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Pierce Galleries of Nantucket is a 2013 gallery winner of Best of The Cape & Island, Reader's Choice Awards.

Pierce Galleries is proud to add William P. Duffy’s work to our gallery inventory.

William P. Duffy was born in Boston in 1948. He received his art education at the School of the Worcester Art Museum/Clark University and the Boston Architectural Center. His work can be found in private collections throughout the United States and in several foreign countries. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Marine Artists, and is a member of New England Plein Air Painters, an artist member of the Copley Society, and a member of the Oil Painters of America in whose 2006 national exhibition Bill was given an Award of Excellence. He had spent twenty years in illustration, working for national and international accounts, satisfying the financial needs of a growing family, before the success of his fine art career has enabled him to paint full-time for the last twenty years. Bill has exhibited at the 1993 through 2003 Mystic International as well as the 1994 through 2004 Spring Invitational Exhibits in the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport, Mystic, Connecticut. At his first International Show, judged by George Plimpton, founder of the Paris Review, and Stephen Doherty, editor of American Artist, he received an Award of Excellence. In the 1998 show, judged by James Taylor of the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, England, and Peter Sutton, Director of the Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford, CT, Bill was honored with another Award of Excellence.

Additionally, he has exhibited in prestigious galleries along the East Coast and is represented in private and corporate collections from Hawaii to London.

Mr. Duffy has been the subject of articles in SEA HISTORY, U.S. ART, and ART BUSINESS NEWS and most recently in FINE ART CONNISSEUR and AMERICAN ART COLLECTOR. He will be demonstrating his painting technique for the general public and the members of the Salmagundi Club in NYC in November 2014.

Russ Kramer, President of The American Society of Marine Artists wrote this about Bill’s work: “Fellow William P. Duffy is a grandmaster of the elements in a painting which, in my opinion separate the truly great landscape painter from the rest of us mortals. The authenticity of different effects of light and atmosphere; deft, expressive brushwork and subtle modulation of colors within colors; and most extraordinarily, the ability, to evoke in the viewer a certain mood, elevates Bill’s work to the highest level.”

Mr. Duffy wrote this about his work: "I approach painting on three different levels. All three are interrelated, but easier to discuss separately. The first is the aesthetic. Composition for me is a complex exercise of arranging squares and rectangles broken by subtle curves and angles, hopefully fitting into a cohesive whole, and activated by a graduated system of warm and cool colors.

"The second level is creating a sense of place. Light, atmosphere, local color, and texture play the major roles, enabling the viewer to say, yes, this is the Azores, Nantucket, Cape Cod, or Ireland. Painting on location, producing small studies, is crucial to the success of the final studio painting. Although I put the most emphasis on the studio work, many collectors have sought out the studies as works of art in and of themselves.

"On the third level is the emotional or spiritual content. This is the most difficult one for me to articulate. A painting must have mood and subtle power. I try to stir the soul.”