented by the James A. Michener Art Museum, Bucks County, Penn., The Museum of Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Tex. and The Frye Art Museum, Seattle, Wash. The accompanying book, a Forum Gallery publication, has sold more than 3,000 copies. A one-person exhibition, "Alan Magee: From the Underground River," was presented by the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in 2006. His work has recently been included in exhibitions at the American Academy of Arts & Letters in New York, the New Britain Museum of American Art in New Britain, Conn., the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, Penn. and at galleries throughout the world.

Magee’s works can be seen in many public collections including The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; The Art Institute of Chicago; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Portland Museum of Art; the Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, Maine; Arkansas Art Center; the DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, Mass.; Huntington Museum of Art in W. Va., Newark Art Museum, and the Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio. His work is included in the collections of Mobil Oil, The Atlantic Richfield Co., Lucasfilm Inc., Cargill Corporation, Continental Grain, the Bank of Japan, the Union Trust Bank, The Janss Collection, and in the private collections of Billy Wilder, Henry Fonda, Chermayeff & Geissmar, Arnold Newman, Johnny Carson, Mike Nichols and Diane Sawyer, Nicholas Cage, Morley Safer, Burton and Deedee McMurtry, and the Richard and Jalane Davidson Collection of American Realist Drawings, among others.

Madeleine Morlet

Madeleine Morlet is a photographer from London. She studied Classics and English at Kings College London and for almost a decade has worked across both video and stills with companies such as Ridley Scott Associates, Vice, i-D and Somesuch. Her photography is cinematic, dark and deeply romantic (romantics are often failed classicists).

Morlet says, "'I Promise I'll Never Forget' is a love letter to youth, a memento written at the precipice of adulthood. This dramatization of adolescence serves to examine identity and personal relationships through the construction of imaginative narratives. ‘I Promise I’ll Never Forget’ holds a mirror to my own coming of age, as a foreigner and new mother, experiences that have been punctuated by a youthful ambition for friendship and concurrent feelings of isolation. These images have been made in mid-coast Maine, where recurring locations, costumes and local cast binds the series together while shattering any illusions that these scenarios are real. This very personal manifestation reflects on how our uncertain and self-conscious times are not met alone, but amongst our communities. Cinematic and at times unsettling, the images tap into a history of storytelling, acting as a fictional counterweight to my experience as I acknowledge the poignancy and brevity of youth. How daring it is to make such extravagant promises, knowing that memories are as fleeting as life itself."

All wardrobe and prop styling by Emily Seymour.

Alexandra Tyng

Alexandra Tyng lives in Philadelphia and has spent summers in Maine since childhood. She began drawing and painting the Maine landscape as a teenager while staying at a nineteenth century rustic camp on one of Mount Desert Island’s lakes, and at her brother’s lighthouse home in Penobscot Bay. In the 1990s she began chartering planes so she could take reference photos of the glacially carved land formations of coastal Maine, which she uses as references to create large-scale paintings. She also paints panoramas from mountaintops, and closer, more intimate views of places. Every summer she spends several weeks painting outside on Mount Desert, Monhegan, Deer Isle, and various other locations. Seen as a whole, her work presents a hierarchy of viewpoints, worlds within worlds. Not only does Tyng convey her personal connection to the places she paints, but also she examines the abstract interplay of land and water. Islands in the sea can be seen as the opposite of lakes surrounded by land—or as variations of the same figure-ground relationship.

Tyng has had solo shows in Maine, New York and Philadelphia. She was selected as one of Maine’s outstanding artists by Maine Home+Design in 2008. Her Maine landscapes have been featured on the cover of "The Art of Acadia" by David and Carl Little, in "The Art of Monhegan" by Carl Little, and in numerous art periodicals. Her work resides in the permanent collections of the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., the New Britain Museum of American Art in New Britain, Conn., and the Springfield Art Museum in Mo. Tyng’s paintings can be found in public, corporate and private collections in the U.S. and abroad.

Primarily self-taught, Tyng chose an academic education over art school, receiving a B.A. from Harvard College and an M.S. from the University of Pennsylvania. She taught herself traditional oil painting techniques by examining the work of the old masters, reading about the methods and materials of other artists, and watching artists paint. She has taught classes and workshops in Maine and Philadelphia, and has served on the faculty of the Portrait Society of America. In May of 2019 she gave a talk, Visual Storytelling, at Studio Incamminati in Philadelphia.

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