New Work

Fred Anderson

December 3 - January 21, 2017

New Work

Opening Reception: Saturday, December 3, 2-5 p.m.

Fred Anderson’s imagery is simultaneously personal and seemingly familiar. The paintings in this exhibition illustrate the spaces and objects that populate his everyday life, from still lifes of toy cars, trains and flea-market finds, to interior compositions that reveal glimpses of his home, the house around the corner, and the old farmsteads just outside the city limits. Taken as a group, this exhibition acts as a painter’s journal, a record of memorable encounters with light, composition, and landscape.

Anderson approaches his interiors, exteriors, and still lifes in the same manner. Always painting from life, he begins and finishes his paintings on location, sometimes returning to the same place or scene at the same time over several days. He says his choice in subject matter is “almost unconscious.” He explains: “I usually catch a pattern of lights and darks out of the corner of my eye that appeals to me, and then I try to paint it. Hopefully my paintings are an honest and simple response to the beauty I see in the world.”

Minnesota native, Anderson has been represented by Groveland Gallery since 1993. For nearly thirty years Anderson has worked in the plein air tradition, travelling the back roads and small town streets near his home in Cambridge.  Anderson finds inspiration in roadside farmyards, backyard gardens and empty Sunday morning streets. His long and familiar relationship with the Minnesota landscape is reflected in the quiet intimacy of his works. Anderson’s paintings are included in numerous Minnesota private and corporate collections including General Mills, Securian and Anderson Windows. Anderson was the recipient of a 2008 McKnight Artist Fellowship grant from the East Central Arts Council. He currently resides in Cambridge, Minnesota.

The artist will be present at the opening reception on Saturday, December 3rd from 2 to 5 pm. The exhibition runs concurrently with Shorelines, an exhibition of paintings by Kit Wilson in the main gallery. Both exhibitions continue through January 21, 2017.