Wednesday, April 16, 2014

NOW SHOWING! Tanya Owen

If you haven't already heard, there's been quite a bit of pillow talk happening around the gallery these days..To be more specific, we've been talking about Tanya Owen's new series of hand painted pillows, featuring portraits of local television personalities. It's interesting how quickly these personalities become ingrained in our daily lives and local culture. Have a look through the link here, and see if you can name all the faces! https://www.flickr.com/photos/62710153@N03/sets/72157644004400983/




Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Breaking Pillow News Opens this Saturday, April 12th, 1:30-3:30pm

Argyle Fine Art is very excited to be presenting artist Tanya Owen and her limited edition of hand hand painted cushions, featuring some of our most beloved local celebrities from the local broadcasting team at CTV. JOIN US FOR THE OPENING RECEPTION on SATURDAY, APRIL 12th, 1:30-3:30pm.

As many Atlantic Canadians may remember, CTV used to be called ATV and was a main staple amoung many of us growing up with TV as a main source of news and entertainment. Whether it be a community news programs, such as LIVE AT 5-brought to popularity by the treasured local hero Dave Wright or the News currently with Bruce Frisko, the weather with Cindy Day or even beginning the holiday season with the Christmas Daddie's Telethon...we've been watching. 



Tanya's works celebrate these great folks, who are not only local celebrities but more importantly great citizens who love their community and give-back far beyond their jobs behind the desk or in-front of the camera. They have played an important role in making the watchers feel connected to their province and even towards them- even though many of us have never met them in person.

This show brings up interesting topics of how we view community, celebrity, the influence of media to our daily lives and more...ALL VERY SERIOUS topics of discussion but juxtaposed with being depicted on a functional work of art. in the form of portraits of these beloved individuals.


Friday, April 4, 2014

Gordon MacDonald's Latest Works: In his own Words

A very special show opened this week at the Nova Scotia Archives here in Halifax on Tuesday. The show is called "ACROSS THE SURFACE" with work by the PLANS founding artists(Professional Living Artists of Nova Scotia) and continues until April 30th.  Please do try to see the exhibition and let us know what you think of it all.If you are interested in any of these works, please do not hesitate to contact the gallery directly.

The show includes these two works by Gordon MacDonald. We asked Gordon to write a few words about each work. Here is what he said. 


 "Companion",  48" x 48", Oil on canvas.


 This work was intended to be only a landscape. I was interested in how a plane's contrails interact visually with stratus clouds. When the painting was done, it still seemed to need something else. When this happens, I usually stare at the painting for as long as it takes until that "something else" occurs to me. That didn't work. Then, without a second thought, I picked up a brush, took a sparse amount of paint and dragged it up the center. Then a second time.  It looked like two ghosts looking away from the viewer toward my focal point. After starting a landscape painting, a whole new narrative and direction got added after the fact. Not knowing why the two figures were there or what to call the painting, I continued to sit with it. Both in childhood and as an adult, I've often stood and stared at the sky. It finally occured to me a few days later: maybe they are both me and it's actually a self-portrait. Others have found different meaning  from this painting and I won't talk them out of it. In the end,  it's about the viewer and the painting; I'm no longer part of it.



 "The Woman from Everywhere" 16" x 20" , Oil on board
 An opportunity arose for me to do a narrative portrait, (rather than a depiction of a specific person).
 I started with a question.  If I had to describe a typical woman on the planet earth, what would she look like?
  

With all the unrealistic depictions we see, what would be "acceptable" as a possible representation? When we see those negative, unrealistic depictions of women we are never shown alternatives.   Nothing gets defined by negatives.   Just by painting a woman with dark/black hair, 90% of the women on the planet are included. (Ok, plenty have grey hair). So, I needed a model with black hair in her mid- 20's who I thought would represent my narrative. Someone I had met at NSCAD fit the scenario, and I knew she would understand and work with the idea. 


  For me, painting a person takes time. Not the rendering, that takes very little. It's the last 5 % that can take 90% of the time. It's staring, moving things by millimeters, editing out,changing light, simplifying things (hair is a mass, not strands). As it gets more and more subtle, it can turn into something I may not have conceived of originally. I'm fine with that as long as its better. At some point I no longer control the end result -- only whether some aspect is preventing the finish.

