NANTUCKET, MA – The Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) is excited to feature works by artist David Lazarus in the Sherlund Conference Room at the Whaling Museum during the holiday season. This exhibit will feature Nantucket–themed oil and watercolor paintings as well as small prints.
David Lazarus is a highly respected artist on island, who has taught numerous classes on a variety of 19th century American crafts at the NHA’s 1800 House. Before emigrating from England, he studied at the Bath Academy of Art. He came to Nantucket to carve scrimshaw in the 1970s, having spent time working with scrimshanders in Bellingham, Washington. During the last 20 years, Lazarus has devoted more time to painting with oils. “The looseness of pushing paint around, after having engraved miles of tiny lines, has been liberating as well as challenging,” Lazarus explains. His work is bright and vivid with a style of loose realism.
“David Lazarus is one of the mainstays of our art scene, but is now leaving the island and moving to Maine. This exhibit is a tribute to the wonderful art David has given to Nantucket, and a warm send-off to a local hero”, says Dan Elias, NHA’s Robyn & John Davis Chief Curator.
The NHA plans to expand on this inaugural exhibit in 2020 and provide a space to showcase a wide variety of excellent work.
Lazarus’ paintings and prints are available for purchase through the Museum Shop.
A free and open to the public reception to meet the artist will be held on Sunday, December 8, at 2 pm The exhibit will be open to the public daily starting Saturday December 7, 10 am – 4 pm For more information on the exhibit, please call (508) 228-1894.