Artist Philip Frey is a landscape painter, who paints Maine’s harbors with a bold palette that captures the light and moods of the state. Join Frey and author and art critic Carl Little as they speak about Frey’s career and the book “Philip Frey: Here and Now” on Thursday, June 27 at 7 p.m. at the Jesup Memorial Library.
“Philip Frey: Here and Now,” which was written by Little and co-author Daniel Kany, is the first in-depth look into Frey’s body of work and highlights Frey’s place in Maine’s contemporary art scene. Kany writes, “Frey’s art occupies the nexus between contemporary painting and brushy traditionalism. If there is a focus to this new direction in Maine painting, his art is it.” The book features Frey’s work alongside commentary from the authors and an introduction from curator George Kinghorn.
Frey is a nationally exhibiting artist best known for his bold paintings of Maine’s coastline, landscape and working waterfronts. His primary focus is color and light, and the inherent forms found in nature, interiors and figures. He paints from direct perception, preferring the dynamic quality, richness and challenges of working from life. In 2016, the University of Maine Museum of Art mounted a solo exhibition of Frey’s work. His work is in private and corporate collections, including those of writer Harlan Coben, Dick Wolf Films, Representative Chellie Pingree, Donald Sussman, and the University of Maine Museum of Art. Frey studied at Columbus College of Art and Design and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Painting from Syracuse University. Frey lives in downeast Maine, where he maintains a full-time studio.
Little is the author of numerous art books, including monographs on John Singer Sargent, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Dahlov Ipcar, Beverly Hallam, Francis Hamabe, Joel Babb, William Irvine, Jeffery Becton, Wendy Turner, Irene Olivieri, and Philip Barter. “Eric Hopkins: Above and Beyond” won the first John N. Cole Prize from Maine Writers & Alliance. He edited his brother David Little’s book “Art of Katahdin” and co-authored “Art of Acadia” and “Paintings of Portland.” Little writes for Art New England, Island Journal, Hyperallergic, Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors, and Ornament. He has helped produce several Maine Masters films, including the award winning “Imber’s Left Hand.” He holds degrees from Dartmouth, Columbia, and Middlebury. Little is the communications manager at the Maine Community Foundation.
Books will be on sale that night courtesy of Sherman’s Books. For more information about the talk, contact the Jesup at 207-288-4245.