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Joseph McGurl
World's End, Hingham
Oil on board
14 x 12 in.
Joseph McGurl
Peddocks Island Shoreline
Oil on canvas
24 x 35 in.

Shoal Waters,
Oil on canvas 12 x 16 inches, Signed lower right



Joseph McGurl

(American, b. 1958)

As one of the most respected American landscape painters in the contemporary world, painter-teacher Joseph McGurl has been called “the Robert Salmon of the 21st century” and a “new luminist,” and he's been referred to as one of the acknowledged leaders in the current American landscape school. M. Stephen Dougherty, Editor, American Artist considers him "one of the most gifted of contemporary artists." This has been confirmed by his exhibitions in several important museum shows, a successful relationship with some of the country's leading galleries, and inclusion in numerous magazine articles and books. Regardless of accolades or titles, McGurl is sought after by collectors around the world because his quality and vision speak for themselves.

McGurl was born in Needham, MA February 4, 1958 the second of five children. His father is a mural painter and his mother a nurse. After growing up in Quincy, MA, McGurl studied with Ralph Rosenthal in Saturday classes at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Massachusetts College of Art (BFA, 1980); University of London Summer Program (1978); Boston University Summer Program in Italy (1979); and figure painting with Robert Cormier (1986-1987), Boston. He is a member of the Guild of Boston Artists; and a Copley Master, Copley Society, Boston and a Fellow at American Society of Marine Artists. His awards include: Salmagundi Club (1993); First Place Medal (1990), Ripley Award (1997) Guild of Boston Artists; John Singleton Copley Award for Artistic Achievement (1989); Best of Show & the Juror's Choice Award, Copley Society.

Having learned how to draw from an early age from his painter-father, McGurl grew up by the ocean and learned how boats sit in and glide upon the ocean's surface. He has been a Coast Guard Licensed Captain, a Yacht Captain of Charters and Deliveries from Maine to the Caribbean (1982-86), an art instructor at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (1981) and elsewhere. One-man exhibitions include Alfred J. Walker, Boston (1991); Tree's Place (1989, 1990, 1992); Hollis Taggart Gallery, NYC (1995); Cape Museum of Fine Art (1996); and retrospective exhibitions at the Cape Museum of Fine Arts, The Cahoon Museum of American Art, and the Saint Botolph Club of Boston. He was a participant in the Sea to Shining Sea Exhibition which traveled to twelve museums over a four-year period. Representing Representation , a survey of the most significant realist work being done today included his work in the 2001 show at the Arnot Art Museum, and he was one of the few artists invited to simultaneously exhibit at the concurrent Representing Representation West which showcased western art at the Rockwell Museum of Western Art. He has been the subject of numerous book and magazine articles. Galleries in Boston, New York, San Francisco, Cape Cod and Pierce Galleries of Nantucket represent his work.

Joseph's paintings often are seen in relationship to the great 19th century luminist painters but with a thoroughly modern approach to style and subject. For him, the process, rather than the product is the most important part of a painting. For this reason, his large studio paintings are developed from sketches painted on location. Rather than relying on photography, this method gives him the freedom to create paintings based on his imagination, memory, and his sketches. Although the objects depicted in the paintings are elements of the landscape and have a deep personal meaning to him, an equally important subject is an exploration of light, form, space, and color interpreted through paint, and he is particularly good at defining vast vistas of space within a landscape, luminous tranquil water passages, shifting winds, shade and shadow.

During the summer months McGurl cruises the coast of New England with his wife and children aboard their classic Alden designed ketch, "Atelier," which he uses as a floating studio; many of his sketches are executed from her decks.

Critics and collectors alike recognize McGurl as one of the few outstanding painters in the 21 st century whose star will continue to rise.

American Art Collector -- 2006
American Artist -- 2009, 2002, 1999, 1998
American Artist: Landscape Highlights Collector's Edition -- 2005
American Artist Workshop -- Spring 2007
A-Plus Art Antiques Design -- 1996
Art Ideas, American Renaissance for Twenty First Century -- 1998
Boston Globe -- 1991
Cape Cod and Islands Home -- 2001
Cape Cod Life -- 2000, 1997
Cape Cod Magazine -- 2001
Cape Cod View -- January 2006
Fine Art Connoisseur -- October 2008, Spring 2006
The Review -- 1989
Sea History -- Autumn 2000
University of New Hampshire Magazine -- Spring 2006

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