Tomorrow I leave the city behind and head toward Cape Cod for my month long residency at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA. This is the residency portion of my low residency MFA that is through MassArt in conjunction with the Work Center in Ptown. I’m sad to miss May in Brooklyn because Spring is one of the best times to be in the city. I feel as though everyone has woken from a deep sleep and is emerging to enjoy all that the city has to offer. I am looking forward to the change of pace, though. Ptown will still be a little slow and not so overrun with tourists. It will be a wonderful way to escape the normal hectic day to day and fully focus on my art. There will be a number of studio visits with notable artists including Gregory Amenoff, Vera Iliatova, Jim Peters, and George Creamer.
Ptown has long been associated with artists – it even touts itself as the oldest continuous art colony – so I’m gonna pay homage to a few notable artists that have lived, or simply passed through, this town.
Edward Hopper. It should come as no surprise that Hopper would be at the top of this list. He and his wife had a house in South Truro and spent Summers there for most of his later life.
Ellen Gallagher spent two years as a FAWC Fellow from 1995-1997. I am a big fan of her work, so it’s exciting to know that she has spent time in this community.
Agnes Weinrich was a founding member of the Provincetown Printers in 1915. She developed a style of printmaking that lent itself to cubist images.
Ross Moffett was one of the first modernists to teach art in Provincetown. He studied under Charles Hawthorne, who had an impressionist approach to painting.
Edwin Dickinson recently had a retrospective at PAAM. He spent most of his life on the Cape and was another influential painter that studied under Hawthorne. I love both of these paintings. His use of color is amazing, and I love the texture created by his brushstrokes.
In the 1940s and 50s Provincetown became a Summertime center for AbEx artists such as Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner, Motherwell, and Helen Frankenthaler.