Anne Ireland

"From childhood on, Ireland has been spending every summer at her family's 200-year-old saltwater farm in West Bath. The experience of Maine as a place of release and freedom has remained with her even now as she lives here year round. Hay fields, pine trees, and the constantly changing water and sky are her most intensely experienced subjects. 'My work is informed by the feeling of magic and mystery that I still feel in this place - it always invites me in' says Ireland........When exploring a subject, Ireland engages in a layering of colors until she has arrived at a combination of hues that evoke the atmosphere and emotion inspired by the scene. In this progression way from description towards expressiveness, Ireland's vibrant paintings acquire a degree of independence from their subjects and become 'a place to hang my paint, my marks, my color on'."

Britta Konau
The Canvas, Maine Home + Design
June 2013

Anne Ireland grew up near New York City and, after graduating from Bowdoin College, she returned to work for CBS NEWS. While in New York, she took painting classes at the Brooklyn Museum of Art and after moving to Maine in 1985, she earned a BFA with honors from the Maine College of Art. Ireland has had solo and group show all over Maine, and in 2010 and 2013 her work graced the cover of the spring and summer L.L.Bean's catalogues. In 2012, she was awarded a residency at The Studios of a Key West, Florida. Ireland's work is represented by Thos.Moser Gallery in Freeport, Maine, The Gallery at Somes Sound in Somesville (Southwest Harbor) Maine and Collier West Gallery in Brooklyn, New York.


My paintings are the result of observation informed by imagination--a place where the iconic is seen in the emotional context of mystery and surprise. There is a powerful energy when sky meets ground. To intensify that connection I strive to create a psychologically-nuanced atmosphere of unexpected color, giving it depth and consequence.


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EDUCATION
BFA with honors, Maine College of Art
BA, Bowdoin College


EXHIBITIONS
2015 20th Annual Juried Show, juror, Britta Konau, Harlow Gallery, Hallowell, Maine
2015 "Maine As they see it", Maine Art Gallery invitational, Kennebunkport, Maine
2015 "Paint the Farm", Maine Farmland Trust Gallery invitational , Belfast, Maine
2014 Solo Exhibition, The Gallery at Somes Sound, Somesville, Maine.
2013 "Anne Ireland: New Work", Charles Thomas Gallery, Maine College of Art, Portland
2013 "Anne Ireland and Susan Williams: New Work", Thos.Moser Gallery, Freeport, Maine
2013 "Maine, as I see it", Maine Art Gallery, Kennebunkport, Maine
2013 "Spring", featured artist, Gleason Fine Art, Portland, Maine
2013 Invitational, State House, Augusta, Maine Arts Commission
2012 "Setting the Table", Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, Rockport, Maine
July, 2012 Deer Isle Artists Association 40th Anniversary Invitation Exhibition, Deer Isle, Maine
2012 "Choice," Maine Art Gallery, Kennebunkport, Maine
2012 Solo Show, Flat Iron Gallery, Portland, Maine
2012 "Bates, Bowdoin & Colby College Alumni Art Show," Thos.Moser Gallery, Freeport, Maine
2011 "Celebrating Women Artists in Maine" Thos. Moser, Freeport, Maine
2011 "My Maine Imagined," solo exhibition, LaMarche Gallery, Bowdoin College
2010 "Women Artists in Maine," Thos. Moser, Freeport, Maine
2009 "December Show," Elizabeth Moss Fine Art, Falmouth, Maine
2009 "Black Frame Invitational," Portland, Maine
2009 "Inspiration Italy," Cygnet Gallery, Portland, Maine
2008 "Anne Ireland and Dennis Rafferty: New Works," Cygnet Gallery, Portland, Maine
2008 "Anne Ireland and Holly Ready," Cygnet Gallery, Northeast Harbor, Maine
2008 "Three MECA Women," Cape Cottage Gallery, South Portland, Maine
2008 "Black Frame Invitational"
2007 "Anne Ireland and Dennis Rafferty: New Works," Cygnet Gallery, Portland, Maine
2007 "Three Points of View," Slade-Hill Gallery, Yarmouth, Maine
2007 "Black Frame Invitational"
2005 Solo Exhibition, Cygnet Gallery, Bar Harbor, Maine
2005 "Crossroads," Galeyrie Fine Art, Falmouth, Maine
2004 "Ten Years After," June Fitzpatrick Gallery, Portland, Maine


FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS
2016, Chalk Hill Artist Residency, Healdsburg, CA
2013 Stephen S. Pace Residency, Stonington, Maine
2012 Residency Fellowship at The Studios of Key West
1993 Harley Flaws Merit Scholarship
1991 Payson Scholarship Competition, Honorable Mention


COMMISSIONS
2014 Summer Cover Art, LLBean catalog 2010 Spring Cover Art, LLBean catalog
2010 Cover Painting, LL Bean Spring Catalog, January
For commission work, please contact the artist.


BIBLIOGRAPHY
Konau, Britta, "Atmospheric Abstraction,"Maine Home + Design, June 2013
2009 Phil Isaacson, "Inspiration Italy," Portland Press Herald/Sunday Telegram, June 21
2009 "Ones to Watch," Maine Home + Design, May, p. 83


GALLERIES
Thos. Moser Gallery, Freeport, Maine
The Gallery at Somes Sound, Somesville, Maine

Inquiries may be made by contacting the artist.