 Sure enough, the painting I was working on DID become something else. It occurred to me: it's not about my original narrative, but one about race, or in this case, a complete absence of race. As I worked on it, I realized her parents could be middle eastern, European,Indian, South American, Native American, African American/Japanese, Jewish, Swedish, Scottish,Ojibway, Mexican. The image that appeared, was of someone that could be from anywhere or The Woman From Everywhere.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

HAVE A SPRING FLING with ART! Selected small works especially for you.

We've been going through our inventory of smaller works we've collected over the years. Below you will find a varied collection of small works, all measuring 4" x 5".  Some are works on paper, some are canvas and a few are also on board or metal.  They were all part of our PRE-SHRUNK show waaaaaaay back in 2012  and still haven't found a home! All the works are wonderful and we hope that some of them will find a home with YOU. 

The original price on all the works was $175, however in effort to find these little ones homes, we have reduced the prices as marked. Please take a close look at the 42 little works and see if you find one or two that speak to you or for a gift for someone special.


Work on Paper-Bryanna Chapeskie  $65
Work on Paper-Bryanna Chapeskie  $65
Work on Paper-Bryanna Chapeskie  $65
Work on Paper-Bryanna Chapeskie  $65
Work on Paper by Sara Burwash  $65
Acrylic on Canvas by Jenny Johnson  $85
Acrylic on Canvas by Jenny Johnson  $85
Acrylic on Canvas by Jenny Johnson  $85
Acrylic on Canvas by Jenny Johnson  $85
Oil on Board by Dennis Reid  $95
Oil on Board by Dennis Reid  $95
Oil on Board by Dennis Reid  $95
Oil on board by Mark Brennan (framed)  $125
Acrylic on Canvas by Kathy Richards  $95
Wood/Metal  by Ed Beals  $95
Watercolour and Ink  on Illustration Board by Pamela Marie Pierce $85

Watercolour and Ink  on Illustration Board by Pamela Marie Pierce $65

Watercolour and Ink  on Illustration Board by Pamela Marie Pierce $65

Watercolour and Ink  on Illustration Board by Pamela Marie Pierce $65
Acrylic on Board by Nick Brunt  $95


Oil on Canvas by Kimberly Cote Floyd  $95

Oil on Canvas by Kimberly Cote Floyd  $95

Oil on Canvas by Charlotte Marble  $95

Oil on Canvas by Charlotte Marble  $95

Oil on Board by Brianna Corr-Scott  $95

Oil on Board by Brianna Corr-Scott  $95

Oil on Board by Brianna Corr-Scott  $95

Mixed Media  by Kit Clarke  $95

Acrylic on Board by Stuart Melanson  $95

Acrylic on Board by Nick Brunt  $95

Mixed Media on Canvas Board by Benjamin Allain  $65

Mixed Media on Canvas Board by Benjamin Allain  $65

Mixed Media on Canvas Board by Benjamin Allain  $65


Acrylic on Canvas by Justin Lee  $50


Acrylic on Canvas by Vaughn Gray  $95
Watercolour and Ink  on Illustration Board by Pamela Marie Pierce $65


Friday, March 28, 2014

SPRING is right around the corner.Celebrate it with ART!

Emerging artist Alexa Cude is just one of the many talented emerging artists we've discovered this season from our Pre-Shrunk Show in 2014. (for the record, there are many great little pieces still available and for viewing from this show by going to this link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/62710153@N03/sets/72157639841905644/ )

We'll be attempting to bring in a very large oval shaped work by Alexa next week...so if you are in the city, watch for it in the windows of the gallery soon, but in the meantimecheck it out here. Now imagine it this piece measuring 6 feet by 4 feet...



Of course, there are smaller works still available from our Pre-Shrunk show by Alexa too. Take one home today! These little ones measure just 4" x 5", and are $175 each. We think they'd make the perfect baby gift or perhaps for Easter time, which is just around the corner...



All works are drawings/paintings on wood with oil paint and pencil crayon.



Thursday, March 27, 2014

NEW ARTIST + NEW WORK /// Natasha Krzyzewski

The salty floors have been scrubbed, and a fresh collection artwork has been hung on the walls, making the gallery feel alive and bright once again - just in time for the real spring (you know, the one that doesn't include a house shaking blizzard with 50cm of snow.)

Works by Jane Rovers, James Farrell, and Norma Jean MacLean are on feature, along with new (to us) artist, Natasha Krzyzewski. We've been following Natasha's works for some time now, and we're delighted to finally be able to display a proper collection of paintings by this rising young artist. Please stop in, and have a look for yourselves.