“My paintings evolve from an introspection, coming out of an awareness, a sense. This remembering, this stilling, is where I go in my creative work. By opening to this reception, I am attempting to find form, color and movement to express what we cannot describe, but we feel; like divine, the deep forest place, water’s essence, or the complexity and simplicity of love.”
Heidi Daub was raised near the meeting waters of the Susquehanna and Chenango rivers and in her late teens was drawn to the North Atlantic coast, graduating 1982 from Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, Massachusetts. Residing and working in Maine since 1984, she exhibits her paintings in solo and group shows throughout New England, and online. Curator and collaborator, Daub’s art reflects her involvement in various artistic disciplines and her reverence for the natural world. She has produced two publications of her paintings and poems, Eve Of A New Round (2008) and the artist catalog Pieces of Prayer (2015). Her work is housed internationally in private and corporate collections.
From her studio days in the 1980’s at Montserrat College Of Art, in Beverly, Massachusetts, Heidi Daub has doggedly maintained an independent and individualistic approach to her art that reflects a temperament derived from a thorough knowledge of and an adherence to the vocabulary of Modernism, complemented with an imaginative and innovative approach to her art that has not been seen in Maine for a long time. Indeed the paintings of Heidi Daub are arguably some of the most distinctive and intriguing that have appeared in and out of Maine during the last ten years. Her style, with its unmistakenable identity, make her paintings a challenge both to the eye and to the mind. Yet the elements of her paintings are simple and familiar, appealing equally to adults and children. But the meaning of her paintings, paradoxically, are concealed within those same simple and familiar elements and elude immediate comprehension. And that for the viewer is the challenge of her art.
Daub has assimilated the characteristics of Modernism so completely to her own artistic purposes, she seems to have come to it naturally. She is one of a small number of Maine artists who work with it convincingly. She has created a style that is personal, idiomatic, and singularly hers. Nature is always her starting point, always her vehicle for expressing and shaping her personal visions. Her imagery is thus always recognizable as belonging to the world of appearances, regardless of the particular configuration she may give them. And though she employs the vocabulary of representationalism, her painted language is conditioned by the grammar and syntax of Modernism and abstraction. One of her gifts is her ability to combine representational and abstract elements without making the former obvious or obtrusive.
The art of Heidi Daub is unquestionably a rare experience, the kind we are not likely to see again for some time. Her ability to translate personal experiences, thoughts, and feelings into artful images that are at once rich in poetic associations and probing in enigmatic content are what make the paintings of Heidi Daub memorable and worth seeking out.
Selected Solo Exhibits
Powers Hall Gallery, University Maine Machias, Pieces Of Prayer, with catalog of paintings poems and guest essays, Machias, ME
Artemis Gallery, Northeast Harbor, ME
Blue Hill Public Library, Messages, with Avy Claire and Susan Webster, Blue Hill ME
Gleason Fine Art, Welcome Spring, Boothbay Harbor, ME
Island Artisans, New Work, Bar Harbor, ME
Schooner Gallery, Milbridge, ME
Markings Gallery, To Hear The Forest Speaking Bath, ME
Sam Shaw Gallery, Northeast Harbor, ME (2006, 2004)
Blue Hill Library, Eve Of A New Round Blue Hill, ME
Aarhus Gallery, Belfast, ME
Chroma Gallery, Guilford, CT
