June 18 – July 14
The Gallery at the Grand at Maine Art Hill, Kennebunk. Maine
“My new show was created as a large body of work related to new directions and areas of inspiration,” says artist Craig Mooney. “Borrowing from themes of British romantic seascapes- I’m working to recast them as a northern New England idyllic coastal piece.”
The Gallery at the Grand at Maine Art Hill is hosting Craig Mooney’s one-man show beginning June 18. This show will run for four weeks and contain his classic semi-abstract seascapes and landscapes and a look into the romance he has found in the quiet of the last year.
Mooney says, “It’s that feeling found when spending time with a painting, then suddenly it captures you. It holds on, and you are there, even if only for a while. It’s more than just seeing it. It is feeling it.”
Born and raised in Manhattan, Mooney left the city in 1988 to attend Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, where he received a fine arts degree in 1992. He secured his first significant commissioned work from New York Hospital in 1995.
“I am inspired by all the places I call home, my native New York, the mountains and farms near my studio in Stowe, Vermont, and of course, the scenes that are purely coastal in Maine and Massachusetts, where I spend as much time as I can,” shares Mooney. “My work is semi-abstract renderings of these places blended with universal and timeless emotions.”
Mooney works almost exclusively in oil. His broad strokes and light and color make his work recognizable by his collectors and followers. The distant horizon, sky, or ocean gives the viewer the impression of walking directly into the scene.
“Sometimes, it is necessary to put distance between me and my work. I have to stand back,” explains Mooney. “Right up close, it just doesn’t make sense. It’s just blobs of paint. The distance is necessary to see the whole picture.”
Gallery owner John Spain says, “Craig Mooney’s Solo Summer Show is the first to open at our new show space at the Grand Hotel. The space itself has been transformed, and I can’t imagine any artist more perfect for kicking off this new endeavor. It is going to be spectacular.”
Mooney looks forward to discussing his work and process during his Artist Reception on Saturday, July 18, from 5 to 7 PM. This show runs through Thursday, July 14. The Gallery at the Grand on Maine Art Hill is at 1 Chase Hill Road and is open from 10 AM to 5 PM daily. FMI visit www.maine-art.com or call 207-967-2803.
To read more about Craig’s process and past – Craig Mooney – Artist Insights
To see Craig’s entire collection – Craig Mooney – Artist Page