Monday, August 24, 2009

The year so far: Awards, publications and exhibitions

My watercolor “Up for Repairs, Gloucester Marine Railway”, (shown below), will be included in the 95th Anniversary Exhibition at the Guild of Boston Artists on Newbury Street in Boston, September 10 through 27.

This has been a very productive year for me, so far. I received three awards from the Rockport Art Association in Rockport, MA, one in each of its first three summer shows. The painting above won the "Amee B. Davis Memorial Award" in the second summer show. Two of my paintings were featured in an article “Artists of the Working Waterfront” by Carl Little in the May issue of Maine Boats Homes & Harbors . In conjunction with this article, there will be a “Painting the Maine Waterfront” exhibition at the Penobscot Marine Museum, curated by Carl Little beginning September 12th through October 18th. The show will feature four of my watercolors. Some of the other artists in the show will be Nancy Barnes, George Bayliss, Phil Frey, Katharina Keoughan, Linda Norton and Amy Pollien.

Publicity-wise, I was also a featured artist in the “Annual Artist Listing” of Maine Home & Design’s April issue and the Castine Patriot ran a feature article about me, my work, my organic garden and my local activism in the July 30th edition.

Working on a series of figurative paintings for the Courthouse Gallery show was a fun and instructive departure from my regular subject matter. I hope to include more figures in my future work.

The high bid for a Monhegan Island painting I donated for the Center for Maine Contemporary Art’s Annual Auction held at the Owl’s Head Transportation Museum sold for 70% above the reserve price.

Rock Point Gallery in Northeast Harbor opened this summer and I’m happy to announce, became the third Maine art gallery to represent my work. It has a small stable of well established and up and coming artists and a very nice space to exhibit in. Beyond the “Maine Artists and the Figure” show at the Courthouse Gallery, I continue to show my work there and at Dowling Walsh Gallery in Rockland.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Welcome to the Gregory Dunham Studio Blog.

This is my first blog post. I'm a Contemporary Realist working primarily in watercolor. I gather subject matter from all over Maine and New England with a particular fondness for Monhegan Island and working harbors, wherever they're still found. Trips to Cornwall & Devon, UK and more recently to Ireland were inspiring and provided plenty of amazing subjects. The painting pictured here is the first watercolor from a recent trip to Ireland, "Walking the Claddagh Quay, Galway". The Claddagh was formerly a fishing village, just outside the city walls and thought to be one of the oldest fishing ports in Ireland. The boat in the painting is called a Galway Hooker. This painting was included in a recent exhibition: "Maine Artists and the Figure" held at the Courthouse Gallery in Ellsworth, ME. and has been sold.

Please feel free to leave a comment and let me know what you think. If you are interested in any of the paintings shown here, most are for sale, either through the galleries that represent me or directly from my studio. Thanks for visiting.