STEPHEN HUTCHINGS

Biography

Time is a critical element in this new body of work. Not as a means of measuring the passing of moments, breaking them down into seconds, mintues, hours, years, but as a subjective state of mind, a mental melting-pot where memory, awareness and hope are blended together.

 

The reality of the images lies not in their mimesis of the outside world, but in their evocative description of an inernal sensibility. A brush comes alive through the application and subtraction of charcoal on a blank canvas, building up the drark rich shadows or scratching away at the charcoal base to shape and define the edges.

 

The images of trees, bushes, shadows and skies are derived partly from photographs, parly from sketches in the field, partly from memory - shaped into forms that suggest a balance, an aesthetic harmony, perhaps an internal rhythm that exists in the painting alone. Along the way, the work engages with issues that include repetition, sequencing, identity, illusionary depth, the nature of the painted surface.

STEPHEN HUTCHINGS was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1948. He received a B.A. in Art History from the University of Toronto and attended the Ontario College of ARt in the early 1970s.

 

Hutchings' work can be found in numerous museum, corporate and private collections in Canada, the United States and Europe including Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa; Glenbow Museum, Calgary; Museum London, Tom Thomson Art Gallery, Owen Sound; The Banff Centre, University of Toronto, Air Canada, Department of Foreign Affairs, Four Seasons Hotel, Milestones Restaurants, RBC, Scotiabank, Stikeman Elliott, Sun Life, Swiss Bank (Canada).

 

The exhibition "Landscape Tales" opened at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton, NB on June 2, 2018.

 

Stephen Hutchings lives and works in New Brunswick.

 

Works
  • king's pine with field by stephen hutchings
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    King's Pine (with Field), 2021
    oil and charcoal on canvas
    60 x 40 in.
  • king's pine with road by stephen hutchings
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    King's Pine (with Road), 2021
    oil and charcoal on canvas
    60 x 40 in.
  • branches and leaves by stephen hutchings
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    Branches and Leaves, 2020
    oil and charcoal on canvas
    28 x 84 in.
  • ghost tree #2 (columnar) by stephen hutchings
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    Ghost Tree #2, 2020
    oil and charcoal on panel
    16 x 16 in.
  • ghost tree #3 (willow) by stephen hutchings
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    Ghost Tree #3 (Willow), 2020
    oil and charcoal on panel
    16 x 16 in.
  • mccain apple tree by stephen hutchings
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    McCain Apple Tree, 2019
    oil and charcoal on canvas
    46 x 58 in.
  • the red bush by stephen hutchings
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    The Red Bush, 2019
    oil and charcoal on canvas
    27 x 60 in.
  • steichen's pond, version #2 by stephen hutchings
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    Steichen's Pond, Version #2, 2018
    oil and charcoal on canvas
    35 x 43 in.
  • windbreak #1 by stephen hutchings
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    Windbreak #1, 2016
    oil and charcoal on canvas on board
    18 x 36 in.
  • fire tree by stephen hutchings
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    Fire Tree, 2015
    oil and charcoal on canvas
    51 x 72 in.
  • along the bank by stephen hutchings
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    Along the Bank, 2014
    oil and charcoal on canvas
    54 1/2 x 67 1/2 in.
  • plantation by stephen hutchings
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    Plantation, 2009
    oil and charcoal on canvas on board
    36 x 84 in.
Exhibitions