July 8 – August 2
Artist Reception July 8, 5–7 PM
Gallery at the Grand
1 Chase Hill Rd. Kennebunk, Maine 04043
“Mother Nature has supplied me with a great deal of drama and mystery in her New England skies,” says artist Craig Mooney. “I have taken those skies and captured their light with new colors bringing depth and excitement to this newest work.”
Craig Mooney’s 2023 Solo Show runs through Thursday, August 2, at The Gallery at the Grand on Maine Art Hill at 1 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk. It promises to be a show full of big skies and perfect landscapes. The artist is in the gallery for an Artist Reception from 5 – 7 PM. This is a free public event. This gallery is open from 10 AM to 6 PM daily.
“I’m trying to work both sides of the room for this series of work. Some of the work is more detailed than I typically do, and some are more abstract,” explains Mooney. “What ties them together is the need for the painting to have some drama and mystery.”
Each of Mooney’s works for this show is captivating. Each contains something compelling about the structure of the composition. Light play is essential in these pieces, as well. No matter the color at the end of Mooney’s brush, he applies it with confidence and a sweeping stroke.
“I’ve been experimenting with more color. I am not a creative colorist. I’m a bit more tonal and reserved when it comes to coloring. I prefer a little more of the contrast between light and dark, which is about the value, not the hue,” says Mooney. “So, in a way, it’s more impressionistic for me.”
As far as the brushwork is concerned, Mooney’s work is very immediate. He takes very little time to process what he is painting. For him, the process is almost automatic.
“I find another gear to go in, and the paint is immediately applied to the canvas in a stream of consciousness. I don’t have a chance to refine and shape it until the next time I look at that painting,” shares Mooney. “Sometimes it is a slow process, but it’s incredibly quick many times.”
“Because Mooney’s ‘place’ is always a culmination of the beauty he finds in every corner of the world, this is a must-see show for visitors and locals alike,” says John Spain, owner of Maine Art Hill. “It is easy to glimpse pieces of Mooney’s work in your world. It’s his magic power.”
Again, Mooney’s 2023 Solo Show runs through Thursday, August 2. The Gallery at the Grand on Maine Art Hill can be found at 1 Chase Hill Road and is open from 10 AM to 6 PM daily. There is a free public artist reception from 5–7 PM with local food, great wines, some jazz, and the artist himself. 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.