Wednesday, July 17, 2019

HIGH NOON AT NOON: Mary Garoutte

Good afternoon and welcome to the second week of HIGH NOON art features! We have a great line-up for you beginning with a work by Mary Garoutte.

HIGH NOON is when we go through our inventory of amazing works of art that are still looking for equally amazing homes and offer them up for our summer HIGH NOON event at special prices for 24 hours each-with new works posted each day. We've found a few treasures that we'd like to share with you daily, from today until July 23rd.  
Today's HIGH NOON feature is an oil painting by Mary Garoutte from a solo show of hers waaaaay back in 2014. Honestly, it's mind boggling to see that this painting is still in our inventory. This beauty is even more luminous in person. Drop by and make it yours! 


You'll probably recognize the area if familiar with Halifax, as it's a grouping of homes near the Hydrostone district. 

Until tomorrow at HIGH NOON, this work sells for $875 instead of the regular price of $1175.

Red Stairs; Hennessy Street, Oil on Board, Mary Garoutte
 

 

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

HIGH NOON AT NOON: Mirco Chen

HIGH NOON is when we go through our inventory of amazing works of art that are still looking for equally amazing homes and offer them up for our summer HIGH NOON event at special prices for 24 hours each-with new works posted each day. We've found a few treasures that we'd like to share with you daily, from today until July 23rd!

 HIGH NOON AT NOON continues today with these amazing work by Mirco Chen


Until tomorrow at HIGH NOON, 
this work sells for $195 and it's regular price is $325



Mirco Chen, "Occupy Lucky Cat", 12 x 9 inches, acrylic on board


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BUY THE ART- LIFE IS SHORT! 




Monday, July 15, 2019

HIGH NOON AT NOON: Vaughn Gray

HIGH NOON is when we go through our inventory of amazing works of art that are still looking for equally amazing homes and offer them up for our summer HIGH NOON event at special prices for 24 hours each-with new works posted each day. We've found a few treasures that we'd like to share with you daily, from today until July 23rd!

HIGH NOON AT NOON continues today with this amazing work by Vaughn Gray!!!


Until tomorrow at HIGH NOON, 
this work sells for $225 and it's regular price is $595

Vaughn Gray, "Untitled", 12 x 12 inches, acrylic on canvas



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Sunday, July 14, 2019

HIGH NOON AT NOON: Caitlin McGuire & Dave LeRue

HIGH NOON is when we go through our inventory of amazing works of art that are still looking for equally amazing homes and offer them up for our summer HIGH NOON event at special prices for 24 hours each-with new works posted each day. We've found a few treasures that we'd like to share with you daily, from today until July 23rd!

 HIGH NOON AT NOON continues today with these amazing works by Caitlin McGuire and Dave LeRue


Until tomorrow at HIGH NOON, 
this work sells for $295 and its regular price is $475

Caitlin McGuire, "And Then I Saw Her Standing There", 10 x 24 inches, oil on board


Until tomorrow at HIGH NOON, 
this work sells for $175 and its regular price is $250


Dave LeRue, "Arena", 11 x 14 inches, oil on board


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Saturday, July 13, 2019

HIGH NOON AT NOON: GEORGE SPENCER

HIGH NOON is when we go through our inventory of amazing works of art that are still looking for equally amazing homes and offer them up for our summer HIGH NOON event at special prices for 24 hours each-with new works posted each day. We've found a few treasures that we'd like to share with you daily, from today until July 23rd!

 HIGH NOON AT NOON continues today with these amazing works by George Spencer!!!


Until tomorrow at HIGH NOON, 
this work sells for $450 and it's regular price is $590!!!

George Spencer, "Strawberries and Creamer", 11 x 14 inches, mixed media on board


Until tomorrow at HIGH NOON, 
this work sells for $275 and it's regular price is $395!!!


George Spencer, "Fries", 8 x 10 inches, oil on board
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Friday, July 12, 2019

HIGH NOON AT NOON: Isabelle Pineau

HIGH NOON is when we go through our inventory of amazing works of art that are still looking for equally amazing homes and offer them up for our summer HIGH NOON event at special prices for 24 hours each-with new works posted each day. We've found a few treasures that we'd like to share with you daily, from today until July 23rd!

 HIGH NOON AT NOON continues today with this little gem by Isabelle Pineau:


Until tomorrow at HIGH NOON, 
this work sells for $250 and it's regular price is $375!!!


Isabelle Pineau, "Esmerelda (The Bearded Lady)", 10 x 8 inches, mixed media on board

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

HIGH NOON at NOON Begins again! First up Gordon MacDonald

We almost forgot about our HIGH NOON AT NOON sales, but better late than never! HIGH NOON is when we go through our inventory of amazing works of art that are still looking for equally amazing homes and offer them up for our summer HIGH NOON event at special prices for 24 hours each-with new works posted each day. We've found a few treasures that we'd like to share with you daily, from today until July 23rd.  

