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Home is where the art is

Haligonian photographers, painters and illustrators are a diverse group. Imagine their pieces brightening up your home or that of a loved one. Here’s a selection of work that could be yours.

Faces & Tulip
oil on canvas ($1,600)
by Michael Lewis

Lewis is well-known for his moody, evocative paintings---they appear in downtown restaurants such as The Wooden Monkey, Economy Shoe Shop, Tom’s Little Havana and The Press Gang. He also did the plywood floor design in the Lady Luck Boutique/Hydrostone Gallery neighbour, Rusty Hinges. In his recent work he’s investigating the figure, referencing the old masters in his loose, contemporary style.
The Hydrostone Gallery, 5519 Young Street, 444-3050

Dr. Moreau
acrylic on canvas ($1,500)
by Igor Kolodin

Kolodin, who is Russian-born, lived in Israel and now is a Halifax resident, rocks the satirical in his work, with added elements of surrealism, folklore and mysticism, too. His recent collection of portrait-narratives reference significant figures, including Jeanne d’Arc and Kafka.
Studio 21 Fine Art, 1223 Lower Water Street, 420-1852

oil on wood ($225)
by Kate Walchuk

Walchuk works from commonly collected and discarded objects such as vinyl records, books, rugs and slippers. “My process is similar to that of the collector, shopper, thrift-hunter who seeks that elusive but attainable gem,” she explains in her artist statement.
Seeds Gallery, 1099 Marginal Road, Suite 116, 494-8301

oil on canvas ($2,500)
by F. Scott MacLeod

The Sydney, Cape Breton-born, now Lunenburg residing MacLeod is a self-taught painter who refers to landscape as his language. His recent work explores the play of light and shadow through trees.
Secord Gallery, 6301 Quinpool Road, 423-6644

Cephalopod Wig
unframed screenprint ($20)

by Geordan Moore

Geordan Moore offers screenprinted illustrations and apparel through his website. Originally from Rothesay, NB, he did his BFA at Mount Allison before moving to Halifax and studying at NSCAD. What lights his fire? “Just weirdness, I suppose,” he says. “A lot of water and fine detail.”

Mirror and Venetian Blinds
black and white photograph ($430)
by Roxanne Smith

This photograph was taken in Long Beach, California while she was visiting family there, as part of a series Smith is doing of domestic scenes. “They’re so beautiful,” she says of the still lifes she captures. “The lighting, the setting, the arrangement” all inspire her.
Viewpoint Gallery, 1272 Barrington Street, 420-0854

Playful Pups
digital print ($55)
by Anna Stowe

Stowe studies at NSCAD and NSCC, where she took both welding and graphic design, though considers herself a self-taught illustrator, who finds a lot of inspiration in nature and wildlife. “Also some folk art,” she says. “Specifically Ukrainian. My mother’s Russian.”

Animal Bike
screenprint ($40)
by Stephen Bishop

A popular designer of images for musical and cultural events, Bishop has designed posters for Zuppa Theatre, the Halifax Pop Explosion and The Pixies. He and his partner recently opened a shop in Lunenburg called Dots & Loops.
hellodaylight.ca | dotsandloops.ca

Photography by Angela Gzowski

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