Saturday, August 13, 2016

Ray Nolin Provincetown Dune Painting


Ray Nolin (1959 - 2015), oil on canvas, 36" x 48"
How many thousands of paintings exist of the Provincetown dunes? Many, with many thousands more to come, thankfully. With the ever-shifting play of light and shadow on the undulating protrusions of the landscape there could never be any end to the challenges presented to the painter of landscapes. And even when the paintings are faithfully representational, they can assume the quality of abstracts. Add in the vigorous palette knife technique of a painter like the late Ray Nolin, and you have something to behold, a living thing. This piece is in the permanent collection of the Provincetown Art Association and Museum.

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