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WILLIAM ROSS SEARLE,
Born Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts, September 25, 1936

Studio: Mashpee, Massachusetts

ARTIST STATEMENT
"I attempt, in my paintings, to suggest a sense of that easily approached, continuous strain of reality, which confronts and moves us, individually and collectively, in straightforward, unfettered terms.

There is joy and sadness in life, and tension, and one time frame pulling against another, and human absence, contradicted by the presence of humankind's simple and monumental works, and there is to life perseverance and quiet celebration"

BIOGRAPHY
William Ross Searle was born and raised on Martha's Vineyard Island. A
tenth generation Island-born native, he is a descendant from earliest Vineyard ancestors who date back to 1670, when Henry Luce and his wife Remember Litchfield, first came to the Island. They moved from Scituate, Massachusetts, settling in Tisbury (now West Tisbury), where Henry became one of the first selectmen of the town.

Searle grew up in Edgartown, attending Edgartown schools. His early experience with Island life and changing seasons is strongly etched in his paintings and drawings. He works comfortably in both acrylic and watercolor mediums. He paints the perimeter of the seashore, where light, weather and tide unite with human activity in a rich pronouncement of man and his life.

Although most of his paintings have an Island connection, he does paint extensively along the entire New England coastline and Europe.

Searle earned his BFA. degree in painting and drawing from Massachusetts College of Art and his M.F.A. degree from Rhode Island School of Design. He teaches part time in the Art Department at Thayer Academy, when he is not in his studio painting.

His paintings span four decades and are included in over five hundred private, corporate, institutional and museum collections across the United States, and Europe, including; Emhart Corporation, West Point Museum, Conoco, Martin Luther King Center, Atlanta, The New England, Cooperative Central Bank, Copley R. E., First Winthrop Corp., Lloyd's of London, New England Museum of Sports, and others.

Larger commissioned pieces include; mural-size paintings of 1797 and 1849 Salem, Massachusetts, done for Eastern Bank, and a large mural-size triptych commemorating the 350th anniversary of the founding of Braintree, Massachusetts.

LITERATURE: Books, Magazines, Newspaper Articles, and Photo Essays
Cape Cod Life Magazine July 2010 "A Seashore Poet Laureate In Paint"  by Rob Duca
Spyglass Spring 2009    "A Magnificent Gift" by Robert L. Gambone
"Where Magazine / Cape Cod and the Islands." Spring - Summer 2002 issue.
"Art Imitates Life On Cape Cod" by Leigh Harrington
Vineyard Gazette, 7/11/78, 7/13/79, 5/16/80/5/15/81
The Grapevine, 7/12/78, 7/7/82
Martha's Vineyard Times, 7/2/87, 7/30/87, 7/80, 10/7/93
Braintree Forum And Observer, 10/4/89
Scarsdale Inquirer, 5/7/81
Gannett Westchester Newspapers, 5/8/81
The Patriot Ledger, 2/29/80, 4/29/80, 9/26/89, 4/26/90, 2/21/98
Brockton Enterprise, 2/22/83
Boston Globe, 4/29/90, 1/9/94
Mariner Newspapers, 11/14/90, 2/25/98
Periodical: Upper Cape Local-May 30, 2002-CMFA Collection includes work of Mashpee artist-(no author listed).
Periodical: Vineyard Gazette-May 24, 2002- Added to collection-(no author listed).
Periodical: The Mashpee Enterprise-may 31, 2002-Mashpee artist's work in CMFA collection-(no author listed).
Upper Cape Codder Newspaper, June 20, 2002 "Mashpee Honors Its COA Volunteers" by Lois Ann Demko
"Who's Who in America" by Marqu
Where Magazine' - Spring Summer 2002 - Art Imitates Life On Cape Cod - by Leigh Harrington.
 
    'Art Of The Cape and Islands - Cape Cod Life Magazine'  2010 - A Seashore Poet Laureate In Paint - by Rob Duca.

REVIEWER COMMENTS

"...you can sense a light wind blowing through the brittle leaves of a tree and the overgrown grass, and feel the loneliness that seeps into the Cape after summer crowds have departed...Searle knows its landscape well..." Where Magazine, Spring/Summer, 2002.

