Arthur Thompson and Dan Miller: Fine Lines-Bold Shapes

Posted June 16, 2012, at 5:57 p.m.
Arthur Thompson
Corea Pastel  1967
Arthur Thompson Corea Pastel 1967 21"x27"
Dan Miller 
Small Music
Dan Miller Small Music

Sunday, July 1 to Saturday, July 21, 2012; 10:11 a.m. to 6:11 p.m.

Location: Littlefield Gallery, 145 Main Street, Winter Harbor, Maine

Contact: Littlefield Gallery; 207-963-6005


Gallery Reception Saturday, July 14, 5-7 pm

Arthur Thompson(1907-1988) was part of a generation of artists who worked in Maine starting in the 1950’s.He has been compared to Carl Sprichorn, Fairfield Porter, Karl Shrag,John Marin,and Marsden Hartley.He studied functional design at Harvard Architectural School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.During the Depression, participation in the WPA Art Project allowed him time and space to explore the work of the Alfred Stieglitz group and newly organized American Bauhaus. In 1947, Thompson and his family moved to Sorrento, Maine. As a designer in the Architectural Office of Eaton Tarbell, Arthur Thompson was instrumental in designing the Bangor Auditorium, Bangor and Orono high schools, among other projects.

Art writer Carl Little said Thompson is “one of those artists who translates the landscape in a very signature manner and captures the essence of a landscape, but not in a representational manner.”

Dan Miller has been coming to Corea for the past 55 years. Now into his 80’s, he continues to head the Graduate Department at the Pennsylvania School of Fine Art, one of the oldest and most prestigious schools in the country. His daily Corea routine is doing his woodblock prints in the morning, eating lunch, and, as he puts it, “works the other side of his brain creating sculpture with wood.” He refers to his prints as his drawings that are representational:taking from the outside in. His sculpture is abstract,working from the inside out. He loves the physical aspect of holding the wood in his hands instead of “distancing” himself with a paint brush.