By Gail McCarthy
---- — An explosion of color and imagination is apparent in the new exhibition opening this weekend at the Cape Ann Museum, featuring the artwork of Gloucester’s own Dennis Flavin.
The show, “Uncommon Vision,” includes 20 paintings described as abstract impressionism, with examples of work spanning decades. There is a free public opening reception on Saturday, April 6, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Flavin studied art at the Vesper George School of Art in Boston before moving to Cape Ann in the early 1970s. He has lived here for nearly 40 years and owns and operates Halibut Point Restaurant on Main Street.
“When you look at my paintings, you see whatever you want to see. But you will never get bored,” said Flavin, known for his animated nature. “I love color and I knew I was going to be a painter. I couldn’t stop painting and I always had an art studio.”
Until last year, Flavin never showed his work publicly. He painted for the love of the art form and the love of life, which he wished to express through his paintbrush. His art studio is housed in a centuries-old barn in Annisquam where there are always several paintings in development.
He has earned the respect of fellow Cape Ann painters, such as Rockport’s John Terelak, an American Impressionist painter, who has been a long-time advocate of Flavin.
“Characterized by chaotic abstraction and a loose clash of dynamic shapes and colors, Flavin’s work has the ability to dually stimulate and puzzle the senses,” reads a museum press statement. “He can’t explain where such abstractions originate, just that he stands in front of the easel and paints how he feels.”
Flavin credits Picasso as one of his biggest influence and cites the unwavering support of his family as his wellspring of inspiration.
The museum will host a Gallery Talk with Flavin on April 20 at 1 p.m., while the exhibition runs through May 26.
The museum is at 27 Pleasant St. in Gloucester. For more information, visit www.capeannmuseum.org.
Gail McCarthy can be reached at 978-283-7000, x3445, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.