Wardlaw show extended at Yvette Torres

Sep 11, 2017

Rockland — The downtown Yvette Torres Fine Art will extend the current exhibit, “I Painted … I Paint,” through Sept. 30. YTFA is located at 464 Main St., on the second floor.

George Wardlaw, well-known in the art world and whose career and artistic styles span seven decades, is showing work from the earliest years of his career and current work. The show’s paintings are from 1959 and 1960; and from 2015 to 2017.

Wardlaw, who has been coming to Deer Isle for many summers from his home in Western Massachusetts, 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 in 1927, 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.

Wardlaw’s 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. Greatly influenced early on by Kandinsky’s “Concerning the Spiritual in Art,” his art, though always evolving in style, maintained a deeply spiritual intention. The earlier paintings in the exhibit are lushly colorful abstract landscapes.

Of his most recent work, often mixed media collage, he said 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.”

Gallery hours are Wednesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 332-4014 or visit yvettetorresfineart.com.

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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