Turtle Gallery, Deer Isle, ME
The Firehouse Gallery, Damariscotta, ME (2002-2005, 2000)
Classic Framers,Westerly, RI (2001-2003)
The Grand Auditorium, Ellsworth, ME (1987)
Pitcher/Masters Studio Gallery, Deer Isle, ME
Leighton Gallery, Blue Hill, ME (1998-2000, 1987-1994)
Clark House Gallery, Bangor, ME (2000)
Acacia Gallery, Gloucester, MA
Saturday Cove Gallery, Northport, ME
Gallery House, Nobleboro, ME (1991-1997)
Thomas Moser Showroom, Approaching Intimacy- Landscape As Metaphor including original writings, Portland, ME (1992)
The Laughing Lion, Blue Hill, ME
Selected Group Exhibits
Gleason Fine Art, Boothbay Harbor, ME (2013-2015)
Artemis Gallery, Northeast Harbor, ME (2014)
Artful Home website and catalogs, artfulhome Madison,WI (2009-2015)
10*8 Small Works Show, Blue Hill, ME (2003-2014)
Blue Hill Library, August benefit show, Blue Hill, ME ( 2010-2011)
Art Collector Maine, Art. Works. Kennebunkport, ME (2013)
KPK Gallery, London, England (2012- 2013) Hidden Gems Of Contemporary Art
Cynthia Winings Gallery, Blue Hill, ME
Aarhus Gallery, Belfast, ME (2011, 2009)
Island Artisans, Bar Harbor, ME (1990-2008)
Maine Artscene Virtual Gallery, juried virtual gallery maineartscene (2009-2010)
By Design Gallery, Bangor, ME
Pearson Legacy Gallery, Deer Isle, ME
Leighton Gallery, Blue Hill, ME
The Powers Gallery, Acton, MA (2007-2008)
The Landing Gallery, Rockland, ME and Woodbury, NY (2007)
Turtle Gallery, Deer Isle, ME (2007, 2005)
Sam Shaw Gallery, Northeast Harbor, ME (2005-2007)
Galeyrie Fine Art, Falmouth, ME (2006)
Maine Audubon Art Auction, Falmouth, ME (2004-2006)
Abbe Museum Art Auction, Bar Harbor, ME
Belfast Poetry Festival, original poems and exhibition, Belfast, ME
International Peace Conference UMO, Orono, ME
Mystic Arts Center, Mystic, CT
Montserrat College Of Art, 30th anniversary alumni exhibit, juried by Linda Norden, art curator Fogg Art Museum, Beverly, MA
George Marshall Store Gallery, two person show Elemental Play with original writings, York, ME
Montserrat College Of Art, Curator and exhibitor Inner Landscapes-Artists and Poets From Maine with paintings and writings, Beverly, MA
Greenhut Galleries, Portland, ME (1992-1998)
Gallery House, two person showings with Eric Hopkins and group showings including Seven Maine Women Artists and The Spirit And Four Artists Nobleboro, ME (1991-1997)
New Arts Program, Invitational Small Works Show, Kutztown, PA
Union Of Maine Visual Artists, Interiors including original writings, Ellsworth Public Library, Ellsworth, ME
Thomas Moser Showroom Angels, Portland, ME (1993)
Pieces of Prayer, a catalog of 20 paintings and 8 poems, with guest essays in conjunction with the solo exhibit at UMaine Machias, ME
Featured Artist, Summer 2014 Issue 2River, online poetry journal, 2River.org
The Shelter a collaboration with Leonroe Hildebrandt published in Split Rock Review, a biannual online literary magazine crafted in Minnesota.
Ashes To Art Project, A book comprised of images, statements and poems by American artists presenting hope by utilizing charcoal from the 2012 Colorado fires.
Eve Of A New Round, a compilation of 29 original paintings and poems
Artist talk/presentation, Pieces of Prayer, Powers Hall Gallery, Machias, ME
Blue Hill Library Arts Series, Three Artists = Three Visions, presentation and panel discussion with artists Louise Bourne and Richard Wands
Belfast Poetry Festival, A Poem To Behold collaboration with poet Leonore Hildebrant
Gallery Talk, Chroma Gallery, Guilford CT.
Gallery Talk, Turtle Gallery, Deer Isle, ME.
Poetry Reading, Belfast Poetry Festival, Belfast, ME.
Gallery Talk, The Firehouse Gallery, Damariscotta, ME.
Presentation and Documentary I-movie, Bangor High School, Bangor, ME.
Discussion, Artist Talk, George Marshall Store Gallery, York, ME.
Poetry Reading and Talk, Thomas Moser Showroom, Portland, ME.