Dozier Bell is a highly accomplished Maine painter with numerous accolades and awards including a Fulbright Fellowship, two Pollock-Krasner Foundation grants, as well as residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and the McDowell Colony. Her gorgeously rendered landscapes are created from memory, reliant upon an intrinsic awareness of patterns of light and dark, movement and color. Conjuring the unknowable forces that shape our lives and environment, Bell's work offers a masterful immersion within sky, land, water, bird and air.
Philip Brou's recent work began by contacting Central Casting, one of the most respected casting agencies in the film industry. Through CC, he hired the 'extras' portrayed in this meticulously painted series of portraits, titled after the productions in which each extra participated. Brou considers these works "portraits of invisibility," as the extra's job is to seamlessly blend into the background of a scene. Interacting with the history of portraiture and exploring notions of selfhood, these works offer a compelling conceptual investigation delivered in painstakingly true-to-life detail.
Tom Cowgill's most recent body of work has steadily evolved over the past four years. Using stitched epoxy resin, Cowgill has created luminous forms suspended within steel frames. Inspired by Bernini's Ecstasy of St. Theresa, Cowgill's sculptures are meticulous in their craftsmanship, evoking an immediate visceral response.
Lauren Gillette is one of the most relevant artists working in Maine, today. Her altered leather jackets address a remarkable range of compelling issues. Pulling from globally relevant historic moments and movements to personal interactions and intimate relationships, Gillette's work is a feminist tour de force.
Kate Russo exhibits her latest exploration of the artist's palette, pairing her grid of Paintings By Men alongside a new grid of Paintings By Women. Each painting tackles a famous artist, extracting their palette from a well-known painting and using this same palette to create an abstracted oval "portrait" of sorts, revealing an artist's character and background through their choice of color and pattern.
Lesia Sochor's Mannequin series explores the multi-faceted nature of the female experience. By cutting and combining dress patterns, and painting directly onto these collaged surfaces, Sochor creates a series of simultaneously creepy, sexy images focusing on female mannequins. Invested in unpacking the connection between high fashion and female identity, Sochor's work is a visually compelling challenge to notions of traditional beauty.