Wednesday, October 24, 2012

SHELBURNE: Recent Paintings by Brian Sweetland

Mettawee Riverbank, oil, 20 x 24
Opening Reception: 
November 3, 3-5 pm
Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery
October 26- November 27, 2012

Brian Sweetland lives and works in Pawlet, Vermont. He travels the state painting outdoors year round in the company of his beloved dogs. "Brian Sweetland's oil paintings of rural Vermont... have the immediacy of the Impressionist tradition, and there's an underlying compositional architecture that is careful and deliberate and enduring. His subjects are the threatened landscape, that which is bound to disappear, and he is adept at capturing both its substance and its essence. Pastoral Vermont is depicted lovingly, but not sentimentally..."

Brian Sweetland was born in Wheaton, Minnesota in 1952 and was raised in Montana, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. In 1977, his sketches caught the attention of Dean Fausett, a prominent portrait, landscape and mural painter, and Sweetland was invited to Vermont to continue his studies. A grant from the Society for the Preservation of Traditional Values in the Fine Arts helped Sweetland begin his apprenticeship. His first major exhibit was held in 1980 in Middleburg, VA, and since then he has shown at many galleries in Vermont, New York, Alabama, and Massachusetts, where he has exhibited at the Copley Society and, in 1988, at the St. Botolph Club.

Cows and Equipment, oil, 5 ½ x 9 ½

His work is found in the permanent collection of the Southern Vermont Art Center and in many private collections around the world.

Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery
86 Falls Road, Shelburne Village

Hours are Tue-Fri 9:30-5:30, and Sat 10-5.

images: Mettawee Riverbank, oil, 20 x 24 and Cows and Equipment, oil, 5 ½ x 9 ½