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 Charles Steven DuBack  (1926 - )

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Lived/Active: Maine/New York/Connecticut      Known for: abstract vivid-colored tropical vegetation motif painting

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1926 (Fairfield, Connecticut)
 
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Maine/New York/Connecticut

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Biography from ACME Fine Art:
CHARLES DUBACK
(1926-)

Education:
Whitney School of Fine Arts, New Haven, CT
Newark School of Fine & Industrial Arts, Newark, NJ
Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME
Brooklyn Museum Art School, Brooklyn, NY

Selected Group Exhibitions:
Collage and Construction, Union College, 1959
Twentieth Biennial International Watercolor Exhibition, Brooklyn Museum, 1959
Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting, Whitney Museum of American Art, NY, 1959-60
Modern Classicism, David Herbert Gallery, NY, 1960
Recent Painting: The Figure, Museum of Modern Art, 1962
Group Show, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, NY, 1966
Four Directions, Carleson Gallery, NY, 1967
Horizon Gallery, NY, 1968
Print Show, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY, 1970
Hassam Purchase Fund Exhibition, American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY, 1973
Landmark Gallery, NY, 1973
Maine Coast Artists, Rockport, Maine, 1974
Soho and So, 20th Annual Contemporary American Painting Exhibition, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, 1974
A Soho Sampler, 63rd Annual Contemporary American Painting Exhibition, Randolph Macon Woman's College, Lynchburg, VA, 1974
Works on Paper, Weatherspoon Gallery, Greensboro, NC, 1975
Drawing Show, Landmark Gallery, NY, 1975
118 Show, Landmark Gallery, New York, 1975
Subject Matter, Landmark Gallery, New York, 1975
Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN, 1976
Verle #2, Hartford, CT, 1976
118 Show, Landmark Gallery, New York, 1976
Hadassah, Westwood, NJ, 1977
10 Downtown, P.S.1., Institute for Art & Urban Resources, Queens, New York, 1977
Maine Coast Artists, Rockport, Maine, 1977
10 Painters of Maine, Landmark Gallery, NY, 1977
Painting and Sculpture Today, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN, 1978
Sculpture, Landmark Gallery, New York, NY, 1979
Art Fellows Summer Invitational, Belfast, ME, 1981
New Dimensions in Drawing, Aldrich Museum, CT, 1981
The Chair Show, Thorpe Intermedia Gallery, Sparkill, NY, 1981, 1982
Tenth Anniversary Exhibition, Landmark Gallery, New York, NY, 1982
National Academy of Design, New York, NY, 1982
Kornbluth Gallery, New York, NY, 1984
Invitational, Art Fellows Gallery, ME, 1985
Gallery Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL, 1985
The Artist Native, Contemporary Images, New York, NY, 1984-86
Marden Fine Arts, New York, NY, 1984-86
Betsy Marden Gallery, New York, NY, 1986
Ingber Gallery, New York, NY, 1986
Group Show, Art Fellows Gallery, ME, 1987
Farnsworth Museum Auction, Rockland, ME, 1987
Maine Nuclear Referendum CT, Portland, ME, 1987
3rd Annual Wildlife & Sporting Art Show, Augusta, ME, 1987
Hobe Sound Gallery, Portland, ME, 1987, 1989
National Drawing Show, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN (Took Purchase Prize both years), 1987-89
National Academy of Design, New York, NY, 1990
National Academy, 167th Annual Exhibition, New York, NY, 1992
The Maine Legacy, Portland Museum of Art, ME, 1996
Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME, 1997
Maine Art Gallery, Wiscassett, ME, 1997
Maine Mountain Group Show, O'Farrell Gallery, Brunswick, ME, 2000
Maine & The Modern Spirit, Katonah, Katonah, NY, 2000
Maine Coast Artist, Rockport, ME, 1993, 1994, 2001
Ernden Gallery, Provincetown, MA, 2002
Finn Gallery, Greenwich, CT, 2002-03
River Tree Gallery, Kennebunk, ME, 2004
Center for Maine Contemporary Arts, Rockport, ME, 2002, 2004
Greenhut Gallery, Portland, ME, 2004
Round Top Gallery, Damariscotta, ME, 2005
Maine Discovery Museum, Bangor, ME, 2005
Audubon Society, Falmouth, ME, 2006
National Academy, New York, NY, 2006
Greenhut Gallery, Portland, ME, 2006
Downtown Gallery, Washington, ME, 2007
Gallery 6170, Damariscotta, ME, 2007
Landing Gallery, Rockland, ME, 2008