Make sure to check back here on our blog for our daily features. BUY THE ART- LIFE IS SHORT!

Today's HIGH NOON features are THREE older works by Gordon MacDonald. Gordon is prepping for his new show opening next Friday, but it's always great to find homes for older works. Check these out!




SOLD Until tomorrow at HIGH NOON, this work sells for $485 and it's regular price is $650

THIS WORK IS CALLED "Speed  Trap", 8" x 10", Oil on Copper, 2017


 SOLD Until tomorrow at HIGH NOON, this work sells for $485 and it's regular price was $650
THIS WORK IS CALLED "Cloud Ramble", 8" x 10", Oil on Copper 2017


 Until tomorrow at HIGH NOON, this work sells for $575 and it's regular price was $800

THIS WORK IS CALLED "HARD RAIN", 10" x 12", Oil on Panel, 2016


Friday, July 5, 2019

Pre-Shrunk Sale Round-Up!

We're all familiar with the Pre-Shrunk exhibition held at Argyle Fine Art every January.  

Some of our gallery artists were first introduced to us through this annual group show.  Many of whom went on to have solo exhibitions at Argyle in later years!

Pre-Shrunk offers a wide variety of works from artists of all walks of life.  Every year the gallery is bombarded with hundreds of small works.  Artists submissions are carefully curated in preparation of this highly anticipated event.





This year we had almost 500 small works hanging on the gallery walls!

You may be asking yourselves, what happens to all the unsold works after the show ends?  

While some pieces are returned to artists, others remain in our inventory, and may be featured as independent offerings or in small groupings throughout the year.  


From year to year the steady influx of small works start to accumulate, and the older pieces end up in storage.  As time (and wall space) permits, we often find ourselves looking for opportunities to display these lost (but not forgotten) gems.


The Pre-Shrunk Sale is a great way to pick up some inexpensive works for your home or office.  It's also a fun way to add a few new pieces to an existing collection.  Small works are easy to find a place for.  Many of which can stand up on a shelf, or be hung on a wall, on its own or in small grouping.  Small works can add an accent to your existing decor.  

There's lots to choose from, drop in today!   


The Pre-Shrunk sale has been extended!!!, works range from $65 to $95.  Contact the gallery for details!











   

   

           


Back to 1985: Stranger Wonderful Times


Argyle Fine Art celebrates all things "1985" to commemorate the release of Stranger Things Season 3- a pop culture favourite here at the gallery.  Our current window display pays tribute to the franchise with an inspired message from the Upside Down! !Be sure to drop by the gallery to check it out!


You'll also find a selection of Damien Webb miniature paper sculptures including a pretzel stand, bumper cars and a ticket booth- as the latest season is quite playful and partially at a fair and inside a mall!


For your supernatural fix, we may not have a demagorgon, but we do have Greebs byTroy Benoit of all shapes and sizes!
Happy binge watching and while you're at it, why not binge-buy some local art too!  
See you soon! 

"Test Pattern", Acrylic on Board, Megan LeForte











Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Gordon MacDonald Speaks about Nothing


It may sound a little like a Seinfeld stand-up routine- where Jerry Seinfeld always talks about "nothing" but Gordon MacDonald's topic of discussion was "doing nothing"  when he was recently a guest of the popular MoMondays Halifax series in May which is now online for all of us to enjoy. He of course, made people laugh but spoke honestly and openly about how he got to where he is right now.   Please take a look and share widely!

(BTW- Gordon's solo show is coming up on July 19th and a workshop on July 28th that you can sign up for today! Find out more by phoning or visiting our blog section called WORKSHOPS!) 



We can't speak highly enough about this wonderful series that more people really should attend- it's inspiring, funny, and a breath of fresh air to hear everyday people share their stories in a wide array of topis. We encourage you to follow the MoMondays website where you can link to their social media pages including the most active one,  Halifax Facebook Page for updates on monthly speakers and topics. Maybe you'll even want to participate!

Saturday, June 29, 2019

ARTIST PROFILE: George Spencer


For those of you familiar with Argyle Fine Art's roster of exhibiting artists, George Spencer needs no introduction.  His 2018 exhibition included a series of citrus fruit still life paintings in the "Baroque style" we've grown to love in George's work.  

In recent months, we've received some new paintings from George showcasing his chiaroscuro lighting technique.  George sites the "Dutch Golden Age" of the 17th century as an influence of his work.  A major characteristic of this genre of painting are its dramatic use of rich, deep colours coupled with intense light and dark shadows.     

George Spencer, "Fresh Bread", 9 x 12 inches, oil on board

A predominantly self taught painter, George has always admired the artistic talents of others.  After dabbling in art for many years, he began studying drawing more seriously in 2004.  Of his studio practice George says "(I) was immediately captivated by the magic of transforming a blank surface into a realistic image."

