Monday, 23 February 2015

Lighthouse at Dawn

Lighthouse at Dawn, o/c, 48" x 72", Steven Rhude

Steven Rhude, Wolfville, NS

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Community Wharf, Half Island Cove, Nova Scotia

Community Wharf, o/c, 40" x 60", Gallery 78, Steven Rhude

This painting was the inspiration for the etching - Figures on a Wharf.

Steven Rhude, Wolfville, NS

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Not all prints are created equal

Figures on a Wharf, etching, 11" x 14", 37/50, Steven Rhude

February 14 - March 13

Harvest Gallery in Wolfville, Nova Scotia is pleased to present "PRESS" our 8th annual exhibition showcasing the work of select Nova Scotia Printmakers. You are invited to explore new work from a small but distinguished group including Bonnie Baker; Alex Colville; Cecil Day; Bob Hainstock; Kristiina Lehtonen; John Neville; Steven Rhude; Kath Kornelsen Rutherford; Robert Rutherford, and Anna Syperek. The show opens February 14th and runs until March 13th, 2014.

In the world of art not all prints are created equal. Both advances in technology and 'creative' marketing practices have led to confusion around what distinguishes an original print from a reproduction.
An Original Print is an image that has been conceived and executed solely as a print, usually in a numbered edition. Each print in the edition is an original, signed by the artist, and printed from a plate, stone, screen, block or other matrix created for that purpose. There is no one original print from which copies are made. Each print is inked and pulled individually; it is a multi-original medium. The artist decides the number of prints in an edition, and each print is given a specific number (for example, a print numbered 12/25 is the 12th print in an edition of 25).
A Reproduction, although often called a print, is actually quite different. It is a copy of a work of art conceived by the artist in another medium - an oil painting or watercolour for example. The reproduction is made by photomechanical means. Numbering and signing a reproduction does not change its essence; it is still a reproduction of a painting and not an original print.
The hand-made prints in this show sample a variety of printmaking methods including Etching - with Aquatint (creeping bite, litho crayon resist, white ground and top rolled spit-bite) techniques; multi-plate etching with Aquatint; Mezzotint; Linocut; Rust Collagraphy and, Serigraphy (or Silkscreen).

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Take a Closer Look Around

Boy on a Wharf, o/c, 20" x 16", Steven Rhude

Take a Closer Look Around:
Local-Figure & Interior Painting Class with Steven Rhude
begins March 23 Acadia University Art Gallery

This indoor workshop approaches the figure in its environment through photographic sources, memory, and process observation. The first class will be devoted to a field trip around Wolfville to attain source material for the following seven weeks. Our purpose is to develop the ability to see, perceive, inscribe, and translate experience as it relates to the subject of the figure in situ.

Various systems of representation will be studied over eight sessions. Oil painting techniques will also be explored such as under painting, glazing, alla prima (direct painting), to expand the students understanding of the expressive potential of oil paint.

Date and Time: Mondays, 7-9pm, March 23, 2015 – May 11, 2015 (8 weeks)
Cost: $180 (non-members)/ $170 (gallery members).
Materials: not included, participants will be provided with materials list for workshop.
Open to all skill levels.
Register: In person at the gallery, or download a workshop form off our website.

About the instructor: Steven Rhude graduate with honours in drawing and painting from the Ontario College of Art and Design. He also studied drawing in Florence Italy with support from an Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation award. He later moved to Nova Scotia and devoted himself full-time to painting. In his work, Rhude continues to explore his passion for themes, which evoke the ethos of coastal communities in Atlantic Canada, their social conditions and iconic character. His work is held in private and public collections across Canada and beyond.

Steven Rhude, Wolfville, NS