Severin Haines

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Severin Haines received a BFA from the Swain School of Design in 1968 and an MFA from Yale University's School of Art and Architecture in 1972. From 1975 until 1988 he taught as a member of the faculty of the Swain School of Design in New Bedford. He served as chairman of the Painting Department of the Swain School from 1979 until 1988. He began teaching at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth with the merger of the Swain School and the University in 1988. He later served as Graduate Director for the University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. He is presently holds the title of Professor Emeritus at UMass Dartmouth. He retired from the university in June of 2011 and now spends his time painting and working with his wife Cynthia in their garden.

Since 1977, Haines has exhibited in the local area with numerous one-person shows at various venues including the Nemasket Gallery of Fairhaven, the Water Street Gallery of Mattapoisett, the Marion Art Center, Facets Gallery of Fall River and Crowells Gallery in New Bedford. He has also mounted a retrospective exhibition of his work at Keystone Junior College in Pennsylvania. He has exhibited in numerous one-person and group shows in Norway, New York, NY and Boston, MA.

Haines is the recipient of two Massachusetts Arts Lottery Council grants for murals at the Nemasket Gallery and at the Leroy Wood School, both in Fairhaven. A third mural was produced together with the students of the Teen-Mural Program of Artworks in New Bedford on the wall of the Carter’s Building in the New Bedford Historic District. He has also curated six major exhibitions for the New Bedford Art Museum.

In January of 2008 he was honored with a one-person exhibition at the New Bedford Art Museum. This exhibition of landscapes of his native Norway entitled Skude 360 Degrees also traveled to the Nordic Heritage Museum in Seattle Washington in December of 2008

Haines is currently represented by Galleri Amare in Stavanger, Norway and Crowells Gallery in New Bedford, MA. In July of 2013 he is scheduled for an exhibition of his larger work at the Dedee Shattuck Gallery in Westport, MA

Artist Statement

I paint landscapes. It is the landscape that has honed my skills as a painter. It is the landscape that taught me the language of nature. How nature speaks in color, form and space. A language that I try to use as the basic tools of seeing and thereby of creating paintings. Paintings that are a search for visual drama.


Dedee Shattuck Gallery | November 29 - December 23, 2013 | Small Works, 2017

Dedee Shattuck Gallery | September 28 - November 6, 2016 | Works in Glass: with paintings by Severin Haines

Dedee Shattuck Gallery | November 16 - December 22, 2013 | Small Works, 2013

Dedee Shattuck Gallery | June 3 - 28, 2013 | Severin Haines Featuring Furniture by DUNN

Dedee Shattuck Gallery | November 29 - December 23, 2012 | Small Works, 2012 

Dedee Shattuck Gallery | June 5 - July 3, 2011 | Inaugural Exhibit, 2011      |      508. 636. 4177      |      1 Partners' Lane, Westport, MA 02790      |      W - Sat, 10 - 5, Sun 12 - 5