Elizabeth Hoy and Robin Reynolds have spent summers on Deer Isle, Stonington, for over 35 years with Jill Hoy and Jon Imber. Their support and encouragement for one another is a symbol of their dedication to their life's work as artists. This show, Fabulous 4, is divided into two parts: Jon Imber and Elizabeth Hoy showcase their work as abstract landscape artists. Jill Hoy and Robin Reynolds are devoted colorists emphasizing the use of color and vibrancy.
Jill Hoy and Jon Imber have welcomed friends and family into their home on the rugged coast of Maine, providing a space for artistic growth and creative achievement. Fabulous 4 demonstrates how the influence of collaboration and support can lead to a fulfilled life of being an artist, cultivating friendships that last a lifetime.
About the artists:
Jon Imber/Elizabeth Hoy: July 24 – August 6
Jon Imber (1950-2014) is known for his plein air landscape paintings. Imber experimented with different influences, styles, and subject matter all his life. Early in his career, he was a figurative painter, but he later fully embraced landscapes and abstraction. The former director of the Danforth Museum called “him one of the most important painters of his generation” and placed him in the lineage of Boston Expressionists.
Elizabeth Hoy creates work through an intersection of painting, sculpture and installation, calling attention to changes and variations in perception. Employing formal decisions, Hoy addresses the ways human experience and consciousness are inscribed upon a specific space. Drawing and painting are the first step in a means of exploration and engagement with a place. Often returning to the same site, she tries to capture the subtle shifts in the environment. There is play between the scale of the landscape, the human body, the architecture of the studio, and her paintings and installations.
Jill Hoy/Robin Reynolds: August 7 – August 20
The work Jill Hoy creates in Maine is inspired by direct observation of the landscape and includes seascapes, architecture, and gardens. Hoy, working on location, is especially interested in the effects of natural light, color, and pattern. Her use of vivid color in the Maine paintings results in surfaces that are richly and intensely painted with images that seem to vibrate. Hoy considers the quality of light to be an important element in her work. "The light in Maine is crystal clear, with a sharp-edged clarity and a gem-like quality. I often work in the morning or late afternoon when these qualities are especially strong." Jill Hoy. As a result, her paintings capture specifics of time and light. Because she's been a regular resident of the Deer Isle area since 1965, much of her work can be seen as a document of places and time in the area.
Robin Reynolds paints outside using the garden to focus on her sense of place and allow the viewer to stop and contemplate their sense of place within today’s world. Beauty, the waning environment and its cyclical nature are all at the forefront of Robin Reynolds’ non-traditional landscape paintings. By absorbing, assimilating and possessing what’s in front of her, she manipulates paint, allowing it to glide across the smooth surface, as well as wiping it away to create forceful marks that are all integral to the painting. A lyrical energy – a kind of wholeness develops. Returning to the same site, a poetic mediation occurs and the ability to surprise herself at each painting drives her further.