Lincolnville Fine Art Gallery

Gallery

GalleryP.O Box 5

2522 Atlantic Hwy

Lincolnville Beach,

Maine 04849

 

 

Phone 207-789-5000
Fax   207-789-5102 Cell 207-592.2984

 

 

 

 

 

Philip Barter

Iron Bound Sunrise

Iron Bound Island $3200

Sunrise at Sullivan Harbor $2700
Peaked Mountain Yard with Daylilies
Peaked Mountain $2700 Yard Birds $2700

 

A painter of bold, primitive images of northern Maine - 

Philip Barter was born in Boothbay Harbor, Maine in 1939 and has always had an interest in art.  He studied with Spanish abstract expressionist Alfonso Sosa in California in the 1960's, and also with Fritz Rockwell after returning to Maine.  He was influenced by their use of bold form and color.  Since the time that Philip started exhibiting in the 1960's, his work has been shown in major museums and collections world-wide, and can be seen exhibited in galleries in and around Maine.   

BarterPhilip the Artist

If barter's art harks back to Marsden Hartley and other American Modernists and their abstracting ways, a kind of school has spring up in his own impressive wake.  You can hear the gallery-goer point to a brashly painted Maine landscape by a contemporary and say "I see a bit of barter there."  Like Andrew Wyeth, he has his emulators.  

And you can understand why: the appeal of Barter's stylized renderings of trees and rivers, mountains and clouds, is powerful.  His ability to extract the essence of the landscape provokes marvel.  He sees the geometry of a peak, the jagged coursing of woodland streams, a snowfield's curving contours.  His palette, often not for the faint of hue, underscores his lively vision.

He is a master simplifier, composing each canvass out of the core elements of the scene: trees, water, sky and island, say.  In the purity and boldness of his northern vision, Barter is kin to some of the painters in Canada's Group of Seven.  

There is a lot of give and take in life, and Philip Barter's paintings reflect his our-of-the-ordinary journey.  To play on his name, this artist had bartered plenty to achieve the stature he enjoys today: one of our very finest.

Carl Little - Maine art critic and author