Grant Drumheller: In the Garden
Monday, February 13, 2023 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Grant Drumheller: In the Garden is a selection of lush and vibrant paintings of the artist’s family completed during the past eight years and on view for the first time publicly. The exhibition will feature intimate views of Grant Drumheller’s family that are both familiar and removed. Observation is at the center of Drumheller’s work as a figurative painter; he is well-known for works of large-scale compositions of busy streets, beaches, and Italian town squares and palazzos. For works In the Garden, we find the artist’s honed observational eye turned inward to capture the vitality and ever-changing dynamic of a family. In this case, the family is his own, and the viewer is welcomed into a series of vignettes captured by the artist in vibrant color and bold brush strokes. Drumheller invites us to the movement of aquamarine lake waters as swimmers work to stay afloat, to serene, calm evenings in living rooms bathed in golden light, and to breakfast on the deck amongst the lushness of a summer garden. The viewer is welcomed like an old friend at the table—at once comfortable and known—as if taking a sip of morning coffee just out of frame.
Grant Drumheller joined the Department of Art and Art History in 1986 and was instrumental in teaching generations of students how to draw and paint. Prior to his retirement in 2019, he was the last studio faculty member at UNH with first-hand knowledge of Boston Expressionism, a regional movement based on a keenly expressed humanistic tradition of figurative narrative painting, an approach that underpinned the Department for decades.
Grant Drumheller: In the Garden continues the tradition of celebrating the careers of esteemed studio art professors who have recently retired from the University of New Hampshire’s Department of Art and Art History by highlighting their works of art in a solo exhibition.
The exhibition is on view at the Museum of Art, January 26 – April 1, 2023. Check the Museum of Art website for related programming and events.
All exhibitions are supported by Friends of the Museum of Art.
Image credit: Morning on the Deck, 2022, acrylic and Flashe on linen, 60 x 72 inches. Courtesy of the artist.