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b. 1951 -

The intersecting geometries of fire, water, industrial installations, and the woods form the base for Dennis Pinette’s paintings. His work is defined by improvisation layered over direct observation. Four old buildings overlooking Penobscot Bay serve as home and studio. His wife Megan is president of the Belfast Historical Society and Museum. Their son Evan is a mariner and musician.

Mr. Pinette’s subject is landscape, brutal landscape: terrain deformed with factories or ledges molten from brush fires, forest floors painfully orange with dead leaves, waves cresting into sucking holes. He does not paint specific places as much as a complex of emotion and energy; his landscapes become fictions, concentrated and ambivalent, located beyond the real world. “I like my work best when it is on the edge of disintegrating,” he said in a recent conversation, “when the subject almost disappears, as if the subject is an excuse to paint a dream.” (His) work, charged with the ecstasy of recording the visual world, is tied to the romantic tradition. But his landscapes emerge as a state of mind.

“I paint two intersecting geometries,” he said. “The hand of man and the hand of nature.” Within that tension he locates the sublime.
~Deborah Weisgall. The New York Times, feature article excerpt 9/21/2003

Pinette is restless by nature, and it is no surprise that he is drawn to painting the Maine woods during the fall season when it undergoes its greatest span of change…there are no beginnings and endings in these works. They are consciously, acutely, not narrative. They demand the immediacy of impressionism, the knowledge of formalism, and the freedom of abstract expressionism held within the grasp of a romantic spirit for their fruition.
~Suzette Lane McAvoy. The Restless Season, essay excerpt. Caldbeck Gallery 2002

For years he has sought out the invisible things in plain view; power plants, moldering heavy equipment, and, more recently, houses on fire. In his excellent solo show at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockland, he has turned less to the specifics of a late industrial presence on the land and more toward the elemental character of nature. The cumulative effect of the forty-odd pictures that make up this show is that they were done by a mature artist who is at the top of his form. They are works of a distinct identity.

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    • DENNIS PINETTE "CITY DREAM" OIL ON BOARD
      Nov. 07, 2021

      DENNIS PINETTE "CITY DREAM" OIL ON BOARD

      Est: -

      Dennis Pinette (Born 1951) "City Dream" Oil on Board. Born on April 1, 1951 in Belfast Maine, Dennis Pinette paints landscapes with fire, water, industrial installations, and the woods forming the base of his work. “I paint two intersecting geometries,” he said. “The hand of man and the hand of nature.” Within that tension he locates the sublime. Selected Solo Exhibitions: 2008 Center For Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, ME 2003 Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, ME 1996 University of Maine, Machias 1990 Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME 1983 Manchester Community College, Manchester, CT 1982 Westerly Library, Westerly, RI 1979 Hiram Halle Library, Pound Ridge, NY Artist: Dennis Pinette Title: "City Dream" Medium: Oil on Board Circa/Year: 1993 Signature Type: Hand Signed Signature Location: Lower Right Site Measurement: 24x24 in. Keywords: Modern, cityscape, impressionism; Ref: BD1043

      Bradford's
    • DENNIS PINETTE (ME, 1951 - )
      Aug. 29, 2021

      DENNIS PINETTE (ME, 1951 - )

      Est: $2,500 - $3,000

      "Beach Scrub", 1999, oil on canvas, signed lower left, in a white painted molded shadowline frame, OS: 15" x 21", SS: 12" x 18". Fine condition.

      Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
    • DENNIS PINETTE (B. 1951): ABSTRACT CITY SCENE
      Nov. 19, 2020

      DENNIS PINETTE (B. 1951): ABSTRACT CITY SCENE

      Est: $100 - $200

      oil on board signed lower right 24 x 24 inches board

      Abell Auction
    • DENNIS PINETTE (ME, 1951 - )
      Jul. 19, 2020

      DENNIS PINETTE (ME, 1951 - )

      Est: $800 - $1,200

      Autumn Trees, oil on canvas, signed lower left, in grey slat frame with shadowline, OS: 15" x 17", SS: 14" x 16". Good condition.

      Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
    • DENNIS PINETTE (ME, 1951- )
      Aug. 23, 2019

      DENNIS PINETTE (ME, 1951- )

      Est: $800 - $1,200

      DENNIS PINETTE (ME, 1951- ) "November Wind", oil on canvas, signed lower left, depicting trees with empty branches against a blue sky, in a painted wooden shadowbox style frame, accompanied by booklet: 'Dennis Pinette: The Restless Season', a guide to an exhibition of his recent paintings, July 24 - August 17, 2002 at Caldbeck Gallery, Rockland ME, OS: 17 1/4" x 21 1/4", SS: 16" x 20".

      Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
    • DENNIS PINETTE (ME, 1951 - )
      Aug. 23, 2019

      DENNIS PINETTE (ME, 1951 - )

      Est: $1,000 - $1,500

      DENNIS PINETTE (ME, 1951 - ) Ocean #2", 2004, oil on gessoed rag paper, mounted on linen, signed lower right, titled verso on Caldbeck Gallery of Rockland, Maine label, in black mitered frame, OS: 19 1/2" square, SS: 13 3/4" square. Good condition. Proceeds to benefit the Monhegan Museum of Art & History.

      Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
    • Dennis Pinette, b. 1951, "Thorndike Hill (Study)", Pastel on Paper, Framed Under Glass, 13.5" x 11" Framed, 6.5" x 4" Sight
      Jun. 22, 2019

      Dennis Pinette, b. 1951, "Thorndike Hill (Study)", Pastel on Paper, Framed Under Glass, 13.5" x 11" Framed, 6.5" x 4" Sight

      Est: $300 - $400

      Dennis Pinette b. 1951 "Thorndike Hill (Study)" Pastel on Paper, Framed Under Glass Signed l.r 13.5" x 11" Framed, 6.5" x 4" Sight

      Barridoff Auctions
    • Dennis Pinette, Am. b. 1951, "Laboratory", Oil on Canvas, 16" x 19" Actual, 17" x 20" Framed.
      Oct. 27, 2018

      Dennis Pinette, Am. b. 1951, "Laboratory", Oil on Canvas, 16" x 19" Actual, 17" x 20" Framed.

      Est: $300 - $400

      Dennis Pinette Am. b. 1951 "Laboratory" Oil on Canvas Signed, dated, and titled verso. 1991 16" x 19" Actual, 17" x 20" Framed.

      Barridoff Auctions
    • Dennis Pinette - Edge of Winter Field
      Aug. 04, 2017

      Dennis Pinette - Edge of Winter Field

      Est: $400 - $600

      Dennis Pinette Am. b. 1951 Edge of Winter Field Signed "D. Pinette" l.r. Oil on gessoed rag paper 18 x 24 in. 45.7 x 61.0 cm Provenance: Caldbeck Gallery (label verso) Good condition, good appearance, not lined, no apparent paint restoration when examined with a black light

      Barridoff Auctions
    • Dennis Pinette
      Oct. 28, 2016

      Dennis Pinette

      Est: $300 - $500

      Dennis Pinette Am. b. 1951 Wave Signed "D. Pinette" l.r.; titled as above and dated 2010 on a label verso Oil on gessoed rag 14 x 14 in. 35.6 x 35.6 cm

      Barridoff Auctions
    • DENNIS PINETTE (b. 1951): CORE
      Jun. 12, 2016

      DENNIS PINETTE (b. 1951): CORE

      Est: $700 - $900

      DENNIS PINETTE (b. 1951): CORE Oil on board, signed 'Pinette' lower center, titled on the reverse. 24 x 24 in., 25 x 25 in. (frame). Property from the Estate of Alexander Bing III

      STAIR
    • DENNIS PINETTE (b. 1951): BIG BOY
      Jun. 12, 2016

      DENNIS PINETTE (b. 1951): BIG BOY

      Est: $700 - $900

      DENNIS PINETTE (b. 1951): BIG BOY Oil on board, 1993, signed 'Pinette' lower right, titled and dated on the reverse, with label from Frick Gallery, Belfast, ME. 24 x 24 in., 25 x 25 in. (frame). Property from the Estate of Alexander Bing III

      STAIR
    • DENNIS PINETTE (b. 1951): LINE BOX
      Jun. 12, 2016

      DENNIS PINETTE (b. 1951): LINE BOX

      Est: $700 - $900

      DENNIS PINETTE (b. 1951): LINE BOX Oil on board, 1993, signed 'D. Pinette' lower right, titled and dated on the reverse. 24 1/4 x 24 1/4 in., 25 x 25 in. (frame). Note: Maine artist Dennis Pinette's subject is landscape, both the traditional subject, and the industrial landscape that we see here. Focusing on the industrial presence in the landscape, Pinette paints power plants and electrical lines in the realist tradition, imbuing them with emotion and energy. Property from the Estate of Alexander Bing III

      STAIR
    • Dennis Pinette "Harbor Channel" oil on paper
      Jun. 01, 2014

      Dennis Pinette "Harbor Channel" oil on paper

      Est: $300 - $500

      (American, b. 1951). "Harbor Channel", oil on paper, signed and dated "Dennis Pinette, '89" lr, 17 1/2 x 23 1/2 in., framed

      Alex Cooper
    • Dennis Pinette Original Painting
      Nov. 01, 2012

      Dennis Pinette Original Painting

      Est: -

      Dennis Pinette (20-21st. cen.) original oil painting on canvas, the image measuring 31.5" x 34", signed lower right,

      J Levine Auction & Appraisal LLC
    • Dennis Pinette Original Painting
      Oct. 25, 2012

      Dennis Pinette Original Painting

      Est: $2,000 - $3,000

      Dennis Pinette (20-21st. cen.) original oil painting on canvas, the image measuring 31.5" x 34", signed lower right,

      J Levine Auction & Appraisal LLC
    • Oil Painting Untitled Field #2 1995 Dennis Pinette
      Aug. 28, 2011

      Oil Painting Untitled Field #2 1995 Dennis Pinette

      Est: $2,000 - $3,000

      OIL ON RAG PAPER, LAID TO CANVAS - 'Untitled Field #2, 1995', by Dennis Pinette (Contemporary Maine), signed and titled verso and with Frick Gallery, Belfast, Maine label, depicting a wind whipped fall field, in rounded oak box frame with black shadow line, SS: 18 3/8" x 30 3/8", OS: 19 3/4" x 31 3/4", fine condition. From a private Portland Maine estate.

      Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
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