June 19, 2011

Art Review: Compliments, complements in Barter show


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“Millbridge” by Philip Barter.

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“Sullivan Harbor,” oil on canvas by Philip Barter.

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WHERE: Gleason Fine Art, 31 Townsend Ave, Boothbay Harbor

WHEN: Through June 28

HOURS: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday

INFO: 633-6849; gleasonfineart.com

The lively surface, however, rests a little too much on the brushed grooves of the gesso underpainting. There is nothing wrong with this approach, but it's an effect that looks like strong brushwork without actually resulting from the handling of the paint within the image.

One of Matt's reliefs (of which both artists have several) might be my favorite work in the show. "The Pier" features a brown shack in front of pines up above oblong, cut granite stones anchored by a red boat down to the right. It's a nice form with a gentle flow. It's sweet, pleasant and impressively apt.

Philip's two reliefs are not as strong as "The Pier," but he is an excellent, interesting and highly enjoyable Maine painter with a surprising range as a colorist.

Matt has talent, but I hope he moves his focus from self-branding towards challenging himself with range and discovery. He's proven he can make good paintings with a fine sense of finish, but he could do much more by moving out from under the shadows of his father and Hartley to find his own voice.

Still, Matt certainly has respect for his father's craft and vision -- what a gift on Father's Day this must be for his dad. 

Freelance writer Daniel Kany is an art historian who lives in Cumberland. He can be contacted at:



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“The Pier,” wood relief by Matt Barter.

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“Taking Up Gear,” oil on board by Matt Barter.


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