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 John Heagan Eames  (1900 - 2002)

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Lived/Active: Maine/Massachusetts      Known for: modernist graphics, drawing

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BIOGRAPHY for John Eames
1900 (Lowell, Massachusetts)
2002 (Portland, Maine)


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Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, July 19, 1900, and a graduate of Portland High School, John Heagan Eames spent the early part of his adult life traveling between Maine, New York and Europe. He returned yearly to Boothbay Harbor and for the past 30 years lived in Wiscasset. His parents were Albert Melvin Eames Sr., and
Amanda Kneeland Matthews Eames.

Eames graduated from Harvard in 1922 and then attended the Harvard Graduate School of Architecture. He worked for almost ten years in New York architectural offices before traveling to London to study art. Eames worked in a tradition of painters and etchers that included James Abbott McNeill Whistler, John Taylor Arms, Malcolm Osborne and Robert Austin. The last two were his teachers during the early 1930s at the Royal College of Art in London.

Eames had an extensive list of exhibition credits going back to 1935, which included the Royal Academy in London, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Venice Biennial, the New York World's Fair in 1939, among many others.

His work is in many permanent collections including the Library of Congress and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In 1992 the Bates College Museum of Art in Lewiston honored the artist with a major exhibition of his prints and watercolors. He continued to exhibit his work, most recently in the annual exhibition of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers in London last year.

Eames was a Senior Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers and member of the National Academy of Design.

For the past three years, Mr. Eames had the distinction of leading the alumni procession at the Harvard commencement as the oldest attending graduate.

John Eames married Muriel McMicken in 1924. They spent their life together traveling in Europe to pursue interest in architecture and landscape as subject material for his painting and etchings, though returning yearly to the Boothbay region. Muriel Eames died in 1971.

Courtesy of Leo Manaff
Wiscasset, Masssachusetts Newspaper, May 30, 2002

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