On Saturday, December 8, Hawthorne Fine Art held an opening event for Isles of Tranquility: Paintings of Bermuda by Clark Greenwood Voorhees, 1871–1933. Our latest exhibition features brilliant representations of the Bermuda islands completed by the artist during his annual winter visits, which began in 1919.
Works on view range from intimate nature studies, to grand views of vibrant blue ocean and sky. Voorhees was known for his dual interest in science and art, and expressed this fascination with nature and botany through careful study of the trees, atmosphere, and environment of Bermuda. His depictions of the abundant Bermuda cedar trees express the vitality of nature through the illusion of rustling movement amid the branches. However, the artist also captured a number of buildings in his paintings, including his own home and studio in Somerset, which he named “Tranquility.”
Isles of Tranquility has already caught the attention of both residents and frequent visitors of Bermuda. Dr. Edward Harris, Executive Director of the National Museum at Dockyard, Bermuda, attended the exhibition opening on Saturday and has written an illuminating article for his Heritage Matters series. “Voorhees’s Isles of Tranquility” thoughtfully discusses the artist’s island paintings in the context of the history of art, artists, and tourists in Bermuda.
Isles of Tranquility is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue, available in PDF form on the Hawthorne Fine Art website. The exhibition will be on view Tuesdays through Fridays, 10:00am to 5:00pm, until January 18, 2013.