Newport Art Museum

Newport, RI



Hazard Durfee: Journeys in Art


The travels of painter Hazard Durfee through art and life are featured in a retrospective of his work that opened on November 24, 2000 at the Newport Art Museum. "Hazard Durfee: Journeys in Art" runs until January 21, 2001 in the Museum's Ilgenfritz Gallery, 76 Bellevue Avenue.

Mr. Durfee has traveled great distances in his life, both physically and artistically. Born in Tiverton, RI eighty-five years ago, Durfee has sought inspiration in destinations all over the globe: Mexico, the West Indies, Italy, North Africa and New York City. But Rhode Island remains his home and his spiritual center. "Rhode Island is in my soul," says the artist. (left: Sapowet Marsh, 2000, oil on canvas, 30 x 37 inches, Collection of the Artist)

Artistically, Durfee's art ranges from the cubism of his early work in New York, to calligraphic watercolor and ink studies set in Italy and Morocco, to the lush expressionistic landscapes and florals of his mature style.

A graduate of Yale University's Art School, Durfee was featured in Life magazine in 1950 as one of "the country's best artists under 36." In that same year, he was included in the Metropolitan Museum of Art's "American Painting Today" exhibition. Durfee's work has been in the Whitney Museum's Biennial several times. He has exhibited in venues across America including the Newport Art Museum, and his work has been purchased by numerous public and private collectors such as the Art Institute of Chicago and the Laurence Rockefellers. (left: Tafraout, Morocco, 1972, watercolor and ink on paper, 28 x 36 inches, Collection of the Artist)

Hazard Durfee lives and works at Homelands, his family's historic farm estate overlooking the Sakonnet River. At 85 years of age he continues to travel and to pursue his art.

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