McGurl, Joseph

Joseph McGurl
Born 1958, in Boston, Massachusetts; lives in Cataumet, Massachusetts

LANDSCAPE PAINTER  Joseph McGurl graduated from Massachusetts College of art with a dual major in fine art and education.  He subsequently studied figure drawing under Robert Cormier. Joseph has been designated a Living Master by the Art Renewal Center, is a signature member of the Plein Air Painters of America, an elected member of the Guild of Boston Artists, was a Copley Master with the Copley Society of Boston, a past fellow of the American Society of Marine Artists, and was the featured artist at the 2024 Coors Western Art show.  He has won significant awards for his artwork which is in the collection of several prominent museums, he is represented by some of America’s most prestigious galleries, has been the subject of numerous book and magazine articles, and he conducts workshops and presents lectures throughout the country.

Joseph’s interest in modern physics and the nature of reality combined with the spirituality he finds in nature has resulted in a unique approach to style and subject.  He is a devoted plein air painter which allows him to connect with the western landscape on a profound level and gain a deep understanding of his subject.  Rather than relying on photography, this method gives him the freedom to create paintings based on his imagination, memory, and observation.  Although the objects depicted in the paintings are elements of the landscape and have a deep personal meaning to him, of equal importance is the exploration of light, form, space, and color interpreted through paint. The landscape of the American West is a source of endless inspiration and the ideal vehicle to share

Notable Awards and Achievements:

2024       Coors Western Art Show, Featured Artist
2020       Coors Western Art Show, Patrons’ Choice Award
2018       Art Renewal Center International Salon, First Place Landscape Category, Plein Air Magazine Award and Third Place plein air category Coors Western Art Show, Patron’s Choice Award
2017       Fine Art Studios Online, BoldBrush Painting Competition, BoldBrush Award
2016       Tweed Museum of Art, Light Speed purchased for the collection
2015       Art Renewal Center International Salon, American Fine Art Magazine Award of Excellence
2013       Art Renewal Center International Salon, First Place Landscape Category, Purchase Award
2006       Laguna Plein Air Invitational, First Place and Patron’s Choice Award
1997       Guild of Boston Artists, Gold Medallion
1989       Copley Society of Boston, the John Singleton Copley Award for Artistic Achievement

American Society of Marine Artists, Past Fellow
Art Renewal Center, Living Master
Copley Society of Boston, Copley Master
Guild of Boston Artists, Elected Member
Plein Air Painters of America, Signature Member 

Gallery Representation
Cavalier Galleries, New York City
Collins Galleries, Orleans, Massachusetts
Haynes Galleries, Thomaston, Maine
Principle Gallery, Alexandria, Virginia
Palm Avenue Fine Art, Sarasota, Florida
Joseph McGurl Studio Gallery, Cataumet, Massachusetts