William Manning



Manning’s abstracted landscapes are the New England or Maine equivalent of Richard Diebenkorn’s abstracted cityscapes from the West Coast.

Kenneth Wayne, curator, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 2003

The paintings of William Manning will be shown at Yvette Torres Fine Art in Rockland, Maine, August 2 - September 22, 2019. The exhibit, “Water is Wide”, includes work referencing Monhegan Island done in the oughts and a group of his smaller three dimensional paintings.

Manning was born in Lewiston Maine and has spent the majority of his life painting in Maine. He was the first native Mainer to take up abstract painting.

Manning taught at Portland School of Art (1959 -1969). He was co- founder of Concept School of Visual studies in 1969 and taught there until 1973. Someone at Portland School of Art suggested I visit Monhegan. That was 1964. I did and I have been going there ever since”.* Although Manning can no longer make that journey, the island continues to inspire him. *Manning 1995

A reception will be held Friday, August 2, 5 - 8 pm. Yvette Torres Fine Art, 464 Main Street, Rockland, ME. Hours are Wednesday - Saturday 11 - 5, Sunday, 12 - 4 or by chance or appointment. 207-332-4014, www.yvettetorresfineart.com.