Thursday, June 6, 2019

"It's All About Colour", HFX Talks ART, June 12th, 6 - 7:30 pm

Argyle Fine Art will be hosting the final installment of HFX Talks Art on Wednesday, June 12, 6 - 7:30 pm.

HFX Talks Art is a lecture series developed in partnership with other commercial galleries in the city to engage the public with information sessions on a wide range of topics, from restoration practices in Fine Art to defining "what a painting is".

Argyle's Theme "It's All About Colour" will explore the colour choices artists make in their work.  The Gallery has invited Artists, Danny Abriel, Catherine Bagnell Styles, Mary Garoutte, and Gordon MacDonald to speak about the colours that influences their painting practice.  

Artists are often known for their color palettes.  Colour can affect the mood, temperature, and tonal values of a painting.  Colour combinations can denote time of day, seasonal changes, and can create the illusion of depth on a flat surface.

What motivates an artists' choice of colour? How are those colours being manipulated, what is its intended purpose? Are artists making conscious decisions about its application or leaving it up to chance?    

As the viewer,how do we experience colour? Why are we drawn to certain colours and not others?  Why do colours affect the way we feel, and how we see the world around us?

What is your favourite colour?  

Join us on Wednesday, June 12th, 6pm-7:30pm as we explore our relationship with colour and it's influence on Art and painting.  See you there!



Gordon MacDonald was born and raised in Atlantic Canada, spending most of his childhood in New Brunswick and Newfoundland. He studied Art at the Toronto School of Art (1981), the Ontario College of Art and Design, and the Art Students’ League in New York City.  Gord works and lives in Halifax and exhibits regularly at Argyle fine art. MacDonald’s work can be found in permanent corporate and private collections across Canada, the US and internationally.


Catherine Bagnell Styles is a Halifax-based artist who loves colour, texture, character and light in places, people and, in her paintings. Her work is colourful, optimistic and highly textured. Her influences include impressionism, fauvism.  Catherine has studied at NSCAD. Her work can be found in private collections throughout Canada and the US.


Born in Mesa, Arizona, Mary has spent most of her artistic career travelling between the US and Canada. She holds her degree from NSCAD (BFA 2004) and is also an arts instructor, lecturer, mentor and active facilitator in art education though the public and private sphere. She has exhibited both in solo and group exhibitions throughout Canada and internationally.


Danny Abriel is a photographer and fine art painter. Originally from Musquodoboit Valley, he moved to Halifax in the 80s to study at NSCAD.  Danny has been been exhibiting at Argyle Fine Art since 2015.