Ellsworth – Courthouse Gallery Fine Art will host a book launch, signing, and informal talk with painter William Irvine and author Carl Little on Wednesday, July 23, from 5:00–7:00 p.m.
In “William Irvine: A Painter’s Journey” Little chronicles the artist’s life and career, from his formative years in Scotland (where he was introduced to modern art through the collection of whiskey magnate Johnnie Walker); through studies at the Glasgow School of Art and a bohemian life in London where he was a part of a lively avant-garde scene; to his move to downeast Maine in 1968 and his discovery of whole new subject matter.
In the ensuing forty–plus years Irvine has established himself as a Maine and American master, known for his seascapes, as well as enchanting figurative paintings and still lifes. “William Irvine: A Painter’s Journey” features a stunning selection of his work, from early abstractions to an array of landscapes inspired by Maine. In addition to Little’s text, Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist Richard Russo offers an affectionate appreciation of the artist.
Little is the author of “Edward Hopper’s New England,” “Nature & Culture: The Art of Joel Babb” and “The Art of Francis Hamabe.” His book “Eric Hopkins: Above and Beyond” won the John N. Cole prize from Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance in 2012. He also edited “Art of Katahdin” by his brother David Little. Little contributes to several publications, including “Art New England,” “Maine Boats,” “Homes and Harbors” and “Island Journal.”
In conjunction with the book launch, the gallery will host a solo show of recent work by Irvine from July 23–August 17. An artist’s reception will take place July 30 from 5:00–7:00 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, call 207-667-6611.