Sunday May 5, 2019
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Edward Hopper & Andrew Wyeth Talk by Arthur Rainville.
Edward Hopper once said, “I’ve always been interested in approaching a city in a train…the sensation, human nothing.” Andrew Wyeth once confided; “As a frail child, I was left alone a great deal of the time.” That “terrifying quality” of time always affected his art making, calming his turbulent thoughts. Yes, artists have always relied on solitude for their creative process and private well-being. Certainly, the whole human spirit thing can be complicated at times. Fortunately, answers to living a lush, full life can often be found in the world of art. “A Walk with the Poets of Solitude,” a presentation by Arthur Levi Rainville, speaks of the effect “still” can have on a more inspired, satisfying life. Arthur will set aside the sound-bite approach of today and dip into the intriguing work and backstories of secretive artists. Hopper fought through prolonged periods of inertia before he felt his purpose – to make realist work to “cause a stir in the world.” Wyeth quietly played on the human psyche, emotions, to discover his private vision. This presentation will delve into the real-time connectivity that the power of art possesses to transform our lives. “A Walk with the Poets of Solitude” celebrates the mystical powers of art waiting for us all.
Arthur Levi Rainville has been creating stunning photographs, wrapped in intrigue, atmosphere and romanticism, for over 50 years. With his life’s work being displayed in museums on three continents; he has been touted as, “the Poet Lauréate of Photography, one of the most sensitive, artists of our time.”
He is widely known for his muted, granular color work. Refinements of this life’s passion led to his lyrical, quixotic Mansuesco style. Defying a definable formula, Mansuesco, much like Impressionism, is a plurality of looks. An innate quality of light coupled with a compositional choreography is akin to his intimate signature style.
Arthur has taught portraiture professionally for 40 years, inspiring photographers, budding or seasoned, to look to Art and Heart as they face the blank canvas.
Former Portrait Department Chair and Academic Director of the New England School of Photography in Boston, Arthur has lectured across the country at the Fine Art Museums of Boston, Minneapolis, Dallas and San Diego.
Arthur has taught workshops in France, Italy, Greece, Trinidad and Tobago. Besides being a noted touring lecturer, he is a prolific author with copious articles and four published books on the Creative Spirit and living an Artful Life. As photography’s resident ‘Sage,’ Arthur continues to spread the word that private, personal vision matters.
He has been honored with the PPA (Professional Photographers of America) degrees of: Master of Photography, Photographic Craftsman, Certified Professional Photographer and Approved Photographic Instructor.
He is the 2019 recipient of the PPA International Helen K. Yancy Lifetime Achievement Medal, only the twelfth such award bestowed by PPA in its 150-year history. From a membership of 30,000 in 64 countries, the medallion is presented to an individual who by their gracious sharing of talents has bequeathed to photography an achievement of distinguished service of far-reaching value.
His time is devoted and divided between private portrait commissions via Artisan Trusts, photographic consultancy and teachings, independent curatorial work and his experiential fine art studies and gallery oeuvre.
ARTHUR LEVI RAINVILLE
24 Logan Street, #325 New Bedford, MA 02740
tel: (508) 641 – 2608