Anne Neely




  Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
  Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY [View artwork]
  Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA
  DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA
  The Farnesworth Art Museum, Rockland, ME
  Grunwald Center for Graphic Arts at UCLA
  The McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX
  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
  National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

AFTERMATH, 2021    oil on linen, 60 x 46"
(Collection of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC)

When I started the painting “Aftermath” I was so hopeful for beauty. The colors blended together on the surface of the canvas conjuring a bright sunset, but then, after looking at it for a while, a black skeletal structure pushed up from below, up from the bottom of the painting and my uncontrollable brush had tipped the balance into a darker zone. Suddenly, in fear and exhilaration, I was bound to an unseen vision. Now it was all about wherever the paint would take me. “Touch” was all, as my brush pressed onto the painting, pressing, then light strokes like a dance. Everything that evolved would be beyond choice. “Aftermath” became a different kind of beauty that encompassed another more frightening reality.

  Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME
  Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
  The Smithsonian, The National Museum of American Art, Washington, DC
  Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY [View artwork]

SQUALL, 2014     oil on linen, 60 x 80"
(Collection of the Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME)

For the last thirty years I have spent time in Jonesport, ME. It is my “art spirit” home where I make paintings from observation and imagination.

The jutting old piers left over from the thriving herring industry during the turn of the 20th century are a setting for my painting Squall. I used these deteriorated wharfs to mark a moment in time, accompanied by a human obliviousness, to the destruction of a different kind about to happen. The thickly dark, tarred sky, looms over this village, as a reminder of the fickle weather that climate change has heralded, shaping us, telling us, bringing us reluctantly to its attention. Anne Neely


  Alaska Airlines
  Alex Katz Foundation, New York, NY
  Amerada Hess, Woodbridge, NJ
  Ariel Reinsurance Company, Hamilton, Bermuda
  Art in Embassies, U.S. Department of State:
        Belgrade, Serbia, 2021
        N'Djamena Collection, Chad, 2017
        San Salvador, El Salvador, 2016
        Doha, Qatar, 2014

Alchemy Soup
ALCHEMY SOUP, 2014     oil on linen, 70 x 92"
(Collection of the U.S. Embassy N'Djamena, Chad)

  AT&T Longlines, Newark, NJ
  Bank of Boston, Boston, MA
  Berkshire Partners, Boston, MA
  Boston Public Library, Boston, MA
  Chemical Bank, New York, NY
  Federal Reserve Gallery, Washington, DC
  Fidelity Investments, Boston, MA, New York and Singapore
  The Gund Partnership, Cambridge, MA
  Liberty Mutual, Boston, MA
  Loomis Sayles & Company, Boston, MA
  Milbank, Tweed, Hadley and McCloy, New York, NY
  New York Public Library, New York, NY

Alchemy Soup
STORMY WEATHER, 2020     oil on linen, 45 x 60"
(Private Collection)

"In her coastal Maine outpost Neely has managed to take knowledge — of ecology and climate issues — and incorporate it into work that is at once provocative and pleasing to the eye. "
— Carl Little, "Anne Neely's Ethical Abstractions,", August 20, 2020

  Office of Public Works, County Cork, Ireland
  Perry Corporation, New York, NY
  Polaroid Corporation, Cambridge, MA
  The Putnam Companies, Boston, MA
  Reader’s Digest, Pleasantville, NY
  The Rita Rich Collection, New York , NY
  Robeco Investment Management, Boston, MA
  Simmons College, Boston, MA
  Simpson, Thatcher and Bartlett, New York, NY
  Sonesta International Hotels, Boston, MA
  Wellington Management, Boston, MA
  Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale & Dorr, Boston, MA

Alaska Airlines lounge
OFFSHORE, 2014   oil on linen, 70 x 92"
(Collection of Alaska Airlines; installation view, Alaska Airlines Lounge at San Francisco International Airport)

"This work reflects the artist’s ideas about water and its increasing fragility as well as the impact of climate change on our environment. Its purpose is to engage the viewer in a conversation about our shared responsibility to protect water, and to inspire our accountability for environmental issues facing us."

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