Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Dusan Postolovic Serves up the "The Day's Catch"

We're excited to introduce you to an exciting new body of work by gallery newcomer Dusan Postolovic!  "The Day's Catch" will be Dusan's first solo exhibition at Argyle Fine Art. Originally from Vancouver BC, Dusan has been a Halifax resident for 3 years.  You may be familiar with Dusan's intricate coloured pencil drawings as he has regularly contributed to past group shows in recent years.

"The Day's Catch" represents 14 new original artworks which opens officially on July 30th!

Dusan Postolovic, "Maine Jewel" (Detail)

Dusan Postolovic, "Maine Jewel", 11" x 13", coloured pencil and graphite on watercolour paper.

Despite dabbling in all different forms of visual arts, Dusan has always gravitated toward drawing and colored pencil work. He has found inspiration for his early works in cartoons, nature books, television shows and the world around him. 

Dusan Postolovic "Claw Study", 5" x 7", coloured pencil and graphite on watercolor paper

This current body of work is a collection of some of Dusan's favorite sea life that he has always wanted to capture in colored pencil drawings. The Cotton Candy Lobster (for example) is one of the worlds' rarest varieties (about 1 in a million!). Here's a sneak peak from the upcoming show;

Dusan's "Cotton Candy" (Detail)


Cotton Candy Lobster in Real Life! (Photo Credit: Internet Source)

We hope you get a chance and drop by to see the show and meet the artist this Friday, July 30th, 4:30-6:30pm. You're really going to want to see these amazing artworks in person!



Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Inspiration for Intricate Art from Simple Things

We opened up our email this week to the below message from embroidery artist Yoko White. All of these pieces are created using a technique called french knots. 

Very time consuming and requiring a great amount of patience! All we can say, is WOW. 


I started making these on February 14, 2021

I think it was recorded as one of the coldest days.
 
My bedroom window has a small crack but it made for  really pretty frost patterns on the pane of glass.  
 
I know I should fix or replace it.
Maybe someday. 
 
-YOKO WHITE 





You have to see these in person to truly appreciate them! We are so very very lucky to have so many talented artists living amoung us, even that of Jack Frost in wintertime. Thanks to all that appreciate and support visual arts and cultural talents of all sorts!



In addition to these works, Yoko also made three Nova Scotia themed works that look as if they are Wax Seals. Which one is your favourite? We can't decide but they are all filled with Nova Scotia pride!  We hope to make some postcards from them too! Art and the beautiful places to visit all around, we believe to be  Nova Scotia's most valuable assets.
 

Yoko White, Bluenose Sailing, 6" x 6", hand embroidered cotton on canvas 

Yoko White, Uniacke Estate Museum Park, 6" x 6", hand embroidered cotton on canvas 

Yoko White, Royal Arms of Scotland, 7" x 6", hand embroidered cotton on canvas     


 

SEE MORE ARTWORK BY YOKO WHITE HERE AND AT THE GALLERY! NEW WORKS ARRIVE OFTEN THAT YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS! 

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Monday, July 12, 2021

Beat The Heat, and Enjoy Some "Cool" New Art!

It's been a busy week at the gallery, and we hope you're all enjoying the summer heat!  We've had some amazing new artworks pass through our doors, and we wanted to share some of them with you! 

First up, we have some incredible new paintings by Alexander Koltakov. You can almost hear the waves crashing in this "Seascape" beach painting. If you need a break from the sun, you can also enjoy this shady retreat on a lovely street in Bedford.

Alexander Koltakov, When the Sky Looks at the Ocean, 22" x 28" acrylic on canvas
 

Alexander Koltakov, Shady St., Bedford, NS, 14" x 14", acrylic on canvas

To see more of Alexander Koltakov's work follow the link HERE 

Craig Gunn has been painting up a storm this summer, but you wouldn't know it by the peaceful feeling these incredible landscapes evoke.  Featured here are the Sailboats that decorate the Chester basin, as well as the gorgeous Nova Scotia wilderness near Polly's Cove.

Craig Gunn, Chester Sailboats From The Beach, oil on board, 11" x 14"

Craig Gunn, Near Polly's Cove, oil on board, 9" x 12"

To see more paintings by Craig Gunn, follow the link HERE

Basil Doucette is a local folk artist, and a regular contributor to the gallery. You may remember Basil's colorful hand carved birds peaking out of every nook and cranny of the gallery, lesser known are these delightful butterfly magnets!

Basil Doucette, Folk Art Butterflies (Sold Separately)

To see more of Basil's Folk Art Sculptures, click HERE

Our Inae Kim exhibition which opened just over a week ago was a resounding success!  Many of the paintings have already found "new homes", but we still have a few amazing works available.  Anyone from Halifax is sure to recognize these iconic images of the Falkland St. area;

Inae Kim, The Corner of Cogswell and Maynard St. 30" x 24", acrylic on canvas

Inae Kim, Falkland St., 30" x 24", acrylic on canvas

To see more of Inae's paintings, follow the link HERE

This panoramic view of the Dartmouth waterfront by Jack Ross is the perfect addition to any home or office.  At 12" x 48", it's Ideal for that narrow space that needs a bit of extra length.    

