|Kurt Ankeny, Man on Stoop, oil on aluminum, 24 x 24 inches, 2012. Courtesy the artist.|
Our search for fresh talent brought us to Cape Ann last week. Cape Ann is a seaside area about an hour outside Boston that includes towns such as Gloucester, Rockport, and Ipswich. The area has a long history as a haven for artists. A friend had set up a tour of studio visits to some of his favorite artists working in that area. It was an epic day. While a drive to the seaside might conjure up images of boats, seascapes, or other quaint scenes - that's not all that we found. We'll share more soon, but to start, we were impressed by this primarily self-taught artist whose work weaves together a multitude of themes including the dark inky gestural lines used in comic book illustrations as well as art historical references and iconography.