Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Guild of Boston Artist Member, Dennis Perrin, Joins Ten.

Roses in Oriental Vase by Dennis Perrin
When I first saw the lush and painterly work of Dennis Perrin on the Guild of Boston Artist’s website, I knew I had found an accomplished painter and kindred spirit.  Viewing his paintings, I immediately sensed he was influenced by the likes of Frank Benson, Edmund Tarbell, and John Singer Sargent.  Although there is a timeless quality that resonates with the viewer, his work is fully alive in the present moment.   
Gifted and prolific, the hand of Perrin is instantly recognizable in his floral compositions, interior genre scenes, outdoor still lives, figures in the landscape, and other beautiful subject matter. Because he works strictly from life, without the use of cameras, his paintings are alive with the impressionistic beauty of the subject and strike a deep and resonant chord.
Dennis studied with Dell Weller and Auzeklis Ozols at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Art, where he won the 1984 Landscape Painting Award.  He began painting professionally in 1985, exhibiting his work widely and receiving numerous awards and purchase prizes.  Perrin’s work has been collected throughout North America, as well as in Europe and Australia.  Among his many collectors are the Zigler Museum, The Maier Museum of Art, The Morris Museum of Art, City National Bank of Louisiana, The Entergy Corporation, and Dale Brown, former head basketball coach, Louisiana State University.

The trademark and signature of Perrin’s work is a masterful treatment of light. Whether the subject is a lithe figure clad in white, a sumptuous floral still life, a moody interior, or a quiet pond dotted with water lilies, light is the dominant feature of a Dennis Perrin painting.  In this he follows the great tradition of the Boston School Painters including those in the original Ten American Painters.  Other favorite influences include Jan Vermeer, Thomas Dewing and Maxfield Parrish.

By marrying sound academic principles of drawing and design with brilliant color and dazzling light, Dennis Perrin creates beautiful and memorable images that both complement and transcend the high velocity, high-tech whirl of the modern age.
The artist resides in York, Maine with his wife (and renowned chef Aimee Perrin) and his three children.  He is represented by the following galleries:

Bowersock Gallery

Friday, March 9, 2012

And then there were Three. David Lussier joins new Ten.

Warm Autumn by David Lussier
The momentum is building at The Ten New England Painters with the addition of our third member - artist and workshop instructor David Lussier.  David and his wife Pamela Lussier are both accomplished painters, from Connecticut, and I have enjoyed seeing their work on facebook for sometime.  So, when a friend suggested I contact David to be in the Ten, I took her advice. 

But, before contacting him, I visited his website  What I found, was a like-minded artist in both his painting and teaching philosophy.  Like myself and many artists I know, David is profoundly influenced by the beauty he sees in the natural world and wants to share that passion with his collectors.  "Original art breathes life into a room and transports the viewer to a specific time and place," states Lussier at his website.  And, I couldn't agree more.

Interconnected with his beliefs about art is his philosophy on teaching.  David believes in teaching strong foundation principles, and encourages students to strive for a strong emotional connection with the subject that translates through to viewer.  He also feels a personal responsibility to pass on his knowledge and love of craft to other aspiring artists.

Ironically, David grew up in town near where Julian Alden Weir painted many scenes including a red bridge that David and his friends played on in their youth.  Weir was one of the original Ten American painters and you can read more about him in the previous blog post.  David's impressionistic style has been encouraged by his own teachers including Charles Movalli, Charles Sovek, and George Carpenter.  His formal education includes Paier College of Art in Hamden Connecticut and the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts in Old Lyme Connecticut.   With too many awards, articles, and affiliations to mention, I encourage you to visit David and Pamela's website today.

David Lussier Gallery 


Sunday, March 4, 2012

The Original Ten: Focus on Julian Alden Weir

J. Alden Weir
Julian Alden Weir (August 30, 1852 – December 8, 1919) was born and raised in West Point, New York, the son of painter Robert Walter Weir, a professor of drawing at the Military Academy at West Point.  His older brother, John Ferguson Weir, also became a well-known landscape artist who also painted in the styles of the Hudson River and Barbizon schools.  The youngest of sixteen children of Robert W. Weir, artist and art instructor at West Point Military Academy, J. Alden Weir became one of the leading early American Impressionists. 
However, his art education began with training in the traditional basic styles and methods from his father. Throughout his career subject matter included landscape, still lifes, and portraits.

With his reputation as a landscape painter and leader of the American Impressionists growing through the 1890s, during the winter of 1897-98 Weir joined his friends Childe Hassam and John Twachtman and seven other like-minded artists in forming a new artists’ group, known as the “Ten American Painters,” or “The Ten.” This group provided an alternative to the staid exhibitions of the National Academy of Design and the now stagnant Society of American Artists, from which Weir had resigned. This new art group had a better energy, and vowed to move towards a “greater quality of art.” There were many exhibitions in the following years.

Suburban Village, J. Alden Weir, c. 1902-05

Weir purchased a farm in Branchville, Connecticut which is now part of the National Park service and a National Historic Site.  He continued using the landscape for inspiration and making improvements to the farm.  He added a pond for fishing in 1896 with money he had won from a first-prize painting he entered in an art show.  In 1907, he acquired a neighboring farm, bringing the land total to 238 acres. He also expanded the original farmhouse twice. This gave Weir to space to host his friends at his beloved retreat. Many artists spent weekends with Weir—fishing, hunting, drinking homemade cider, discussing philosophy and of course, painting. Hassam, Twachtman, Albert P.Ryder and John Singer Sergeant were among the artists who found the farm to be inspiring subject matter.

Links for more information on J. Alden Weir:
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