May 26, 2013

Art Review: Page proves vibrance of Maine painting


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“Deep Winter Rhythm” by Colin Page in the “Spatial Perception” exhibition at Greenhut Galleries in Portland.

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“Across the Harbor.”

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WHERE: Greenhut Galleries, 146 Middle St., Portland

WHEN: Through June 1

HOURS: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday to Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday


INFO: 772-2693; greenhut

While seemingly simple, it's a gorgeous orchestra of warm and cool hues, in which light clearly dominates your perception.

"War Horse" is a scene I generally don't like, but Page nails it.

It's a working boat under blue plastic wintering on dry land under neighborhood power lines. Page's movement within the blue is impressive, both as color and brushwork.

The strokes of negative space around the power lines are impressively -- and appealingly -- deft. The volumes of this humble scene intertwine with the color and the light in a tour de force of painterly poetics.

While some of my favorite brushwork happens in Page's coast scenes, like the chocolately rocks of "Cave Point Shore," such works also feature most of the show's unresolved passages.

In "Backlit Acadia," for example, the top left falls apart from four directions: Land, sky, spray and horizon.

While it's a balanced scene (it also falls apart on the beach in the lower right), Page's virtuoso brushwork sets the bar sometimes even too high for himself.

But I think it's a good sign that Page doesn't have an answer for everything and pushes himself to take on new things with innovative approaches during a plein-air session.

It's why he's not just a good painter, but someone we might be calling great 10 or 20 years down the road -- when he likely will be at the peak of his painterly powers.

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


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“War Horse”


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