BELFAST — Perimeter Gallery welcomes back South Portland artist Joshua Ferry for his fourth solo exhibition, “Stripe Paintings,” opening Thursday, March 31. There will be a reception that evening from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

In this exhibition, Ferry presents 16 oil paintings on canvas, all 24 x 28 inches and comprised of 12 two inch stripes. He has limited his palette to four colors: orange, yellow, green and blue. In describing his impetus for the series, he states: “I started the stripe paintings during the darkest days of winter in Maine and at the height of COVID in 2021. My aim was to make warm, optimistic paintings that possessed a strong sense of stability and structure. These elements were missing in my life and painting them helped me re-center.”

The artist spent more than six months refining his approach and techniques for these paintings which included collages, paintings on paper, and a few false starts. He maintains that process and discovery are paramount to his work, rather than depicting an idea. “From my previous paintings of crosses to my current stripe paintings, I am learning that while appropriating well-known motifs, it is impossible to exclude yourself from the work. Every artist will paint stripes differently. What is exciting and surprising to me is how I make them, which is still unfolding.”

Ferry received his BFA from the Maine College of Art in 1994, followed by an MFA from Rutgers in 1999. His paintings have been included in exhibitions at the Portland Museum of Art, the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, and the University of Maine Museum of Art, as well as numerous galleries, in and out of state.

“Stripe Paintings” will be on view at Perimeter Gallery through Saturday, May 28. Hours are Wednesdays through Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The gallery is located at Chase’s Daily, 96 Main St. For more information, call 207-338-0555 or email perimeter96@gmail.com. More images from the artist are available at joshuaferry.com.

“Oranges and Yellows” by Josh Ferry.