Fitzgerald is always stopping the water from breaching the dam with color. So he holds back, reserving with a limit. “Summer Silver Morning has just enough working brushstrokes, patterns that employ emotional charge and describe the landscape,” explains Fitzgerald. “It has color that’s evocative but local. I am building from life.”
“These two talented men capture movement in very different ways,” John Spain, owner of the gallery, says. “Fitzgerald uses acrylic paint on canvas to create the illusion of movement with broad strokes and organic shape. Where Davis bends and shapes metal to form three-dimensional mobiles that not only move with the slightest breeze but also have a feeling of flow that is felt even in stillness.”
I rarely see the work as abstract. Instead, I see expressive illustrations with color and brushstrokes as muse and model. I catapult and dive, dig and luxuriate, and painting continues to cement and flood.
“I live deeply in color, and these paintings are truly about color. Color relationships, both complementary and contrasting. I work with the colors seen, what’s in front of me, then my other four senses fire up, and I build my artwork. They are brushstrokes over and under lapping-romantic notions, a hardy story coupled to the physical wonders of life on canvas and life.”
Drawing and painting have always been daily though they became more tactile and local. I tread water with an occasional float. I am at mystery upon wonder with objects and suggestion, reflection and transparency.
“This painting reaches out; the colors warm and welcome to the viewer,” says artist Jeffery T. Fitzgerald.
Only us, Maine is a painting about a specific rock formation and cove that for Fitzgerald is home. Each time he returns to this piece of work, he travels a different course, from the color that suggests objects to two hues that are so compatible that together they evoke emotion.
This year we began with seventy-eight original works from thirteen artists; six pieces each. Then, as most of you know, this is where the process begins. Between the artist, local designer Louise Hurlbutt from Hurlbutt Designs, and you the voters, the show was curated down to three pieces from each artist. These three were carefully “chosen” to be in the show, and we so appreciate all the help we had making these difficult decisions. The three choices for each artist were just as arduous this year as in the past.
For over five years now we here at Maine Art Hill have represented artist Jeffrey Fitzgerald. A local boy who lives in York, his abstract pieces represent the life and time spent near the water’s edge. When the river meets the ocean, there is a tumultuous ebb and flow of life. Fitzgerald celebrates that turmoil… Read more »
One statement, shared by Kinkead, perfectly conveys the thoughts of all three artists and the gallery as a collective group. “The pieces in this show are moments of stillness and movement… all inspired by patterns and events over this past year.”