Whether it is a stunningly crisp image of the elevated Dover Station subway stop in Boston’s South End or a darkly comic self portrait (after Velasquez’s Don Luis de Góngora); a brilliant spring Fenway landscape or a luscious still-life with apples—in all these instances Ed Stitt’s hand and eye celebrate light, offer insight, and cause us to fall in love again with the thingness of things. Stitt has assiduously documented his world for four decades, revealing afresh Back Bay and Commonwealth Avenue, Boston Public Garden, Kenmore Square, Trinity Copley, and hundreds of other beloved sites—offering us the Boston we think we know in sometimes startlingly surprising relief.
Ed Stitt studied painting with Jack Beal, Paul Rahilly, and George Nick—all influential realist painters—and completed his MFA at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. His work has been exhibited regularly at Gallery NAGA in Boston, and he has shown in New York at Tibor de Nagy and Gallery Henoch. His work is in many important private and public art collections, and his patrons have come out of the woodworks to loan these works for the retrospective.
Gordon College is grateful for the many generous loans of Ed Stitt’s works from 1976 to 2016—and we believe that this landmark exhibition for the artist will be the first chapter of the next forty years of his brilliant career!
—Bruce Herman, Gallery Director