Haynes Galleries is pleased to present “The Portrait in American Realism,” running June 13-July 27 at 91 Main St. in Thomaston. This traveling exhibition — previously on view at Haynes Galleries’ Nashville location — features drawings, paintings, sculptures and photographs from 19th, 20th and 21st century American Realists.
“Dating back to the earliest form of artistic expression on cave walls, the human figure has remained a constant source of inspiration for artists throughout the centuries,” says Gary R. Haynes. “This exhibit will serve as a visual exploration of the changing approach to portrait making in America.”
While this exhibit highlights significant painters from American art history, it also showcases the talent of a new generation of artists — several of whom have ties to Maine and New England. These contemporary artists bring an exhilarating spectrum of styles and influences to their work — infusing traditional portraiture with elements of classical art, romanticism, abstraction, surrealism and impressionism. The resulting body of work is by turns familiar and completely fresh.
The Portrait in American Realism is a celebration of faces, an ode to the human form, a triumph of expression. It is not to be missed.