For me and my crew, Summertime is not complete without at least one daytrip. There is nothing like heading out as the sun is rising to explore a nearby town or beach. Luckily, in these here parts, there are so many wonderful spots to discover and enjoy.
American artist Fairfield Porter is well known for his landscapes. The kind you would take in through a car window while driving the backroads. But it is not just his landscapes that make Fairfield Porter perfect for a Summery solo show on this blog. Nope. For me, Porter’s paintings capture the essence of summer – cheery light, true colours, slow movements, relaxed postures.
Fairfield Porter lived on the East Coast. It makes perfect sense that I am drawn to his land / town scapes as they remind me so much of Nova Scotian scenery.
Fairfield Porter was born in 1907. He studied fine art at Harvard and then New York, where he worked as both an Artist and an Art Critic. At the time, when he was beginning his painting career, his work stood out in opposition to the art trend of Abstract Expressionism. He instead was an admirer of French Post-Impressionists like Pierre Bonnard and stood his own representational painting ground, a move that was both criticized and admired.
“Subject matter must be normal in the sense that it does not appear sought after so much as simply happening to one.” – Fairfield Porter
Fairfield Porter died in 1975.