‘New Artists’ on exhibit at Landing

Jul 01, 2019
“Monhegan Afternoon” by Michael Weymouth.

ROCKLAND — Landing Gallery, 409 Main St., opens “New Artists,” an exhibition of new paintings by Michael Weymouth, Lisa Kyle and Christopher French on Friday, July 5. Please visit from 5 to 8 p.m. for an opening reception with the artists. The show runs through July 28.

Michael Weymouth was born and raised in Maine. He graduated from the New England School of Art in Boston in 1963. He is a painter, photographer and author of several books. He spends summers painting and creating on Great Spruce Head Island in Penobscot Bay. Weymouth paints equally well with both watercolor and oil.  “Painting is part of my DNA,” he said. “Capturing the forces of nature with paint must come from the artist and the energy with which the scene is painted.” His brushwork is filled with gesture, enthusiasm and a facile energy that is evocative and engaging. The subject matter for his painting is focused around his summertime in Maine experiences and the beauty found in seaside locations.

A lifelong artist, Lisa Kyle paints in the tradition of the Impressionists, attempting to capture the effects of light in the landscape. Her formal education and training is in architecture, having earned a BA in Environmental Design and an MA in Architecture. Her architectural training gives her work a strong underlying sense of composition and mark-making. Kyle has studied painting at Southern Methodist University, the Savannah College of Art & Design, the Maryland Institute College of Art and participated in numerous workshops with many well known artists. Her love of the natural world and painting has recently brought her to Maine to pursue her passion to be an artist. “I want to capture a moment of beauty and my place in that moment. When I’m successful, my work reflects an elusive moment of peace and serenity in an otherwise chaotic world,” she said.

Christopher French began drawing at the age of three. He was raised by a medical family, and although he majored in Fine Arts at UCLA, he entered medical school and graduated in 1991 from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. French has a realist approach which focuses on the beauty of the ordinary and his paintings explore the relationship between abstraction and photorealism. His major influences include the art of Andrew Wyeth, Lucian Freud and Ivan Albright. He was nominated for the “Emerging Artist” award by the Copley Society, and was promoted to “Copley Artist,” a title given to those artists who have been accepted into five or more juried exhibitions; and is a second-time “Patron’s Choice” artist at the Copley Society in Boston. French and his family spend much of their summer in Maine and this location is the major focus of his painting.

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