James Feehan Retrospective Exhibition Featured at New Hope Arts
Feehan’s “Recollections in Paint” is a show of paintings, memorials, and hymns from the present and the past that will showcase the remarkable imagery of this regional artist, who has been educator and icon to many students over his 40 years in Bucks County, say organizers.
The exhibition, over a year in planning, is an opportunity to view the wide variety of subjects Feehan embraces.
“Images range in subject to include landscapes mostly dreamed,” says Feehan in his promotional material. “Portraits are conjured from my imagination — images of unusual subjects reflecting on local stories, mysteries, and provocations. I believe that the mix of paintings all involve an influence that is based on my privilege of surroundings and indebtedness to the same.”
That said, the work visually is quite engaging, defying simple categorization. Much of Feehan’s art seems to consist of somewhat ethereal portraits of individuals and groups suggesting elusive allegorical meanings, that range in style from top-quality illustration to flashes of painting technique in some studies and still lifes that echo the work of masters. Feehan is for real.
The artist will be present for the opening reception on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 6-8 p.m. The exhibition is free and open to the public, and extended gallery hours are offered through Saturday, Oct. 1. For more information, check out New Hope Arts online or call (215) 862-9606. New Hope Arts is located at 2 Stockton Ave.