It was during this period that George devoted himself to developing his artistic skills.  In 2005, he began learning watercolour painting techniques, and by 2008 he was already working with oils, and it quickly became his preferred medium of choice.  
George Spencer, "Apple & Book", 5 x 7 inches, oil on board

"I currently focus almost exclusively on the still-life genre. My strongest influence is the painters of the seventeenth century Dutch Golden Age, and, in particular, their mastery of the depiction of light and shadow. In my own work I combine everyday objects -  food, pottery, fabric  -  in interesting combinations of shapes and textures. I try to depict light moving across the objects in the composition, reflecting colour and creating shadows. All of this is in service to my main goal, which is to depict the beauty in the ordinary."

George Spencer, 2019 

George Spencer, "Onions, Bowl & Knife", 8 x 10 inches, oil on board


George attributes much of his painting knowledge from the advice and encouragement he received from other artists.

In 2012, after almost a decade of practice and study, George began exhibiting his work publicly, and is currently a full-time painter.


ABOUT THE ARTIST


George Spencer was born in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia and has lived in Halifax since graduating from Acadia University in 1980. 










George Spencer's work is available for purchase through Argyle Fine Art.  For inquiries contact the gallery:
(902) 425-9456, or via email at this address gallery@argylefa.com

Thursday, June 27, 2019

ARTIST PROFILE: DANNY ABRIEL

A predominately self-taught painter, Danny Abriel is a professional photographer by trade.  An emerging artist, he has maintained a serious studio practice for the last 10 years.  Danny has been exhibiting with Argyle Fine Art since 2015, debuting as part the Pre-Shrunk exhibition.  His follow up (and first solo) exhibition “Luminous Ways” opened early that summer. Danny has had 2 additional exhibitions since; “Radient Days”, and “Painted Poems” which is currently showing at the gallery until July 9.


YOU CAN VIEW THE EXHIBITION ONLINE HERE 

Originally from the Musquodobit Valley, Danny embraced art making at an early age, drawing and sketching throughout his youth. He has always been inspired by Nature, and the Scenic Landscapes of Nova Scotia.  As a landscape painter, Danny is drawn to organic shapes, colours, and the natural elements that surround him; Wood, Water, Stone, and Sky are all carefully arranged, the building blocks for each new composition.
    
Living in the Halifax, Danny makes time to be in Nature.  Access to walking trails and parks are all within reach, and Danny often revisits areas that are familiar to him, and draws his inspiration from the surrounding area.

Danny’s use of bold and flat forms separated by dark outlines is reminiscent of Cloisonnism, a style of early post-impressionistic paintings.  Danny sites Matisse and Gauguin (among others) as early inspirations for his work.

Danny describes his painting practice as having developed out of “catharsis and self-preservation.”  He paints out an urge or compulsion, a longing for a creative form of expression.  His personal philosophy is often influenced by his Martial Arts training, and carries this discipline into his works through highly methodical brushwork, harnessing the conflicting energies of a scene, bringing them into balance and unifying the composition.

Danny is a professional photographer by trade, and often incorporates his formal training into his painting practice.  Danny describes his approach as “Bringing his painting aesthetic into photography, and his photography practice into painting.”  Much of the work is derived from photo based references taken on site while hiking through Nature.  Danny uses photography to document the formal elements of a paintings composition, and uses this process to inspire the works later produced in the studio. 


Referencing the original source material, Danny turns his attention to capturing the “emotional impact” of a scene.  Occasionally working from a study or preparatory drawing, Danny uses the studio to explore how a painting should “feel”.  The colour palette is carefully chosen as part of an emotional response.  Painting serves as a creative outlet, both cathartic in its application and ritualistic in its approach.            
Each painting is built up over many layers, starting with the Sky.  The sky (as Danny points out), determines the tone for the rest of the painting.  Warmer colour combinations are introduced into this new body of work. Saturating the landscape’s color scheme, forces organic forms in the foreground to “pop”, while maintaining the calming fluidity of the sky and water, which Danny describes as a “leniency in (its) interpretation.”  

“Painted Poems” continues to July 9th


ABOUT THE ARTIST


Danny Abriel was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia and grew up in the Musquodoboit Valley.  Danny attended NSCAD and studied Photography at NSCC.  The Works are informed by the native scenery he was raised in - reflective waters, wind-swept tress, contoured landscapes and seasonal colours.   The paintings are inspired by connection to the gentle beauty and drama of tress and their surroundings.



DANNY ABRIEL ARTWORK AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE THROUGH ARGYLE FINE ART.


FOR PURCHASE INQUIRIES contact the gallery at (902) 425-9456 or via email at gallery@argylefa.com