Alan Magee: Tapestries, Scribblings & Prints
November 3 - December 10, 2011
exhibition artwork

One of the joys of owning an Art Gallery is the opportunity to discover the works of extraordinary artists and share it with our clients and friends. Alan Magee's art conveys a mystical elegance blending his skill as an illustrator, painter, and printmaker, into a body of work that takes us on a spiritual journey. His imagination and passion for the human condition is in harmony with the figurative and social realism tradition of our Gallery. The art critic, John Canaday, has written that Magee's work is "not only astounding but an intensification of our experience of the world around us."

We are delighted to present Magee's editioned tapestries, the result of a fascinating blend of a centuries old craft, 21st Century technology, and the unique creativity of a man with a paintbrush. Each is woven in Belgium using original designs created in the artist's studio in Cushing, Maine. Though Magee lives in Maine, his tapestries, the largest works included in this exhibition, are the product of his collaboration with Donald Farnsworth at Magnolia Editions of Oakland, California. These are pioneering efforts in the remarkable potential of the digitally controlled loom.

His artwork can be seen in many public collections including The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Farnsworth Art Museum in Maine, the Art Institute of Chicago, the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC, and the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, Nebraska. He has won awards from the National Academy of Design and the American Academy of Arts & Letters, and has been interviewed on Voice of America, Monitor Radio in New York, and Pacifica Radio in San Francisco.