Celebration and Harvest series featured at Kawartha Autumn Studio Tour

September 23 and 24, 2017 Rob will open his studio for the 33rd Kawartha Autumn Studio Tour, offering an opportunity to see where he works and creates. He will have recent work from the new Celebration and Harvest series, as well as some of his Nocturnes. Pick up a brochure at the Art Gallery of Peterborough.

Celebration – New Works by Rob Niezen at Studio 22 Open Gallery in Kingston

Studio 22 Open Gallery is delighted to present the solo exhibition Celebration – New Works by Rob Niezen.
Peterborough-based artist Rob Niezen marries his disparate influences, comic book art and classic impressionism, to produce graphic oil paintings which entertain and delight.

Incorporating his observations of everyday life, Niezen weaves a visual tale through his imaginatively narrative canvases. Life is rich with colour and experience; time is measured in moments shared with family and friends. Using light and colour, shadows and reflections, Niezen depicts table tops filled with glassware that sparkle and shine, signifying the joy of living life to its fullest.  A true master of painting sunlight — reflected and refracted, direct and indirect — Niezen’s bold use of colour, exaggerated angles, and unique perspectives lend drama to these unexpected images. Like snapshots of a perfect holiday, each canvas takes on the sense of a memento. Celebration is all about savouring life’s experience.

Celebration will be on display at Studio 22, located at 320 King Street East, Kingston from July 11 – August 19.

The opening reception starts at 8:00 pm on Saturday, July 15th.
Come meet the Artists and join us in celebrating the joy that Art brings to our lives.

Two other new summer exhibits will also be opening on July 11:
Kaleidos: Beautiful Forms by Diane Laundy
Baby Baby Don’t Get Hooked On Me: Cameron Schaefer

Wooden tulips and walls with memories

 

interior of Sams Place, a deli in Peterborough, with wooden tulips on reflecting tables, memorabilia on white walls, a red umbrella and part of a coke machine in the background
Thursday Comfort

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.

Flea market view

vintage green bike leaning against a wall with graffiti, between a dark blue door and a store window, and amidst other flea market items: guages in boxes, brass grate, bowling pins, glasses, vases, and a wooden cupboard
Vintage Wheels

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.

New work featuring Peterborough

Wet street after heavy rain reflects red, yellow, orange, purple and white lights from traffic and commercial signs. On the left we see a modern four-story building, opposite an older building, both in orange and brown hues. The sky is filled with dark blue clouds, and breaking up, showing light blue and light purple
Transition

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.

Leitmotif: Winter at Hexagon Studios, Peterborough

Three Paintings and a photograph at Herxagon Gallery on the black walls of the theme room 'Winter'. From left to right a painting by Rob Niezen of three cross country skiers and a dog on the trail in a foggy landscape, (2) painting aof a pine cone by Megan Ward, (3) on top a black and white photo by Roz Hermant of a a line of trees in the snow, and underneath (4) a apainting of an island with pines in a North Kawartha lake

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