Wardlaw retrospective at Yvette Torres

Jul 29, 2017
“Hill at Water's Edge” is a 1960, oil on canvas by George Wardlaw.

Rockland — George Wardlaw, well-known in the art world and with a career and artistic styles spanning seven decades, will show work from the earliest years of his career to the present at Yvette Torres Fine Art Gallery beginning Friday, Aug. 4.

“I Painted … I Paint,” will present paintings from 1959 and 1960; and then from 2015 to 2017. Wardlaw, who has been coming to Deer Isle for many summers from his home in Massachusetts, will be on hand for the 5 to 8 p.m. First Friday opening reception.

Wardlow has exhibited widely, from the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., to the Portland Museum of Art. Born in Mississippi, he found his way after the war to the University of Mississippi, where he received his MFA. He went on to have a distinguished career as an art teacher there and also at Yale University, the State University at New Paltz, N.Y., and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

His art reflects all the major trends of the latter part of the 20th century, from Abstract Expressionism to Pop Art to the Color Field style. The earlier paintings in the exhibit are lushly colorful abstract landscapes reflecting his upstate New York surroundings of that time. The most recent work is often mixed media collage.

“The paintings have evolved … more from spirit than science. Freed from the boundaries of the edges, these paintings offer a parallel universe to our own,” he said.

The show will continue through Sept. 16. Gallery hours are Wednesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.; or by appointment. YTFA is located on the second floor at 464 Main St., north of Limerock. For more information, call 332-4014.

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

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