December 15, 2009
The University of New England is hosting an exhibition of landscape paintings by J.T. Puiia at its Campus Center on the Biddeford Campus.
J.T. Puiia is a young landscape painter native to Maine and to the Maine outdoors. Currently a senior in the B.F.A. program at the University of Southern Maine, J.T. seeks to convey his experiences of landscape through the medium of painting.
Influenced by the works of both James Whistler and J.M.W. Turner, Puiia creates dark and ephemeral atmospheres that suggest an altered state of reality through distortions in color, as well as surface.
The paintings are immersive in their scale and rich with high contrasts of value and color. Tiny and nuanced instances of trees, light, and city provide a stage for massive and luminous backdrops of artificial light. The paintings are created by working primarily "wet into wet" with oils and finished with a series of thick transparent glazes for a deep and varied surface. Often, the pieces are worked back and forth with areas of noticeable change in the way they must view these paintings, as the distortions in surface alter their experience.
The exhibit runs through January 17, 2010. The Campus Center hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 - 5:00 p.m. (the Campus Center will be closed from December 24 through January 3, 2010) There will be a "Meet and Greet" on Sunday, December 20, 2009 from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. in the Campus Center.