Fairfield Porter’s Painting Process on View

A solo show of paintings and drawings by Fairfield Porter (1907-1975) opened on April 10 at the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton. The exhibition, Fairfield Porter: Raw—The Creative Process of an American Master, remains on view through June 13. Around 40 artworks make up the show.

Raw peels back the process of the American painter by exhibiting finished paintings, unfinished works and digital reproductions of sketchbook pages.

Porter was primarily a figurative painter. He held tight to his belief that the human figure should be the primary object of art despite the rising tide of abstract expressionism. The substance of paint and the process were also important to the artist.

The show is a fitting one for the Southampton museum as Porter lived and painted a short walk away from the museum. Porter and his wife, Anne, lived on South Main Street from 1949 until his death in 1975. Many of the paintings in Raw come from the cache of works donated by his widow to the museum.

The Parrish Art Museum is located at 25 Jobs Lane, Southampton. The museum is open Thursday through Monday. Docent-led tours are held on Saturdays at 2 p.m. For information, visit parrishart.org or call 631-283-2118.

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Pat Rogers is a freelance writer specializing in arts and culture on Long Island. When not going to art openings or interviewing actors or musicians, she’s looking for the next interesting story.