Seen and liked in St. John’s, Newfoundland – Part 2

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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:

JAMES MILLER

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).

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Paintings by James Miller

MIKE GOUGH

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:

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ADAPTIONS by Mike Gough

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LAURIE LEEHANE

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:

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INLET 4 by Laurie Leehane

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Seen and liked in St. John’s, Newfoundland – Paintings by Ron Bolt

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“FROM THE EDGE – NEW ATLANTIC COASTAL WORKS” by RON BOLT

I very much enjoyed Ron Bolt’s 9th solo exhibition “From the Edge – New Atlantic Coastal Works” at the Christina Parker Gallery, marking the artist’s 80th year. Bolt’s paintings reflects his continuing interest in the study of the sea and of coastal regions, in particular Newfoundland.

“I suppose I have the sea in my genes. My maternal grandmother was born in Newfoundland and my paternal grandfather was a lay missionary to the fisherman out of Grimsby in northern Yorkshire. Whenever I come back to where I can see and feel the ocean, it lifts me up. Standing on the shore I feel part of a great mystery, part of the miracle of being alive. As an artist and a romantic, I agree with the legendary Canadian pianist Glen Gould. He said “Art is the lifelong construction of a state of wonder.” (Ron Bolt)

Ron Bolt’s love of the province first began in the Summer of 1971 when he was working with the Outport Arts Foundation teaching art to the children of the area of Hibb’s Cove. Bolt, who has been back to Newfoundland many times, taking photographs, sketching and painting, completed a one month artist residency in Grose Morne National Park in 2000.

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Paintings by Ron Bolt