"Terence Coyle, a Retrospective, at 80" is a peek into the world of a distinguished American Realist Painter Terence Coyle by way of his paintings and writings. His everyday experiences become subject matter for his drawings and paintings in capturing the mood and essence of his life as an ongoing adventure. Coyle's paintings all come alive with the spirit and energies that confirm daily life. Between 1982 and 1984, Coyle became deeply involved with the rallies and protests of the theatrical community in their efforts to save the landmark Helen Hayes Theatre and three other intimate Broadway theatres that once housed dramatic plays. Swept up in the struggle to save these theatres, Coyle returned day after day to do sketches and watercolours from every possible angle and at every time of day In front of the Helen Hayes, a scaffold was built on which daily readings took place with star studded rallies.Arthur Miller, Lauren Bacall, Jason Robards and other celebrities read to hundreds of protesters. The famous tenor, Placido Domingo, also lent his voice to the rally. Coyle received permission and was the only artist allowed inside the heavily guarded theatre.
Staying on the scene for three months, he followed the elaborate preparations for preservation of the artifacts for the New York State Museum; Albany. The protesters failed in their noble efforts and Coyle stayed until the very end. His day to day absorption in these events evolved into an important series of oil paintings, watercolours and graphics, some of which are in this book. More paintings of places and life adventures fill out the pages of this charming book.
Terence Coyle is known as a landscape and genre painter whose works reveal man's deepest hopes and aspirations. He resides in New York City and paints life around him in the city and throughout the country. His paintings are in notable public and private collections, and museums throughout the world including the Museum of the City of New York; the New York State Museum, Albany; the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection; National Academy of Design; Fordham University; Museum of Performing Arts; and the Billy Rose Theatre Collection. Coyle has been an instructor of painting and figure drawing at the Art Students League, NY, since 1974. Coyle collaborated with Robert Beverly Hale, former curator of the Metropolitan Museum on three best selling books on figure drawing.