JOEL
BABB

Am. b. 1947

(Right - Detail from Joel Babb's "Copley Plunge")

Joel Babb

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.

Museum links:

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!

Sunset on the River

Sunset on the River

36 x 44 in. Oil on linen signed "J.M. Babb" l.l. Provenance the artist to the current owner $34,000 The complete title of this painting is "Sunset on the Nezinscot River Maine"

In the Greenwoods

In the Greenwoods

50.25 x 54 in. Oil on linen signed "J.M. Babb, 2015" l.l. Provenance the artist to the current owner $55,000

The Fenway

The Fenway

22 x 28 in. Watercolor signed "J.M. Babb 1980" l.l. Provenance a Massachusetts collector $6,500

House in Hull

House in Hull

14.5 x 21.5 in. Watercolor signed & titled "House in Hull Massachusetts. Late Afternoon J.M. Babb 1979" l.l. Provenance the artist to the current owner Price: please inquire. This was the view from Joel's studio window in Hull looking toward the ocean.

Commonwealth Ave

Commonwealth Ave

2006 22 x 66 in. Oil on linen signed "J.M. Babb" l.l. Provenance a southern Maine collector Exhibited Bates College Museum of Art, “Joel Babb, The Process Revealed” 2009-10 Illustrated: “Nature and Culture: The Art of Joel Babb” by Carl Little $100,000

Eggemoggin Reach

Eggemoggin Reach

2002 60 x 84 in. Oil on linen signed "J.M. Babb" l.l. Provenance a southern Maine collector Exhibited Bates College Museum of Art Illustrated: Catalogue for "Intimate Wilderness: Maine Landscapes of Joel Babb" “Nature and Culture: The Art of Joel Babb” by Carl Little American Artist magazine, March 2004 “Old Influences, New Approaches $175,000

Boston Panorama

Boston Panorama

2012 41 x 82 in. Oil on linen signed "J.M. Babb" l.l. Provenance a southern Maine collector The complete title of this painting is "Boston Panorama from the Hancock." By request of the owner, this work is only available for acquisition by museums or other public institutions. Please inquire as to terms.

Copley Plunge

Copley Plunge

80 x 62 in. Oil on linen signed "J.M. Babb, 1990" l.r. Provenance a southern Maine collector This painting was acquired by the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston in 2017.

Study for Toll Dam

Study for Toll Dam

2001 15 x 20 in. Oil on panel signed "J.M. Babb" l.l. Provenance a southern Maine collector Illustrated: Catalogue for "Intimate Wilderness: Maine Landscapes by Joel Babb" SOLD

Untitled (harbor scene)

Untitled (harbor scene)

7.5 x 10.5 in. Oil on masonite signed "J.M. Babb" l.l. Provenance the artist to the current owner SOLD This is a study of afternoon light looking toward Boston from Hull.

College Hill Providence

College Hill Providence

20 x 28.5 in. Watercolor signed "J.M. Babb 1982" l.r. Provenance Trudy Labelle Fine Arts to the current owner Price: please inquire.

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Sunset on the River

36 x 44 in. Oil on linen signed "J.M. Babb" l.l. Provenance the artist to the current owner $34,000 The complete title of this painting is "Sunset on the Nezinscot River Maine"