For Immediate Release
The Harrison Gallery
39 Spring Street, Williamstown, MA
September 6 – September 30, 2014
Opening Reception with Artist
Saturday, September 6 – from 5 PM to 7 PM
The Harrison Gallery will present a solo show of watercolor paintings by Peter Hussey – an extraordinary artist whose works pay tribute to the details of American architecture. The show will be on display September 6 - 30. An opening reception with the artist will be held on Saturday, September 6th from 5 – 7 pm and is open to the public.
After seventeen years as a corporate fundraiser Peter Hussey traded his gray flannel suit for an easel and became a full time watercolor artist. He succeeded in his new craft by painting the things he knew and liked best – the architectural details of old New England buildings. As a frustrated architect he found his inspiration in the doorways and stairways and cupolas and rooftops even window watches and gables on Shingle Style homes along the Rhode Island coast. He built his considerable reputation on his ability to compose compelling architectural subjects and to paint their surfaces – stone and brick or clapboards and slate even copper or wood – in a thoroughly life-like way. Although his work is realistic the objects in his paintings create abstract patterns that in themselves make complete and forceful compositions.
Hussey is tightly focused paintings of architectural vignettes provoke viewers to use their imaginations – to reflect on what the rest of the building might look like or what time of day it is even what season of the year. His paintings are provocative for the questions they leave un-answered.
Hussey is self-taught. From the beginning he wanted his artistic vision to be his own. He wanted to learn from his own mistakes and build on his own discoveries. This approach has given his work a decided freshness and the unmistakable stamp of originality.
Hussey was profoundly influenced by Frederic Edwin Church whose paintings showed him how to paint every leaf and nail and still be painterly in the process. John Henry Twachtman whom was an American Expressionist taught him about colors and Wayne Thiebaud and his works taught him how to inhabit that elusive space between abstraction and reality.
Hussey lives and works in Rhode Island and has an A.B. degree in history from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Babson College in Wellesley. He is a member the Art League of Rhode Island and the American Artists Professional League in New York City.
The Harrison Gallery is located at 39 Spring Street in Williamstown, MA. Gallery hours are Wednesday - Saturday, 10AM to 5:30PM, Sunday 11AM to 4PM. For further information, please contact The Harrison Gallery at (413) 458-1700 or visit our website at www.theharrisongallery.com.
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