DAVID DEWEY paints small, edgy studies and large, tour de force watercolors. His Maine architectural and waterfront scenes pay attention to expanses of sky, clear light and shadow. “Order and life, then and now, mastery and risk, all enliven and balance one another,” wrote curator Susan Larsen, formerly of the Whitney Museum of Art. “His compositions create tension between the seen and unseen, between the illusion of reality and the fact of invention,” writes Jessica Nicoll, curator of the Portland Museum of Art in Maine. He is the author of THE WATERCOLOR BOOK published by Watson-Guptil Publishers. His paintings are in collections around the country, including Bowdoin College Museum in Brunswick, ME, Frye Art Museum in Seattle, WA, The Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, ME, Newport Art Museum in Newport, RI, The Portland Museum of Art in Portland, ME, Addison Museum of American Art in Andover, MA, and Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ. David is the Co-director of the Joseph A. Fiore Art Center at Rolling Acres Farm, Jefferson, Maine.
June 2020: We are pleased to present a new series of work by Dewey that focuses on the midcoast’s Weskeag Marsh. Dewey writes, “This body of landscape watercolors completes a year since moving to Maine full-time. I was in recovery from a bicycle accident through most of 2019-2020, and so, much of the year had limited mobility until recent months. What started as therapy turned into a full fledged, and satisfying return to painting landscape. Weskeag Tidal Marsh and the nearby rocky coast reconnected me to my landscape painting in the 70s and has moved me forward as a painter.” Follow this link to view: Dewey_2020_ecatalog
Dewey exhibited a body of work produced in the late 1970s, oils on masonite and canvas, in the Caldbeck summer season 2019. Rarely shown before in Maine, this body of work in oil offers a significant insight into Dewy’s development as a painter. A selection of these foundational pieces are included on the gallery website, as well as work from his core studio and plein air practice.
David Dewey: Artist Lecture, November 2015, Lyme Center for Arts Programming at the University of New Haven. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEtOgRb_Lzk