Artist Paul Strisik found plein-air painting to be the bedrock of his artistic methods; Influenced by the summers he spent painting in Frank Vincent DuMond's landscape classes, Strisik strove to capture the essence of a scene and its light. His developed painting technique often invovled creating several plein-air oil sketches before completing the final version of the scene in the studio. This process allowed him to experiment with different atmospheres and light effects, characteristics he is now known for. In 1951, Strisik moved to the North Shore art colony of Rockport, Massachusetts, where he established a studio, and soon after opened the Strisik Gallery on Main Street, next to the Rockport Art Association. From here his reputation for painting New England scenes grew into a thriving career.
“…there is something about the ocean when it is angry or calm….Here you feel eternal movement – the day changing from hour to hour, the sea is always restless, different, especially during a storm. You are continually reminded of nature’s magnificent vitality.”
-- Paul Strisik, as quoted in Bill Marx, Lynn Magazine, January 1988
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Private collection, Rockport, Massachusetts
top stretcher in black marker: #0-10
1). Artist’s label with painting description
2). Stamped on stretcher bars: Paul Strisik / 10 Main Street / Rockport, Massachusetts
3). Rockport Art Association exhibition label, 2001
Rockport Art Association Retrospective Exhibition, September 29 – November 11, 2001