Book Launch and Signing “William Irvine: A Painter’s Journey”

William Irvine: A Painter’s Journey

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art will host a book launch, signing, and informal talk for William Irvine and Carl Little from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 23. In conjunction with the book launch, the gallery will host a solo show of new work by Irvine through August 17. There will be an Artist’s Reception for the exhibition from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 30. Both events are free and open to the public.

William Irvine’s journey began in the town of Troon on the Scottish coast where he was introduced to modern art through the collection of whiskey magnate Johnnie Walker. After graduating from the Glasgow School of Art and serving in the Scottish army, Irvine became part of the lively London avant-garde scene. Moving to Downeast Maine in 1968 proved a turning point. The harbors, islands, boats, sea and sky inspired bold new work that combined Irvine’s abstract instincts with pictorial concepts based on the coastal landscape. In the ensuing forty–plus years Irvine has established himself as a Maine and American master, known for his seascapes as well as enchanting figurative paintings and still lifes. William Irvine: A Painter’s Journey features landscapes inspired by Maine, Scotland, England, and France. Carl Little is resident of Mount Desert Island, poet, and author of over 20 art books, including Edward Hopper’s New England and Winslow Homer and the Sea. His book Eric Hopkins: Above and Beyond won the 2012 John N. Cole prize from Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. Little edited Art of Katahdin by his brother David Little, and is a contributor to ARTnews, Art New England, Maine Boats, Homes and Harbors and Island Journal. Courthouse Gallery is located at 6 Court Street in Ellsworth. For more visit or call (207) 667-6611.