Steven Rhude

Widely regarded in Nova Scotia as a valued artist for twenty years, Steven Rhude has steadily pursued his vision of vernacular imagery with an imposing strategy. Set in unconventional situations, Steven Rhude employs familiar coastal icons such as the maritime dory and lighthouse, to elbow his way into the viewers mental space. Once there, these objects seem isolated by the long shadow of urbanism, suggesting casualties of coastal life. Although based on real places, Rhude considers the settings in his paintings as ficticous – intended to evoke a cultural or political perspective. Aided by his use of realism and the modernist canon, Rhude’s imagery can leave one wondering what the protagonist’s strengths really are and whether the object viewed has more than just utilitarian characteristics. Along with humor, a narrative is present in Rhude’s work and questions remain in the viewer’s mind like the residue of a ghostly presence.

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. Steven attended the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto where he studied fine arts and graduated in 1983 with honors in drawing and painting.

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. At this point Steven’s study of portraiture began. This year of study was made possible by receiving the Elisabeth Greenshields Foundation Award.


Today, Steven is featured in “Capture 2014″, a recent survey of Nova Scotia Realism to be concluded at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in 2016. Steven’s work can be found in numerous private, public, and corporate collections.

Click here to read Steven’s interview with the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia where his work was exhibited in “Terroir”



 2016               Terroir, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, NS

2014                Emma Butler Gallery, St. John’s NL

2013                Canadian Gothic, Argyle Fine Art, Halifax, NS            

                        Steven Rhude: Finding Nova Scotia, Inverness County Centre for the Arts, Inverness                                     Cape Breton            

2012                Intervention, Argyle Fine Art, Halifax NS          

2011                Suspension, Gallery 78, Fredericton, NB          

                        Sunday Morning, Argyle Fine Art, Halifax          

2010                Declared Surplus, Argyle Fine Art, Halifax          

                        Temple of the Mind, Acadia University, Wolfville, NS        

2009                Temple of the Mind, Argyle Fine Art, Halifax, NS        

                        Steven Rhude, Gallery 78, Fredericton, NB            

2008                The Road Show, Argyle Fine Art, Halifax, NS            

2007                Recent Work, Artimus Gallery, Chester, NS            

                        10 Years, selected work, Argyle Fine Art, Halifax, NS            

2006                Recent Work, Halifax Club, Halifax, NS            

                        Hung out to Dry, Argyle Fine Art, Halifax, NS          

2005                Coastal Properties, Argyle Fine Art, Halifax, NS            

2004                Dreamport, Argyle Fine Art, Halifax, NS          

2000                Zwicker’sGallery, Halifax, NS          

1997                Zwicker’s Gallery, Halifax, NS            

1995                Zwicker’s Gallery, Halifax, NS            

1992                Customs House, Pictou, ten year retrospective            

1989                Collingwood Art Gallery, Ontario          



2016-2017       “Terroir”, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Yarmouth, NS

2015 – 16         “Capture”, 2014, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Yarmouth NS

2015                “Capture”, 2014, Acadia University Art Gallery, Wolfville, NS

                        “Press”, printmaking show, Harvest Gallery, Wolfville, NS

2014                “Capture”, 2014, Cape Breton University, Sidney, NS

                        “I’m a Lighthouse – It’s your call”, Two person show with Laura Kenney, Harvest Gallery,                                 Wolfville, NS

                        Across the Surface, McCarthy Gallery, Truro, NS

                        Capture, Nova Scotia Realism, St. Francis Xavier University Art Gallery, Antigonish

                        Across the Surface, Halifax Archives, Group

                        Artists Choice, Gallery 78, Fredericton, NB

                        Capture 2014, Nova Scotia Realism, Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax

                        Press Printmaking, Harvest Gallery, Wolfville, NS

                        23rd Annual Acadia Art Exhibition, Acadia University, Wolfville,

                        Printmaking, Recent Acquisitions, Gallery 78, Fredericton, NB

2013                The Food Show (group), Gallery 78, Fredericton, NB

2012                Toronto International Art Fair 2012, selected for ADAC Booth

                        Three Faces of Realism, Halifax Archives, Halifax NS

                        Water, Gallery 78 Fredericton, NB

                        Nocturne at Night, Halifax Archives, Halifax, NS

                        Gallery 78 Fredericton, NB (Friends and Neighbours)

                        Roberts Gallery Toronto, Artists Choice

2011                Toronto International Art Fair 2011, Roberts Gallery booth

                        Field of Vision: The Maritime Landscape, Gallery 78, Fredericton, NB

2010                Vistas of Eastern Canada, Gallery 78, Fredericton, NB

2009                Nocturne – Art at Night, Argyle Fine Art, Halifax, NS

                        Field of Vision, Gallery 78, NB

                        Picturing Landscape, Works from Permanent collection, Acadia University Art Gallery,                                      Wolfville, NS

