Philip Frey (b. 1967) is known for his vibrant paintings of the Maine landscape. His painterly approach, and his interpretation of color and light, give way to joyful paintings. Motifs include seascapes, landscapes, and Maine's working waterfront.
"Painter has found a new freedom. In the past year he has transitioned from acrylic to oil while exploring an approach to the landscape that leans into the abstract...These iconic shapes set against the sea and sky have a modernist edge, bold yet dream-like." —Carl Little, Philip Frey: New Work, Courthouse Gallery Fine Art 2011 catalog
Frey's sense of color stems from an interest in Fauvism, a major avant-garde European art movement in the twentieth century. Henri Matisse, who Frey credits as a major influence, embraced this expressionistic style characterized by vivid, exuberant color. Other European artists, whose work Frey admires, include Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Edouard Manet.
Frey holds a BFA from Syracuse University, New York. He studied painting at the Columbus College of Art and Design, and printmaking at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. He has received several grants and awards, including the Heliker-LaHotan Foundation Residency in 2012, and his work can be found in private and corporate collections nationwide and abroad.