The Art of  Deborah Putnam

As an artist living in South Boston, I find a limitless source for my paintings. Sunny days and moonlit nights find me painting on neighborhood street corners. When painting outdoors is not possible, I work in my studio on larger scale paintings and works derived from old family photos, portraits or from small studies and photos of my on-site locations. My approach to painting can be summed up in a quote of one of my favorite painters:

The profoundest order is revealed in what is most casual.

Fairfield Porter, 1969

What interests me most about plein air painting is how sunlight breaks up form when it falls on an object . When working in this manner time is of the essence. I must return to the outdoor location at the same time, each day for the short period of time when the sun and shadows are at the same angle and position. My choice of subject matter, such as old stores, Laundromats and antique cars pays homage to a disappearing landscape. With my portraits and old photograph derived works I am hoping to also portray an intimate moment in time. I hope that with these paintings I am able to celebrate these people and these landmarks.
 
RECENT EXHIBTIONS
  • 2013,2012,2011,2010 Massasoit Arts Festival, Canton Ma
  • 2013 MassArt 24th Annual Benefit Art Auction
  • 2012, CarScapes, Hilton Head SC
  • 2012,2011Beyond the Classroom, Hanover, Ma
  • 2012, 02127/02210, Spoke [email protected] Wheel Production, Boston, Ma
  • 2012,2011,2010,2009,2008,2007, 2006, 2005 Quincy Arts Festival, Quincy, Ma.
  • 2013,2012, 2011,2010,2009,2008,2007,2006, 2005, 2004, 2003 Arts Affair at Marina Bay,Quincy, MA
  • 2012 Scituate Juried Art Show, Front St Gallery, Scituate Ma
  • 2012 MassArt 23rd Annual Benefit Art Auction
  • 2011 Boston, City Hall Boston MA SBAA Group Show
  • SBAA Members Show Proof Gallery 516 East Second Street, South Boston
  • 2010,MassArt 21st Annual Benefit Art Auction
  • 2010,2009 South Boston Open Studios, The Distillery, South Boston
  • Biennial Exhibition 2009, Regional Juried Show, New Hampshire Institute of Art,
  • 2009 Northeast Prize show, Cambridge Ma
  • 2009 Art Market, Downtown Crossing Juried Art Competition, Boston Ma
  • 2009 The Winter Juried Show, Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, Ma
  • 2009,2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2000, 1996, 1994, 1993 South Boston Public Library
  • 2008 - 2009 Logan International Airport, Boston, Ma
  • 2008 Solo Show, Gallery SBAA, Boston, Ma
  • 2008 Medicine Wheel Gallery, Boston, Ma
  • 2008,2006 Boston City Hall, Boston Open Studios Coalition Exhibit, Boston, Ma
  • 2007 Works on Paper, Boston City Hall, Boston, Ma
  • 2007 Gallery SBAA, Featured Artist, Boston, MA
  • 2007 Rotunda Gallery, Hynes Convention Center, Boston, Ma
  • 2007 Quincy Arts Association Spring Show, Thomas Crane Library, Quincy, Ma
  • 2006 Boston City Hall, Boston Open Studios Coalition Exhibit, Boston, Ma
  • 2006 Boston Logan International Airport, Boston, Ma
  • 2010,2006 Convention Center, Summer Street, South Boston, Ma
  • 2006 Amity Insurance Co. Marina Bay, Quincy, Ma
  • 2005 Logan Airport, 375 Views of Boston, Boston, Ma
  • 2005 Akillian Gallery, Massasoit Community College, Canton, Ma
  • 2005 375 Views of Boston, Boston City Hall, Boston Ma
  • 2005 Thomas Crane Library, Quincy Ma.
  • 2004 South Boston Artists Association, Group Show, Boston City Hall
  • River Art 2004, 200 , 2002 Forbes Museum, Milton, Ma
  • 2008,2007,2005, 2004, 2003 South Boston Open Studios. South Boston, Ma
  • 1996 Main Streets Arts Exhibit S. Boston
  • 1995 Thompson Island Show
AWARDS AND HONORS
  • 2013 First Prize, Quincy Art's Fest, Quincy Ma, Eve
  • 2013 Third Prize, Quincy Art's Fest, Quincy Ma, Path to Forgiveness
  • 2013 First Prize, Massasoit Art's Fest, Canton Ma Path to Forgiveness
  • 2012 First Prize, Quincy Art's Fest, Quincy Ma, Chinatown View
  • 2012 Second Prize and Honorable Mention, Massasoit Arts Festival, Canton, Ma "The Gathering" and "Self Portrait (When can I go out to paint?)"
  • 2012 Best In Show, SAA Juried Exhibition, Front Street Gallery, painting "In the Land of Giants"
  • 2011 Best In Show, Massasoit Art Festival, Canton, Ma, painting "Alida's Vision"
  • 2011 Honorable Mention, Massasoit Art Festival, Canton, Ma, painting "Broadway Nocturne"
  • 2010 First Prize, Quincy Arts Festival, Quincy Ma, painting "Cale"
  • 2010 Third Prize, Arts Affair, Marina Bay, Quincy, Ma, painting "The Few, The Proud "
  • 2010 First Prize, Massasoit Art Festival, Canton, Ma, painting "Fred"
  • 2009 First Prize Painting, Quincy Arts Festival, Quincy, Ma, painting "Muls"
  • 2009 Third Prize Painting, Arts Affair, Marina Bay, Quincy, Ma painting "Gate C"
  • 2009 City's Choice Award, Downtown Crossing Juried Art Competition, Boston, Ma painting "Mul's"
  • 2009 Third Prize, The Winter Juried Show, Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, Ma painting "Fred"
  • 2008 First Prize, Quincy Arts Festival, Quincy, Ma painting "Nightguard"
  • 2008 Best in Show, Arts Affair, Marina Bay, Quincy, Ma, painting "Garden of Earthly Delights"
  • 2008 Art Teacher's Renewal Grant
  • 2007 Honorable Mention, Arts Affair, Marina Bay, Quincy, Ma, painting "I Got It"
  • 2007 First Prize, painting "I Got It" (Fair Catch) QAA Spring Show, Thomas Crane Library, Quincy Ma
  • 2006 Honorable Mention, Arts Affair, Marina Bay, Quincy, Ma, painting - "A Little Off the Top"
  • 2006 Honorable Mention, Quincy Arts Festival - "Some Gave All"
  • 2005 2nd prize, Quincy Arts Festival – “Endicott Sunday”
  • 2005 Honorable Mention, painting “Ladies In Waiting”, QAA Spring Show, Thomas Crane Library, Quincy
  • 2004, 2nd prize, River Art, Forbes Museum, painting - “Morning Ebb at Neponset River”
  • 2004, Honorable mention, Arts Affair, Marina Bay, Quincy, Ma, painting - “Nighttime”
  • 2003, 3rd prize, River Art, Forbes Museum, painting - “View From Pope John Paul II Park”
  • 2002, 1st prize, River Art, Forbes Museum, pastel/various media - “Drawbridge at Neponset River”
EDUCATION
  • BFA Painting, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, Ma
MEMBERSHIP
  • South Boston Arts Association
  • Quincy Art Association
  • Scituate Art Association
 

 

 

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