"...Wyeth-like in their extraordinary realism, Searle's paintings most often glow with the half-light of late afternoon, when the sun lies golden on placid bays and estuaries..." The Patriot Ledger, Feb. 21, 1998.

"...a large body of work that quietly celebrates nature and man's
relationship to it...serene paintings of nature and human activity have always been the vehicle that accurately expresses the spirituality and humanity that Searle values..." Boston Globe, January 9, 1994.

"...William Ross Searle, who is a realist painter able to imbue his art with rare poetry..." Martha's Vineyard Times, July 2, 1987.

"...His watercolors are familiar to the Island and are marked by an absolute integrity to the elements that make the Vineyard special. It is a clearness of sky, a goldness of sand, a subtlety of greens and browns in the wetlands and the cool clarity of Island waters..."Inland Marsh" exemplifies the kind of clear still water one comes upon on the Vineyard and looking at it is akin to drinking it. One feels dipped, refreshed by the experience of looking at this stream that does not run through the marsh but slips through it like a distant stranger. . .it is like seeing new revelations about old friends to see
this show." The Grapevine, July 16, 1980.

"...Searle's easy familiarity with Island scenes and confidence in his
strongly-developed style are evidenced in the maturity of his work. Most striking is the clarity of light and shadow in the landscapes. . .in these paintings, the sky is not a direct source of light. Caught instead is the light constantly bounced back by the sea around us..." Vineyard Gazette, July
11, 1978.

"...Searle's Vineyard is a quiet contemplative place where old beached boats nestle among strands of beach grass and vacant eyes of windows stare out at wind-stirred ponds, the . . . paintings are calm and studied. He captures the feeling of Island summer homes beautifully in the season when there are no people in them . . . empty elegant shells on lonely ponds and shores..." The Grapevine, July 12, 1978.

EXHIBITION RECORD

BAAK Gallery, Cambridge, MA, 2003
Cape Museum Of Fine Arts Donor Exhibition, October 5 - 11, 2002.
Martha's Vineyard Historical Society 2001
Thayer Gallery, Braintree, Ma. 1978- through- 2003 (yearly)
J. Todd Galleries, Wellesley, Ma. 1996- through- 2003 (continuing)
Powers Gallery, Acton, Ma. 1996-97
Christopher Gallery, Cohasset, Ma. 1996- 97
William Henry Gallery, Milton, Ma. 1996-97
Gardner-Colby Gallery, Martha's Vineyard 1995-96
Hingham Galleries, Hingham, Ma. 1992-96
King Center, Atlanta, Ga. 1992-through-2003 (continuing)
Hermine Merel Smith Fine Arts, Martha's Vineyard 1985-94
West Point Museum, West Point, N.Y. 1990-through- 2003 (continuing)
Lopoukhine Gallery, Boston 1990
Frame-It Studio and Gallery, Milton, Ma. 1990
Lexington Club, Lexington, Ma. 1988
Ginsburg-Hallowell Gallery, Boston 1984-88
Attleboro Museum, 1984
Merchants Cooperative Bank, Cambridge, Ma. 1983-84
Martha's Vineyard National Bank 1981
Granary Gallery, Martha's Vineyard, 1977-85
Douglas Gallery, Stamford, Ct. 1976-85
Creiger-Sesen Gallery, Boston 1981-84
Munson Gallery, Chatham, Ma. 1981-82
Kiva Gallery, Scarsdale, N.Y. 1981
Crane Library, Quincy, Ma. 1980
China Trade Museum, Milton, Ma. 1979
BAAK Gallery, Cambridge, Ma. 1981
Schnabel Galleries, Hingham, Ma. 1977-80
Art Studio Z, Cambridge, Ma. 1977-80
Grist Mill Art Gallery, Farmington, Ct. 1976-78
Post Arts Center, Guilford, Ct. 1976
St. George's Church, Middlebury, Ct. 1976
Sharon Creative Arts Foundation, Sharon, Ct. 1976
Kent Art Association, Kent, Ct. 1975-76
St. Margaret's McTernan School, Waterbury, Ct. 1975-77
Wiley Gallery, Hartford, Ct. 1975-78
Greater Hartford Civic and Arts Festival, Hartford, Ct. 1976
Belmont Savings Bank, Belmont, Ma. 1973-74
Plymouth Rock Art Gallery, Plymouth, Ma. 1970-71
Lawrence Library, Pepperell, Ma. 1968
Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, Ma. 1968-69
The Lawrence Academy, Groton, Ma. 1968-70
Rhode Island School of Design Art Museum, Providence, R.I. 1963
Providence Art Club, Providence, R.I. 1963
The Copley Society, Boston 1961
Mass. College of Art 1960
Lebarons, Vineyard Haven, Ma. 1959-60

