Provincetown, MA: The Alden Gallery will present a two-person show of new work by Jim Broussard and Kevin Cyr, opening on Friday, July 9, 2021, at 423 Commercial St. There will be an opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. The show will be on view through July 22.
Jim Broussard is a Provincetown painter who works primarily en plein air in oil, painting street scenes, seascapes, and dunescapes. He studied at MassArt, and, having spent summers in Provincetown since his youth, moved here year-round more than 20 years ago. His enduring subject is the town itself, which he has portrayed from every angle and during every season in his unique style, which is rooted in Provincetown art colony impressionist traditions. He also frequently escapes into the Cape Cod National Seashore, where he’ll spend time alone in the dune shacks. This is Broussard’s second annual show at the Alden Gallery, which he joined after the closing of Shirl Roccapriore’s Oils by the Sea.
Kevin Cyr has been showing at the Alden Gallery since its opening in 2007; he was trained at MassArt and worked for several years with Kehinde Wiley. Cyr’s hyper-real oil paintings result from an ongoing fascination with the cars and trucks of his childhood in northeast Maine. “I have always been interested in painting vehicles and scenes that have defined the evolution of the American landscape,” he says. The subjects of his paintings have included RVs, vans, Land Rovers, and VW buses, all in a state of disrepair and often marked by graffiti and rust. This year he focuses mainly trucks he spotted near his studio outside of Portland, Maine, and vintage cars he discovered in Cuba. He puts his vehicles on solid, brightly colored backgrounds, which he likens to a set-up for portraiture. Common themes in his work include mobility, sustainability, mortality, and consumer culture.
The Alden Gallery is open daily, 11 a.m.–5 p.m., and 6–9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, continuing through Labor Day, after which it will be open weekends through New Year’s Day, 2022. It is free and open to the public. During gallery hours, call 508-487-4230; off-hours, call 646-483-8164.
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