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Island by Tom Curry Terry Tempest Williams and Carl Little


When artist Tom Curry first moved to Maine, his house overlooked a small, uninhabited island in Eggemoggin Reach. One day, while rowing across to the island, his boyhood fear of water came crashing down on him. So he decided to explore his fear of water head-on, and began painting the island “as a way to delve into my own darkness and seek a way back to the surface.” That series of paintings, capturing the island in all lights and weathers and moods, forms the basis of this book. But the whole is so much more than the sum of its pieces. These paintings represent an ongoing narrative: “island as escape and entrapment, island as longing and memory, island as sanctuary, island as self in a sea of turmoil.” Curry’s island speaks to us of our own fears and our own spiritual connections with the natural world. The paintings are accompanied by essays by Terry Tempest Williams, exploring Curry’s spirit of place, and Carl Little, establishing Curry’s art within the field of landscape painting.

Illustrator & Authors

Terry Tempest Williams is the award-winning author of Finding Beauty in a Broken World, The Open Space of Democracy, An Unspoken Hunger, Leap, and Red: Passion and Patience in the Desert. She lives in Castle Valley, Utah but makes annual trips to Maine. She has been Tom Curry’s friend for many years.

A widely recognized critic of New England art, Carl Little has published more than sixteen books and numerous articles in such journals as Art New England, Art in America, and Ornament.

Tom Curry holds degrees from the University of Massachusetts and the Rhode Island School of Design. He has taught and conducted workshops at Wellesley College, Rhode Island School of Design, the Round Top Center for the Arts, the Danforth Museum School, and the Wentworth Institute. His paintings have been included in such publications as Island Journal, the Boston Globe, The New Yorker magazine, Down East, and on the cover of the book East Hope (Penguin Books, 2009). His work is in the collections of the Delaware Art Museum, the Wheaton College Art Museum, the U.S. State Department, Federal Reserve Bank, Boston Red Sox, Putnam Investments, Fidelity Investments, and General Electric. His muse, Chatto Island, of which he has produced nearly fifty paintings and pastels, represents a significant portion of his creative output.

Tom Curry - Isalnd - Downeast Books

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