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Steven Rhude

Artist's CV

 

 

Boat in Beaverbrook, 2015, oil on canvas, 36 x 48 in.

BOAT IN BEAVERBROOK, 2015
oil on canvas
36 x 48 in.
framed
$5,500


Expulsion, The Final Cut, 2015, oil on board, 24 x 24 in.

THE FINAL CUT
oil on panel
24 x 24 in.
framed dimension: 28.75 x 28.75 in.
$3,000

 

Steven Rhude, Resurgent Light, 2015, oil on panel, 24 x 24 in.

RESURGENT LIGHT
oil on panel
24 x 24 in.
framed dimension: 26 x 26 in.
SOLD

 

 

Steven Rhude, Post Cod Beach House, 2015, oil on board, 36 x 48 in.

POST COD BEACH HOUSE
oil on canvas
36 x 48 in.
framed dimension: 37.5 x 49.5 in.
SOLD

"I've learned over the years not to be spoon fed. Strip away the superficial associations that cling to certain objects like a weathered fishing shack or a fish box, and new worlds appear. Objects have always embodied certain qualities for me. Morandi's bottles are not just bottles. So why should a fishing buoy just be a fishing buoy? There is a whole world of icons outside our traditional Judeo - Christian appreciation. Call em secular icons, or whatever. But they exist and have etched their way into our culture as Maritimers. And they will go on existing in our lexicon of symbols no matter how they may be branded by marketeers. What may be seen as repetition could also be seen as diversity - yet subtle with respect to a salient range of objects depicted. To put it simply, the table top in still life painting is a stage, the objects are actors, and the composition conveys performance. Objects in a landscape can be seen the same way if so desired. I didn't write the play. I'm just a witness to it. If the story repeats itself, perhaps it is because I haven't understood it completely or it doesn't have an ending I'm content with - if there even is one. So I keep going back to the scene of the crime, because a crime definitely has been committed." Steven Rhude

 

Steven Rhude, After the Storm, 2015, oil on board, 24 x 48 in.

AFTER THE STORM
oil on canvas
24 x 48 in.
framed dimension: 25.75 x 49.75 in.
$5,000

"Coastal storms can be horrific. They can dislodge the faith of an individual and through repeated dreams bring one back to the very event that may have caused great damage to an area or community. I still dream on occasion of a storm that struck our coast years ago. Rising water, unimaginable winds, thrashing waves all still pound away at the subconscious in the same way they probably influenced John of Patmos when he scripted his perfect storm.
But there is also the aftermath. Sheds dislodged from their original location and objects strewn about; objects that seemed to have been relocated from our original fit with the landscape by the forces of something other than just mother nature. Power outages and the requisite alternatives of wood heat and oil lamps for those without generators, are employed. Inventories are taken, and stories of the effects of the storm move up and down the community shore. Eventually relief takes over, and a routine is restored for all, until the next dream, and the next storm, a cycle always lingering on the horizon."
Steven Rhude

 

Steven Rhude, Ship of Theseus, 2015, oil on board, 24 x 48 in.

SHIP OF THESEUS
oil on canvas
24 x 48 in.
framed dimension: 25.75 x 49.75 in.
$5,000

The ship of Theseus, also known as Theseus' paradox, is a thought experiment that raises the question of whether an object which has had all of its components replaced remains fundamentally the same object. The paradox is most notably recorded by Plutarch in Life of Theseus from the late first century.

 

Steven Rhude, Double Bind, 2015, oil on board, 24 x 24 in.

DOUBLE BIND
oil on panel
24 x 24 in.
framed dimension: 30.5 x 30.5 in.
$3,000

 

Steven Rhude, Splitting Table, 2015, oil on board, 24 x 24 in.

SPLITTING TABLE
oil on panel
24 x 24 in.
framed dimension: 25.5 x 25.5 in.
SOLD


Steven Rhude, Company House, Inverness, 2015, oil on board, 24 x 24 in.

COMPANY HOUSE, INVERNESS
oil on panel
24 x 24 in.
framed dimension: 28 x 28 in.
$3,000

 

Steven Rhude, Company Houses, Cape Breton, 2015, oil on panel, 24 x 24 in.

COMPANY HOUSES, CAPE BRETON
oil on panel
24 x 24 in.
framed dimension: 28 x 28 in.
SOLD

 

 

Steven Rhude, Equilibrium #3

EQUILIBRIUM #3
oil on canvas
48 x 36 in.
framed dimension: 49.75 x 37.75 in.
SOLD

"The objective of achieving balance in life is constantly being assessed owing to our knowledge of opposing forces. From family, friends, to community. The human body, diet, the life cycle - existence and mortality; the idea of spirit. Our place in the Maritimes, church, state, and equality. Relationships, close or long distance, personal or political, are forever subject to the vicissitude's of external and internal forces. Forever being analyzed, scrutinized, and catagorized." Steven Rhude


 

Steven Rhude, Three Buoys, oil on copper, 10 x 12 in.

THREE BUOYS
oil on copper
10 x 12 in.
framed dimension: 17.5 x 19.5 in.
SOLD

 

Steven Rhude, Study for Woman with Red Scarf, oil on copper, 13 x 10 in.

