New Work on Display at Gallery 78

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Work by Cliff Turner, Chris Harding and Réjean Roy opens May 10 at Fredericton’s Gallery 78.

Cliff Turner EASTBOUND, oil on canvas, 48 x 48 in $3,500

In his new body of work for the exhibition View from the East, Christopher Harding paints in the style of East Asian woodblocks, using a technique he developed himself, and depicts familiar and beloved Atlantic coastlines such as Hopewell Rocks, Grand Manan, and Cape Sable Island, all in the style of 18th century Japan.

Cliff Turner captures perspectives of Saint John, Fredericton and Sussex in a whole new light in Landscape Rediscovered. The artist illuminates recognizable scenes, from bridges to city blocks in the foreground of the painting, and taking centre stage are his brilliant skies and cloudscapes.

In the upstairs gallery, do not miss a group of Réjean Roy’s latest oil paintings, from sunsets to shadow play over a northern New Brunswick winter landscape.

These exhibitions open Friday, May 10 from 5-7 p.m. and continue through until Sunday, June 2, 2019.

About The Artists:

Christopher Harding: Born in Fredericton, Christopher Harding graduated from the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design in Advanced Studies of Surface Design in 2004, where his studies focused on learning a wide variety of surface design techniques. The artist has taken his love of surface design to develop his own unique “outside the box” technique over the past eight years. In 2003 Christopher Harding was an award winner in the prestigious Surtex International Student Design Competition in New York. Christopher opened his painting studio at Fredericton’s Charlotte Street Art and Learning Center in 2006 following his studies at the Art Gallery of Ontario. He is a juried member of the New Brunswick Craft and Design Council and the Nova Scotia Craft Council.

Cliff Turner: Cliff moved with his family to Toronto, at age nine from his native South Africa. A watercolour gift set just before departure fostered a love for painting that remains today.

At the University of Toronto, Cliff finished his degree in Fine Art with high honours and recognition for his work. Compelling compositions and technical expertise in the application of paint are still a major focus of his work today.

After completing a BFA, and a BEd, the desire to spend more time at painting led him to the Maritimes. Saint John, New Brunswick, with its nineteenth century architecture provided plenty of inspiration, and studio space. In addition to local success, tourism in the Port City has placed his work in important collections in California, Toronto, Tokyo, and New York.

Teaching one semester of art at the University of New Brunswick, Cliff now devotes the majority of his time to painting. He has a studio in the historic Trinity Royal district.

Réjean Roy: Réjean lives in Northern New Brunswick where he paints and explores his childhood woodlands, but every so often, he packs his paddles and brushes for some distant northern landscape to get inspired. Parallel to his artistic endeavours, Réjean also enjoys creating illustrations for children’s literature. He has illustrated more than 30 titles over the course of his career, in addition to writing many stories. He mainly works with New Brunswick publishing houses including Bouton d’or Acadie, les Éditions de la Grande Marée, and les Éditions du Phares.

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