The Ontario Society of Artists selected Rob’s Comfort Zone for it’s 145th Anniversary Exhibition held from May 11 to August 5, 2017 at Aurora Cultural Centre.
Thursday Comfort – oil on panel, 22 x 17″, 55 x 43 cm
The times that I paint or teach in the evenings at the Art School of Peterborough, being an out-of-towner, I run my errands in the afternoon, and I grab a quick bite before heading to the studio. Sam’s Place (“the best Dan Deli in Town”) is one of my go-to spots. Their sandwiches are imaginative, wholesome and tasty (just no pickles for me, please). The ambiance is one of comfort, where you sit at tables with wooden tulips and between walls filled with memories. The red umbrella is just waiting for the sun to come out.
Vintage Wheels – oil on canvas, 16 x 20″, 40 x 50 cm
El Rastro in Madrid is one of Europe’s largest flea markets. Every Sunday morning thousands stroll street after street between displays of memories and treasures randomly scattered on sidewalks or carefully presented on cloth covered tables. For me these are a cornucopia of uncurated still lifes; exactly how I like them.
Transition – oil on canvas, 30 x 30″, 75 x 75 cm
It was a late afternoon early December and the rain poured down on Peterborough. Just when I stepped outside on Aylmer Street the sky started to clear; the rain would soon be over.
The Aylmer and Hunter intersection features the old and the new. A recent apartment building on the west side across from vintage Sandy’s Variety that bookends Hunter Street’s entertainment stretch, a part of town very much in transition.
Mixed media artist Roz Hermant, painter, printmaker, scratchboard artist and illustrator Lisa Martini-Dunk, painter and printmaker Rob Niezen, multi-media artist Victoria Wallace, and painter and mixed media artist Meg Ward make up Leitmotif: This collective is presenting a winter themed exhibition at Hexagon Studio.
November 18 – December 31
Opening: November 19, 6 – 10 pm
1179 Chemong Road, Peterborough
Visit the Leitmotif-art.com for more information
Five of Rob’s Nocturnal Close-ups are background to the exhibition Fluid Forms, new steel sculptures by artist Stefan Duerst, and new collaborative pieces by Duerst and German graffiti artist Loomit.
For more information, visit Studio22