PROVINCETOWN, Mass. – Highly acclaimed plein air Impressionist artist Hilda Neily will now debut her latest series of paintings, “2018 Summer Streetscapes in Provincetown” on Friday, Aug. 3, at the Hilda Neily Gallery at 364 Commercial St. in Provincetown’s East End Gallery District.
The extraordinary new works, oil on board plein air paintings of the cottages and gardens, boats, bays and dunes of the area, keep the Provincetown mystique alive with her signature vibrant landscapes, seascapes and still lifes; all reminiscent of the great French Impressionists.
Neily has been living and creating in Provincetown, the oldest continuous artist colony in the U.S., for over 40 years. She started painting with American master impressionist Henry Hensche at the Cape School of Art in Provincetown in the early 1970s. Hensche founded The Cape School of Art in 1933, carrying on and developing the ideas of his own teacher and mentor, Charles Hawthorne, who started the Cape Cod School of Art in Provincetown in 1899, paving the way for the town to become one of America’s preeminent art communities. Hensche embraced the Hawthorne “color note” approach to painting.
Neily worked intensely with Henry Hensche for over 15 years, attending daily classes and studying light and color. Now, after more than 40 years, she continues to carry on the legacy of Hawthorne and Hensche, while also teaching in this important historic tradition at the Cape School of Art, which she and a group of former Hensche students reorganized as a nonprofit in 2010.
Neily is considered to be one of the Cape School’s most adept practitioners and her position in the community was celebrated in 2015 when she was honored with a mid-career retrospective of her work by the Provincetown Art Association and Museum.
She grew up in Vermont, a short distance from the homes of Maxfield Parrish and Beaux-Arts sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ home, and loved hearing stories about the Cornish Art Colony. Neily spent many hours studying the paintings of Parrish, who was not only present there, but would hang his paintings in public places in town for people to enjoy.
She considers herself blessed to have studied the remarkable color and majestic quality of these original Parrish paintings throughout her early years. Neily remembers going into the town’s State Street Bank when she was small, holding her mother’s hand and looking up at what was probably the first original painting she had ever seen – a Maxfield Parrish. As she stared up at a beautiful portrayal of an oak tree before a magnificent sunset sky, it is possible that her life spent following her passion for painting was decided in that moment.
Neily started showing professionally in 1969. Since then her collector base has grown extensively. She has shown throughout New England, New York, across the U.S. and in the UK. She continues to study color in the natural light working outdoors on location and studying still life in the north light indoors. She also explores various mediums in her work and is currently teaching at The Cape School of Art workshops on light and color.
To contact the gallery visit www.hildaneilygallery.com or phone 508-487-6300.