Selected Solo Exhibitions:
Roko Gallery, NY, 1955
Tanager Gallery, NY, 1958
’59 Area Gallery, NY, 1959, 1961
Louis Alexander Gallery, NY, 1962
Green Mountain Gallery, NY, 1971
Watercolor Show, Horizon Gallery, NY, 1971
Carlson Gallery, Arnold Bernhard Arts & Humanities Center, Bridgeport, CT, 1976
Landmark Gallery, NY, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1979
Jorgenson Gallery, University of Connecticut, Storrs, 1979
Charcoal Drawings, Landmark Gallery, 1979
Drawings, Landmark Gallery, New York, NY, 1981
Suzanne Gross Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, 1983
Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL, 1985
Anne Weber Gallery, ME, 1986
Bell Gallery, Rhinebeck, NY, 1987
Seraphim Gallery, Englewood, NJ, 1988
Patrucci Gallery, Saugerties, NY, 1998
Frick Gallery, Belfast, ME, 1998
Maine Art Gallery, Wiscassett, ME, 1999
O'Farrell Gallery, Brunswick, ME, 2001
Ernden Gallery, Provincetown, MA, 2002, 2003
Round Top Center for the Arts, Damariscotta, ME, 1998, 2003
Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, ME, 2003
Greenhut Gallery, Portland, ME, 2003, 2006
Jameson Modern, Portland, ME, 2008

Selected Collections:
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
New Britain Museum, Hartford, CT
Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME
Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC
The Butler Museum of American Art, CT
New York City Center Gallery, New York, NY
Art in Embassies Program, Washington, DC and abroad
Boston Mutual Life Insurance Company, Canton, MA
Junior College of Albany, Albany, NY
Emory Collection, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Prudential Insurance, Newark, NJ
Port Authority, New York, NY
Citibank, New York, NY
AT&T, New York, NY
University of West Virginia, Morgantown, WV
Austin Peay State University, Clarkesville, TN
Westchester University, Westchester, PA
International Nickel Co., New York, NY

Biography from Portland Museum of Art, Maine:
Following is an exhibition announcement of the Museum's exhibition of work by Charles DuBack.

Charles DuBack (born 1926) first came to Maine from New York City in the mid-1950s. The exhibition "Charles DuBack: Coming to Maine" will feature 20 paintings and collages focusing on his rarely shown, but pivotal, work from the late 1950s. The exhibition is complemented by a small selection of his more recent watercolors from 1998 depicting the woods that surround his home in Tenants Harbor.  These two bodies of work, although separated by decades, are related in conception and are the result of DuBack’s response to the landscape of Maine. This is the Museum's first exhibition devoted to that seminal period when New York post-war modernism arrived in Maine. "Charles DuBack: Coming to Maine" is on view October 10, 2009 through January 3, 2010.

Coming to Maine in the mid-1950s provided a turning point in Charlie DuBack’s artistic career. Like many New York artists, DuBack originally planned to spend a summer at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture but eventually established a life-long love of the Maine landscape. A devoted modernist inspired by the earlier paintings of Picasso and Matisse, DuBack was equally involved in the emerging color-field and Pop-Art movements of the day.  It was these early works that first brought him critical acclaim in New York. His later watercolors translate his early love of color into a patchwork of bright brushwork that verges on abstraction. With a minimum of bravura brush strokes, DuBack can deftly describe a fir tree, sun glinting on the water, or the rising and the setting of the sun.

DuBack, who had shared a New York studio with sculptor Bernard Langlais and painter Alex Katz in the 1950s, was part of a group of artists who all settled in mid-coast Maine as summer residents. Along with Lois Dodd and Yvonne Jacquette, their work is well represented in the Portland Museum of Art’s collections. DuBack’s massive painting with figural cut-outs, The Coopers (1970) hangs along with many of these works in the Museum’s contemporary third floor gallery. All of these artists were drawn initially to the landscape, but soon expanded their interests to the human figure and to the traditional culture and history of this place. Over the years, DuBack, who is an avid fly fisherman, has developed an especially intimate knowledge of the Maine woods. With an artist’s eye for defining color and shape, he translates that visual understanding into works of art that convey the vibrancy and animation of nature.

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