MM Fine Art in Southampton will present “Terry Elkins: Recent Work,” an exhibition opening Saturday, November 14, with an afternoon reception from 2 to 6 p.m. This solo show will remain on view through November 29. and is Elkins’ second solo exhibition with MM Fine Art.
Working professionally since the late 1970’s, Elkins, a Bridgehampton resident, credits 30 years of living on the East End with profoundly influencing his work. Having studied in Texas where his work leaned towards the abstract, Elkins eventually relocated to the Hamptons.
“I discovered the area where I had settled was a light filled landscape surrounded by ocean and bays,” Elkins said. “I began to work outside, in the tradition of plein air. My work began to reflect the light, landscape, the coastline, architecture and other images found in the littoral zone.”
Today Elkins’ oil paintings, pastels, drawings and watercolors cover a range of subjects from landscapes and seascapes to maritime and nautical images and historic architectural landmarks. His intimate knowledge of the East End transforms ordinary landscapes into something deeply meditative and intensely personal. The artist finds himself frequently revisiting familiar locations demonstrating a deep connection to the area.
“I keep going back to the places where I’ve painted before,” Elkins said, “working there again, developing ideas and techniques that I was unable to do five or 10 years ago.”
Elkins received his bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Sam Houston State University in 1975 and his masters from the University of Houston in 1978. His works have been exhibited throughout the Unites States and abroad. He has received two Pollock-Krasner Foundations Awards and has been an artist in residence for the Frederic Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg, New York and The Nature Conservancy at the Andy Warhol Preserve in Montauk. He has taught classes in plein air painting for the Parrish Art Museum of Southampton.
MM Fine Arts is at 4 North Main Street, Southampton. Visit mmfineart.com for more information.