Friday, January 27, 2017

Joseph McGurl’s Painting Wins Prestigious Award!

Joseph McGurl (American, b. 1958) 
Cuttyhunk, View to the West, 2016 
oil on canvas, 24 x 36 in.
Massachusetts artist, Joseph McGurl, is an accomplished contemporary landscape painter, often preferring to work en plein air so that he can immerse himself in his surroundings and interpret them on site.  He notably does not rely on photography in his work, choosing to leave the details to observation, memory, and imagination.

The painting, Cuttyhunk, View to the West, received honorable mention in the Landscape Category for the prestigious 12th Annual Art Renewal Center Salon Competition.  The painting will be exhibited along with other award winners at the Salmagundi Club in New York from May 12 – June 1, followed by the Museum of Modern Art, Barcelona, Spain from September 23 – November 27.

McGurl began his studies under his father, James McGurl, a highly regarded muralist. He furthered his studies at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and The Massachusetts College of Art, and he attended summer programs in London and Florence. While in Florence, he studied under Robert Cormier, a distinguished Boston artist devoted to French Academy methods.  Cormier had a strong influence on McGurl’s technique, teaching him the sight-size method which he often uses to approach his plein air works.

McGurl is a member of the Plein Air Painters of America, and he was the youngest person ever to have won the John Singleton Copley Award from the Copley Society of Boston. He has also been honored with a Grumbacher Gold Medallion from the Guild of Boston Artists. McGurl's paintings have been included in several museum exhibitions throughout the country including the Cape Cod Museum of Art, The Cahoon Museum of American Art, and the Saint Botolph Club of Boston. 
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