Fairfield Porter

Things as They Are

October 20 - December 3, 2016

Fairfield Porter, Islands, 1968

Fairfield Porter
Islands, 1968
oil on canvas
28 x 32 inches
signed & dated upper right recto

Collection of Helene B. and J. Whitney Steven

Fairfield Porter, Under the Elm, c. 1971

Fairfield Porter
Under the Elm, c. 1971
watercolor on paper
30 x 22 inches
signed and dated

Fairfield Porter, Night, 1962

Fairfield Porter
Night, 1962
oil on board
9 1/4 x 12 1/8 inches
signed, titled & dated verso

Fairfield Porter, Southampton Backyards, 1954

Fairfield Porter
Southampton Backyards, 1954
oil on canvas
24 3/4 x 33 1/4 inches
signed & dated lower right recto

Fairfield Porter, Flowers in Salt Shaker, 1966

Fairfield Porter
Flowers in Salt Shaker, 1966
oil on board
12 x 9 inches
signed & dated upper right recto

Fairfield Porter, Spruce and Birch, 1964

Fairfield Porter
Spruce and Birch, 1964
oil on canvas
22 x 24 inches
signed & dated lower recto

Fairfield Porter, Twilight, 1975

Fairfield Porter
Twilight, 1975
oil on board
14 x 15 inches
signed & dated lower right recto

Fairfield Porter, The Trail, 1974

Fairfield Porter
The Trail, 1974
watercolor on paper
16 x 12 inches

Fairfield Porter, Untitled (Maine Harbor), c.1950

Fairfield Porter
Untitled (Maine Harbor), c.1950
watercolor
15 3/4 x 19 3/4 inches

Fairfield Porter, Claire White, 1960

Fairfield Porter
Claire White, 1960
oil on canvas
45 1/2 x 45 inches

Fairfield Porter, Trees in Bloom, 1968

Fairfield Porter
Trees in Bloom, 1968
oil on Masonite
20 x 18 inches

Fairfield Porter Katie and Dorothy E., 1957

Fairfield Porter
Katie and Dorothy E., 1957
oil on canvas
16 x 20 3/4 inches
signed & dated lower left recto

Fairfield Porter, Tree, 1954 oil on linen 20 1/2 x 15 inches

Fairfield Porter
Tree, 1954
oil on linen
20 1/2 x 15 inches

Fairfield Porter, Still Life of Flowers on a Mirror, 1966

Fairfield Porter
Still Life of Flowers on a Mirror, 1966
oil on canvas
20 x 28 inches
signed & dated upper right recto

Fairfield Porter, Farmscape, 1966

Fairfield Porter
Farmscape, 1966
oil on board
5 x 7 inches

Fairfield Porter, View From Bear Island, 1968

Fairfield Porter
View From Bear Island, 1968
oil on board
14 x 15 inches
signed & dated lower right recto

Fairfield Porter, Portrait of John MacWhinnie, 1972

Fairfield Porter
Portrait of John MacWhinnie, 1972
oil on linen
31 3/4 x 23 inches
signed & dated upper left recto

Fairfield Porter, Cove Bridge, c. 1965

Fairfield Porter
Cove Bridge, c. 1965
watercolor on paper
12 x 18 inches
signed & dated lower right recto / AEP

Fairfield Porter, Untitled (View Outside Southampton Studio), 1968

Fairfield Porter
Untitled (View Outside Southampton Studio), 1968
oil on masonite
18 x 28 3/4 inches

Fairfield Porter, Katie and Jacob in the Yard, c.1953

Fairfield Porter
Katie and Jacob in the Yard, c.1953
oil on canvas
41 1/2 x 44 inches

Fairfield Porter, Portrait of Don Cord, 1967

Fairfield Porter
Portrait of Don Cord, 1967
oil on canvas
26 x 19 inches

Fairfield Porter, Elizabeth, c. 1964

Fairfield Porter
Elizabeth, c. 1964
oil on linen
24 x 21 inches

Fairfield Porter, The Bedroom, 1949

Fairfield Porter
The Bedroom, 1949
oil on board
16 x 12 inches

Fairfield Porter, First of May, 1960

Fairfield Porter
First of May, 1960
oil on canvas
60 x 71 5/8 inches
signed & dated lower right recto

Press Release

The Tibor de Nagy Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of paintings by the American Realist painter Fairfield Porter (1907-1975).  This will be the gallery’s seventeenth exhibition of the artist’s work.  The show coincides with the publication of a new monograph on the artist work. The exhibition concentrates mainly on landscapes from the 1950s through the 1970s of Maine and Southampton in addition to interiors scenes and portraits.

As a painter, Fairfield Porter forged a distinctly American vision out of two disparate styles:  the first—loose representation characterized by intimacy and directness; and the second—gestural abstraction.  Porter’s broad knowledge of art history informed not only his art criticism but his painting as well.  His work is best considered as a lifelong project in which he perpetually sought to define for himself his relation to the world.

Porter was largely a self-taught painter. He was as much influenced by French Intimists such as Pierre Bonnard and Edouard Vuillard, as by his contemporaries during a time when Abstract Expressionism was at its height. Foremost among his allies were Willem and Elaine de Kooning, artists with whom Porter sustained a dialogue which would prove deeply meaningful in his own work.  Remaining defiantly figurative despite an art scene that swung increasingly toward abstraction, and choosing as his subjects the places and people where he felt most deeply connected, Porter produced a body of work that is significant and consistent in its vision.

More than any other American painter of his generation, Fairfield Porter poignantly defined the look and feel of everyday domestic life.  He endeavored to convey an honest appraisal of what his eye saw expressing it with a beguiling, unpretentious naturalness.  Porter has long been associated with the gallery, as it introduced his work with his first solo exhibition in 1952.