June 17 – July 10, 2020

Downeast Narratives:
Philip Barter and Matt Barter

This exhibition highlights recent work by Philip Barter and Matt Barter, a father and son duo of self-taught artists who were both born and raised in Maine. Their motifs focus on narratives of Maine’s working waterfronts and the earthy beauty of her landscape.

Philip, who born and raised in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, has painted Maine for over five decades. In the early years, Philip has worked in all manner of traditional Maine jobs to support his family of seven. He dug clams and worms, was the sternman on a lobster boat, did carpentry, and dragged for mussels. By the 1990s, Philip was able to paint full-time after the Bates College Museum of Art acquired his work for their permanent collection and mounted a retrospective of his work in 1992. Philip’s work was subsequently highlighted in Downeast magazine and acquired by the Farnsworth Art Museum and the Portland Museum of Art.

Matt, who was raised in Franklin, Maine, learned to paint under the guidance of his father. He sold his first painting at age ten, and by his teens was learning the mechanics of oil painting and making his own wood reliefs. His carved fishermen and wood reliefs are fast becoming a signature motif. Made from reclaimed wood beam and oil paint, his rough-cut figures capture the brawn of these weathered men laden with lobster traps, hoes, buckets, and buoys.

This father and son pair has lived their lives immersed in art. They share an eye for composition, shape, and color, and a deep-rooted connection to Maine that makes their work authentic. Philip lives with his wife, Priscilla, in Franklin, Maine. Matt lives with his wife, Rebekah, and their two sons in Brunswick, Maine.

PHILIP BARTER
Porcupine Islands
acrylic on board, 24 x 30 inches
$3200 PHILIP BARTER
Approaching Saddleback Mountain II
acrylic on board, 24 x 30 inches
$3200 PHILIP BARTER
Wave
acrylic on board, 30.5 x 30.5 inches
$4000 PHILIP BARTER
Eastern Dragger
acrylic on board, 36 x 48 inches
$8000 PHILIP BARTER
Lilacs
acrylic on board, 28 x 22 inches
$2800 PHILIP BARTER
Lead Mountain
acrylic on board, 30 x 30 inches
$4000 PHILIP BARTER
Wave
acrylic on board, 30 x 24 inches
$3200 PHILIP BARTER
Ironbound
acrylic on board, 36 x 33 inches
$7000
PHILIP BARTER
Approaching Katahdin
acrylic on board, 48 x 36 inches
$9000 PHILIP BARTER
Rocks In The River
acrylic on board with painted frame, 24 x 24 inches
$2400 MATT BARTER
Schoodic Driftwood #4
oil on board, 24 x 30 inches
$2200 MATT BARTER
Schoodic Driftwood #3
oil on board, 24 x 30 inches
$2200 MATT BARTER
Boat Yard
painted wood relief, 36 x 52 x 3 inches
$5500 MATT BARTER
Schoodic Driftwood Relief
painted wood relief with found object, 35 x 55 x 4.5 inches
$5500 MATT BARTER
Worm Digger Digging
reclaimed wood and paint, 11.5 x 15 x 7 inches
$2000 MATT BARTER
Worm Digger Son
reclaimed wood, 17 x 9 x 5 inches
$1800 MATT BARTER
Schoodic Driftwood #2
oil on board, 24 x 30 inches
$2200 MATT BARTER
Wood Island
oil on board, 24 x 36 inches
$2400 MATT BARTER
Jim's Smelt Shack #2
oil on board, 30 x 24 inches
$2200 MATT BARTER
Lost Trap, Driftwood Island
oil on board, 24 x 30 inches
$2200 MATT BARTER
Day Workers, Stinson Packing Company
oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches
$4200 MATT BARTER
Mackerel Cove #2
oil on board, 24 x 30 inches
$2200 MATT BARTER
Stacking Traps
reclaimed barn beam, wire and oil, 21 x 8 x 10 inches
$1800 MATT BARTER
Shoreline, Harpswell
oil on board, 48 x 36 inches
$4200
MATT BARTER
Mackerel Cove, Harpswell #6
oil on board, 24 x 30 inches
$2200 MATT BARTER
Odds and Ends
oil on board, 36 x 43 inches
$4200 MATT BARTER
Sternman with Bait Box
reclaimed barn beam, paint, 19 x 4 x 12 inches
$1800 MATT BARTER
Mackerel Cove II
oil on canvas, 24 x 30 inches
$2200 MATT BARTER
Downeast Icons
oil on board, 24 x 30 inches
$2200 MATT BARTER
Sunbathing
oil on canvas, 24 x 30 inches
$2200
PHILIP BARTER Porcupine Islands acrylic on board, 24 x 30 inches $3200
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PHILIP BARTER Approaching Saddleback Mountain II acrylic on board, 24 x 30 inches $3200
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PHILIP BARTER Wave acrylic on board, 30.5 x 30.5 inches $4000
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PHILIP BARTER Eastern Dragger acrylic on board, 36 x 48 inches $8000
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PHILIP BARTER Lilacs acrylic on board, 28 x 22 inches $2800
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PHILIP BARTER Lead Mountain acrylic on board, 30 x 30 inches $4000
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PHILIP BARTER Wave acrylic on board, 30 x 24 inches $3200
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PHILIP BARTER Ironbound acrylic on board, 36 x 33 inches $7000
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PHILIP BARTER Approaching Katahdin acrylic on board, 48 x 36 inches $9000
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PHILIP BARTER Rocks In The River acrylic on board with painted frame, 24 x 24 inches $2400
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MATT BARTER Schoodic Driftwood #4 oil on board, 24 x 30 inches $2200
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MATT BARTER Schoodic Driftwood #3 oil on board, 24 x 30 inches $2200
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MATT BARTER Boat Yard painted wood relief, 36 x 52 x 3 inches $5500
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MATT BARTER Schoodic Driftwood Relief painted wood relief with found object, 35 x 55 x 4.5 inches $5500
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MATT BARTER Worm Digger Digging reclaimed wood and paint, 11.5 x 15 x 7 inches $2000
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MATT BARTER Worm Digger Son reclaimed wood, 17 x 9 x 5 inches $1800
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MATT BARTER Schoodic Driftwood #2 oil on board, 24 x 30 inches $2200
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MATT BARTER Wood Island oil on board, 24 x 36 inches $2400
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MATT BARTER Jim's Smelt Shack #2 oil on board, 30 x 24 inches $2200
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MATT BARTER Lost Trap, Driftwood Island oil on board, 24 x 30 inches $2200
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MATT BARTER Day Workers, Stinson Packing Company oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches $4200
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MATT BARTER Mackerel Cove #2 oil on board, 24 x 30 inches $2200
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MATT BARTER Stacking Traps reclaimed barn beam, wire and oil, 21 x 8 x 10 inches $1800
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MATT BARTER Shoreline, Harpswell oil on board, 48 x 36 inches $4200
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MATT BARTER Mackerel Cove, Harpswell #6 oil on board, 24 x 30 inches $2200
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MATT BARTER Odds and Ends oil on board, 36 x 43 inches $4200
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MATT BARTER Sternman with Bait Box reclaimed barn beam, paint, 19 x 4 x 12 inches $1800
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MATT BARTER Mackerel Cove II oil on canvas, 24 x 30 inches $2200
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MATT BARTER Downeast Icons oil on board, 24 x 30 inches $2200
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MATT BARTER Sunbathing oil on canvas, 24 x 30 inches $2200
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