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Jay Hall Connaway, American Impressionist. — Blue Heron Fine Art Blog

Jay Hall Connaway, American Impressionist.

by Jim Puzinas on September 23, 2009

A major exibit of 39 works by Jay Hall Connaway is currently on view at the Portland Museum of Art in Maine. Opened on September 19 and running through December 6th, this is the first major museum exhibition of the artist’s work since his death in 1970.

Our gallery has sold many works by Connaway over the years, so it pleases us greatly to see an artist we recognized early on as an overlooked and undervalued artist finally get his due respect with a wonderful show by an established museum. 

It has been my experience that once a major exhibit of a deceased artist is held, dealers and collectors are better able to judge the relevance of that particular artist, fueling demand for more of his work and consequently driving prices up.  Once the word is out, this may hold true for the paintings of Jay Hall Connaway.


"Monhegan Dock, Fall 1968", Oil on canvasboard 18" x 24"

A bold and colorful example of the style of impressionism Connaway employed can be seen in a lovely oil on board currently for sale in our gallery.  Entitled ”Monhegan Dock, Fall, 1968″, this painting, through its semi-abstract use of the figure on the left, captures the familiar town landing dock as though a light breeze was sweeping over it. This painting reflects the strong conviction of a mature artist, at the top of his game.

Works like this make attractive additions to any collection of American paintings and should attract much more of a following now that the word is out!

 Jay Hall Connaway’s works are held in the PERMANENT COLLECTIONS of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, the Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, ME, the New Haven Paint and Clay Club, New Haven, CT and the Middlebury College Museum of Art, Middlebury, VT, among others.

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