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Don Gorvett: Working Waterfronts
On view through September 12, 2021
Portsmouth Historical Society
Portsmouth, New Hampshire

“Don Gorvett: Working Waterfronts” presents over sixty works by this famed contemporary Seacoast printmaker.

Don Gorvett, attracted by the sights and sounds of the New England waterfronts, painted seascapes and boat portraits throughout his career. Although he too could capture a sense of the serene and picturesque, Gorvett often celebrated the mechanical and gritty, rather than fashionable drawing rooms and peaceful sunsets.

Don Gorvett studied art at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Gorvett is today renowned for his distinctive work with the reduction woodcut technique, whereby the artist personally prints multiple, superimposed impressions from the same block, each of which is subtly different from preceding layers, produced as parts of the block are gradually cut away. The results are final works of remarkable complexity and beauty.

[Image: Don Gorvett, Life Boat, Merchant’s Row, 2018. Reduction woodcut; 29 x 24 in. (Photo, courtesy of the artist)]