COLLECTIONS (Partial List)

Mr. and Mrs. Gene MacDonald
Emhart Corporation
Ms. Dorothy West
Conoco
Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm Campbell
The New England
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Reardon
Ms. Sarah Jane Sylvia
Ms. Margaret Spencer
Mr. Peter S. Cahall
Mrs. Alma West
Mr. and Mrs. Richard West
Mr. Cornelius N. Bakker
Mr. Randy Repass
Mrs. Isabella White
Eastern Bank
Mr. and Mrs. Peter J. Benelli
Cooperative Central Bank
Ms. Nancy Mitchell
Mr. and Mrs. Merrill Shepard
Mr. and Mrs. Dan Kirby
Garmat and Lombardi
First Winthrop Corp.
Mr. Colin Whyte
Vineyard Haven Public Library
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Burnham
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Bruneau
Fairtide Associates
Mr. and Mrs. James Williams
Dr. Sherry E. Johnson
Ms. Carolyn Meyer
Can-For Corp.
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Burleigh
Mr. Thomas Hegarty
Mr. and Mrs. James Pendleton
Lockwood, Dipple and Green (Lloyds Of London)
Vineyard Conservation Society
Mr. and Mrs. Jeremy Roenick
Mr. and Mrs. John F. White
Mr. and Mrs. John Gadowski
President and Mrs. William Clinton
Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Kissell
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Packer
Peabody Office Furniture
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Hull
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Atkinson
Vineyard Open Land Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. Jerry McCullough
Mr. and Mrs. David Searle
Mr. and Mrs. Paul D'Andries
Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Searle
Randolph Credit Union
Mrs. Grace (Bernen) Hinrichs
Mr. and Mrs. Steven Branfman
Friends The Tisbury Council On Aging
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Temkin
Mrs. Jean DeLorenzo
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Madigan
Ms. Laurie Huff
Mr. and Mrs. Leon Andrews
Mr. and Mrs. Geoffrey Berger
Mrs. Jean Burgess
Mr. and Mrs. William Clough
Mr. and Mrs. Ross Burgess
Mr. and Mrs. James Little
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Burgess
Mr. and Mrs. Allen Norton
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Pratt
Mrs. Wilda White
Mr. and Mrs. Virgil McCarty
Mrs. Frances Walsh
Mr. and Mrs. David Helprin
Mr. and Mrs. Randolp Ditson
Mr. and Mrs. David VanSteenburg
Mr. and Mrs. Stewart Searle
Dr. and Mrs. Ronald Pimpinella
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Benker
Thayer Academy
Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Searle
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Hatch
Friends Of Up-Island Council On Aging
Mr. and Mrs. George L. Searle
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Sawyer
The King Center
Mrs. Susan Bradbury
Copley Realty
Ms. Judith Bell
Ms. Marna Kennedy
Mr. and Mrs. Ted Amazeen
Dr. and Mrs. Arnold D. Scheller, Jr.
Mrs. Susan Borden
West Point Museum Hospice Of Martha's Vineyard, Inc.
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Levinson
Mary P. Wakeman Conservation Center
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Gonzalez
Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Searle
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Blood West
Tisbury Public Library
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Kelley
Mr. and Mrs. Ted Cammann
Mr. and Mrs. Leo Kangas
Dr. and Mrs. Herbert Hodess
Mrs. Muriel Cahoon Mr. Robert Murphy
Mr. and Mrs. Anders and Jennifer Searle Bordum
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Duggan
Mr. and Mrs. Steven Siniscalchi Oak Bluffs Public Library
Mr. and Mrs. Edw. Starr Mr. and Mrs. Neil Weisman
Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Bennett Ms. Susan Swig
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Look Mrs. Gena Grimaldi
Mr. William Frazier Mr. Harvey Garreau, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Sweet Mr. and Mrs. Al Glassman
Braintree Historical Society Mr. and Mrs. Robert Stafford
Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Litchfield Rev. and Mrs. Francis Sayre
