Artist statement

  • My process is similar to that of a fiction writer in that my paintings are not always authentic depictions of actual people or places, but interpretations of ideas or events that develop over a period of time. To that end, they are an amalgam of childhood memories, artistic influences, current events and social commentary, revealed in narrative imagery.
    It is my intent, through the medium of paint, to communicate the spiritual relationships that I observe in the natural environment of my home State of Maine. The imagery can be as simple as a landscape with compost, but in the end how the painting evokes that particular moment in time is what I am interested in conveying to the viewer. 

Exhibitions resume

Ed Nadeau


Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland, Mount Royal School of Painting, MFA Painting, 1986

Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, College of Visual and Performing Arts, BFA Painting, 1980


Acadie Mythique”, International Traveling Exhibition, Various venues throughout U.S. and Canada, June 2014 to 2016

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art, “Two Person Exhibition”, Ellsworth, ME, August 20 – September 14, 2014

Mount Dessert Biological Laboratory, “Art Meets Science: Imagining Possibilities, Collaborative Art Invitational”, Salisbury Cove, ME, June - September 2014

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art, “The Untold Story”, Ellsworth, ME, September 2013

S. Tucker Cooke Gallery, UNC Asheville, Asheville NC, “Drawing Discourse”, National Juried Drawing Exhibition curated by NY artist Susan Hauptman,  January 2013

The White Gallery, Husson University, Bangor ME., “Terra Ferma: The Pine Needle Paintings”, one person show, August-October 2012

Maine Farmland Trust, Belfast Maine,“Cycle of Life:Compost Paintings” May 2012

University of Maine, Lord Hall Gallery, “Maine Drawing Project”, October, 2011

Maine Landscape, “River Arts”, Damariscotta, ME, August, 2011

Courthouse Gallery FIne Art, “New Work”, Ellsworth, ME, September 2011

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art, “Maine Folklore”, Ellsworth, ME, October 2010

George Marshall Storr Gallery, “Pleased to Meet You”, York, ME,  June/July 2010

University of Maine, Lord Hall gallery, “Faculty Exhibition”, October 2009

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art, “Small Works 2008”, Ellsworth, ME, December 2008

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art, “Maine at Work”, Ellsworth, ME, August 2008

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art, “Maine Flora: A Celebration”, Ellsworth, ME, May 2008

University of Maine, Lord Hall gallery, “Faculty Exhibition”, October 2007

Elan Fine Arts, Gallery artist, Rockport, ME, May 2005- January 2007

Whitney Artworks, “Solo exhibition”, Portland, Maine, November- December 2005

University of Maine, Carnegie Hall gallery, “Faculty Exhibition”, Orono, ME, October 2005

Whitney Artworks, “Grand Reopening Exhibition”, Portland, ME, August 2005

Nan Mulford Gallery, “Summer Exhibition”, Rockland, ME, Summer 2005

Center for Maine Contemporary Art, “Surviving Winter in Maine”, group exhibition curated by Bruce Brown, Rockport, ME, Winter 2005

Park School gallery, “Family Sublime”, Baltimore, MD, Fall/Winter 2004

University of Maine, Carnegie Hall gallery, “Art Now”, faculty exhibition, Orono, ME, October 2004

Clark House Gallery, “New Paintings”, Bangor, ME, Winter 2003

University of Maine, “Northern Observations”, narrative paintings of the 1980’s, Carnegie Hall gallery, Orono, ME, Fall 2003

Clark House Gallery, “Gallery Artists’ Current Work”, Bangor, ME, Summer 2003

Clark House Gallery, “Into the Woods”, Bangor ME, Fall 2002

Clark House Gallery, “Rotations”, Bangor, ME, Summer 2002

Clark House Gallery, “Paintings in Wax and Oil”, Bangor, ME, Fall 2000

Clark House Gallery, “Maine Landscape: 12 Painters” Bangor, ME, Spring 2000

Creative Arts Workshop, “New England Artist’s Trust Congress V”, juried exhibition curated by Dan Cameron, senior curator, New Museum, NYC, New Haven, CT Spring 1999

