Loading Events
  • This event has passed.

Betsy Eby: Playing with Fire

August 2, 2014 - September 20, 2014 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

In her paintings, Betsy Eby fuses the line between the musical and the visual composition. A classically trained pianist, she seeks in her work what Rothko described as “the place where music lives.” The layers and gestures of her paintings evoke musical spaces and rhythms while drawing on patterns found in nature. From her early childhood, musical and natural rhythms blended in Eby’s sensibility. She spent her first years of life in a small town on the Oregon coast, practicing at the family piano by the age of five. Today her work reveals that interconnected sensitivity: her delicate, organic compositions become synesthesias of sound and image.

Betsy Eby: Painting with Fire features the artist’s recent paintings that utilize the technique of encaustic, which means “to burn.” The process is an ancient one by which layers of pigments, sap, and wax are fused together by the flame of a torch. Eby has slowly refined the technique to her own language, composing dynamic surfaces and deep, luminous spaces. Her paintings are visceral, yet for Eby they shimmer with something more of the mystical, hovering between material and immaterial worlds as do the worlds of sight and sound.

Betsy Eby received her BA from the University of Oregon. She and her husband, painter Bo Bartlett, split their time between studios in Columbus, Georgia, and Wheaton Island, Maine. She savors the spaciousness and light of both of these studios, and her paintings evoke the atmosphere of the vast ocean that surrounds her small island residence in Maine. Her work has been shown and collected by the Georgia Museum of Art and the Columbus Museum, and she has shown frequently with Winston Wachter Fine Art in their Seattle and New York galleries.

Opening Reception: Saturday, August 2, 5-7pm.

Paris Review article: “Painting with Fire: A Visit with Betsy Eby”

Mood of Living interview 

 2009-Sanguine-2
 2009-Sanguine-3
 2009-Sanguine-5
 2009-Sanguine-6
 2009-Sanguine-8
 2009-Sanguine-9
 2011 Casta Diva small
 2011 D'un Cahier d'Esquisses small
 2011 Duru Duru small
 2011 La Sonnambula small
 2011 Metamorphosen small
 2011 Spiegel im Spiegel small
 2011 The Swallows are Back small
 2012 Finger Exercise W1 small
 2012 Finger Exercise W2 small
 2012 Finger Exercise W3 small
 CMCA_2014_Betsy_Eby-006
 CMCA_2014_Betsy_Eby-007
 CMCA_2014_Betsy_Eby-001
 CMCA_2014_Betsy_Eby-002
 CMCA_2014_Betsy_Eby-003
 CMCA_2014_Betsy_Eby-004
 CMCA_2014_Betsy_Eby-005
 CMCA_2014_Betsy_Eby-008
 CMCA_2014_Betsy_Eby-009
 CMCA_2014_Betsy_Eby-010

Details

Start:
August 2, 2014 | 10:00 am
End:
September 20, 2014 | 5:00 pm
Event Category:

Venue

CMCA Rockport
162 Russell Ave.
Rockport, ME 04845 United States
+ Google Map
Phone:
+1 207 236 2875