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|An illustrator in the 1970s for publications including Atlantic Monthly, Playboy, Time and The New York Times,
Alan Magee, now a painter and printmaker, was born in 1947 in Newtown,
Pennsylvania. He also illustrated covers for books by Bernard
Malamud, Agatha Christie, Yukio Mishima and Graham Greene. Magee
studied at Bucks County Community College, the Tyler School of Art in
Philadelphia, and the Philadelphia College of Art. He lives and
works in Maine.|
Early in his career as a painter of realistic
images, Magee rebelled against the prevalent abstraction to focus on
realistic style and academic composition. For subject matter, he
favored stones found on New England beaches. In the late 1980s,
influenced by the technique and social commentary of Hannah Hoch's 1920
photo-montages, he began producing collaged mono-prints with a
socio-political tone. He later returned to painting rocks and
other objects in a meticulously representational style.
work, he has said: "I have been fascinated by the forms, surfaces, and
textures of the world around me. I feel compelled to make drawings that
record these details, in an attempt to preserve the excitement of these
discoveries." (Alan Magee, Paintings, Sculpture, Graphics)
National Academy of Design, and American Academy and Institute of Arts
and Letters, both in New York City, have given awards to Magee.
work has been discussed in radio interviews, books and television
documentaries including Maine Masters: Alan Magee and Alan Magee,
Visions of Darkness and Light, produced by Maine PBS station WCBB.
A book, Alan Magee Paintings, Sculpture, Graphics, with essays
by Jonathan Weiner, Richard V. West and Barry Lopez, accompanies a
traveling exhibition of Magee's work in 2003-2005 at the James A.
Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, Pennsylvania; Farnsworth Art Museum,
Rockland, Maine; Museum of Texas Tech University, Lubbock; and Frye Art
Museum, Seattle, Washington.
His work is in the collections of
the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, California; Portland Museum of
Art, Maine; Farnsworth Art Museum, Maine; Art Institute of Chicago,
Illinois; Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock; Arizona State University
Art Museum, Tempe; and the Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio. Private
collections holding Magee's work include those of Diane Sawyer, Mike
Nichols, Nicholas Cage, Johnny Carson, Morley Safer, the Bank of Japan,
Union Trust Bank, Mobil Oil, Atlantic Richfield Company, and Lucasfilm
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