From the Critics



"The 'Small Works' exhibition at Garvey Rita Art & Antiques also looks to address any art-related gaps in your gift list. Measuring just

eight inches square, Rick Fleury's exquisite oil on copper The Race: Race Point, Provincetown captures something very big – the infinitely

subtle range of tones and light in sky and sea – more evocatively than many works several times its size." 



                                                                                                           John D'Addario

                                                                                                           The Provincetown Independent

                                                                                                           November, 2022



"Artists through the ages have strived to capture what the forces of nature and the universe have created. Some, like the notable masters

from the Hudson River School, have succeeded in giving their paintings an other-wordly quality as though they have transcended this world.

It is the soft light, the appproachable line and the composition that looks vaguely familiar, like an image from a dream.

Rick Fleury is one of those artists." 


                                                                               Julie Craven Wagner

                                                                                                         Cape Cod Life / Cape Cod Art Annual



"The Louisa Gould Gallery added two new artists this year, each with a distinctive style. Painter Rick Fleury creates seascapes

in a minimalist contemporary style featuring calm seas, filtered light, and a luminosity that truly captures the Island look. Although

he has been represented by galleries and museums around Cape Cod, Boston, and elsewhere for years, this is the first time

that the member of Boston’s Copley Society of Art has shown on the Vineyard."  – A Look at Notable Exhibits and Artists in 2017



                                                                                                       Gwyn McAllister

                                                                                                       Martha's Vineyard Times

                                                                                                       December, 2017



"Mr. Fleury’s luminous seascapes in oil perfectly capture the timelessness of the New England coast. With minimal brushstrokes

and the perfect rendering of filtered light in his expanses of sky, the artist imparts the mystique that has drawn visitors to the

Cape and Islands for generations."


                                                                               Gwyn McAllister

                                                                                                       Martha's Vineyard Times

                                                                                                       May, 2017



"In Tracings, a series of paintings by Fleury, a palette knife was used to pull light lines of paint

across the horizon and again in the land and waters below."


                                                                                                       American Art Collector

                                                                                                       June, 2016



"Viewers of Fleury’s work will notice an overall enhancement of color and perspectives. For instance, while Fleury uses the same color palette

as in his previous works, there is a vibrancy and boldness."


                                                                                                       American Art Collector

                                                                                                       June, 2014


"A master at composition...  Like the previous artist, Leon Dabo (b. 1864), this artist does very well creating space and depth on his smaller works...

If someone asks me the name of a great artist who has smaller works priced less than one thousand dollars, you can’t find much better original art

than his paintings of the East Coast."



                                                                                                       August, 2012


"You can tell the seriousness of purpose not by what they sell, but by what they hang, by the little details: There’s a Rick Fleury original oil on the wall;

Fleury is considered a rising master."


                                                                                                      Rob Conery

                                                                                                      The Drake, For Those Who Fish

                                                                                                      Spring, 2012

"... a fascinating career"

                                                                                                       Bylines Briefly

                                                                                                       University of Colorado, Boulder

                                                                                                       August, 2011


"striking, subdued and sometimes surreal."

                                                                                                       Kyle Connors

                                                                                                       Cape Cod Magazine

                                                                                                       January, 2011


"...outstanding American artist"

                                                                                                       American Art Collector

                                                                                                       July, 2010


On the Rothko Dialogue Series... 

"...a marvelously inventive theme and handsomely executed; simply irresistible. Like any good dialogue,

it invites the viewer to reconsider both sides of the equation."


                                                                                                      David W. Dunlap

                                                                                                      June, 2010


"Cape Cod Contemporary"

                                                                                                     American Art Collector

                                                                                                     May, 2010


"Fleury's minimalist landscapes recall a show 'The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia,

1860-1989,' at the Guggenheim in New York..."

                                                                                                     Laurie Balliett

                                                                                                     Cape Cod Day

                                                                                                     August, 2009


"awe-inspiring...   a profound appreciation and respect for the beauty ever present in his environment."

                                                                                                     Suzan Weldon Redgate, Executive Director

                                                                                                     Copley Society of Art, Boston

                                                                                                     July, 2009



                                                                                                     Rob Conery

                                                                                                     Cape Cod Life

                                                                                                     May, 2008


"a visceral connection that can halt the mind."

                                                                                                      George Gerard

                                                                                                      Artscope Magazine, Boston

                                                                                                      March/April 2008


"I particularly liked Rick Fleury's calm Cape beaches." 


