Thursday, June 13, 2019

ARTIST PROFILE: Jan Davison "Halifax Haunts", JUNE 14 - JULY 9

Jan Davison has been been exhibiting with Argyle Fine Art for almost 20 years.  A graduate of NSCAD, Jan's fascination with the city's local architecture has dominated her recent art practice, often showcasing the local businesses that breath life into our communities.  

Jan's current exhibition "Halifax Haunts" continues this tradition with nine new paintings direct from the Artists' studio.   Her bold use of colour and high contrast renders our streetscapes as a warm and inviting experience.  The businesses featured in this exhibition will be familiar to Haligonians and Visitors alike.

You can view the exhibition online HERE

Jan Davison, "Julien's Bakery" acrylic on board, 24 x 20 inches

“In my paintings I like to gather our weathered landscapes and our region's varied architecture and sculpt them in bold colour for the viewer. I so appreciate our local community and all it has to offer and I consider myself lucky to be a part of it.”

-Jan Davison, from the Artist Statement, 2019

Jan Davison, "The Old Apothecary" acrylic on board, 20 x 24 inches

The work captures the energy that local small businesses bring to the city.  It also provides us with a glimpse of the local haunts frequented by the Artist, and the everyday places that connect us to our city.  Jan reminds us that embracing our local businesses and making them part of our everyday routines, can prove fun and rewarding.  

Jan Davison's "Halifax Haunts" continues to July 9th. 

Jan Davison, "Rousseau Chocolatier", acrylic on board, 24 x 20 inches


Jan Davison is a painter, and a graduate of NSCAD currently living in Halifax.  Davison has worked as Artist in residence at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and as Editorial Illustrator for the Chronicle Herald.  Davison is now the Creative Arts Coordinator for the non-profit organization, Laing House.

Davison's main focus is supporting local businesses in her work.  She does this by choosing places to paint that evoke a spirit of pride in our region and whose owner and employees also embrace locally made products and goods.  Davison has shown her work in establishments and galleries in Nova Scotia as well as those in England, France, and Morocco.  Davison explains that it is through traveling and living abroad that has made her appreciate our local community and all it has to offer.

 (902) 425-9456,