The Bonfoey Gallery, the exclusive representative of the work of Joseph O’Sickey, is pleased to present an exhibition of his work, Travels: Provence & Maine. The exhibition will be on view in our street level gallery from June 14 through July 13, 2013. An opening reception with the artist will be held at the gallery Friday, June 14, from 5-8 pm. This exhibition will run concurrently with a retrospective of O’Sickey’s work at the Canton Museum of Art from May 2 – July 21, 2013.
Travels: Provence & Maine, focuses on a select group of oil paintings, watercolors, and drawings made by Joseph O’Sickey in those unique areas. O’Sickey and his wife Algesa vacationed many summers at their second home in Deer Isle, Maine, from 1962 to 1992. Maine’s majestic ocean coastline provided a host of new material for an artist who enjoyed painting outdoors. As part of a program between the Cleveland Institute of Art & Sarah Lawrence College, O’Sickey was artist in residence in Lacoste, France in 1981. Provence is located on the Mediterranean Sea and is known for its unique quality of light, partially due to the air clearing Mistral winds. Thus, this Southern region of France has long been a destination for painters. Cezanne, Van Gogh, Renoir, Matisse, Picasso, Bonnard, Braque, and Monet, to name just a few, once called the region home. This exhibition, comprised of interior still-lifes with bouquets, shoreline scenes, country sides, and bird studies, allows the viewer a private glance into a painter’s daily life in two dramatic coastal regions.
Joseph O’Sickey’s interest in painting began in his childhood, sketching the barnyard animals and wildlife on his grandmother’s farm. His early training began in classes at the Cleveland Museum of Art where he developed a love for oil paint. He continued his studies at the Cleveland Institute of Art from 1937 to 1940, and went on to teach painting at Ohio State University, the Akron Art Institute, and lastly, at Kent State University, where he remained for thirty years. O’Sickey’s works have been exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Cleveland Museum of Art, The Butler Institute of American Art, and the Akron Art Museum, among others.
For more information about the JOSEPH O’SICKEY – TRAVELS: PROVENCE & MAINE, or upcoming exhibitions, please contact The Bonfoey Gallery, 216.621.0178, or visit the company website at http://www.bonfoey.com