(Portland, Maine) Charlie Hewitt: Bush of Ghosts opens on January 14 at the new Moss Galleries on Portland’s Eastern Waterfront at 100 Fore Street. Featuring nine new paintings and one marquee sign by the artist, Charlie Hewitt: Bush of Ghosts will be on view through February 28.
“I am deeply drawn to Charlie Hewitt’s artworks as well as the person he is," said Gallery Owner Elizabeth Moss. "His new paintings are a visual representation of the struggle between light vs. dark, good vs. evil, and courage vs. cowardice. In many ways, these works are diary of the last three years of the pandemic and political strife that has laid over our country like a wet blanket. I am deeply pleased to say that in most of the paintings light triumphs over dark. His paintings exude optimism as bright as the light of his marquee sign Hopeful."
Nationally known for his dynamic, imaginative paintings, sculpture, prints, and neon constructions, Charlie Hewitt splits his time between Portland, Maine, and Jersey City, New Jersey. Stylistically rooted in expressionism and surrealism, Hewitt’s art is both playful and serious, a quality he shares with artists Alexander Calder, Joan Miro, Paul Klee, and his mentor Philip Guston.
Lately, Hewitt has created public art, installing his "Urban Rattle" series of sculptures along the High Line in New York City, as well as in Portland and Lewiston, Maine. Most recently, he unveiled his "Hopeful" sign in Bangor, Lewiston, Brunswick, and Portland as well as other cities and states across the country. Charlie’s Hopeful has struck a chord and is spreading like wildfire across our democracy.
Hewitt’s imagery is largely influenced by the mill-working communities he grew up around in Lewiston, Maine. The energy and culture of these communities and the values of the church, family, and work have infused his artwork and are the foundation of his imagery and symbols. Hewitt’s work is represented in numerous collections, including those of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; New York Public Library, New York; Brooklyn Museum, New York; Library of Congress, Washington, DC; the Portland Museum of Art, Maine; and the Bates College Museum of Art.
About Moss Galleries:
In 2004, with the dream of being at the forefront of recognizing Maine’s role in American Art, Elizabeth Moss created Moss Galleries in Falmouth, Maine. Over the course of 17 years, Elizabeth and her team have established a gallery of national and international repute, recently being named one of the top 500 Galleries in North America by ArtInfo. The gallery represents a plethora of artists who create in a vast range of artistic styles ranging from abstract to traditional seascapes. Moss Galleries strives to highlight Maine artists and their role in the American art scene at large, as well as the importance Maine plays in each of their work. Moss Galleries has locations in Portland and Falmouth, Maine.
100 Fore Street
Portland, ME 04101
Falmouth, ME 04105
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