Linden Frederick | Alan Magee: The Maine Idea

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  • September 15, 2022

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New York, NY – From September 22 through November 5, 2022, Forum Gallery, New York, will present The Maine Idea, an exhibition of works by Linden Frederick and Alan Magee whose distinct approaches capture the mystery, majesty and history of the place that’s fascinated artists for more than two centuries. 

Thomas Cole, Winslow Homer, George Bellows, John Marin, Marsden Hartley, and Andrew Wyeth are just a handful of the many glorious painters who have found and explored the landscape, the people, the feeling of this unique State that is truly like none other.  Today, Linden Frederick and Alan Magee, both born elsewhere, have lived and worked in and been inspired by Maine for decades. 

Linden Frederick grew up in upstate New York, moving to Belfast, Maine in 1989.  “Maine’s culture reflects a small-town American way of life - and that feeds into what I know, and what my paintings often depict,” he observes. “Maine embraces its past and well as its present, and there is a deep respect for tradition and heritage…Maine is unpretentious…Living here, I’m closer to the human experience I often hint at in my work.”

The twelve new paintings by Linden Frederick on view in the exhibition each capture in rich, enigmatic visions the elements of life that drew the Artist to Maine. Whether a single mysterious lit window in paintings like Night Owl (55 x 55 inches), illuminated shop windows in Recruit (30 x 42 inches), or the nocturnal view of a pond lit by man-made lamppost in Skating (16 x 16 inches), Frederick’s use of light hints at human life in an era not long past but not of today that lies beneath the surface. Neither landscapes nor cityscapes, these are storyscapes in which a human presence is only implicit.  Linden Frederick notes: “Maine can feel removed from the reality of modern life - somewhat like a stage set would be - and my paintings often reflect that same sensibility.”

Alan Magee was born in Pennsylvania.  In elementary school, the Artist found himself attracted to Maine on the multi-colored pull-down map of the US in his classroom, “the state at the upper right…bordering the blue Atlantic,” he recalls.  His imagination captured for life, in 1976 Magee and his wife moved to Camden where early on he discovered the stone beach at Pemaquid Point that would prove to be a turning point in his life and work.  The grandest in scale of ten works by Magee in the exhibition, Voyage (acrylic on canvas, 60 x 96 inches) is at once an other-wordly embodiment of the Pemaquid stones and a metaphor for the travel that Magee notes has served to deepen his relationship with the state: “Departing and returning - the cycle of time away and home, of discovery and contemplation - this time-honored rhythm characterizes my relationship to Maine.”

Quotidian objects - a salvaged chain, an artist’s paintbrush, and rusty nails discovered on the shores of the Island of Matinicus - are the subject of the paintings Chain (58 x 84 inches), Paragon (30 x 24 inches), and This Half Century: Matinicus (10 x 8 inches).  Depicted in amplified scale, Magee sees in these objects an opportunity to contemplate the history of human life.  “A constellation of private pilgrimage sites…a vast cabinet of curiosities housing thousands of old but still useful tools…intriguing, abandoned objects…all of these things are rich in metaphorical possibilities, and marvels for the eye,” says Magee.

You are invited to explore our Online Viewing Room for The Maine Idea here:

Ilana Jade Roth
Forum Gallery

Forum Gallery
475 Park Avenue
New York, New York
About Forum Gallery

Forum Gallery was founded in New York City in 1961 as a gallery of American figurative art. Among the first artists represented were Raphael Soyer, Chaim Gross, David Levine and Gregory Gillespie. The gallery was a founding member of the Art Dealers Association of America in 1962. From inception, Forum Gallery’s contemporary exhibition program has been augmented by mounting curated, thematic exhibitions of historic importance, in keeping with the gallery’s focus on humanism. Forum Gallery’s program expanded in the 1980’s, and the gallery soon represented the American artists William Beckman and Robert Cottingham as well as the Norwegian painter Odd Nerdrum. Today, in addition to these artists, Forum Gallery represents more than twenty American and European artists and estates, including the Spanish masters Cesar Galicia and Guillermo Munoz Vera. American artists whose work is now represented by Forum Gallery include Steven Assael, Tula Telfair, Linden Frederick, Alan Magee and Brian Rutenberg. Forum Gallery regularly exhibits at art fairs throughout the United States. The gallery exhibited at the inaugural edition of The Art Show (ADAA – Park Avenue Armory) and has since participated twenty times. An early exhibitor at the Chicago International Art Exposition at Navy Pier, Forum now exhibits at ExpoChicago annually. In 2000, Forum Gallery mounted an Odd Nerdrum exhibition at the FIAC in Paris, and today the gallery exhibits regularly at fairs in San Francisco, New York, Miami, Houston, Seattle and Chicago. A service business focused on customer satisfaction, Forum Gallery looks forward to every opportunity to assist collectors, experienced and new.

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