Tina Ingraham

Tina Ingraham, Still Life with Figs and Cherries, 2016, oil on linen, 19 x 20 inches
Tina Ingraham, Still Life with Figs and Cherries, 2016, oil on linen, 19 x 20 inches


Eloquent Observation – Tina Ingraham

August 21, 2012

June 2012 Maine Home & Design Magazine Article by Britta Konau While the items seem luscious, the application of paint is sparing. Each brushstroke is deliberately placed without hesitation, and highlights are carefully considered.

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Tina Ingraham, a Maine-based figurative painter, travels internationally painting portrait commissions, researching master paintings and exhibiting her work. Ingraham lived and painted in Italy and traveled Europe to study master paintings integral to her work, from 1999 to 2003. She received a Maine Commission for the Arts Project Grant, a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, and fellowships from Milton and Sally Avery and John Simon Guggenheim Foundations.

She has taught at Bowdoin College, Stephens College, Maine College of Art and Brooklyn College where she received The Charles G. Shaw Teaching Fellowship and Award for Excellence. Collected internationally, Ms. Ingraham has exhibited predominantly in New York, Boston, Maine, Delaware, Connecticut, Italy and Germany. She is represented at Greenhut Galleries, Portland, Maine, and Somerville Manning in Greenville, Delaware. Portrait commissions of note include Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain by Bowdoin College, and Myron Edward Ullman III Private Collection of Thirteen Portraits. Ingraham works from her studio in Bath, Maine.

“A look through a viewfinder divides my vision of the subject into fractions and I clearly see where strong contrasts meet. I mark those on the canvas with charcoal. I grind paint onto the palette with my knife, and with broad brushstrokes I weave large amounts over the canvas with a hunt for an overall spirit. Varied textures describe my search for spacial relationships. Distance or foreground is implied with thin washes or scraped off paint. Thick paint may identify form, middle ground or detail. As I filter through cognitive, physical and intuitive practices, my engagement with the work ceases being a record of my process. The painting materializes with a spirit of its own.”

— Tina Ingraham

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2020          Sight Specific, Greenhut Galleries, Portland, ME

2017          Rock, Trees Sand and Sea, Popham to Blue Hill, Greenhut Galleries, Portland, ME

2015          Figures & Landscapes, Thomas Moser Showroom, Freeport, ME

2009        Observations, Greenhut Galleries, Portland, ME

2009         Natura-Naturi-Natur, Galerie im Rathaus, Treffpunkt Kunst, Munich, Germany

2007        Out of the Ordinary, Greenhut Galleries, Portland, ME

2006         ’96 ‘to Now, Roundtop Center for the Arts, Damariscotta, ME

2005        Façades, Greenhut Galleries, Portland, ME

2005         The Light of Umbria, Galerie im Rathaus, Treffpunkt Kunst, Munich, Germany

2002         Begegnungen, Galerie im Rathaus, Treffpunkt Kunst, Munich, Germany

2002         Incontri, Chiostro San Francesco, Umbertide, Italy

2001         Luminous Moments, Hubert Gallery, New York, NY

Selected Group Exhibitions

2021           Maine The Painted State, Greenhut Galleries, Portland, ME

2020           Biennial Portland Show, Greenhut Galleries, Portland, ME

2016           A Continuum of Place, Penobscot Marine Museum, Searsport, ME

2014           On and Off the Wall: Dune Evolution, First Street Gallery, New York, NY

2013          The Painter’s Table and Art, Food and Humanity, Warm Springs Gallery, Charlottesville, VA

2012           Small Pleasures, Sylvan Gallery, Charlottesville, VA

2011           Gallery Artists, Somerville Manning Gallery, Greenville, DE

2011           From the Garden to the Kitchen, The George Marshall Store Gallery, York, ME

2007           What’s Cooking, Bachelier-Cardonsky, Kent, CT

2005           The Still Life Show, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, ME

2003           Vessels, Bachelier-Cardonsky, Kent, CT

1996           171st Annual Exhibition, National Academy of Design, New York, NY

Awards, Grants, Fellowships, and Residencies

2015         Visual Artist Project Grant, Maine Commission for the Arts, Augusta, ME

2008         Honored and Profiled, Women Work and Community, a community-based non-profit, Governor’s Mansion, Augusta, ME

2005         Artist’s Residency, The MacNamara Foundation, Westport Island, ME

1999         The John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, The John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, New York, NY

1999         Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc., New York, NY

1999         Artist’s Residency Fellowship, The MacDowell Colony for the Arts, Peterborough, NH

1998         Artist’s Residency, Dorland Mountain Arts Colony, Temecula, CA

1998         The Milton and Sally Avery Fellowship, The MacDowell Colony for the Arts, Peterborough, NH

1996         Graduate Teaching Fellowship, Brooklyn College of CUNY, Brooklyn, NY

1996         Charles G. Shaw Memorial Award for Scholarship and Art, Brooklyn College of CUNY, Brooklyn, NY

1994         Artist’s Residency Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

Selected Public Collections

Brookline Bankcorp, Brookline, MA
Brown Brothers Harriman, New York, NY
Myron Edward Ullman III Private Collection of Thirteen Portraits
CEO Starbucks
MBNA Corporation
Portrait of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME


1996         MFA, Painting, Brooklyn College, CUNY, Brooklyn, NY

1970         BSD, University of Cincinnati, College of DAAP, Cincinnati, OH