I’ve always loved walking the dog on the town beach in Provincetown. From where I live in the East end, it affords a full view of MacMillan Wharf where the ferry from Boston docks. It’s no secret the light and air play a big part of artist inspiration here at the end of the Cape. Hawthorne, Hensche, Hofmann, Hopper and hordes and scads of artists and writers have interpreted this environment through their disciplines. It has also inspired me to do a study of the wharf as a series since I find the shapes of the outbuildings, boats, posts, masts, lines and rigging to be fascinating and somewhat abstract. My palette so far is derived from a morning fog that hazy overcast that comes just after dawn many mornings in spring. I look to capture the salt of the air more than the true rendering of a sloop.
Robert Morgan and Sean McCabe
Opening reception: Friday, August 19, 7–9 p.m.
Alden Gallery | 423 Commercial Street, Provincetown
It’s been MONTHS since I’ve posted anything. Busy.
I’m part of two juried shows under my alter-ego, Sean Mick. The first is 3s Artspace in Prortmouth, NH. That show is up August 5th – September 3rd. It was selected by Christopher French for the 3S Juried Exhibition: On The Map.
In Boston, I’m part of the the Juror’s Choice at Uforge Gallery selected by Elizabeth Devlin up August 5th – 28th.
Please visit these extraordinary galleries if near by.
These geometric constructs represent individuals I’ve met. People and animals have an energy to them, a vibe, a presence. There is a feeling of wavelength involved and these indelible energies reflect what we are inside; contradictions, hopes, addictions, ego, love, self awareness, doubt – all part of our complex composition. This work looks to visually interpret the presence of the subjects. A sort of portrait or study drawn from the immaterial and intangible yet somehow recognizable, or at least equatable, of who they are.
These works are about impressions, as opposed to locations, of Provincetown. A sort of semi-abstraction french kissing illustration. The recognizable elements of any realism has been cast off to color, line, and shape. Loose subjective forms suggest a hurried pace, long waits, and chance encounters. The use of mixed media (acrylic, oil, charcoal, oil stick, pencil on canvas) serves as a crucial representational element to convey the complex diversity of the town by being both harmonious and discordant. There are many imperfections – just like those that constitute the soul of any village at the end of the road.
Having a gallery show is new territory. I have no expectations and look forward to criticism and feedback from the art savvy and casual observers of Provincetown. Grateful for the opportunity to be represented at William Scott Gallery and looking forward to what’s next already.
The show is up until August 5th. Come to the opening if you’re around Provincetown on the 24th. Stay for the free wine.
I’ve been thinking a lot about what excites me as a painter. Lately, I’ve sort of fused two obsessions of mine; representational and hard edge. This thought became the series Self Portraits originally but I wanted to try it with landscapes. I sketch in pencil and vine charcoal and I noticed an almost primitive paint-by-numbers thing happening so I kept it.
This is my first season at William Scott Gallery in Provincetown. I’m incredibly honored to be part of a group or artists and gallerists that are well known as purveyors of strong work. Opening salon is May 22nd from 7-9PM and some of these works will be on display. I have a show coming up there on July 24th. That’s not so far away…. I better get painting…
If you scroll down you’ll see I did a study for this piece a while back. I wanted to do it larger. So, I did.
My new series, Self Portraits, is my reaction to hard edge and post painterly abstraction and appropriation. In the year it took to do the series, it morphed from an exercise in studying master artists’ techniques and motifs into realizing that I was purposefully aping these iconic works in hopes that I could somehow impress myself upon them – or into them. The hard-edged anonymity of the subjects serve as an apt representation of this forced impression. Clearly unrecognizable, seriously out-of-place, lacking in detail or depth in arguably the most important parts of the original works, these crude approximations serve as clear and current representation of an emerging artist’s portrait versus a master’s.
Showing: February 23rd – March 22nd
5-11 McBride St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
This work was selected to be part of The Provincetown Art Association and Museum’s (PAAM) Members’ Juried: PAAM100 show. I’m honored to be part of a special show with many brilliant artists. Visit the museum Dec. 5 – Jan 18th to view all works. I’m also happy to say it sold. Thank you, buyer.
I tend to like to work on two or more series at the same time. It’s a product of many ideas I want to flesh out or touch upon as well as not wanting to get stale on a subject matter or theme. Since I haven’t posted any of my ongoing Anonymous/Self Portait series it would appear all I’m doing is Provincetown lots. Not so. Like other lot locations this piece features a featureless setting but the truck represents the authentic P’town to me. Yes, there are not shortage of Range Rovers and Mercedes in driveways but this truck says a lot about who might own it. It’s as hardened as a “local” with its rugged charm, unapologetic display, and a few dings here and there… much like the many that work any service in a coastal town with many part time, and at times demanding, residents and tourists. This one goes to those that work tirelessly day in and day out and, despite some extra millage, are still going strong even after the season is over.