Terence Netter is a renowned American painter and professor. His work can be separated into three groups – the paintings created during his priesthood, and those painted later on in his life under the influence of Zen, plus a series of paintings inspired by the 9/11 terrorist attack.
Terence Netter was raised in Bronxville, NY. In 1953 he received a BA degree in English from Fordham University. A year later, Netter obtained an MA degree in Philosophy from the same university. However, his education didn’t end here. In 1965, he graduated from George Washington University, acquiring an MFA degree in Studio Art. He joined the Jesuit order after graduating from Georgetown Prep. He held many teaching positions over the years that followed.
Throughout those years he held many one man shows, the first being in 1965 at the Allen Funt Gallery on Madison Avenue, after which he was dubbed “The Priest who Paints”. He left the Jesuit order in 1968, however, only to marry Therese Franseze not long after. After resigning from his post at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, he joined the Woodward Gallery, New York, where he held a one man exhibition in 1997-1998. It was in the same year that Netter and his wife obtained a house in Loire Valley, France, where he has spent a lot of time writing and painting since.
He was commissioned to create a series of paintings for the inaugural exhibition of the Eur Am Center for International Studies at the Abbey only months before the 9/11 attack. The paintings Netter produces were strongly influenced by this incident.
Another series of paintings, Zenscapes: Aires de la Loire, was displayed at Gallery North in Setauket in 2004. Beyond the Horizon and French Perspectives followed, and in all of these paintings the influence the Loire had made on Netter was reflected. They made his interest in Zen meditation apparent, as well.
His most recent project was the series of paintings named The Creation Series, or Illuminations. These were made in a strong reference to the Old Testament, much like the works in the Book of Kells. They were shown in 2015 at Gallery North and Woodward Gallery, the two galleries that represent him.
All images copyright © the artist and Woodward Gallery
|2013||French Perspectives||Gallery North, Setauket, NY||Solo|
|2013||Four Seasons||Four Seasons Restaurant Lobby, New York, NY||Solo|
|2012||Beyond The Horizon||Gallery North, Setauket, NY||Solo|
|2009||Terence Netter||University Art Gallery, Hattiesburg, MS||Solo|
|2008||Terence Netter: The Seven Days of Creation||Abbey of Pontlevoy, France||Solo|
|2007||Terence Netter: The Seven Phases of the Moon||Gourmet Garage, NY presented by Woodward Gallery, NYC||Solo|
|2006||Terence Netter||Prevote’ Gallery, St. Aignon, France||Solo|
|2006||Gallery Artists ‘06-’07||Woodward Gallery, New York, NY||Group|
|2004||Group Show||Ponte Vedra Center for the Arts, Florida||Group|
|2002||Terence Netter||L’Abbaye, Pontlevoy, France||Solo|
|2002||Paper Invitational V||Woodward Gallery, New York, NY||Group|
|2001||Hit and Run 2001||Woodward Gallery, New York, NY||Group|
|2000||Terence Netter||Alexander Brest Museum and Gallery, Jacksonville, FL||Solo|
|1998||Group Show||Rich Center for the Arts, Stamford, Conn.||Group|
|1997||Terence Netter||Woodward Gallery, NYC||Solo|
|1997||Terence Netter||Alexander Brest Museum and Gallery, Stonybrook University||Solo|
|1994||Group Show||Paul Mellon Center for the Arts, Ct.||Group|
|1991||University of Utah Faculty Exhibition||Utah Museum of Fine Arts, SLC, UT||Group|
|1991||Group Show||University Art Gallery, Stony Brook||Group|
|1990||Group Show||Vered College, East Hampton||Group|
|1987||Group Show||University Gallery, Stony Brook||Group|
|1986||Terence Netter||Benton Gallery, Southampton, NY||Solo|
|1983||Group Show||University Gallery, Stony Brook, NY||Group|
|1980||Hospital Inaugural Exhibition||Stony Brook||Group|
|1975||Terence Netter||Frank Rehn Gallery , New York, NY||Solo|
|1973||Terence Netter||de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara, CA||Solo|
|1971||Terence Netter||Frank Rehn Gallery, New York, NY||Solo|
|1971||Terence Netter||Bolles Gallery, San Francisco, CA||Solo|
|1971||Terence Netter||de Saisset Museum, San Francisco, CA||Solo|
|1968||Terence Netter||Frank Rehn Gallery, New York City||Solo|
|1966||Group Show||The Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton||Group|
|1965||Terence Netter||The Allen Funt Gallery, New York, NY||Solo|
|1965||Circle Art Show (1st Prize)||Washington D.C.||Group|