Exhibition Opening and Reception
William Shattuck: Reveries
Thursday, June 2
5:00 - 6:00 pm
Open to the public.
Join artist, William Shattuck, and New Bedford Whaling Museum Chief Curator, Naomi Slipp, as they discuss Shattuck's exhibition, Reveries. Meet the artist and enjoy light refreshments.
About the Exhibition
William Shattuck lives in Southeastern Massachusetts. His paintings reflect a fascination with the tidal marshes, estuaries and woodlands along that coastline. Having moved there in 1980 from New York, he has appreciated the changing patterns of light and weather throughout different seasons and times of day.
This exhibition features Shattuck’s evocative, moody landscape paintings. Shattuck employs careful brushwork and layered glazes to capture early morning light, haze on the marsh, or eerie glow of twilight on darkened tree trunks. His works evoke the attention to detail of the French Barbizon school, the impressionist studies of light and time by Claude Monet, and the luminescent glow of Maxfield Parrish.
These large-scale oil on canvas paintings render the scenery around his Dartmouth home as if attendant to verisimilitude. In fact, each landscape is a fiction, a fantasy construct produced by the artist from memory, a pastiche of mood, light, and atmosphere. They are quiet, contemplative, and introspective paintings, that marshal a kind of hushed reverence from visitors.