Maine Cottage to include work by artist Philip Barter

16 Dec

Philip Barter, artist

Philip Barter

We’re very excited to announce that we are including work by native Maine artist Philip Barter in the Charleston Designer Showhouse. We have a long-term relationship with Barter dating back to the 90’s when we carried vibrant handcrafted Barter Family mirrors by Barter and his son Matt. Today, Barter is represented at many Maine museums and galleries, including The Portland Museum of Art, The Farnsworth Museum and Bates College.

“Philip Barter’s career as an artist has been burning brightly now for more than thirty years. A self-taught artist, Barter single-handedly catapulted himself into the bright and crowded firmament of Maine’s competitive art world. From a virtual unknown artist in 1966, when he began painting at 26, Philip Barter has emerged as one of Maine’s most imaginative, diversified, and prolific artists…his reputation as an innovative stylist and eye-wowing colorist borders on wizardry.” – Lyle Roger North, Philip Barter: The Maine Experience

Here’s an interesting 1992 New York Times article about art in Maine with reference to Barter: ART; Maine, a Source of Inspiration by Vivien Raynor

Little Moose Island, 1974

Blueberry Barren with Oreole, 1991

These two paintings are examples of the vivid work by Philip Barter where he captures coastal and landscape imagery with rich colors and textures woven together to form an expressive narrative. Barter tells the story of the rugged area in Maine known as Down East. Please note: we are still in the process of selecting pieces for the showhouse.


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