Dowling Walsh Gallery will host three exhibitions in the month of June: David Vickery, Elizabeth Fox, and Erik Weisenburger. Opening Friday, June 7th from 5-8pm in conjunction with Rockland First Friday Art Walk.
David Vickery is an artist based in Cushing, Maine. He has been working from his studio there since 1991. His work has been exhibited at the Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, ME; College of the Atlantic, Mount Desert, ME; Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY; and the Center for Maine Contemporary Art.
Vickery is known for his precise realism and exploration of light and space. His subjects include both interiors and the landscape around him. The work explores the merger of nature and culture – an attempt to make sense of our place in the world. He looks at interior spaces and our imprint on the landscape with an eye for the imperfect, quirky, and sometimes elegant adaptations we’ve made in order to live here.
Elizabeth Fox was born in Orlando, Florida, in 1969, and attended the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota. She lived in New Orleans for eighteen years, before moving to Maine in 2008. She has exhibited her work in New York City, New Orleans, San Francisco, Miami, Washington, D.C., Houston, the Netherlands and at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) in Maine. Fox now lives and works in Standish, Maine.
She works in a traditional process of applying thin layers of oil paint, gradually building the painting up and allowing for drying time between each coat. The works are painted on a very smooth panel and first use a black and white layer as an undercoating. This black and white underpainting is as detailed as the finished painting. Color layers are then added on top of the black and white.
Fox states that, “I like to work from my gut, mixing the beautiful with the mundane. My paintings are deceptively simple, using a fresh color palette and hyper-defined subject matter to draw you in. There’s a sense of isolation with ample negative space and rhythmic placement of objects and figures. By emphasizing the relationships between people, objects, color, and space, everyday scenes can become mysterious, funny or strange. I leave the painting’s story open-ended, allowing its meaning the possibility of naturally changing over time.”
Erik Weisenburger studied at the Parsons School of Design in Paris and received his BFA in sculpture from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1992 and his MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He spent many years working in Chicago before moving to Maine in 2005.
He has had numerous exhibitions nationally and internationally. Recent solo exhibitions include Perimeter Gallery in Chicago, the Dean Jensen Gallery in Milwaukee, the Merwin Gallery, Illinois Wesleyan University and Wright Museum of Art, Beloit College WI. Recent group exhibitions include the Center for Maine Contemporary Art 2012 Biennial; Madison Art Center, Madison, WI; and Rose Contemporary in Portland Maine.
His work may be found in the permanent collections of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, the Racine Art Museum, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Erik Weisenburger’s paintings depict rich, luminous landscapes. They include sparse action, but a refined detail that pulls the viewer in to examine the work with a keen eye. Weisenburger’s compositions repeat natural patterns with subtle definition through his use of meticulous brushwork. The work often presents the viewer with overarching narratives or allegorical themes as well as symbolic overtones.
Erik Weisenburger lives and works in Portland, Maine.
Dowling Walsh Gallery is located at 365 Main Street in Rockland, Maine, directly across from the Farnsworth Art Museum. Gallery Hours, Tuesday through Saturday from 10am – 5pm, and by appointment on Sunday and Monday.
For more information, visit us online at www.dowlingwalsh.com or call 207-596-0084