Alumni News: Andrew Houle ’00 Working Titles Exhibit at Montserrat

March 8, 2016

Andrew Houle ’00: Working Titles

Montserrat College of Art is proud to present Working Titles, a solo exhibition featuring paintings by alumnus Andrew Houle, in the Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery. Houle’s oil paintings present detailed views with a compelling specificity of place. The artists gravitates towards subjects that include storefronts and streetscapes in Beverly, where Houle has lived since graduating Montserrat, as well as, Gloucester and other North Shore cities.

Even those who do not reside in the area may feel a sense of familiarity in the scenes of residential streets, criss-crossing power lines, and laundromats, due to the way that Houle balances precise forms and lines with atmospheric colors and textures. Gallery visitors will find stunning sunsets and rows of houses that powerfully continue the tradition of American Realism. Houle cites the influence of twentieth-century master artists including Edward Hopper and Norman Rockwell, along with the light of Cape Ann and his own personal connections to the community.

The title of the exhibition, and the artworks themselves, are of autobiographical significance to the artist. Houle says, “Working towards a career as a professional artist is ever-evolving, challenging and at times confusing. My current show represents roughly the last five years, consisting of the landmarks and common spaces that take up our days and nights. The parking lots, sunsets, laundromats and side streets are those with different titles at various stages of our lives.” This exhibition enables Houle to share his accomplishments with a community that was formative to his career.

Houle graduated from Montserrat College of Art in 2000 with a focus in Illustration and oil painting. He presently divides his time between being an artist and the Creative Director of Tryptic Press. His studio space is located at Porter Mills, Beverly. Houle is the co-Chair of the Beverly Cultural Council and the lead promoter of Beverly Comic Con. He shares a home with his wife Melissa, Mila the overweight cat, and his comic book collection.
WHAT Working Titles by Andrew Houle’00
WHEN March 8 – April 8, 2016
WHERE Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery, 23 Essex St. Beverly, MA 01915
Gallery Hours: Mon- Fri 10-5, Thu 10-8, Sat 12-5
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Montserrat College of Art’s public programs are free of charge and open to the public. For more information contact Associate Curator of Exhibitions Pamela Campanaro at 978-867-9624 or via email [email protected]

WHAT Opening Reception
WHEN Thursday, March 24, 5:00 – 7:00PM
WHERE Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery, 23 Essex St. Beverly, MA, 1st floor

WHAT Artist Talk with Andrew Houle’00
WHEN Thursday, March 24, 11:30am- 12:20pm
WHERE Hardie Building, 23 Essex St. 2nd Floor, Room 201

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