                        REPIXX (group) Museum of industry, Pictou, NS

2008                The Opera House Show, Lunenburg, NS

2007                Opera House Show, Lunenburg, NS

1994                Gallery 1889, Tatamagouche, NS (2 person)

1993                Zwicker’s Gallery, Halifax, NS (2 person)




TD Canada Trust, NS

Scotia Bank, Halifax, NS

Halifax Bridge Commission, Halifax, NS

Acadia University Art Gallery

St Francis Xavier University Art Gallery

Marriott Hotels, Halifax Harbourfront, Halifax, NS

Beacon Securities, Halifax, NS

City of Moncton, NB

Bergengren Credit Union, Antigonish, NS

The Pace Group, Halifax, NS

Wagner and Associates, Halifax, NS

North Eastern Pipelines Inc., Halifax, NS

Newport Partners Inc., Toronto, ON

Pioneer Investments, Boston

Cambrian Chemicals Inc., Oakville, ON

Northshore Canadian Art

Royal Netherlands Embassy, Ottawa, ON

Private and corporate collections in Canada, USA, Germany, UK,

Switzerland, Netherlands and South Africa



Honourary Member of The Drawing Society of Canada

PLANS (Professional Living Artists of Nova Scotia)


2017                Interview with Art Gallery of Nova Scotia for the exhibition “Terroir”

2014                Capture 2014, Nova Scotia Realism, Dalhousie Art Gallery

2011                Natalie’s Glasses, MacIntyre, Purcell, Lunenburg 2011 (written and illustrated children’s        book)

2010                A Place Called Away, Living and Painting in Nova Scotia (Coffee Table Art Book)

                        From Land and Sea, Contemporary Landscape Painters of Nova Scotia, Nimbus Publishing

                        Forward, Contemporary Painters of Nova Scotia, Volume ll

2007                Field Trip, The Art of Steven Rhude, essay by Stuart Simpson (catalogue)

2006 – 7          Turnrow, Monroe of Louisiana

2003                Turnrow, Monroe of Louisiana

1999                Studio Rally Book, Goose Lane Editions

                        Antigonish Review, issue 126, Antigonish, N.S.



Simply the Best: Our Arts & Life honour roll for 2014, Chronicle Herald, PLANS   recognized.

Rugs, paintings shine light on architecture of coastal beacons, Chronicle Herald, Elissa Barnard, November, 2014

Questions on Canvas, Tara Bradbury, The Telegram, NL, July 23, 2014.

An assembler of place, Truro Daily News, July, 2014, Truro Daily News, J. Guinan

‘Realistic’ artwork to be featured in Truro in September, Truro Daily News, Janice Guinan, July 3, 2014

Visions of Reality, Chronicle Herald, Elisa Barnard, April, 2014

Artists get real in Truro, Cape Breton exhibits, Chronicle Herald, Elisa Barnard, September, 2014

‘Realism up for Grabs’, Ellisa Barnard, Chronicle Herald, January,18th, 2013, Dalhousie group show

Capture, 2014, CBC Information Morning, January 20th, Dalhousie group show, Ben DuPlessis, Art Show Explores twists of Reality, January 17th, 2014, Dalhousie group show

‘The Real World’, Paula Bugden, Halifax Magazine, 2012

‘Natalie’s Glasses’, Review by Keith McPherson, CM Magazine, Volume XVIII Number 23, February 17, 2012

‘NS. Painter brings vision to realism of everyday life.’ Ellisa Barnard, Chronicle Herald, Nov. 13th, 2011

‘Putting images to words.’ Jenna Conter, Metro News, Nov. 2, 2011

‘An artistic statement from Steven Rhude’ CBC radio, Dec. 23, 2010

‘Rhude’s paintings take us away’ Megan Power, Chronicle Herald The Nova Scotian /Books, Mach 6, 2011

‘Steven Rhude; Declared Surplus’ The Coast, Halifax, Holly Gordon, Sept, 24, 2010

‘Many delightful layers to Natalie’s Glasses’, Pam Sword, editor The Chronicle Herald, Dec., 2011

‘Rhude defends a Canadian icon.’ Ellisa Barnard, Chronicle Herald, Oct., 9, 2011

‘A Place called away’ Noted artist launches new book, Robert Hirtle Bridgewater Bulletin, Nov. 30, 2010

‘Rhude a fish out of water’ Dean Lisk, Metro News, Halifax. Sept. 6, 2007

‘Fishing village makes a splash ‘Art about Canso’ Dean Lisk, Daily News, Halifax, Sept.2, 2006

‘Rhude examines fishery’ Ellisa Barnard, Chronicle Herald Oct, 15, 2006

‘Rhude part of the landscape’ Marilyn Smulders, Daily News, Halifax, Oct, 6, 2005

‘Rhude Awakening’ Ellisa Barnard, Chronicle Herald, May 1, 2004

‘Rhude tempers realism with bold romance’ Ellisa Barnard, Chronicle Herald, May 1, 1997



Lighthouse paintings, Harvest Gallery, Wolfville, NS 2014

Mark Rothko, Halifax Memorial Library, Halifax, NS, 2013

Temple of the Mind, Acadia University, Wolfville, NS, 2010

Art and Regionalism, Lunenburg Academy, Lunenburg, NS, 2011

Lighthouse/Darkhouse; The New Outsider, Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Halifax, NS, 2011

Panel Discussion on Realism, Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax, 2013