In September, the Milton Public Library will host the work of artist Jed Sutter in the Wotiz Gallery. This talented Milton resident, who is primarily self-taught, discovered an aptitude for composition, value, and hue in his mid-50s, having never picked up a paintbrush before then. This has led to a semi-solo show, an excellence award, increasing demand for commissioned work in landscapes and portraiture, and a televised interview. He works mostly from source photos that either he or the client has taken, sometimes combining aspects of multiple photos in some cases, or from a single image in others. This exhibit will show watermedia: urban landscapes, transportation, trolleys, and bridges.
The artist says the following about his painting: “…I come from a family of artists. For some reason, though, I did not try and learn how to paint until 2016. I was in my mid-50s when I suddenly had the urge. Beginning to paint was like discovering I somehow already knew another language, or re-discovering one I had forgotten long ago… My first 20 or so paintings over the following year were all acrylic. I painted them all on a variety of paper, canvas or panels……I painted primarily in gouache for most of 2018. Early this year an acquaintance suggested I try watercolor. …Eventually I took up the challenge and have been painting mostly in watercolor this year.” He also tells us: “Sometimes I go out and look for my subjects but mostly they find me… I am in the process of painting the trolleys at or near each of the eight trolley stops, and also wherever the light captures one just right. I am also taken by urban landscapes, as well as bridges in general and images such as the decaying infrastructure, bridges in need of repair in and around Boston.”
There will be a free and open reception held in the Gallery on Wednesday, 10/2/19 from 6-8 PM. Please come, meet the artist, and view this great display from October 1-31.
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