Publisher: Jo-An Books
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TERENCE COYLE, , A RETROSPECTIVE AT 80
American Realist, Terence Coyle celebrated his 80th birthday with a retrospective exhibition of selected oils, watercolors and graphics spanning 50 years of his art works from 1955 to 2005.
Leafing through Terence Coyle's life in pictures is to see people and the settings within which they act, through perspicacious eyes, a feeling heart, and an understanding mind. If that were all that is needed, tens of thousands of amateur painters would have enriched our lives. The leaven that allows a picture to grow from a blank canvas to a living communicative act is skill that doesn't come cheap in terms of human effort, costs more than most are willing to pay from the limited storehouse of human energy and will. That skill, is manifest in these pictures, some of which I have seen directly and not through these fine reproductions. Gathered together here is truly a Masters summation of what he has learned in a manner open only to the few who truly mastered their craft. At this level, I find it irrelevant to speak of who may be better, who may not have fulfilled their promise as much as some other, who fails to a greater or lesser extent to rank with the Master of Masters. What is true is that every master creates a world that is his alone, that embraces those for whom it is suited in a way distinctive from all others, distinctive even from the Picasso's and Matisse's, having something to offer that they cannot give. In that sense, the injunction to offer the young is not to go only to those judged the best by price, critical evaluation, public acclaim, even the agreement of other artists. Rather. I would advise that one go to those whose message has substance for one, while always being alert to others who may also have a home in which one will find sustenance. Terence Coyle has at any rate, earned my designation of Painter Laureate of New York. I am sure that many of those who saw the Retrospective would join me in that acclaim. ... Irv Goldberg/Art Critic/Art Educator
“A Retrospective at 80" offers up a delightfully charming overview of Terence Coyle’s Art ... Raymond Steiner
Editor: Terence Coyle, a Retrospective, at 80 is a peek into the world of a distinguished American Realist Painter Terence Coyle by way of his paintings and writings. His everyday experiences become subject matter for his drawings and paintings in capturing the mood and essence of his life as an ongoing adventure. Coyle’s paintings all come alive with the spirit and energies that confirm daily life. Between 1982 and 1984, Coyle became deeply involved with the rallies and protests of the theatrical community in their efforts to save the landmark Helen Hayes Theatre and three other intimate Broadway theaters that once housed dramatic plays. Swept up in the struggle to save these theaters, Coyle returned day after day to do sketches and watercolors from every possible angle and at every time of day In front of the Helen Hayes, a scaffold was built on which daily readings took place with star studded rallies. Arthur Miller, Lauren Bacall, Jason Robards and other celebrities read to hundreds of protesters. The famous tenor, Placido Domingo, also lent his voice to the rally. Coyle received permission and was the only artist allowed inside the heavily guarded theater. Staying on the scene for three months, he followed the elaborate preparations for preservation of the artifacts for the New York State Museum; Albany. The protesters failed in their noble efforts and Coyle stayed until the very end. His day to day absorption in these events evolved into an important series of oil paintings, watercolors and graphics, some of which are in this book. More paintings of places and life adventures fill out the pages of this charming book.