Jeremiah Eck's show
"Space and Light"

on June 10, 2016

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Jeremiah Eck is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, a Partner of Eck|MacNeely Architects Inc. located in Boston, author of “The Distinctive Home: A Vision of Timeless Design” ,"The Face of Home", and “House in the Landscape: Siting Your Home Naturally” (which are for sale at our gallery). He is also a landscape painter and in 2013 was elected an exhibiting member at the Providence Art Club, the second oldest art organization in the United States. He is a former lecturer at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design where he continues to offer Professional Development Seminars on Houses. In addition, he speaks frequently about how architects may better serve their clients, and serves on numerous public service committees.
Eck started his residential practice in Boston with $30 in his pocket and little more than a pencil to draw with. Thirty-five years later, the firm is thriving and he has taken up a paintbrush, retreating to his studio on Fridays to work on larger landscape canvases or to the Marshfield area where he paints exclusively en plein air.  His favorite painters are the Tonalists, landscape painters whose works were once well known but are now eclipsed by the Hudson River painters, the Impressionists, and others. George Inness was perhaps the most famous Tonalist, but Eck is partial to the work of a fellow Ohio native, Alexander Helwig Wyant, who painted during the last half of the 19th century and early 20th. “The Tonalists reacted against the industrialization of their age. They had a heartfelt sympathy with nature,“ he says. Their style wasn’t about copying the scene with scientific accuracy or technical flourish; it was about getting at the emotion and spirit of a place. Eck hopes to achieve the same goal with his houses. “The intimate knowledge I gain from painting landscapes is, most of all, an intimate knowledge about the site I paint. That awareness can’t help but inform how I site our houses. How else could it be?” he explains. “If you have to understand and express what it feels like in the shadow of a tree, the slope of the hill, or at the edge of a meadow, you learn at the same time much about how the potential house will feel in the same position.”



"Turn in the River"
oil, 20"x30"

 

"Green Harbor Inlet"
oil, 24"x30"

  

"Summer Sky"
oil, 20"x24"

 

"Jones River"
oil, 14"x18"

 

"Fall Morning"
oil, 20"x16"

 

"Fall Brook"
oil, 16"x20"

 

"Summer Cottage"
oil, 14"x18"
SOLD

 

"Summer Marsh"
oil, 14"x18"

 

"South River"
oil, 14"x18"

 

"Beach Path"
oil, 14"x18"

 

"Rosa Rugosa"
oil, 14"x18"

 

"Back Beach Road to Saquish"
oil, 14"x18"

 

"Water's Edge"
oil, 14"x18"

 

"Changing Weather"
oil, 14"x18"

 

"Saquish"
oil, 14"x18"

 

"Clark's Island"
oil, 14"x18"

 

"Marsh Farm"
oil, 14"x18"

 

"Highland Light"
oil, 12"x16"

 

"Gurnet Point Cotage"
oil, 12"x16"

 

"Provence Farm"
oil, 12"x16"

 

"Low Tide"
oil, 12"x16"

 

"Saquish Road""
oil, 12"x16"

 

"Marsh Sunset"
oil, 16"x20"

 

"Spring Marsh"
oil, 14"x18"

 

"Peppers"
oil, 11"x14"