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David P. Stephens

Painter of Maritime Life

Gallery One


Art Car Door (1999)

Art Car Door was influenced by my interest in cars and my 1999 visit to Houston where I experienced first-hand the excitement of the Orange Show Art Car Parade. Utilizing a 1971 VW Beetle door as a ground, my colourful and tranquil maritime life image is surrounded by a compass star complemented by native bead work, pennies, a small brass anchor and a series of dimes displaying the famous Lunenburg-built Grand Banks Schooner, Bluenose.

Art Car Door was selected by curator Tom Smart for inclusion in the Year 2000 Marion McCain Atlantic Regional Art Exhibition. This one-year touring exhibition titled Artists In A Floating World, opened at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton, N.B. in October 2000 with further visits to Dalhousie University Art Gallery, Halifax, N.S.; London Regional Art Gallery, London, Ont.; and The Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Sask. Art Car Door was acquired by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in 2002 and is now in the Permanent Collection.


What a Washday! (1997)

What a Washday! is the result of a good dose of local folklore coupled with an active imagination. It is difficult to tell the fact from fiction in such cases. Suffice to say this is a rather provocative image of a maritime life scene which probably did occur!

Painted in oils on panel, I have produced T-shirts and postcards of this entertaining and light-hearted scene.

 

 

 


 

Lunenburg Town (1999)

One of my favourite Maritime seaports, Lunenburg has a vast and colourful heritage. I have tried to capture the very essence of seafaring life in this image.

Painted in oil on panel and mounted in a handmade pine frame, Lunenburg Town now resides with a happy collector.

 

 

 

 


Good Old Island Days (1997)

This painting evokes images of those good old days of summer. Fishing for mackerel, boating, swimming and general relaxation in the summer sun.

The pine frame is hand carved, with the sun, moon and a compass star. The carved images and the vivid two-tone blue colours represent glorious days of island sunshine flowing into warm moonlit summer nights.

 

 

 


 

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