Join award-winning author Carl Little and artist Philip Barter at the Jesup Memorial Library on Tuesday, August 29 at 7 p.m. as they speak about Little’s book “Philip Barter: Forever Maine.” Pieces of Barter’s artwork, on loan from the Courthouse Gallery Fine Art in Ellsworth, will be on display at the Jesup during the month of August.
The book traces Barter’s life from a formative trip to California in the 1960s; to downeast Maine where Barter and his wife, Priscilla, made a life immersed in art for themselves and their seven children; to critical acclaim for Barter in the 1990s and his most recent paintings from 2016 and 2017. It also features a selection of Barter’s work, which reflect Barter’s increasingly abstract inclinations in depicting Maine landscapes.
Little is the author of more than twenty-five art books, including “Paintings of Maine,” “The Art of Monhegan Island” and “The Art of Maine in Winter.” He has written books on John Singer Sargent, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Dahlov Ipcar, Beverly Hallam, Francis Hamabe, Joel Babb, William Irvine, Jeffery Becton and, most recently, Wendy Turner. His book “Eric Hopkins: Above and Beyond” won the first John N. Cole Prize from Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance in 2012. He edited his brother David Little’s first book, “Art of Katahdin,” and co-authored Art of Acadia. Little writes for Art New England, Working Waterfront, Hyperallergic, Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors and Ornament.
Barter is a self-taught artist from Boothbay, who was living in California during the 1960s when he met Alfonso Sosa, an abstract expressionist painter. Sosa took Barter under his wing and added a “charge of light and color” to Barter’s aesthetic vision that influenced his work for the next fifty years. While living out west, Barter discovered the work of Marsden Hartley and felt an immediate connection with this great American modernist, vowing to further Hartley’s vision. Back in Boothbay Harbor, Barter met Frederick Rockwell, a painter and sculptor, who also encouraged Barter to keep painting. Barter has received critical acclaim for his work. Bates College Museum of Art mounted a retrospective of Barter’s work in 1992, and Bates, the Farnsworth Museum, and Portland Museum of Art acquired his work. Barter was also the subject of a feature profile in Down East magazine and in January 1995, Tim Sample highlighted Barter’s life in art in one of his “Postcards from Maine” segments on the CBS Sunday Morning program hosted by Charles Kuralt. Barter has since spent a half-century painting narratives based on the Maine’s fiercely independent people and the landscape of his home state, becoming the “painter laureate” of the region.
For more information, contact the Jesup at 207-288-4245 or email@example.com.