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Chronicle Herald: Halifax artists tells stories through a garden

Published Nov 23 2017 by Elissa Barnard

Halifax artist Karen Kulyk interprets the Bloomsbury Group through Vanessa Bell’s garden. Her charming, colourful goauche portraits of Vanessa, her famous sister Virginia Woolf, her lover Duncan Grant, her husband Clive Bell and her children are interpretations of people and relationships as flowers in ceramic vases created by the group’s design enterprise, Omega Workshops Ltd.…

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Border Crossings Review: Alex Livingston

Published Sep 19 2017 by Mathew Reichertz

At the opening of Alex Livingston’s “Flowers” at Studio 21 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, I was speaking with a local arts reporter when it became apparent that she thought she was looking at paint on canvas. Days later, while in the gallery taking notes for this review, I heard two women standing in front of…

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James Kirkpatrick's point of sail 

Published May 2 2017 by Stephanie Johns, The Coast

Artist James Kirkpatrick creates stunning collages from old sail material. Ontario-based artist James Kirkpatrick (AKA musician Thesis Sahib) first started working with sails—in addition to his other graffiti-informed paintings—in Halifax, six years ago. A fan of using found material, he repurposed some sails from the shipyard into a piece that Dave Hayden, co-director of the…

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Arts visuels – Les oeuvres incontournables de la Foire Papier 2017

Published Apr 21 2017 by Sonia Reboul, Querelles

…Mon grand coup de cœur va pour Charley Young. Chaque année je prends toujours autant de plaisir à parcourir ses dessins de montagnes sur papier Mylar et à suivre la maturation de son style vers un tracé plus affirmé à la finesse déroutante (À voir au kiosque de la galerie Studio 21)… Original Source

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Livingston’s digitally painted flowers are real and unreal

Published Mar 29 2017 by Elissa Barnard, Local Xpress

After developing an allergy to solvents, oil painter Alex Livingston went into the frontier of digital painting and exhibits a new series of work, Flowers, at Studio 21 that play with ideas of real and unreal, reference the history of flower painting itself and point to the future. Alex Livingston brings 17th-century Dutch flower painting…

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Jean-Sebastien Denis at Studio 21

Published Dec 7 2016 by Laura Kenins, Akimblog

Jean-Sébastien Denis’s drawings on Mylar at Studio 21 bring to mind psychogeographic mapmaking in their assemblage of lines and dots. Black and white is the dominant colour theme throughout, but the Montreal artist breaks up these visual fields with splotches of colour from bright red to various neons. The work is meant to convey the…

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Anna Syperek's Earthly Paradise

Published Oct 1 2016 by Elissa Barnard, Local Xpress

Popular Antigonish artist Anna Syperek brings her oils and watercolours inspired by her daily domestic life and the land of Antigonish and Cape Breton to Halifax for her first time since 2008 to Studio 21, 1273 Hollis St., in The Earthly Paradise, on view to Oct. 12. People in Antigonish were surprised when Anna Syperek…

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L’art contemporain suscite plus d’intérêt

Published Apr 25 2016 by Caroline Montpetit, Le Devoir

Sur la table de la galerie Studio 21, un tigre de papier, de France Pillière, vient d’être acheté par un amateur, et s’apprête à s’envoler pour New York. Il fait partie des oeuvres que cette galerie de Halifax a apportées en camionnette, pour les exposer à la foire Papier 16, qui se déroulait ce week-end,…

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Liberated Form: Richard Mueller Puts Pop Imagery In A Blender

Published Feb 6 2016 by Susan Gibson Garvey, Visual Arts News

In his latest solo at Studio 21 Fine Art, Richard Mueller continues his playful exploration of what he calls “graphic memes” — motifs drawn from popular visual culture such as action comics and (sometimes lewd) cartoons — deployed on variously surfaced plywood panels. Here are goofy tongues and teeth, Mickey Mouse eyes, stripey sausages and…

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New Art: Laura Jean Forrester

Published Jan 28 2016 by Adria Young, The Coast

Growing up on a flower farm in North Rustico, PEI, Laura Jean Forrester’s family would sell harvested dahlias, lilies, sunflowers and other native flora at the Charlottetown farmers’ market while Forrester took pottery lessons. But it wasn’t until 2014, as a sculpture student at NSCAD, that her current art practice really bloomed. “I was fortunate…

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The Quiet Behind Vivid Colour

Published Nov 26 2015 by Elissa Barnard, Chronicle Herald

Ineke Graham’s colours are bold and her geometry dynamic, but her aim is contemplation. The title of her first solo exhibit in 11 years is Contemplating Stillness “to emphasize serenity in my work,” says the Halifax artist and former owner of Studio 21. “We live such a stressful life. I am expressing a need for…

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Mueller revels in "garage esthetic"

Published Oct 29 2015 by Elissa Barnard, Chronicle Herald

Richard Mueller threw the visual elements of comic books and cartoons into his artistic cauldron for punchy, playful new artworks in Eye Witness at Studio 21 Fine Art Gallery to Nov. 10. Mueller, a retired NSCAD professor and intriguing artist who has worked in metal sculpture and abstract prints, calls these works in graphite, acrylic…

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