The Fine Art of Law & Water


The Law
Law & Water Gallery curates art that rekindles the feelings that first inspired you to care about the law and the quality of justice it produces. Artists strive to evoke the power of law, its nuance, wisdom and complexity. And yes, just as in law as it is in art, sometimes "right is done." 

Unraveling the bag of knots that folks bring down to the courthouse everyday has its challenges and, from an artistic standpoint, it is equally difficult to capture laws' evolutionary scope from the petty to the existential. 

The body of law - much the like a body of water - is always in motion, rising and falling with the times and tides of circumstance. Those familiar with the law's substance and  shifting duality, know that no one image can capture its dynamic essence. "If a picture is worth a thousand words" said the lawyer, "then draw me up one of the constitution." 

Truth and justice themed art is not just for lawyers, judges and those who toil in its fields, but is for everyone who searches for meaning in the blindfolded eyes of the law.


The Water
 Law & Water Gallery sits at the edge of the watery part of the world. Here above the tide we navigate viewers through an ever changing tableau to capture the intensity, energy, and persistence of our living working waterfront. 

To the casual observer and the care-free passer-by the ways of life in a busy port are shrouded in a dense thick-a-fog.  The mysteries found here at the margin where the land runs out to meet the great salt sea are nowhere greater than in commercial fishing's one time Mecca - Gloucester, Massachusetts.

Here the price of fish is still tallied in the lives of those who've shipwrecked on that distant shore from which no travelers return. Soon to be 400 years in its war at sea, Gloucester - bloodied but unbowed is still a place to go fishing from.

“There is probably not a single place as critical to the development of American visual and literary art as Gloucester, Massachusetts. The Greek sea-light here attracted Winslow Homer, Childe Hassam, and Edward Hopper whose rendering of Cape Ann houses struck on their western angles by the supernatural after-noon light is at the heart of his accomplishment as a painter.....Never mind the broad-porched Victorian mansions looking toward Boston from Banner Hill; never mind that Gloucester is more important to the history of American art than Manhattan Island. You can still walk to the end of the Dog Bar Breakwater in a stiff westerly and look at the town as it actually is: gorgeous, salt, golden, unutterable, like the Bay of Naples in a masterpiece by Canaletto.”

William Monahan
Talk Magazine (excerpt)