Thursday, 27 September 2012

Emma Butler Gallery

I'm pleased to announce my new representation in St. John's Newfoundland with the Emma Butler Gallery.
Please check out the gallery on line.

Battery Shed on a Road,  oil on canvas, 32"x 42", Emma Butler Gallery

Red Boat, Ochre Pit Cove, oil on canvas, 29.5"x38", Emma Butler Gallery

Buoys on the Edge of Burnt Point, oil on canvas, 38"x50", Steven Rhude

Cantwell's Fence, Cape Spear Primary, oil on canvas, 38"x59", Steven Rhude

Steven Rhude, Wolfville, NS.

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Last Dogs Hung, oil on canvas, 34"x48", Steven Rhude

Argyle Fine Art, Halifax, September 14th to October 2nd

Opening: Friday, September 14th - 7pm. 
1559 Barrington Street, Halifax. tel. 902.425.9456 

Resistance - Last Dogs Hung

Contemporary Realist Painting continues to evolve largely outside of the mainstream establishment. Although championed by independent artists and galleries, a new generation of Realist painters have been largely ignored by an artistic management intent on blurring the
boundary between art and life - what T.S. Elliot referred to as “the dissociation of sensibility”. Today (with a few exceptions), humanism and emotion combined with the innovation required to carry out the creation of a Realist painting, have generally been overlooked. Possibly because of an art establishment more concerned with their own shifting hagiography and the elevation of spectacle.

As a painter, I have noted in the past that concerns exist in today's post art culture, and that globally, museum elites have established a gulf between the patron and the art exhibited. The patron becoming a disinterested third party, understandably fatigued with essential reading before approaching a work of establishment art. In this world, Realist painters can only sow the seeds. How well they grow depends on the environment and receptivity of the ground available.

Notwithstanding this, Realism continues to purvey qualities of beauty, skill, concept, emotion, and place, that are directly engaging and relevant for the viewer in a post art world. In general, the mature principles of Realist painting have endured for over six hundred years while other movements mutate for survival. If one were to assess the larger historical picture to date, Realist painters would easily be considered one of the ‘last dogs hung.’

Steven Rhude, Wolfville, NS.

To inquire about work contact: or 902.425.9456

Buoy at Italy Cross, oil on canvas, 19"x22", Steven Rhude

Heaven's Gate Road, oil on canvas, 30"x40", Steven Rhude

Buoy at Dublin Shore, oil on canvas, 20"x16", Steven Rhude

Boy and Hay Bale, oil on canvas, 27"x37", Steven Rhude

Stairway, Cape Spear, oil on board, 24"x20", Steven Rhude

Buoy at Indian Path Road, oil on canvas, 20"x16", Steven Rhude

Apparition, oil on canvas, 36"x48", Steven Rhude

Finding Arcadia - Whitehead, oil on canvas, 60"x90", Steven Rhude

Road to Lunenburg, oil on board, 20"x24", Steven Rhude

Road to Yankee Harbour, oil on board, 20"x24", Steven Rhude

Red Boat, Road to Kissing Bridge, oil on canvas, 32"x50", Steven Rhude

Road to Half Island Cove, oil on board, 18"x24", Steven Rhude

Fish Fluke, oil on canvas, 40"x72", Steven Rhude

Spring, Isle Madame, oil on canvas, 40"x60", Steven Rhude 

Buoys and Apples - After Kingsburg, oil on canvas, 20"x30", Steven Rhude

Buoy at Black Point Road, oil on  board, 18"x24", Steven Rhude