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John Whalley in New Light

Whalley, John

ISBN 10: 0978658809 / ISBN 13: 9780978658809
Published by John Whalley, 2006
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Title: John Whalley in New Light

Publisher: John Whalley

Publication Date: 2006

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: New

Signed: By John Whalley

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"In New Light" offers an intimate look at the work of American realist John Whalley, spanning the last three decades of the artist's career. Best known for his exquisitely detailed graphite drawings and still-life paintings, Whalley forms his subtle compositions from the humble objects and the people that he has encountered during his years in in Pennsylvania and in Maine, where he now makes his home. In this richly printed 167-page volume of 50 full color and 60 black and white reproductions, Whalley's graphite drawings and his oil, egg tempera and watercolor paintings are arranged chronologically, revealing the artist's maturing vision and persistent themes that flow throughout his work. The book contains the rewarding feature of offering the viewer many close ups of these intricate and marvelously textured artworks. The artist finds great pleasure in taking common, often discarded objects, and placing them in a setting which reveals their hidden beauty to the viewer.

"In New Light" was published in 2006 and accompanied the exhibition by the same name seen first at Greenhut Galleries of Portland, Maine, before traveling to the Coral Springs Museum of Art in Florida. In his Preface to the book, lent from a 2001 solo retrospective exhibition of Whalleys work at the Georgia Museum of Art entitled "John Whalley - American Realist", Director William Underwood Eiland states, "although Whalley's technique argues for a distance, a reserve toward his drawings and paintings, once drawn in, the viewer enters a world where the ordinary whispers its own unique beauty." In the book's Forward, Ralph Sessions of Spanierman Gallery of New York describes Whalley's paintings and drawings as "fresh, bold work, direct and honest renderings of familiar objects from the natural and man-made worlds...John investigates an everyday reality that most of us take for granted. His concentrated focus brings it to our attention, confronts us with its immediacy."

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John Whalley is not much given to theorizing or analyzing his art. Rather, he is happier describing his working methods or his reactions to objects or people he uses for his images. He responds to what he describes as the "beauty that speaks softly," and because he is in the realist tradition, or what has today become known, more particularly, as "classical realism," painterly fillips are generally absent from his work. His is an artistry dependent on highly skilled technique: drawing honed by his study of illustration; a palette cued by his perceptions of atmospheric or temporal changes in light; and a sensitivity to the objects or people he portrays that requires faithful rendering of their appearance. It may be that the wellspring of Whalley's attraction to the humble in his art finds a similar outlet in his direct participation in humanitarian causes on behalf of children and the poor and hungry.

- From the Preface "John Whalley - American Realist" By Dr. William Underwood Eiland

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John Whalley was born in Brooklyn, New York, and currently makes his home in the Damariscotta Mills of Newcastle, Maine. He received his B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1976. Throughout the last thirty years Whalley's drawings and paintings have been exhibited widely across the United States, and his work was the subject of a major retrospective exhibition at the Georgia Museum of Art in 2001 entitled, John Whalley - American Realist". He is represented by Spanierman Gallery of New York and Greeenhut Galleries of Portland Maine.

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John Whalley Studio P.O. Box 341 Damariscotta, ME 04543

Contact: Tel: 207-563-2005

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