Neil Welliver (1929-2005)

Light in Brook, 1985
oil on canvas
Gift of Dorothy Stiles Blankfort, Class of 1931


“I'm trying to seduce a person into really feeling that he can walk into my canvas.'"

-Neil Welliver

The man who would eventually become Maine's perhaps most famous landscape painter was born in rural Pennsylvania in 1929. Welliver eventually arrived in Lincolnville, Maine, where he sought to capture the ruggedness of the Maine landscape in his paintings. Drawing influences from abstract paintings, Welliver's works invite the viewer to go deeper into them, to explore the works. His works continue to influence numerous landscape artists today. His influence also continues through the Graduate School of Fine Arts at The University of Pennsylvania, which he founded.

His works are found in more than 40 permanent collections throughout the country.

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