Opening Reception September 15 6-8pm
Exhibition Runs September 15 – October 31
Born and raised in Portland, Paul Brahms began painting in his early teen years, studying the works in galleries such as the former Barridoff gallery, where he saw the work of Alfred Chadbourn, Joseph Nicoletti, Robert Solotaire and others. In high school he was able to focus on painting , including visits to Alfred Chadbourn’s studio for lessons.
He received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1986, and subseqently worked in New York City, Italy, France, but always returning to Maine.
In Portland he worked with the muralist, sign painter, illustrator and architectural historian/designer Tony Taylor where he acquired a practical knowledge of mural painting and commercial art processes. He also spent many years teaching art in continuing education programs.
His fine art is inspired by the tradition of american realists, with an interest in the drama of the landscape, romantic light, painterly brushwork and an earth tone palette. Mixed with this comfortable and familiar language and subject matter is a desire to rethink this language and question the automatic reliance on beauty as