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Colby College Museum of Art

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I'm just back from a wonderful trip up to Maine to paint and attend my opening for Isalos Fine Art's current show Inside Edward Hopper's World: Paintings by Philip Koch (through Sept. 2 in Stonington, ME). One of the other highlights of the trip was my chance to visit the newly expanded Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville. It received a big new gift of the Lunder Collection is now the largest art museum in Maine. It's worth a trip to see.
Diana Tuite, who has just joined the Colby Museum as its new Katz Curator was kind enough to take time out of her schedule (she was right in the middle of moving to new home in Waterville) to come meet me and chat for awhile. Diana was one of the people who organized the important exhibition Edward Hopper's Maine at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, the most extensive look ever taken at Hopper's long involvement with Maine as a subject for his work.
Here's a few of my favorites from the Colby Museum.
First, a charcoal …

Photos of Isalos Fine Art exhibit in Stonington, Maine

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Here's the view of Isalos Fine Art's new exhibition of my paintings of Edward Hopper's studio in S. Truro, Massachusetts and of his boyhood home in Nyack, New York. The show's opening reception was crowded and enthusiastic. I got some new collectors and had fun talking with a lot of new people about my work, how Hopper was my greatest teacher, and about Hopper's critical relationship with his surroundings where he lived and painted.




You can view all the work in the exhibit on the Isalos website.







Following is the feature article by Bob Keyes in the statewide Sunday Telegram that ran on 8/11 filling the better part of the front page of the paper's weekly culture section Audience.




And continuing on page three. You can read the article here.




Here is a view of the exhibit with my vine charcoal drawing Hopper's Beach, Looking North. It was drawn on location just below Hopper's Truro studio where he used to swim alone in Cape Cod Bay. The giant sand dune was somet…

Article on my Paintings in Fine Art Today by Allison Malafronte

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Allison Malafronte wrote a wonderful background article yesterday about my upcoming show of Hopper-themed interiors in the online newsletter Fine Art Today that is published by Fine Art Connoisseur magazine. Allison was for years the Senior Editor at American Artist magazinebefore taking up the reins at Fine Art Today. The show is titled Inside Edward Hopper's World: Paintings by Philip Koch and will be at Isalos Fine Art in Stonington, Maine.

She makes interesting points in her introduction:

Edward Hopper has been having a major posthumous moment in recent months, with his current "Hopper Drawing" exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art garnering rave reviews, a life-size re-creation of his 1939 "New York Movie" painting taking center stage at Laguna Beach's famous Pageant of the Masters, and several of his works selling well above their estimated value at important auctions. It's not surprising that so many continue to value and honor Hopper…

Exhibition Catalogue for Inside Edward Hopper's World

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Isalos Fine Art up in Stonington, Maine is opening a new show next week, Inside Edward Hopper's World: Paintings by Philip Koch. Michael Daugherty, who runs Isalos, wrote in the press release for the show about how the paintings document a little known side of the famous American realist painter Hopper: 
During 14 residencies, as well as time spent in the Nyack, New York house where Hopper lived until he was 30, Koch has inhabited the spaces in which Hopper lived. As Koch painted these spaces, he felt that he found clues to the inner life of the man, and expressed them in his own work. The paintings, pastels and charcoal drawings in this show are a small selection of many interiors and landscapes Koch has created over the years.

You can download the catalogue that reproduces all 16 paintings to be included in the upcoming show free from a link on the gallery's website.

Here's a selection of some of the pages from the catalogue:
Edward Hopper's birthplace in Nyack, New York…

Nuts and Bolts

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Sun in an Empty Room II, vine charcoal, 7 x 14", 2012 (drawn on location in Edward Hopper's boyhood bedroom in Nyack, NY)
Vine charcoal is a medium known for its delicacy. But that fragility is something of a problem when it comes to moving such drawings. Until they're safely framed under glass you must handle them as if you're walking on eggshells. The drawing aboveis in one of these crates below...



...along with 15 other paintings, pastels, and vine charcoal drawings look like when they're waiting to be picked up by the FedEx guy for their trip up for my solo exhibit at Isalos Fine Art in Stonington, Maine. None of the work for this upcoming show (Aug. 13 - Sept. 2, 2013) is particularly large, but since a half dozen of the pieces are works on paper framed under glass, they had to be wrapped generously in bubble wrap. The packaged pieces on paper like this get bulky pretty quickly. I'm determined to have the pieces arrive safely without a scratch.  
Here's …