September at Geary Gallery: New England realism plus decoy carvings
Originally from Cape Cod, McAuliffe is a graduate of the Massachusetts College of Art. Since graduation, he has worked steadily as an artist. In 1991 at the age of 28, McAuliffe was commissioned to paint a series of aerial scenes of the villages of Hyannisport and Osterville, Mass., Harvard University, Augusta National Golf Club and Pebble Beach Golf Links.
McAuliffe's paintings capture the beauty of daily life on Cape Cod. His subjects are common landmarks and favorite scenes he discovered while exploring back roads. Sometimes he will revisit a location and capture it at different times of the day or a different season.
McAuliffe also finds inspiration in the Carribbean, where he has painted the endless beauty of Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, Bermuda and Key West. His commissioned work there include Sandals Resorts, Jablum Blue Mountain Coffee Co. and Caribbean Utilities Inc.
McAuliffe works exclusively in oils.
"I'm a self-taught painter working in the realistic style, but my intent is not photorealism," he said. "Detail in painting is important but the final product should look like a painting. I've drawn and painted all my life and look forward to a lifetime of creating art for people to enjoy."
View images of Neil McAuliffe's paintings at Geary Gallery's online gallery.
For more than 35 years, Kerrigan has been nationally renowned for his specialty in the art of hand-carving and painting precise reproductions of antique waterfowl decoys.
Kerrigan came under the tutelage of the late Ralph Morrell, distinguished Zoologist Emeritus at the Peabody Museum in New Haven. Morrell, a long-time friend of master decoy carver Shang Wheeler, inspired Kerrigan's interest in decoy carving and helped develop his unfaltering sense of accuracy and aestheticism.
Kerrigan and Morrell subsequently collaborated on many projects that included detail paintings for the Peabody Museum, the Museum of Natural History and The Smithsonian Institute. An avid sportsman and naturalist, Kerrigan's carvings have graced the covers of Orvis catalogs.
To view Kerrigan's carvings, visit his online gallery.
The McAuliffe and Kerrigan exhibits at Geary Gallery in Darien runs through September. Admission is free and both McAuliffe's and Kerrigan's works are available for acquisition.
Since its founding in 1984, Geary Gallery has become one of Fairfield County's preeminent art galleries, featuring an extensive collection of original artwork and limited edition prints from more than 50 artists.
Offering four elaborate display rooms, Geary Gallery maintains an ambitious exhibition schedule to showcase both Connecticut-based artists with national reputations, as well as well-known artists from along the Eastern seaboard.
The public can enjoy a new show every five weeks except during the summer months. In addition to the gallery, located on premises are accent picture framing and restoration with and an extensive selection of more than 2,000 corner samples for any type of artwork. Its precision restoration service has restored oil paintings and frames that hang in many museums, galleries and historical societies.
Geary Gallery is owned and operated by Anne and Tom Geary, who have spent more than 25 years as friends to artists, spotting talent and market appeal and nurturing careers. The Geary Gallery is open to the public Wednesdays through Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Geary Gallery is located at 576 Boston Post Road, Darien,. For more information, call 203-655-6633 or visit www.gearygallery.com.