Artist Henry Isaacs has traveled the world over, painting as he goes, often working on commissions--Europe, Central and South America, all of the Canadian provinces, the Himalayas, and forty-nine of the United States. Returning to home base, Isaacs and his wife Donna have ping-ponged between the coast of Maine and rural Vermont.
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.
Isaacs' methodology is as unique as his paintings are. He never works from photographs. Instead, wherever he goes, he totes a backpack loaded with oil paints, brushes, and tiny canvasses and panels. To capture the essence of a spot that takes his eye, he paints what he calls "notes." Some of these "notes" are just a few brush flicks; others, though small in size, resemble finished paintings. For a large painting, Isaacs might make dozens of these "notes." For a commission, he makes scores.
Commissions have taken Isaacs to far-flung places--to the Kalahari Desert, for example, and twice to Nepal. Isaacs is only the second artist to have tackled painting on-site in the Himalayas (the first, Nicolas Roerich, worked nearly one hundred years ago)--a fact that is especially amazing considering that Isaacs turned 70 this spring. Two of Isaacs' smaller Himalayan paintings, of Ama Dablam Mountain, in the Everest Range, are featured in this catalog. They measure 3 feet by 4 feet.
Many reviewers have waxed poetic when writing about Henry Isaacs' paintings, but perhaps his close friend, and former Maine Today Media arts reviewer, Dan Kany, says it best: "Isaacs balances warm and cool tones brilliantly. His handling of paint owes an unapologetic debt to the chunky boldness of the early Modernists and Fauves. The brushwork is strong and primarily dedicated to pushing the paint around the canvas--an activity Isaacs clearly enjoys."
"Henry Isaacs: "Near and Far" opens July 1 and runs through August 3. For now, our hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm; Sunday, 11 to 5 pm; and any time by appointment. A private showing may be arranged through the gallery. Gleason Fine Art is located at 31 Townsend Avenue in the center of Boothbay Harbor. Contact the gallery at 207-633-6849 or email@example.com. View all of Henry Isaacs' paintings on the gallery website: gleasonfineart.com