Wednesday, 17 June 2015


Boat and Buoy Adrift, oil on canvas, 30" x 42", Steven Rhude,  $4,500.00,  Gallery, Sold



adjective, adverb (postpositive)
floating without steering or mooring; drifting
without purpose; aimless
(informal) off course or amiss: the project went adrift
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Steven Rhude, Wolfville, NS 

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Reaching Brigus Light

Reaching Brigus Light, o/c, 40" x 60", $7,500.00, Emma Butler Gallery

This painting is now available at the Emma Butler Gallery in St. John's, Newfoundland.

Steven Rhude, Wolfville, NS

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

If Truth Be Told

If Truth Be Told" A group show of Nova Scotia Realism
Steven Rhude
Arnaud Beghin
Anna Syperek

If Truth Be Told

Nova Scotia Realism
Saturday, June 13th 2-4 pm

Please join us this Saturday, June 13th from 2-4 pm for the opening of "If Truth Be Told".  Several of the artists will be in attendance.

What is 'real' or 'true' is as varied as the individual seeking it. "If Truth Be told" is a group show of realist work in a variety of styles and media by renowned Nova Scotia Artists: Alan Bateman; Arnaud Beghin; Alex Colville; Peter Gough; Steven Rhude and Anna Syperek.

The show runs until July 11th.  We look forward to welcoming you.

Harvest Gallery
462 Main St.
Wolfville, NS

Peter Gough
Alan Bateman
Alex Colville
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Sunday, 7 June 2015

Dante on the subject of Exile

Study of Dante, Graphite on paper, Florence, Steven Rhude


“You shall leave everything loved most dearly, and this is the shaft of which the bow of exile shoots first. You shall prove how salt is the taste of another man’s bread and how hard is the way up and down another man's stairs."
Dante - Paradisio


Around the time of Beatrice’s death, Dante began to immerse himself in the study of philosophy and the machinations of the Florentine political scene. Florence was then was a tumultuous city, with factions representing the papacy and the empire continually at odds, and Dante held a number of important public posts. In 1302, however, he fell out of favor and was exiled for life by the leaders of the Black Guelphs (among them, Corso Donati, a distant relative of Dante’s wife), the political faction in power at the time and who were in league with Pope Boniface VIII. (The pope, as well as countless other figures from Florentine politics, finds a place in the hell that Dante creates in Inferno—and an extremely unpleasant one.) Dante may have been driven out of Florence, but this would be the beginning of his most productive artistic period. -

Dante: Philosopher, Scholar, Poet (c. 1265–c. 1321)




Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Ochre Pit Road

Ochre Pit Road, o/p. 24" x 24", $3,000.00, Steven Rhude

“Like most of us, I assume that there is a real world out there—but that our
representations of that world are constructions. People create and apply these
constructions in a struggle to grasp the world, relate to it, and manipulate
it through concepts, knowledge, and acts. In the process, reality impinges;
and the events that occur consequently are not predicated on the cultural
system of representations employed by the people, although they may largely
be interpretable within it. A people’s way of life is thus not a closed system,
contained within their own cultural constructions. That part of the real
world on which we as anthropologists need to focus is composed of this wid-
est compass: a natural world, a human population with all its collective and
statistical social features, and a set of cultural ideas in terms of which these
people try to understand and cope with themselves and their habitat.”

- Karel Barth

Steven Rhude, Wolfville, NS

Monday, 1 June 2015

New Painting

Poacher's Signal, oil on panel, 24" x 24", $3,000.00, Steven Rhude, Harvest Gallery

Poaching was, and probably still is an underground pass time in many parts of the Atlantic provinces. Without naming names, I recall some locals in my past who did it just for "the devil of it", while others did it for more obvious reasons. Once a poor man's food, lobster now is synonymous with an expensive habit and a lucrative industry with exports all over the world. Every time I see someone purchasing some lobsters prior to a flight somewhere, I'm reminded of poachers I knew using bicycle wheels to trap lobster, or just diving in wet suits to return to the surface with a prize specimen. They still had to be careful of the watchful eye of Department of Fisheries and Oceans though, so signals were sometimes used in a two man operation when setting up an underground expedition for the big prize. 

Steven Rhude, Wolfville, NS