Newcastle Square Realty Associates will be featuring works by Robert Colburn in their upcoming art show starting December 27th. Having grown up in Boothbay Harbor, Robert is no stranger to the Damariscotta area. Born to a fashion illustrator and a merchant mariner, and having two grandparents who were artists for “The New Yorker” magazine, Robert was exposed to art at an early age.
While attending Bowdoin College, he was fortunate to study under the painters Thomas Cornell, N.A., Ann Lofquist, Anne Harris, and Jim Phalen and early on decided to pursue art as a career. A believer that a painting goes beyond the image and that quality is reflected as much in the materials used to make a painting as the style or technique used to paint it, Colburn spent a year in Seattle, Washington working for the Daniel Smith Art Supply company. There he came to understand how oil, acrylic, and watercolor paints were made and how their material composition
contributes to each color having very unique characteristics when applied to a canvas or paper in the act of creating a painting.
Daniel Kany of the Portland Press Herald writes of Colburn “…My favorite artist is a young Boothbay native named Robert Colburn. There are bigger names and bigger price tags by far in the gallery, but Colburn has an eye for composition, and he can handle a brush. His works are smart, thoughtful and very well painted. It’s unfortunately rare to see such maturity in a younger artist. Rarer still is seeing a strong Maine painter who is working in a traditional mode and whose pictures bristle with potential.”
Join us on Thursday, December 27, at the Newcastle Square Realty offices at 87 Main Street between 5:00 and 6:30 for a reception for the artist! The office is also open weekdays from 9:00am to 5:00pm and Saturdays from 9:00am to 1:00pm. Please drop by anytime during those hours to see the show!