Littlefield Gallery in Winter Harbor presents their final show of the season, “Geometry Meets Nature,” featuring the new work by veteran artists and University of Maine System educators James Linehan and Frederick Lynch. The exhibition opens August 16 with a gallery reception for the artists 5-7 p.m. Sunday, August 19.
James Linehan, art professor and former Chair of the UMaine Art Department, had his first solo show of landscapes in 1994. Since then, his work has been exhibited extensively in New York City and throughout the country, including the U.S. Capitol, as well as in Japan, Finland, and Jordan. He has done more than 21 public commissions, 26 solo exhibitions, and 75 group exhibitions. Two of his paintings are on the covers of L.L.Bean catalogs. Painting the landscape of Down East Maine began years ago for Linehan in areas like the beach at Rogue Bluffs, lupine fields on Cranberry, and the blueberry barrens and Walker Pond in Brooksville. The Schoodic Peninsula inspires his current suite of work.
“When people ask what I do, the first thing I say is that I’m a painter. I think in paint and look at the world as a painter. Over the years, I’ve explored a number of different styles with my work. I like combining abstraction with representation, the collision of abstract and realistic imagery, and the way meaning arises from the space between these battling modes of expression,” says Linehan.
Frederick Lynch was one of five artists to be honored at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art’s 60th Anniversary Honors Exhibition in May. The five artists were chosen because their work throughout their careers reflects CMCA’s mission of advancing contemporary art in Maine. In its description of the artist, CMCA noted the following: “For more than four decades, Frederick Lynch has mined his own art for inspiration, producing a varied-yet related-body of work that encompasses paintings, drawings, prints, and, most recently, painted and incised wooden reliefs and freestanding objects…Using a system of repeated geometries and mathematical divisions, his motifs evoke the type of order and chaos found in patterns of nature, such as branching, veining of leaves, and molecular structures.”
Lynch as been on the faculty at the University of Southern Maine since 1981. In 2005, the Farnsworth Museum presented a 20-year survey of his work. In 2010, the Portland Museum of Art created a special wall for their exhibition of his work Division and Discovery: Recent Work by Frederick Lynch. Fred’s work is included in numerous private and public collections, including the Portland Museum of Art, Colby College Museum of Art, and Bowdoin College Museum of Art.
In his artist statement Frederick Lynch states “The title of this series, Capriccios, is loosely based on an intriguing theme most famously posited by Richard Strauss in his opera by the same name. . . In these most recent painted reliefs, I have tried to extend my interest in certain patterns found through division, into a dialogue with the more gregarious art gestures that are part of the abstract vocabulary. Capricious or not, I hope to engage the viewer with some interesting points of view.“
“Geometry Meets Nature,” runs through Oct. 8 at Littlefield Gallery, Main Street Winter Harbor. FMI, call 963-6005 or visit littlefieldgallery.com.