2020 Reduction woodcut, edition 16, image size 20.25 x 35 inches.
The Harbor Cove has been one of Gloucester's busiest and most sheltered ports. The busy Cove possessed an ice house, lumber and coals yards, and numerous fish processing plants. Over the hundred and fifty years of wear and tear and declining fish stocks, much of the Cove fell into disrepair. Abandoned fishing vessels were left by collapsing wharves.
In 1998 Don visited Gloucester and did several drawings in the Harbor Cove. The vessel, Two Friends, was a steel-hulled stern dragger. Now, twenty-two years later, the above woodcut was created from the drawings done at that time.
ABOUT / Don Gorvett is an artist and printmaker known for his large and powerful woodcuts of maritime and architectural subjects. He was born in Boston, MA, in 1949, and attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts through the Ford Junior Fellowship Grant. His life-long intention of living within the realms of harbors and the sea continues to provide the intellectual stimulus in which to approach maritime imagery.
On View Now
Don Gorvett: Working Waterfronts
April 2, through September 12, 2021
A retrospective exhibiting over 70 woodcuts, blocks, and drawings at the Portsmouth Historical Society's Discover Portsmouth Welcome Center, 10 Middle Street, Portsmouth, NH. Open 7 days, 10 am–5 pm. 603-436-8433
Mr. Gorvett's woodcuts are in public and private collections, which include The Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA., Boston Athenaeum, Boston, MA., Cape Ann Museum, Gloucester, MA., Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH., Duxbury Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, MA., Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockport, ME., Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK., Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA., Museum of Fine Art, Boston, MA., Museum of Fine Arts, Hanoi, VT., Ogunquit Museum of American Art, Ogunquit, ME., Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA., Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME., Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA., and the Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA.