Exhibitor listing
  • Petite Machination 16-01
 -  Jean-Sébastian  Denis
  • Landscapes of Perception 10 (1/5) -
  • Horizon Passage: Yellow White Umber
 - David Sorensen
  • Landscapes of Perception 9 (1/5) -
  • Landscapes of Perception 7 (1/5) -
  • Entry Three: Orange, Yellow-Green & Violet - David Sorensen
  • P1000339 (1/5) -
  • Trompe L’Oeil: Mauve Hollyhock
  • Trompe L’Oeil: Dutch Blue         -
  • Kejimkujik Beach 3 -
  • Kejimkujik Beach 2 -
  • Untitled 3 (1/3) -
  • Force Of Nature II -
  • Force of Nature IV -
  • Petite Machination 16-03 -  Jean-Sébastian  Denis
  • Amas #5 (Série 1) -  Jean-Sébastian  Denis
  • Amas #2 (Série 1) -  Jean-Sébastian  Denis
  • Amas #16-01 (Série 2) -  Jean-Sébastian  Denis
  • Untitled 1 (1/3) -

Studio 21 Fine Art

Studio 21 Fine Art
1273 Hollis St.
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E-mail address : deborah@studio21.ca
Website : http://www.studio21.ca

Other Artists represented by the Gallery:

Carly Butler
Biography : Carly has an MA in Art History and studied fine art at Central Saint Martins in London. She recently completed a BFA at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and was a finalist for the prestigious RBC Canadian Painting Competition in 2014. Recent exhibitions include Terroir at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, and Bedlam and Balance at ArtYard in Frenchtown, New Jersey. Detailed Description :
Carly Butler is an interdisciplinary artist whose studio practice reflects on our relationship to the sea, using the subjects of navigation and survival to reflect on longing, location, regret, and nostalgia. The works themselves often range from literal reinterpretations of nautical sailing instructions to more romantic translations that might apply to life on land. Taken out of context, they embody a sense of abject humour, poking light fun at our distance from various forms of knowledge (such as weather codes, navigation and survival) by encouraging new interpretations and playing with words. In addition to re-purposing nautical objects (life raft, anchor, and compass for example) Butler also works on canvas and panel, using drywall compound to allude to this gap in knowledge and experience: the confines of domestic life and lack of practical survival skills versus the unfulfilled dreams of transcending conventional living through adventure and travel at sea.
Jean-Sébastian Denis
Biography : Montreal artist Jean-Sébastian Denis received a BA in Visual Arts from the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM) in 1997. Denis has exhibited in many group and solo exhibitions in Toronto, Montreal and Florida, USA. Denis also curated the 2010 exhibition “Dessins” at the Maison de la culture Frontenac in Montreal, and has received grants from the Counseil des arts et des letters du Quebec and the Canada Council for the Arts. Detailed Description :
In his drawings on mylar, Jean-Sébastien Denis creates an unstable visual space by the interaction and accumulation of disparate elements spread on the surface. His recent work draws on the intersection between the palpable and the virtual that typifies our current reality. Bold coloured marks interact with subtle gradations and layering of black and white washes, lines and active drawing. “Translating the chaotic multiplicity and resulting movement, preferring troubled spaces and uncertain issues, the key to my efforts is to create an unstable visual space by the interaction and accumulation of disparate elements spread on the surface. At the beginning, the surface is like a laboratory, the receptacle of pictorial experiences and diverse graphical information. The challenge consists then in creating the connections between different experiments, then, starting with these new relationships, provoking other accidents. These accumulations and tangled relational attempts eventually upset the stability of visual perception. The work stresses the process of production of the images at least as much as the images themselves.” — Jean-Sébastian Denis.
 Jean-Sébastian  Denis - Petite Machination 16-01
Petite Machination 16-01
 Jean-Sébastian  Denis - Petite Machination 16-03
Petite Machination 16-03
 Jean-Sébastian  Denis - Amas #2 (Série 1)
Amas #2 (Série 1)
 Jean-Sébastian  Denis - Amas #5 (Série 1)
Amas #5 (Série 1)
 Jean-Sébastian  Denis - Amas #16-01 (Série 2)
Amas #16-01 (Série 2)
James Kirkpatrick
Biography : James Kirkpatrick’s creates figurative work often verging into pattern and abstraction. Using a wide range of materials to paint, scratch, sew, sculpt and collage, he is inspired by outsider science fiction, underground cartoons, bad graffiti, vintage cults, symbols and textures found on city walls. He also creates wall pieces using reclaimed sails and nautical materials assembling logos,details, decals, textures, numbers, rust and wear and tear in a similar approach to his drawings and pantings. Kirkpatrick is also a musician. He has been part of the Canadian underground hip-hop movement participating in the world of graffiti and rap since the late 90's. Kirkpatrick’s current audio interest is composing and playing beats live using an 8 bit Gameboy and a collage of tones made from home made instruments constructed by “circuit bending” children’s toys. Some of his newest instruments were made while attending the Banff Centre as a participant in the convergence residency organized by Patti Schmidt (from the former CBC Radio show brave new waves).
Alex Livingston
Biography : Alex Livingston is a Professor in Painting at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCADU). Born in Kingston, Ontario he received a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and an MA Fine Arts from the Chelsea College of Art and Design in London, England.
Richard Mueller
Biography : Richard Mueller is one of Nova Scotia’s most respected artists and art teachers. He has exhibited in Canada, Europe and the US and his work is represented in many private and public collections. In 2002, Dalhousie University (Halifax) produced a highly successful 20-year survey of his work. Mueller was an Associate Professor in the Department of Fine Art and Historical-Critical Studies at NSCAD University for almost 20 years, retiring in 2009. He lives in rural Nova Scotia and winters in Florida. Detailed Description :
Nova Scotia’s Richard Mueller jumps nimbly from the sculptural (wood, glass, sheet aluminum) to digital, fabric and paper. Mueller characterizes all his recent work as drawings: “Drawings function as both a record of process and as a product. The process of making a drawing establishes a temporality marked by the development of the drawing’s components — hatching, the energy of a mark or the massing of the forms, space and light, etc. Intrinsically, drawings retain a quality of being unfinished, as if presenting a perpetual re-telling of the story.” Mueller’s drawings frequently use vernacular graphic language. Throughout human history, popular graphic representations have evolved into a web of visually coded motifs. They are collected and networked into a narratives that have been shared of interpreted within, and between, cultural groups. Mueller breaks down the well-known associations and created new narratives. Mueller has also created a series of work using a shredded Encyclopedia Britannica: in some cases, sandwiched in glass; in others, assembled into landscapes. Mueller uses the shredding of information as a metaphor for the constant analysis and reconfiguration of knowledge.
David Sorensen
Biography : DAVID SORENSEN (1937 - 2011) Born in Vancouver in 1937, David Sorensen first studied architecture with Arthur Erickson and then returned to study at the Vancouver School of Art with Jack Shadbolt and sculptor Bill Reid. Shadbolt invited the renowned American art critic Clement Greenberg to the school to discuss abstract art. These discussions along with an earlier trip to Europe to see the Abstract Expressionist paintings of Rothko, deKooning, Pollock and Kline influenced Sorensen's decision to become a full-time artist. In 1962 he visited Mexico, where he had his first solo exhibition in Mexico City in 1964. Sorensen was attracted to the work of Quebec artists Jean-Paul Riopelle and Armand Vaillancourt and moved to Montreal where he taught, painted and exhibited frequently. Sorensen taught visual art at Bishop’s University from 1981-2000. Over Sorensen's long career he had countless exhibitions across Canada and has shown his work in Switzerland, France, Italy, Japan, China and the US. In 2005, the Musee du Bas Saint-Laurent in Riviere-du-Loup, QC curated a 45 year retrospective of Sorensen's work. In 2007 (and 2010) Sorensen exhibitedlarge works at the Mexican Embassy Gallery ‘Espacio Mexico’ in Montreal and had paintings from his Horizon Series sent on a tour of museums and cultural centers throughout Mexico. Most recently in 2012, the McClure Gallery in Montreal curated "The Ultimate Horizon," an exhibition that featured David's final paintings. Exhibition : Detailed Description :
David Sorensen - Horizon Passage: Yellow White Umber
Horizon Passage: Yellow White Umber
David Sorensen - Entry Three: Orange, Yellow-Green & Violet
Entry Three: Orange, Yellow-Green & Violet


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Julia Matthews  
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Benjamin Matthews  
Deborah Carver  
Studio 21 Fine Art is the most significant commercial gallery dealing in contemporary fine art in Atlantic Canada. The gallery was established in 1983 and since then has been exhibiting and selling the work of outstanding Canadian contemporary (that is, current not historic) artists, providing artwork to private and corporate collectors locally, nationally and internationally. Outside of our gallery space located in the heart of Halifax's new downtown cultural mecca near the waterfront, Studio 21 also exhibits regularly at art fairs in the US and Canada. Studio 21 Fine Art is a member of the Art Dealers Association of Canada.
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