                                                                                                     Matthew Reed Baker

                                                                                                     Boston Magazine

                                                                                                     December, 2008


"Rick Fleury's show...was a resounding success, with over 25 of his paintings sold. It comes as no surprise --

Fleury had been a featured artist in American Art Collector."

                                                                                                    Joshua Rose

                                                                                                    American Art Collector

                                                                                                    August, 2008


"People in New England often respond to water scenes painted by Rick Fleury." 

                                                                                                    NECN Stylewatch

                                                                                                    April, 2008


"Stop and savor these standout pieces... Rick Fleury's 'After the Harvest' –

A decidedly different take on the show's theme, showcasing the Cape's farming history."

                                                                                                      The Cape Cod Times

                                                                                                      March 7, 2008


"Rick's sense of placement for the viewer is remarkable. He gives us great vistas with a mellow sense of our point of view.

The viewer is taken in by the vast expanse of sea and sky. We are not lost in the view as much as we are part of it.

Rick relates the greatness of the sea and sky, light and land to us with pin-point accuracy. He has the sense and ability

to show us the greatness of Cape Cod."

                                                                                                       Michael Giaquinto, Curator, Cape Cod Museum of Art
                                                                                                       American Art Collector

                                                                                                       December, 2007

"Cape Cod minimalism"


                                                                                                        Joshua Rose

                                                                                                        American Art Collector

                                                                                                        December, 2007

"Fleury Finds Completeness in Simplicity:

  ...such is the nature of nature, a continuous evolution that this artist strives to portray, unfettered by man, untouched by progress."


                                                                                                        Melora North

                                                                                                        The Provincetown Banner 

                                                                                                        December, 2007

"A spiritual experience"

                                                                                                         American Art Collector

                                                                                                         October, 2007


"Autumn's Gift is a stark, minimal view of the coastline that focuses on the atmospheric conditions that fall brings to the Cape each year." 

                                                                                                         American Art Collector

                                                                                                         October, 2007


"Looking at the play of colors and clouds in a Fleury landscape is as refreshing as being outside
on a brisk autumn day or as invigorating as watching the clouds roll in just before a storm.
Fleury pares down to the essential elements to create refreshingly meditative compositions,
every work a breath of fresh air."

                                                                                                          Sarah Fagan

                                                                                                          Artscope Magazine, Boston

                                                                                                          August/September, 2007

"An emerging artist moving at rocket speed."

                                                                                                         Stephanie Foster

                                                                                                         The Cape Codder

                                                                                                         June, 2007

"On the threshold of prominence..." 

                                                                                                          Britt Beedenbender

                                                                                                         Artscope Magazine, Boston

                                                                                                         May/June, 2006


"Fleury's works speak of intent, deliberateness, confidence and honesty... There is nothing quaint or charming about Fleury's work.

His paintings are serious forays into the discovery of the landscape and the artist's physical and spiritual understanding of it

after months and years of dedicated study."

                                                                                                          Britt Beedenbender                 

                                                                                                         The Barnstable Patriot

                                                                                                         June, 2006


"TRIFECTA OF CONTENT:  "Faith, Hope & Happiness" is the featured work of Rick Fleury's "Coastal Views" exhibit through June 25 at the Cape Cod Museum of Art..."   

                                                                                                           The Cape Cod Times, Best Bets

                                                                                                           May, 2006


"'HELL HATH NO FLEURY' Rick Fleury brings his spiritual journey of coastal views to Cape Cod Museum of Art, now through June 25. Born and raised in Massachusetts..." 

                                                                                                           The Cape Cod Voice, Shout Out! 

                                                                                                           June, 2006


"Fleury's work is becoming highly collectible. After years of preparation, he is ready to make something special happen."

                                                                                                           The Arts Foundation of Cape Cod

                                                                                                           June, 2006


"Working with oil paints on primarily large canvases, the artist subtly blends colors from the land to the horizon,

minimizing division and creating a sense of unity and serenity."


                                                                                                            The Cape Cod Museum of Art

                                                                                                            June, 2006

"His latest solo work reflects his desire to capture the Outer Cape on canvas."

                                                                                                             Melora North

                                                                                                            The Provincetown Banner

                                                                                                            May, 2006

"On the threshold of major accomplishment."


                                                                                                             Jules Becker

                                                                                                             South End News, Boston

                                                                                                             May, 2004