STUDY FOR WOMAN WITH RED SCARF
oil on copper
13 x 10 in.
framed dimension: 21 x 17.5 in.
$900

Steven Rhude, Solo Buoy, oil on copper, 5.25 x 7.125 in.

SOLO BUOY
oil on copper
5.25 x 7.125 in.
framed dimension: 12.75 x 14.5 in.
SOLD

 

 

Steven Rhude, Buoy and Modernity, oil on copper, 9 x 6 in.

BUOY AND MODERNITY
oil on copper
9 x 6 in.
framed dimension: 16.75 x 13.5 in.
$800

 

Steven Rhude, Three Buoys and Box, oil on copper, 4.5 x 6 in.,

THREE BUOYS AND BOX
oil on copper
4.5 x 6 in.
framed dimension: 12 x 13.5 in.
$500

 

 

Steven Rhude's work is currently touring as part of CAPTURE 2014, which continues its tour at Acadia University Art Gallery in Wolfville May 1 - June 28,
and at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia's Western Branch, Yarmouth November 14 - May 15, 2016.

To read Doug Pope's Canadian Art magazine review of this exhibition, please click here and
Elissa Barnard's review in the Chronical Herald, please click here...
and lastly

Suzanne Robicheau's article in Saltscapes Magazine, September 2014 please click here

Steven Rhude, Les Acadiens, oil on canvas, 36 x 48 in.

LES ACADIENS
oil on canvas
36 x 48 in.
framed
$5,000

 

Steven Rhude, The Local (Mackerel on a Road), oil on board, 20 x 24 in.

THE LOCAL (MACKEREL ON THE ROAD)
oil on panel
20 x 24 in.
framed dimension: 21.75 x 25.75 in.
$2,600


 

 

Capture 2014 Nova Scotia Realism, by PLAN

PLANS (Professional Living Artists of Nova Scotia), in association with the Dalhousie Art Gallery, Tom Smart and Peter Dykhuis have organized
CAPTURE 2014: Nova Scotia Realism. STEVEN RHUDE's work is included.
This excerpt is from Canadian Art Magazine. Please follow updates on new exhibition dates here...


Steven Rhude, Redfish, serigraph 16 and 17 of 50, 12 x 12 in.

RED FISH
serigraph
editon of 50
12 x 12 in.
framed dimension: 18 x 18 in.
$520

 

Steven Rhude, Mackerel, serigraph 45 and 49 of 50, 12 x 12 in.

MACKEREL
serigraph
edition of 50
12 x 12 in.
framed dimension: 18 x 18 in.
$520

 

 

Steven Rhude, Towards Acadia, oil on canvas, 19 x 22 in.,

TOWARDS ACADIA
oil on panel
19 x 22 in.
framed
SOLD


Steven Rhude, Buoy and Broken Line, oil on board, 20 x 24 in.

BUOY AND BROKEN LINE
oil on panel
20 x 24 in.
framed dimension: 23 x 27 in.
SOLD

 

Steven Rhude, Buoy and Manhole, oil on board, 20x 24 in.

BUOY AND MANHOLE
oil on panel
20 x 24 in.
framed dimension: 23 x 27 in.
SOLD

You can learn more about Steven's latest work, interpretations and latest writing by following his blog, please click below:

Steven Rhude - A Canadian Realist 

additionally, upcoming exhibitions and new work may be viewed at:

Steven Rhude - Saatchi On-Line 

 

 

 

Steven Rhude, Suspension - The Dory, oil on canvas, 40 x 60 in.

SUSPENSION - THE DORY
oil on canvas
40 x 60 in.
framed dimension: 42 x 62 in.
SOLD


 

 

Steven Rhude, Suspension - The Buoy, oil on canvas, 30 x 30 in.

SUSPENSION - THE BUOY
oil on canvas
30 x 30 in.
framed dimension: 33 x 33 in.
SOLD

 

Steven Rhude, Devil's Island Boat, oil on canvas, 30 x 60 in.

DEVIL'S ISLAND BOAT
oil on canvas
30 x 60 in.
framed dimension: 31.5 x 61.5 in.
SOLD

By colour we’re instantly captured and pulled into a journey, a tale, a mystery.
Encountering the bold power of primary colours – the three colours that have travelled with us throughout our rise from the primordial swamp – we know to be prepared, switched on, watchful. Steven Rhude’s work takes this instinctive alert as a beginning. ‘Look’ the paintings seem to say ‘it’s all here. Right on the surface.’ But from that point, we suddenly swirl down into unknown waters.
The subjects, all familiar to some degree, are also slightly at an angle from real life. The paintings are not actually surreal but they wisely wink at the constant possibility of the bizarre at the fringes of the normal. There is narrative too but the canvas is not overloaded with storyline. The plot is nudged in from the edges, whispered from behind the unseen.
The paint surface recalls the dynamism of Jackson Pollock drips or that trademark 1980s marbled-look. All the time though, a smooth eggshell quality marches in the great traditions of Canadian realism. This is a truly novel style. The depth swells beneath us, murmuring a tale about we’re not sure what.
And so we’re left with more questions. How can fishing buoys hanging in front of a landmark or resting behind an empty bottle be mischievous? When is a lighthouse more than a lighthouse? How can calm water brood? These are the untold stories of Steven Rhude’s work that glint like fish, too rapid for the eye, beneath the surface. These are the mysteries that roll under the waves and hills of the east coast – a place where colourful stories begin in a primal journey.

