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Philip Barter

Philip Barter

Philip Barter

Philip Barter was born in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, but has spent much of his adult life north of Ellsworth in the village of Sullivan. Barter began creating art in the 1960s, spent the 70s lobstering to better provide for his growing family, and was finally able to return to making art full time in the 1980s.

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Philip Barter was born in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, but has spent much of his adult life north of Ellsworth in the village of Sullivan. Barter began creating art in the 1960s, spent the 70s lobstering to better provide for his growing family, and was finally able to return to making art full time in the 1980s.

From the beginning, Barter’s brilliantly colored, modernist-influenced paintings and wood reliefs stood out from the myriad landscapes more traditional artists were creating. Arts writer Carl Little says of Barter, “The appeal of Barter’s stylized renderings of trees, clouds, and rivers is powerful. His ability to extract the essence of landscape provokes marvel. His palette, often not for the faint of hue, underscores his lively vision.”

In 1992, Bates College bestowed on Philip Barter an honor that only a few of Maine’s finest artists receive: a 25-year retrospective. With a feature in Down East magazine, followed two years later with a spot on Charles Kuralt’s, “Good Morning America,” Philip Barter’s career was thrown into high gear, where it has remained ever since.

Philip Barter is represented in the collections of the Portland Museum of Art, the Olin Art Center at Bates College, and the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, as well as in many private collections worldwide. He is represented by Gleason Fine Art in Boothbay Harbor and his own home studio/gallery in Sullivan Maine. 

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