Known for both his portrait and his landscapes, James Lechay’s work often blends genres. “Portraits sometimes appear within landscapes…His landscapes include cityscape abstracted to their essence…Still lifes are flattened and separated, upending the tradition of rendering objects on a tabletop with depth and a sense of space,” writes Curator Megan Hinton in her essay for the exhibition catalog. A versatile artist, he worked with a diverse array of media: oil, gouache, casein, lithography, and even bronze.
Lechay began painting seriously in 1929, when he left the University of Illinois for New York City and became immersed in the teachings of Hans Hofmann at the New York School of Painting. In the 1940s, Lechay worked for the WPA (Works Progress Administration) painting street scenes and urban architecture in New York City, and became Professor Emeritus at the University of Iowa, a position he held for 30 years. His art was shown locally in Wellfleet at the late Sally Nerber’s beloved Cherrystone Gallery. Additional works, complementing the PAAM exhibition, will be on view at The Berta Walker Gallery in Provincetown.
Megan Hinton has been exhibiting her work in New England and beyond for over fifteen years. Hinton holds degrees from Ohio Wesleyan University, The School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and New York University. Hinton has been awarded artist residencies from The Women’s Studio Workshop, The Vermont Studio Center, Nantucket Island School of Design, and Les Amis de la Grande Vigne in Brittany, France, and The Frans Masereel Centrum in Belgium. She has been the recipient of three local Massachusetts Cultural Council grants for recent exhibitions in Wellfleet, Massachusetts at Preservation Hall and The Harbor Stage Company. Her paintings are included in the permanent collections of The Cape Cod Museum of Art, The Provincetown Art Association and Museum, and The Artists Association of Nantucket. Megan is an art writer, educator, and avid traveler. She lives in Wellfleet, Massachusetts.