From Mike: Welcome to the first Art We Love series that looks at art currently hanging in Provincetown Galleries.  Every other week our staff writer George will pick a few pieces of artwork and tell us why he likes it.  On the opposite weeks we will have a guest give their picks.

For years I have been thinking about how to better promote the amazing Galleries and the art that happens here in Provincetown. We hope this introduces you to some new artists and reminds us of the ones we already love.

The series will come out on Fridays as a reminder of one of our favorite things to do in Provincetown:  the Friday evening Gallery Stroll.  If you are in town this is a must do event.

George Rogers is an artist and ceramicist.  After a career in museums including the MFA in Boston and the Smithsonian, he and his husband moved to Provincetown full time three years ago. We are so lucky to have him.

Here we go.  Welcome.  We hope you enjoy.  Mike

 

For as long as artists have been coming to Provincetown, they’ve tried to capture the world around them: the town, the ocean and the magical light that suffuses the place.  To kick off the summer of 2020, here are four works now showing in Provincetown galleries that I think capture that sense of place.

Lorraine Deprospro, Rolling In (oil and wax on canvas, 12” x 12”), Outermost Gallery

If you’ve ever walked along the bay on a foggy day, you know how masterfully Lorraine Deprospro has captured the moody, powerful atmosphere – otherworldly and yet so very specific to the tip of Cape Cod.  There’s a sense of anticipation as the sun tries to burn through the fog.  Neither abstract nor realist, but both, the artist used a palate knife (no brushes) to subtly build layers of oil paint and wax to achieve the luscious surface of the painting.

Jim Broussard, Clemons Dune Shack (oil on canvas board, 14” x 18”), Alden Gallery

The Dune Shacks are a spiritual union of Provincetown’s artistic and natural heritage.  Jim Broussard captures the majestic yet fragile world of the shacks perched in the dunes high above the Atlantic. Here he conjures up a bright, hazy summer day with a remarkably restrained palate of violet, olive, and ochre.  Loosely painted, in the best plein air tradition, this is a painting with the power to transport you to Land’s Endtime and time again.

 

Chet Jones, MacMillan Wharf (oil on canvas, 24” x 30”), William Scott Gallery

When painting an iconic view, it’s easy for an artist to turn out a quick souvenir easily recognized by all.  But Chet Jones’ painting of MacMillan Pier is far from souvenir – it’s sublime.  A gorgeous, thick sweep of blue paint conjures the glassy bay and quick, gestural brush strokes capture the buildings of the pier bathed in Provincetown’s unmistakable late day sun.  It’s the ephemeral that’s the subject here – the familiar pier plays a supporting role to the shimmer of the sea and the ever-changingmgolden light.

William D. Hobbs, Study of Wave Dynamics 2 (oil on canvas 6” x 12”), Simie Maryles Gallery

William Hobbs pays very careful attention to his subjects.  The crashing wave meticulously depicted in this small painting packs an outsized punch.  The roar of the surf, the bracing sea air, and the salt spray hitting your skin are almost tangible.  By formatting the scene almost entirely in the foreground, he creates an intimacy and immediacy for the viewer.  For a painting with so much energy, it’s remarkably mesmerizing and contemplative.