Past Show

As summer hits full stride along the midcoast, Camden Falls Gallery is showcasing two contemporary realist oil painters, Dan Graziano and Peter Yesis, who have homes and studios separated by Penobscot Bay.

Graziano, born in Chicago, spent his formative years in Los Angeles, absorbing the vibrant maelstrom of cultural and political influences that were wrought during the 60s and 70s. The layered complexity of the urban landscape has long held a fascination for Graziano. The passage of time as evidenced by architectural styles side by side in various stages of decay and restoration, reflects, for Dan, the richness of a city’s distinctive history. A respect for tradition, character, and authenticity is evidenced not only in his paintings but is also echoed in his passion for playing blues guitar.

Dan writes, “…I look for unique compositions which involve dramatic contrasts of light, shadow and perspective.” A juxtaposition of strong architectural shapes and creative use of perspective can be found in Graziano’s oil on panel, “Moody’s Diner.” Moody’s, a local landmark in the midcoast, is transformed into a theatrical nightscape of lurid flame pigments against darkly shadowed background shapes. If Stephen King and Edward Hopper spawned a painting, this starkly lit composition could be the result.

Graziano has exhibited this year in New York City at The Salamagundi Club. In 2014 his work was featured at five plein air shows and auctions from Hilton Head, SC to Hudson, NY.

Our other featured artist, Peter Yesis, works out of his home studio in Searsport. Although originally a native of New Jersey, Peter is now a year-round resident on the coast of Maine. His strong attraction to rugged ledge and swelling surf draws Yesis to hidden coves near Schoodic Point, Acadia and other dramatic locales where he can respond “en plein air” with his unique, quiet painterly vision.

Peter’s style does not call attention to itself, but rather, draws the viewer into a deeper visual relationship with the subject matter at hand. Each interaction of shoreline and sea throws up another intricate puzzle to resolve for Peter. The swirling wave and splash patterns of the sea are the intricate focus of Peter’s work, “Nightcaps”, which beckons viewers to share in the artist’s fascination with this most mercurial of elements. Peter writes, “When I am painting… my goal is to draw the viewers’ eyes to the underlying beauty, as I interpret it, and hold their attention long enough so they can discover and feel something of their own.”

Yesis is a member of The International Guild of Realism and Oil Painters of America, The American Impressionist Society and Plein Air Painters of Maine.

Both Graziano and Yesis tend to work on canvases of moderate scale. The quiet power of their work belies their size. Come investigate these two contemporary realists and let yourself be guided through their favorite secret haunts and private painting venues.

“From Two Sides of The Bay,” showcasing fine art by Dan Graziano and Peter Yesis, can be seen at Camden Falls Gallery from July 19th to August 10, 2015. Camden Falls Gallery is located at 5 Public Landing in Camden ME. The gallery is open daily from 10am to 7 pm. For more information, please call 207-470-7027.