Anne Packard Exhibition
Anne Packard solo show
August 10 – Aug 22, 2012
Quidley & Company
26 Main Street
Nantucket, MA 02554
A solo show for one of the iconic living landscape/abstract painters of our time.
Anne has brought to her work an instinct and skill drawn from a deep family well of American and European painters. A third generation Provincetown painter, she is a bona fide Cape Cod artist. Her grandfather, Max Bohm, was a leading turn of the century impressionist painter, who in 1916 came to Provincetown with many European and American artists. Her grandmother, great-aunt, uncle and mother were also respected painters. The painting tradition runs strong in her family and continues with her children. Born and raised in Hyde Park, NJ, Anne spent summers as a child in Provincetown. She moved here year round in 1977 after raising her 5 children. A self-taught artist, initially her art was worked on wood panels and weathered shingles. She studied with the late Phil Malcoat. Anne has painted the Outer Cape, Ireland, Italy, Greece and Mexico for over 30 years.
The gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of work by the nationally recognized painter Anne Packard. With her iconic coastal imagery, Anne has been a dominant force on the Provincetown art scene for almost half a century, continuing a family tradition begun two generations ago by her grandfather, the renowned American Impressionist Max Bohm. Her paintings have inspired countless artists, yet to view an original Packard is to experience unequaled mastery of the medium and feeling for the subject matter. Anne’s spare, serene images seem to vibrate with the very essence of sea and sky; economical composition and lush brushwork capture the expansiveness of her seascapes. Her work as a whole, while stylistically minimalistic with an almost abstract quality, nevertheless maintains a representational aspect. “I want to create in my… paintings,” Packard says, “that privileged isolation. And awe. I am in awe out there.” Anne’s work is in the collections of the Albrecht-Kemper Museum, Robert Motherwell, and the Bank of Boston, among others.
To view an Anne Packard painting is to be drawn into the coastal environments she depicts. Whether it is a sunny summer beach or a stormy sky, the senses are stimulated and it seems possible to feel the warmth of the sand, smell the salt air, without ever having left home. Her spare, serene images vibrate with the very essence of sea and sky. The subtle washes of her meditative scenes, with their introspective quality, invoke deep feelings of peace and calm. To live with Anne’s paintings is to experience the serenity of living by the ocean.
With her iconic imagery, Anne has been a dominant force on the Provincetown art scene for almost half a century. Her economical composition and lush brushwork capture the expansiveness of her seascapes. An inspiration to countless artists, Anne demonstrates unequaled mastery of the medium and feeling for her subject matter. Anne’s work is exhibited internationally, and she continues to paint daily in her seaside studio.
“I want to create in my… paintings,” Packard says, “that privileged isolation. And awe. I am in awe out there.” “…there is this feeling I have,” Packard says, “something that must emerge, must be transferred to the canvas. The best… are very simple.”