Jack Ross, View of Downtown Dartmouth From Halifax, acrylic on canvas, 12" x 48"

You can also view more of Jack's work HERE

If you haven't been in to see Jessica MacDonald's "Dwellings" series, there's still time to check it out! These mini ceramic works make great gifts, and need to be experienced in person.  Each piece is unique and produced with an incredible attention to detail.    

Jessica MacDonald, #"s 14 (Left), 19 (Center), 15 (Right)

See the complete collection online HERE

As you can see, there's always something new to discover. Be sure to include a gallery visit as part of your downtown experience this summer!    


Featured artworks are available for purchase, for details contact the gallery at
(902) 425-9456 or via email at gallery@argylefa.com

Friday, July 9, 2021

OUTDOOR ARTWORK you can BRING INSIDE!

Howdy everyone and happy rainy Friday! We thought we'd take a moment to remind you all to check out our POSTER POLE GALLERY that is on-going right now until mid-August. Have you heard of it?

Since the beginning of June, we've been bringing art to the utility poles all along Barrington Street! Utility poles that were once filled to the brim with posters advertising upcoming events that have been left empty lately, due to Covid-19 restrictions.

 SEE ALL THE POSTERS ONLINE HERE AND FIND OUT HOW TO WIN ART PRIZES

Poster by Jodie Hansen

 We've received some amazing art so far, and are still looking for submissions inspired by the art of the gig poster to bring an open-air art gallery for all to enjoy and brighten up downtown. We've really enjoyed watching people discover them and all the smiles! YAY! Art has the power!

Poster by Nick Brunt

Various amazing posters out in the wild!

 

Some of the posters were so popular that there was public outcry to have them printed as posters available for purchase. So we decided to print the one below by artist Michael Browne of the Super Mario inspired Halifax vs Dartmouth.

We still have a few of these available- they measure 11" x 17" and are $25 each. They look great framed too....we picked up some inexpensive frames at Michael's the other day to show you how lovely it is.


 


 

New to the poles this week is this amazing poster designed by Dusan Postolovic of the popular noon gun BOOM of Halifax and we loved the neon vibes so much that we printed a limited supply of these now available! This is also 11" x 17", $25 each. COME AND GET IT! These are easy to ship and look ohhhhhh so slick in the black frame! A great contemporary souvenir of your trip to Halifax  for locals and those abroad!



Actually Dusan designed two other posters throughout the duration of this project and we are taking orders to reproduce these two shown below as well. Get in touch if you are interested in owning all three. Each poster will be the same size (11x17 inches), high quality paper, $25 each. 




Artist Kerry Hodgson created not only a poster for the POSTER POLE GALLERY but a line drawing too! We printed a few of these too, that you can buy for just $8 and colour up as you like. Get creative!  Such a lovely message on this one too...HAPPY ART DISCOVERING!

Friday, July 2, 2021

Affordable & BEE-autiful New Little Paintings by Raquel Roth

 If you are out in the garden marvelling at how quickly things are growing, don't forget to stop and sniff the roses or peonies and say hello to the bees!  

 Artist Raquel Roth has been a busy bee as well, and just dropped off these small darlings that are framed and ready to be enjoyed. The size of the canvas are 4" x 4" and the framed size is 6.25" x 6.25" and just $110! 

They could make the perfect gift for someone who has just graduated, getting married or just because

We love the titles, don't you?

BEE PLAYFUL

BEE MAGICAL

BEE JOYFUL

BEE HELPFUL



Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Dust off your Suitcase- Time to Explore!

It's officially SUMMER and as of today, Nova Scotians can travel within our Atlantic Bubble and start exploring more sights and sounds all around us. 

If you are dusting off your old suitcase why not dress it up! We have some luggage tags that are only $6- perfect for this celebratory time, by Jodie Hansen- best known at our gallery for her punny and pop culture cards and more. You can see some of other offerings HERE too. 



Where will you explore first? Perhaps you are heading to the shoreline or camping in the wilderness? We have a lot of new paintings by Mark Brennan that capture so many beautiful places in our province and beyond in this way, like the beauties shown below. SEE MORE HERE. 

 



 
Maybe you will head out on the water and do some boating...we love this new piece by Lio Lo! So peaceful- the Atlantic provinces are beautiful on all types of days...even foggy ones. In fact, fog is something we take for granted. It really doesn't exist every where....

Will you be staying in a cottage, a hotel or maybe...a castle? Here are two beautiful little castle paintings that were part of our Pre-Shrunk show this year and are still available by Jessica Peatman. See other PRE-SHRUNK WORKS STILL AVAILABLE HERE!


If you are wanting to explore in the city, we are excited to quietly announce we are working on a walking tour all about ART ALL AROUND US, which will take folks on an 1.5 - 2 hour journey  around the city, discovering the latest murals and other public art as well as some neat info about local architecture. You may even meet an artist along the way. 

We are still developing this idea,with the assistance of Tourism Nova Scotia, so if you have any special spots you think we could include, please get in touch! We hope to have it launch for August- October.

Mural art by Mike Burt

 

Mural Art by Sarah Cannon

Make sure to visit us this week for fun IN PERSON ART LOOKING! While you are downtown you'll be able to enjoy our latest POSTER POLE GALLERY- that is all along Barrington Street too! 

Here is a link to the art you will discover "OUT THERE"  like this one by Brenna Frasier