There was a lot of art in and around St. John’s that I very much enjoyed. For instance Hazel Eckert’s “Studio Cast Shadows” (edition of 3 archival inkjet prints) at the Christina Parker Gallery (see above). Here is my ‘seen and liked’ part 2:
Or the work of local artist James Miller, who was taught art by the renowned Newfoundland painter Reginald Shepherd. Miller, who saw an exhibition of 18th century Dutch Realists at the MUN Art Gallery as a young student, still remembers the profound impact of that exhibition that led him to pursue an education in the visual arts.
Miller initially produced paintings inspired by a classical approach. Over time he started experimenting with a more contemporary approach to imagery and technique acknowledging influences from surrealist painters such as Salvador Dali and Max Ernst.
“My work as an artist is continually evolving. I enjoy the technical challenges and experimentation of oil paint and the discovery of new approaches to create paintings”, says Miller, who enjoys the freedom that he found in the work of Dali and Ernst and their courage to break the rules of traditional painting.
The primary influences for his work? The history, culture, and landscape of Newfoundland and Labrador, says James Miller. “His paintings of the land and sea are not for the tranquil reserving eye but relate in their elements to the Northern Romantic Tradition of painters.” (Christine Parker Gallery).
Last but not least the compelling minimal, mixed media work by Mike Gough’s “Adaptions” (acrylic, pastel and graphite on panel) caught my attention. Mike Gough, one of the most successful and prolific painters in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador today, attended Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, England where he received a Masters of Fine Arts. His work has appeared in exhibitions in Canada, the UK and France.
Read more about the artist in the following interview:
And then there was Laurie Leehane’s “Inlet 4”, whose oil painting moved me deeply after hearing so many stories of resettlement on my journey through this wonderful province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Laurie Leehane states, “ It is essential to my work for me to have an emotional reaction to a situation or place. I am motivated to develop a painting if I am inspired by light, shadow, nostalgia and memory. My work generally contains a narrative of abandonment, mystery and longing. It isn’t what is said that holds my attention but what is not said. I believe there is a magical time for everything whether it is the time of day when the light strikes the wharves and sheds I investigate or when the landscape is speaking in dreams. Everyone and everything has a moment”.
More about the artist, click here: