In 1988, his reputation as a leading regionalist folk-art painter and interpreter of Maine's Down East experience(captured primarily in his narrative paintings) reached officials at Massachusetts' DeCordova Museum; they included six of his narratives in their traveling exhibition "Stories to Tell: The Narrative Impulse in Contemporary New England Folk art." It was Philip Barter's first important exposure in a publication devoted exclusively to art and artists.
In 1992, Bates College, in Lewiston, Maine, honored him with his first retrospective for his quarter century contribution to Maine art. In August of 1993, he appeared in Down East magazine ("One Happy Fella") for the first time. Barter gained national attention in January 1995 when he appeared on CBS's Sunday Morning with Charles Kuralt.
Galleries and Exhibits
May 3 - June 29, 2013 at Gleason Fine Art, Boothbay Harbor, Maine
Work in the Davistown Museum Permanent Collection
Hi Test (Gas Pump)
7'h X 18"w
No Lead (Gas Pump)
6 1/2'h X 16"w
Work in other Galleries or Collections
Cause and Effect #2
Oil on Wood
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