Am. b. 1947
(Right - Detail from Joel Babb's "Copley Plunge")
Joel Babb is an exceptional contemporary realistic painter with numerous ties to Maine. A graduate of Princeton University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, he had his first solo show at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine and a subsequent show at the Ogunquit Museum of Art. HIs monumental work, Copley Plunge, which is shown to the right, has now been acquired by the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. He frequently paints the coast of Maine, Boston aerial cityscapes and Italy.
His work was the subject of a 2012 book, "Nature and Culture: The Art of Joel Babb" by Carl Little, introduction by Chris Crossman, contributions by Anita Shreve and Bernd Heinrich. University Press of New England. (hereinafter "The Art of Joel Babb"). The following two quotations illustrate the quality of his work. "With his images of Boston, Babb takes his place alongside his contemporaries Richard Estes, Rackstraw Downes, and a handful of other as one of the foremost city painters of his time." - Carl Little. Michael Culver, Director of the Naples Museum of Art - ". . .his large, meticulously rendered scenes evoke a silence, grandeur and spirituality in the manner of great American landscapists such as Albert Bierstadt and Asher B. Durand."
For more information about Joel, check out this recent article from the Maine Sunday Telegram or his biography. Joel's painting "Church and State Boston from the Harvard Club" was featured in the February 2020 edition of American Art Collector magazine. Also see Joel's essay in the Spring 2020 edition of the Maine Arts Journal.
For images of some of Joel Babbs paintings in museum collections, click on the links below.
Harvard Art Museum - portraits and drawing
Joel's work was exhibited at the Lewis Arts Complex at Princeton University in recognition of his graduating 50 years ago in May, 1969!