“Ralf Feyl: Water Studies,” a new exhibit at Ocean House Gallery & Frame in Cape Elizabeth runs through Monday, August 3.
First generation German roots and a midwestern upbringing provided Feyl with a strong foundation and sharp instincts. Born in Chicago in 1970, Feyl was immersed in the world of hand work, his father being a master carpenter and his mother, a seamstress and tailor. Observing his parents’ crafts, Feyl became attuned to detail, delicacy, and design. At the American Academy in Chicago, Feyl studied with the beloved and respected Bill Parks. He then traveled east to study in Connecticut at the Lyme Academy and became deeply inspired by the mysterious borderlands of the coastal area and the people who inhabit it.
Once in New England, Feyl found the influence and stimulation he needed. In 1992 Jeff Cooley of the Cooley Gallery offered Feyl his first exhibit, where he has been represented ever since. Feyl has over twenty solo exhibitions to his credit, and his work is found in hundreds of private and corporate collections across the globe, including Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt; Boeing, Chicago; Swedish Trade Council, Stockholm; and Pfizer Inc., New York. Feyl resides in Maine where he continues to paint. At times elusive and at times familiar, Ralf creates a plurality of feelings that keeps the viewer engaged and curious.
Ocean House Gallery is located at 299 Ocean House Road. Hours are Tuesday – Saturday from 12 to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.oceanhousegallery.com/