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First Snow  31.5" x 41.5"  Oil On Canvas

First Snow

31.5" x 41.5"

Oil On Canvas

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Road to Samos  38" x 61"  Oil On Canvas

Road to Samos

38" x 61"

Oil On Canvas

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Pioneer  8" x 8"  Gouache On Paper With Beeswax

Pioneer

8" x 8"

Gouache On Paper With Beeswax

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Back Deck #1  13.5" x 13.5"  Gouache And Oil On Paper With Beeswax

Back Deck #1

13.5" x 13.5"

Gouache And Oil On Paper With Beeswax

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Glacial Woods  47" x 62"  Oil On Canvas

Glacial Woods

47" x 62"

Oil On Canvas

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First Snow  31.5" x 41.5"  Oil On Canvas

First Snow

31.5" x 41.5"

Oil On Canvas

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Road to Samos  38" x 61"  Oil On Canvas

Road to Samos

38" x 61"

Oil On Canvas

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Pioneer  8" x 8"  Gouache On Paper With Beeswax

Pioneer

8" x 8"

Gouache On Paper With Beeswax

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Back Deck #1  13.5" x 13.5"  Gouache And Oil On Paper With Beeswax

Back Deck #1

13.5" x 13.5"

Gouache And Oil On Paper With Beeswax

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Glacial Woods  47" x 62"  Oil On Canvas

Glacial Woods

47" x 62"

Oil On Canvas

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Perky Edgerton, Back Yard Porch #1, Oil On Canvas

Back Deck #1, 13.5" x 13.5", Gouache And Oil On Paper With Beeswax

"This past year has been a time of isolation and self-reflection which has led to both a continuation and new exploration.

I paint from my surroundings, and as I am now quarantined in a place of great natural beauty, I have found meaning in the mysterious things and moments I see in my own backyard."

- Perky Edgerton

Perky Edgerton, Pioneer, Oil On Canvas

Pioneer, 8" x 8", Gouache On Paper With Beeswax

Perky Edgerton’s recent show, Far and Near, reflects time she has spent in Kandy, Sri Lanka; Samos, Greece; Swarthmore, Pennsylvania; and most recently her new residence in the Berkshires.  For Edgerton, returning to her childhood home in Williamstown, Massachusetts, where her father was a professor of art History at Williams College, triggered flashbacks and memories of previous travels and places where the artist has lived and worked.  In this group of paintings, the artist reflects on the phenomenon that our backyards, whether in exotic locations or in places that are more ordinary, acquire familiarity and comfort and become “home” over time.  Beauty in the unexpected is always the domain of the artist and memories and observation combine to create rich and diverse subject matter for an exhibition that will fulfill current needs to see beyond our communal isolation.

 

Edgerton’s work evolves slowly and organically as she layers paint on paint, and creates textures through the use of collage and printing.  Her jewel-like colors shine with an inner light, as if emerging from the depths of the painting surface.  The most domestic subject matter is transformed into a mysterious playground for flora and fauna.  The viewer’s eye wants to travel into the artist’s world and discover her very unique way of seeing. 

 

Edgerton received her BFA from Boston University and MFA from the Tyler School of Art. 

Video

Perky Edgerton, Listening for Monkeys

John Thornton

2013

From surviving food fights at a school for bad boys, to living at the Villa I Tatti, Bernard Berenson's Florentine shrine of early Renaissance art, to major monkey wars in Sri Lanka, Perky Edgerton translates her experiences into sublimely beautiful art.

Perky Edgerton, For the Love of Paint: The Cocktail Party

John Thornton

2013

Ever since I first saw them in the early 1980's, I have been madly in love with the paintings of Perky Edgerton. I stopped by recently at Gross McCleaf Gallery where she has a show up and by luck Perky was there.

Despite having walking pneumonia, she walked me through her show and told the stories behind a number of her paintings. In this film she talks about a painting called "The Cocktail Party".