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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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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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Cool or creepy - reactions to these bare bones vary

Published Mar 1 2015 by Elissa Barnard, Chronicle Herald

Anatomica is a show that will fascinate or frighten or both. Viewers of this fusion of anatomical art and scientific illustration at the Dalhousie Art Gallery in Halifax leave comments ranging from “cool” to “creepy.” That’s because perception depends on each individual’s mindset.  A pile of bones — 8,000 in unglazed porcelain, hand-sculpted by Ottawa…

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Visual Viewpoint: Urban's Abstract Paintings Have Visceral Appeal

Published Nov 26 2014 by Elissa Barnard, Chronicle Herald

Canadian contemporary art star David Urban heats up Studio 21 Fine Art, 1273 Hollis St., Halifax, with thickly painted canvases that seem to twist and vibrate. The newest paintings, made for this exhibit, are hot, visceral and vivid. They are abstract and have a limited palette, but they have references to reality — in windows…

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Hutchings' technique lends dreamlike effect

Published Oct 30 2014 by Elissa Barnard, Chronicle Herald

Stephen Hutchings has an unusual technique of charcoal and oil for his monumental South Shore Nova Scotia landscapes. The technique softens and fades an image, giving it a dreamy, otherworldly quality. These paintings are technically amazing in capturing, for example, a sky pattern and light reflecting in still water by a marsh or a curving…

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Art inspired by the home, natural life

Published Sep 26 2014 by Elissa Barnard, Chronicle Herald

Home is where the art is for Joan Backes. Her sculptures at Studio 21 Fine Art are small iconic house shapes made out of wood, twigs cast in bronze or resin in primary colours, chewy like jelly candy. The house shape, like a child’s drawing, is a symbol that pulls at the heart strings. However,…

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Vandepolder, Bahen Reinvent Landscape

Published Jun 12 2014 by Elissa Barnard, Chronicle Herald

Two emerging Ontario artists, Julia Vandepolder and Mark Bahen, push landscape ever further away from the Group of Seven in a joint exhibit at Studio 21, 1273 Hollis St., Halifax, to June 18. Their point of view is marked by an awareness of the environmental impact of human beings on the natural and domestic world.…

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Expert: Art Collection is for all

Published Jun 10 2014 by Elissa Barnard, Chronicle Herald

You don’t have to be rich to collect art. “That’s such a myth,” says Toronto art collector and consultant Stephen Smart. “You can put together a fabulous collection with a small income.” As executor of Canadian landscape painter Doris McCarthy’s estate, he was in Halifax last week to open Studio 21’s exhibit of McCarthy’s Atlantic…

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