Martha's Vineyard Museum Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Searle
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Prince Mr. Asher Derman
Gay Head Public Library Mr. Paul Sheerin
Mr. and Mrs. Ted Polomis Mrs. Sybil Stone
Mr. Thomas Doherty Mr. Nick Stiassni
Edgartown Public Library
Mr. and Mrs. Brewster Davis
Martha's Vineyard Chamber Of Commerce
Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary
Chilmark Public Library Island Elderly Housing
Mr. and Mrs. William Semple PRW Assoc., Inc.
Mr. Gerald Kelly Cramer Productions
Wampanoag Tribal Council Kamp and Nielson, R. E.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Pantano
The Learning Center For Deaf Children
Friends Of The Edgartown Council On Aging
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Maciel
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Stuart
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph P. Canha
Mrs. Donald Hurley
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Bernier
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Searle
Mr. and Mrs. Randall Motland
Mr. Nicholas Carlone
Mr. and Mrs. Marty Nadler
Mrs. Margaret Spencer
Mr. John Weidman
Mr. Gerry Katz
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Arruda
Mr. and Mrs. Richard McKernan
Mrs. Ursula Harvey
Martha's Vineyard Boys And Girls Club
Mrs. Donald Dick
Mr. and Mrs. Rolf Tollefson
Mr. and Mrs. David Merrill
Martha's Vineyard Community Services
Ms. Elizabeth Fitz Scott
Mr. and Mrs. John Maheras
Mr. and Mrs. Steven Carby
Mr. John Santilli, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Ariosta
Mr. and Mrs. David Baker
Mrs. Sally Eichman
Mr. and Mrs. William Elliott
Mrs. Elizabeth Roberts
Ms. Nancy Mitchell
Mr. and Mrs. William Cowen
Martha's Vineyard Hospital
Ms. Georgia Sheron
Mr. and Mrs. Dan DeFelice
Mrs. Mary McHale
Mr. Bradford Yaggy
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Topjian
Windemere Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center
Mr. and Mrs. Leland P. Searle
Mr. and Mrs. George Shattuck
Mr. and Mrs. John Searle
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Newman
Mr. Robert Searle
Mr. and Mrs. George Magnuson
Mrs. Betsey Anderson
Mr. and Mrs. Harris Yett
Mr. Paul Palladino
Mr. and Mrs. Dan Mayhew
Mr. Ivo Meisner
Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Bricklau
Mr. and Mrs. Edw. Starr III
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Lockridge
Mr. Milton Gordon
Ms. Elizabeth Hayman
Dr. Peter M. Yurchak
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Graham
Mr. John E. Dyer
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Tsimortos
Mr. and Mrs. William Payne
Martha's Vineyard Land Bank Commission
Mr. Vernon Acklen
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Fairbanks
Mrs. Claire F. Herlihy
Nathan Mayhew Seminars Of Martha's Vineyard
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Dewey
Martha's Vineyard Historical Preservation Society
Mr. and Mrs. William Haynes
Mr. and Mrs. Howard Ditson
Mr. Milton Gordon
Ms. Nancy Mitchell
Anne Bordum and Jesper Hansen
Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Sullivan
Per Nielsen and Anita Bordum
Mr. and Mrs. Aidan Rooney-Cespedes
Ms. Elizabeth Mahoney
Mrs. Maureen Hennessey
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Samuelian
Mr. Doug Bettle
Mr. and Mrs. James King
Murphy Real Estate New England Museum of Sports
Mr. John McLean Quincy Historical Society
Mr. Mark Hutchinson
Nicki Pardo-Duffin
Mr. and Mrs. John Frankland
Deb Corcoran
Mary Beth Kennedy
Deborah Sharpe
Anni McDonough
Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Browne
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Frederick
Lois Taylor
Phyllis Levin
Mr. and Mrs. James MacInnes
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Grayson
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Melnick
Deborah Searle O'Malley
George and Jeanne Florek

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