Studio 21 Fine Art

East of the Peaks

East of the Peaks

Studio 21 is pleased to exhibit Peter Di Gesu for his first solo exhibition at the Gallery.

Peter’s landscapes are a balance of realism and abstraction. His primary concern is the relationship of form, colour, space, and light moving towards an elusive horizon line. The paintings are the result of meticulous layering of oil pigment.

Residing in Halifax, NS, since 1988, Peter was born in Los Angeles and received an MFA degree from the San Francisco Art Institute. His work is displayed in Galleries across North America.

“Peter di Gesu’s finely described landscapes seem to exist in their own realities, neither in the present nor the past, but suspended between waking and dreaming.” – Tom Smart

Storied Times

Storied Times

Renowned landscape painter Janice Leonard showcases new works in May/June exhibition at Studio 21.
Leonard is a storyteller and a diary keeper. Her paintings are fairytale imaginings of time past and present in the familiar location of her ancestral home, Paradise, Nova Scotia.

Her work is informed by iPhone photos and the romanticism and symbolism of 19th century landscape paintings.

Hidden Fires /  A Plague Upon This Howling

Hidden Fires / A Plague Upon This Howling

This exhibition features two artists, who work in comparable manners, with very different results.  Both Spielmann Rose and Perkins layer handmade and digital content. To some extent, the medium and technique become the subject. Both employ drawing, exploring line, colour and form.

Spielmann Rose mechanically incises lines into oil and oil pastel creating visual undulation. In his large pieces he photographed one such small painting, reproduced it in multiple digital prints and collaged them onto panels. Layers of oil stick and oil pastel were then worked on their surface.

Kizi Spielmann Rose, Fabulation, oil and oil pastel on board, 2022, photo.

Perkins exhibits small sketchbook paintings made using simple materials and influenced by contemporary conversation. His larger work layers and incorporates a found digital image to transform the original.

John Perkins, Viral load 1, digital print on archival fine art paper, 2022, photo

Never Before Seen Together

Never Before Seen Together

Marcel Kerkhoff’s recent paintings place imagined paintings containing animals, animal characters, fairy-tale characters and pop culture icons in interior spaces. All the works in the exhibition are small – none larger than 12 x 14 inches. Marcel explains:

“There is something poetic, intimate and precious about small scale work with a particular level of handcrafted detail. It draws one in, seductively forcing engagement, causing the eye to focus yet meander. In a sense, these interiors are used to moderate and regulate a collection of thoughts reflecting the importance, significance and insignificance of things. Accepting that all of our belongings and ideas become a part of something else, in its isolation we are left with traces of life.”

Marcel Kerkhoff was born in New York, raised in the Netherlands and India before immigrating to Canada. He completed a BFA from NSCAD University and an MFA from the University of Saskatchewan.


Holiday Exhibition

Holiday Exhibition

Studio 21 Fine Art Holiday Exhibition is here for the Holiday Season. From Art Maker to Art Lover.  Gift ideas from our gallery artists and an opportunity to choose from some of the best ceramic makers in the region.