Solo Art Exhibition
Join us for a Solo Art Exhibition with Maine’s acclaimed artist and painter Brian Kliewer. This event is free to the public. Brian will share his story and speak about his process. We look forward to gathering together as a community to champion a local artist. Art will be available for purchase.
Join us after for a family style dinner from our wood-fired brick oven.
About Brian Kliewer
Art is my life. I decided to forgo a traditional bio. Instead, here's where my work comes from along with a few thoughts on painting... I'm self taught, been drawing and painting since childhood. I don't really think of myself as a "landscape" painter, per se, though I do enjoy it. However, due to an inherited condition that limits the time I can spend on my feet, I don't do much plein-air (on location) painting. For me it's not much of an option. I can do some but I have to be careful. Doctors warned me early on, "sedentary employment or nothing." So how do I work?
I'm largely a studio painter. I often paint local subjects (within walking distance), using either photographs or sketches for reference. Rather than being a slave to photography I try to interpret my photos, adding from memory or leaving things out as I go. I'm not driven by beautiful landscapes or grand vistas. While I might enjoy it, that kind of subject matter doesn't really interest me for painting. I need more and feel my best work comes from the places I know well and have a strong connection to. So I don't really feel limited by not getting around as other artists do. In fact, I see it as an advantage. How?
My condition slowed me down and forced me to look more closely at things. It caused me to become keenly aware of the light at a certain time of day or season; to understand the decay and dignity of a tree. It's given me a greater appreciation and perspective. It helped me develop my memory skills. I think it's also why I prefer grittier scenes to "pretty" ones. With many of the scenes and subjects I paint there's an intimacy I can't really explain, but feel is directly tied to my background. It's for this reason that I think it's benefited my work greatly. Life, like art, often requires a certain tenacity. I like to think that's reflected in my artwork.