Mac Wells, 1925-2009: A Memorial Exhibition, Art Sites, Riverhead, NY

Painting by Mac Wells

ART SITES is honored to present its fourth exhibit of the works of Mac Wells. This is a memorial exhibition in recognition of Mac Well’s lifetime devotion to art. This Orient resident was entranced by the light and ever changing sky above the Long Island Sound, visible from his studio window. But Mac’s art is abstract, not an illustration. His subtle shifts in tone lend a deep serenity to the works. A student of Buddhism, Mac translates his inner calm on canvas. The mood of Mac’s art seeps into one’s consciousness, almost like viewing nature itself. This show is culled from the pieces he kept close at hand, such as a favorite painting, which hung in his living room, and the sketches made to explore ideas. After this show the works will travel to Maine to join an archive of his works in Lewiston, Maine.

Mac Wells has been an active member of the American Abstract Artists since 1967. He conveyed his love of art to art students over 30 years of teaching at Hunter College. Mac Wells was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1925 and moved to New York in 1951. Wells showed with the A.M. Sachs, Max Hutchinson and Susan Caldwell Galleries in the 1960s and 1970s. During the 1960s the artist was close to the Park Place cooperative and exhibited paintings along with this group. In 1993 he was the recipient of a Mark Rothko Foundation Award Exhibition at ARTISTS SPACE in New York. His work is included in many collections, including The Wadsworth Atheneum, Harford CT, The Denver Museum of Art, Denver CO, The Santa Fe Museum, Santa Fe NM, Columbus Museum of Fine Art, Columbus OH, Larry Aldrich Museum, Ridgfield CT, and the Print Collections of the Guggenheim Museum, NY, The Whitney Museum of American Art, NY and The New York Public Library.