The latest art installation at the Portland office is “Above the Eastern Prom” by Maine landscape artist Henry Isaacs, who is represented by Gleason Fine Art, an art gallery showcasing Maine painters and sculptors in a restored 19th-century farmhouse in the center of Boothbay Harbor.
“Until just before the pandemic, Henry maintained studios on Little Cranberry Island in Islesford and on Brackett Street in Portland,” says Dennis Gleason, owner of Gleason Fine Art and an agent in our Damariscotta office. “We started working with Henry maybe 20 years ago. When his gallery in Damariscotta closed, [Gleason Fine Art] took him on and some of the other Firehouse Gallery artists. Henry had been represented by other Maine galleries, but over the last three years we have been the exclusive representatives of his work.”
“Above the Eastern Prom” depicts a sunny day on the Eastern Promenade overlooking the water in Portland, and is 48 x 78 inches. The work is currently for sale.
“Henry does not work from photos,” Gleason explains. “His process is to spend time on location doing numerous small studies that he calls ‘travel notes.’ He lays out these notes in the studio and works out the composition from them.”
Learn more about Henry Isaacs in this excerpt from the Gleason Fine Art website:
Maine artist Henry Isaacs paints with energy, passion, and self-assurance. His style—broken brushwork and a palette of delicate blues, greens, pinks, and yellows—marks him as one of the most recognizable artists painting in Maine today. In person, Isaacs is as engaging an individual as you will ever meet. He is both worldly and down to earth, both witty and self-effacing, generous with his time, and passionate about the dangers of the art world’s becoming overly commercialized.
Isaacs has had a varied and impressive education, including the Slade School of Art in London, the Rhode Island School of Design, and the Putney School in Vermont. Isaacs’ teaching career is even more impressive and varied, with stints teaching anatomical drawing at Dartmouth, drawing and painting at the Massachusetts College of Art, and drawing at several European colleges.
To view other pieces of Henry Isaacs’s work, visit his website at henryisaacs.com.