Clark House Gallery, “The Landscape: Two Views”. New paintings by Ed Nadeau and Micheal H. Lewis, Bangor, ME, Fall/ Winter 1999

Clark House Gallery, “Contemporary Landscape: Oils, Pastels, Photography & Assemblage”, Bangor, ME, Summer 1998

Villa Julie College, “Baltimore Collects: George Ciscle”, Baltimore, MD, Fall 1998

Between the Muse Gallery, “Studio Work- Emerging Artists”, Rockland, ME, Spring 1997

Center for Maine Contemporary Art, “The Juried Show: Maine Debuts since 1979”, Rockport, ME, Spring 1997

Husson College, White Art Gallery, “One person exhibition”, Bangor, ME, Spring 1997

Ellsworth Public Library Gallery, “Roots; Ethnicity in Maine”, Ellsworth, ME, Spring 1996

Center for Maine Contemporary Art, “1995 Juried Exhibition”, 17th Annual Exhibition, curated by Chris Crossman, Frederick Lynch and Joanna Gardner-Huggett, Rockport, ME, Spring/Summer 1995

School 33 Art Center, “Growth and Atrophy: The Empathetic Landscape”, Baltimore, MD, Winter 1993

School 33 Art Center, “Exhibition of New Paintings” Baltimore, MD, Fall 1992

Semmes, Bowen and Semmes, Attorney’s at Law, “Group Show”, Baltimore, MD Fall/Winter 1991

Tuttle Gallery at McDonough School, “War and Peace”, juried exhibition, McDonough, MD, Winter, 1987

Maryland Art Place, “Landscape: Three Perspectives”, juried exhibition, curated by Bill Dunlap, John Pfahl and Michelle Stuart, Baltimore, MD Fall 1988

School 33 Art Center, “Drawing Surveyed” juried exhibition curated by Martha Beck, Director, Drawing Center, NYC, Winter 1987

School 33 Art Center, “Sweet land of Liberty”, juried exhibition curated by Brian Wallis, adjunct curator, New Museum, NYC, Summer 1986

Baltimore Museum of Art, “Maryland Biennial”, juried exhibition curated by Gracie Mansion, Director Gracie Mansion Gallery, NYC, & Mark Rosenthal, Curator, Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA, Winter 1986 



Bill Swislow, Chicago, Illinois

Dr. Ann C. Reardon, Bangor, Maine

Bangor Savings Bank, Bangor, Maine 

George Ciscle, Baltimore, Maryland

Betsy Evans Hunt, Cape Elizabeth, Maine

Greg Lipton & Sara Crisp, Cumberland, Maine

Debbie Chatfield, Rockport, Maine

Robert Roth, Chicago, Illinois and Stonington, Maine

Robin Garcia, Bangor, Maine

Armstrong, Austin, Texas

Timothy and Debbie White, Stillwater, Maine

Lee Cummings, Glenburn, Maine

Bonnie and Mike Kelly, York Harbor, Maine

Cheryl Coffin and Ralph Topham, Surry, Maine


Atelier Four Winds, Aurielle, France, June 2016


Maryland State Arts Council, Visual arts fellowship recipient, 1987


Carl Little,  “Ed Nadeau: New Paintings”, Art New England, June/July 2004

Ian Page, “Whitney Wonderland,’Tis the season for surreal”, The Portland Phoenix, December, 2005

Jeff Badger, “New Work” by Ed Nadeau, Irene Stapleford, and Diane Wiencke at Whitney Artworks, the bollard, November 20, 2005


Maine Boats, Homes and Harbors Magazine, April/May 2014, “Nadeau of the North”,Tapping into Franco-American heritage and a sense of Maine to create stories of life near the edge. by Carl Little


More Paintings of Maine, by Carl Little, Published by Downeast Books, Spring 2006

Vice-Versa, Online quarterly journal, published by the University of Hawaii, Manoa English Dept. Issue #4 Summer 2006 

Detail of "The Rakers", oil on canvas, 2013