Leopold Kowolik, 2011


 

 

Steven Rhude, Community Wharf, oil on canvas, 40 x 60 in.

COMMUNITY WHARF
oil on canvas
40 x 60 in.
framed dimension: 41.5 x 61.5 in.
$7,500

ARTIST STATEMENT:

"Modernity is the transient, the fleeting, the contingent; it is one half of art, the other being the eternal and the immovable."

Charles Baudelaire, Essay; The Painter of Modern Life

Modernism brought with it massive change, and adherents to Baudelaire’s views were numerous and influential. The work of Wallace Stevens and Virginia Woolfe immediately come to mind. At times the modernist perspective was bleak, but still capable of drawing a line through the center; in pursuit of truth. As art critic Jacob Smith said of Edward Hopper in 1956, "... a strain of puritanism and a somberness, a realization that existence is serious and at times desolate - that despite rigid demands, out of every day percolate a radiancy, the haunting spell of life itself."

For those modernists, the point of the proverbial journey was not to get there. Meaning is found in the search. They understood the balance between the transient and the immutable. Opting for the first half of Baudelaire’s definition only, would be like caving in to the anxiety that comes with not having something to base a vision on, as exemplified by our current post modernist practitioners, in all their various guises.

In this post modern society, where we declare our cherished icons surplus, it is the responsibility of the artist to provide a much needed transfusion for the quest to re-fashion a whole out of an impossible number of scraps and fragments.

Steven Rhude

 

Nikki speaks with Steven about his inspiration and painting process....


 

Steven Rhude was born in Rouyn Noranda, Quebec in 1959. His father was a Royal Canadian Air Force Pilot and traveled extensively throughout Canada before settling his family in Scarborough, Ontario. In Scarborough, Steven was raised, educated and studied civil engineering at Centennial College. After one year he switched to the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto where he studied fine arts and graduated in 1983 with honors in drawing and painting.

It was at OCAD that Steven was introduced to the pantheon of draughtsmen from Ingres to American modernists like de kooning. Teachers such as Fred Hagen, John Gould and John Newman instilled in Steven the relevance of drawing as a complete form of expression in itself. Steven also attended the colleges off campus program in Florence, Italy for one year which included an intensive study of the Italian and Northern European renaissance. This year of study was made possible by receiving the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation award.

Afterwards, he met Simone Labuschagne and they were married in 1986. Over a period of three years Steven worked at the Art Gallery of Ontario as a technician installing exhibitions, an experience he still recalls with appreciation due to first hand contact with master works of all kinds.

In 1990, Steven began to devote himself to drawing and painting full time. He and his wife moved to Fox Island Main, Guysborough, County, Nova Scotia. It was there, in relative isolation, that Rhude developed the realistic and colorful style he is known for today. In 2007, he exhibited a 10 year retrospective of his work at Argyle Fine Art, Halifax, NS. In 2010, Steven's "Temple of the Mind" Exhibition was showcased at the Acadia University Art Gallery in Wolfville, NS.

Art critic Elissa Barnard stated "In this body of work Rhude has grappled with and further developed his subject matter, maintaining his engaging style but deepening his ideas and calling on the viewer to put more thought into the work and the plight of coastal communities in Atlantic Canada".

In his work, Rhude continues to explore his passion for themes which evoke the ethos of coastal communities in Atlantic Canada , their social conditions and iconic character. Since moving to Lunenburg, NS. with his family, the town has been a primary source of subject matter and pride. Steven also played a role in the creation of The Art Galleries Association of Lunenburg and is a board member of The Lunenburg Arts Council.

His work can be found in numerous private, public and corporate collections around the world. Steven's work has been reproduced in various publications, including on the cover and inside the 2009 book "from Land and Sea - Nova Scotia's Contemporary Landscape Artists" and the 2010 coffee table book "A Place Called Away - Stephen Rhude, Living and Painting in Nova Scotia".

 

 

 

 

Steven Rhude, A Place Called Away, hard cover book, 10.25 x 11.25 in.

A Place Called Away

 Steven Rhude: Living and Painting in Nova Scotia

Introduction by Dee Appleby, Text by Steven Rhude
Hardcover book, dimensions 10.25 x 11.25 in.
Printed in Canada by Friesens, 2010

$60

To read MEGAN POWER's review of Steven's book (Sun, Mar 6, 2011 - The Chronicle Herald Books), please click below:

"Rhude’s paintings take us away"

Steven Rhude, Natalie's Glasses

NATALIE'S GLASSES (2011)

written and beautifully illustrated by Steven Rhude, published by Macintyre Purcell Publishing Inc.
softcover, 52 pages
$19.95