Farnsworth Art Museum

Rockland, MN



Alan Bray: Recent Works


An exhibition of paintings by Maine artist Alan Bray will be shown at the Farnsworth Art Museum from June 18 to August 19, 2000. The show, " Alan Bray: Recent Works," includes nearly two dozen paintings completed over the past five years. In conjunction with the exhibition, Bray will present a slide talk on his work on Sunday, June 18 at 4:30 p.m.; reservations for the talk are recommended. (left: Alan Bray, My Neighborhood 2000)

Using the painstaking process of casein on panel, Bray paints the landscape of his native Maine with the formal simplicity and luminous clarity of a late medieval artist. "Look at Alan Bray's work for a little while and then go outdoors, and the world seems a little different," writes art critic Ken Greenleaf. "The effect is very tangible and takes a while to wear off."

Born in Waterville, Bray grew up in Monson and today lives in Sangerville. He attended art school in Boston for several years and also studied at the University of Southern Maine in Portland. In the early 1970s he traveled to Italy to study. There he discovered a love for late medieval painting, particularly the work of Pietro Lorenzetti and Giotto. In 1973, he received a master of arts degree from the Villa Schifanoia Graduate School of Fine Arts in Florence.

Deeply connected to and reverential toward nature, Bray has succeeded in the difficult task of adapting the style of the Italian gothic painters, with their hard-edged rendering, flattened perspective and minutely-observed detail to depict the mountains, woods and streams of the wild and untamed spaces of Maine.

"These paintings are accretions of moments seen in my own backyard, on my daily walks in the fields and woods where I live," says Bray. "Each kind of complex of observation and affection of what I see every day in all seasons and in all kinds of conditions. These are places that might seem ordinary and homely but that reveal so much over time that they become beautiful to me."

Bray has shown his work in solo and group exhibitions in Italy, France and the United States since the mid seventies. His paintings are included in private and public collections throughout the country. "Alan Bray: Recent Works" will travel to the Schmidt-Bingham Gallery, New York City, following its showing at the Farnsworth Museum. It can then be seen at the University of Southern Maine, Gorham, from October 20 to December 10, 2000. An illustrated brochure with a statement by the artist accompanies the exhibition.


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