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Courthouse Gallery Fine Art presents William Irvine: Walk the Line and John Neville: Let’s Go Fishing Also showing New Work: Jeffery Becton and Philip Frey

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Ellsworth –  Courthouse Gallery Fine Art is pleased to present two solo exhibitions—William Irvine: Walk the Line and John Neville: Let’s Go Fishing—from July 23 through August 13. Also showing new work are Jeffery Becton and Philip Frey. The exhibitions are free and open to the public.

Courthouse Gallery is located at 6 Court Street in Ellsworth. Hours: Monday–Saturday 10am–5:30pm; Sunday 12–4pm. For more information on upcoming shows call 207-667-6611, or visit

William Irvine: Walk the Line
William Irvine has established himself as a Maine and American master, known for his seascapes, as well as enchanting figurative paintings and still lifes. Irvine, who was born and raised in Troon, a small coastal village in Scotland, was captivated by art as a boy. He was introduced to modern art through the collection of whiskey magnate Johnnie Walker. After graduating from the Glasgow School of Art and serving in the Scottish army, Irvine came of artistic age in London where he was a part of a lively avant-garde scene. Moving to downeast Maine in 1968 proved a turning point: Harbors, islands and boats, the sea and the sky, inspired bold work that combined Irvine’s abstract instincts with new pictorial concepts based on the landscape.

“From the beginning, Irvine’s Maine paintings had a reductive and fundamental sensibility. Their apparent elemental simplicity makes them accessible. They are, after all, very easy to look at. But this is precisely because of the work Irvine does to bring into balance their two driving forces: abstraction and representation. . . . The result is that Irvine can create dense surfaces featuring a slow and luxurious materiality that fuels the elemental intensity of the underlying geometric forms and overall composition.” —Dan Kany, exhibition catalog 2014

John Neville: Let’s Go Fishing
John Neville (b.1952), who was born in Halls Harbour, Nova Scotia, grew up fishing with his father, building boats, and listening to the tales of men and women in the local villages. There were stories about bootlegging, bad luck, record catches, rivalries, and drunken husbands—all of which became the basis for his rich pictorial language. This popular Canadian artist, who splits his time between Canada and Maine, has engaged admirers and collectors throughout his long career, first with his etchings and then with the bold palette of his oil paintings.

Neville studied photography and printmaking at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax. He then went to Switzerland where he completed his BFA at the Centre Gravure de Contemporaine in Geneva. For twenty years, Neville maintained a printmaking studio in Halls Harbour where he engraved his images on copper plates, then hand-inked and pulled them in the traditional manner using the intaglio processes. In the 1990s, Neville began painting exclusively with oils after an adverse reaction to the printmaking chemicals. His oil paintings are instantly recognizable by his bold use of color and the abstract overtones of his modern compositions, especially his overhead bird-eye view of a dory making its way back to the schooner loaded with pollock.

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