Mary Garoutte, “Sundown, Lincoln Street” (2015)
What strikes me most about Mary Garoutte’s urban landscape paintings is the way she highlights the play of light at the beginning and the end of days. These quiet periods that brim with potential, while also evoking a mixed sense of meditative loneliness and reflection, seem to be as much the subject matter of her work as are the historic houses and store fronts of Halifax, where she is based. Garoutte cites the Group of Seven artists and Wayne Thiebaud as among key influences on her art, which are evident in her choice of colors and the strong textural brush strokes on her canvases. Her wonderful art also brings to mind for me the feelings of solitude conveyed by Edward Hopper in his own paintings of dwelling places during the quiet hours.
More of Garoutte’s work can be seen on her artist website here and is also available through Argyle Fine Art.
Mary Garoutte, “Yellow Door (Falkland Street)” (2013)
Mary Garoutte, “100 Montague Street” (2015)
Mary Garoutte, “Dwellings (Light in the Window)” (2015)
Mary Garoutte, “Glass House” (2016)
Mary Garoutte, “Single Dweller” (2016)
Mary Garoutte, “Late Night Visit” (2016)
Mary Garoutte, “Red Bicycle, Young Street” (2014)
Mary Garoutte, “Sunset on Agricola Street” (2013)
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Another wonderful artist highlighted. Thank you.
Beautiful, one and all.
Thanks for taking a look. They’re are all quite good! 🙂
I love her paintings!
Me too! 🙂
I am always more impressed by painters who depict the world around them as opposed to abstracts. Such paintings as these really show how good the artist is. And this artist is good.
Abstracts can be quite good too. But I know what you mean about representational art, which requires noticeable talent to render something well.
I agree!! Appreciate and celebrate the talent of Mary Garoutte!!
I had never heard of this artist, but I love these paintings! As you mention, there is very much a “Hopper-like” quality about them with their feeling of isolation – and I particularly like the use of light and shade.
Thank you so much for bringing her to our attention, Brett.
Excellent paintings that required a lot of talent and skill.
Thank you for finding such excellent artists and their beautiful works.
Skillful, expressive use of light makes every one of these paintings a gem.
Thank you again for sharing some outstanding artwork from Canada. These were some marvelous pictures.
The detail on the houses is amazing. There is quite a feel — and atmosphere — to the pictures, too, that’s hard to explain.
I love the atmosphere of these paintings as well! 🙂
Brett, I know Mary. It’s so nice to see her work featured. She is a wonderful painter and art teacher.
Hi, Shaune, thanks for sharing that. I love such small world coincidences! My understanding is that she’s a wonderful instructor as well, as you mentioned. I hope she continues to produce more beautiful artwork as well. Best, Brett
Are her paintings ever for sale? And if so, affordable? I’m VERY smitten with these!
Richard, her paintings are for sale. I think Argyle Fine Art (http://www.argylefineart.com/) represents her work and has paintings available. You can go to the site, which links to the Flickr page for the gallery, search for groupings of Mary Garoutte’s paintings and the descriptions will indicate what’s available and price. I think the pricing is very fair for such excellent artwork. Best, Brett
Thank you so much for the detailed information. Brett – greatly appreciated! Best, Richard
Hi Richard, she is represented by Argyle Fine Art in Halifax and I believe she may also have some work available through Zwicker’s Gallery in Halifax.
Shaune, thanks for adding this!
Hi Brett! This post is great! Thank you for this write-up on my work and for highlighting me. It is an honour. Your words do honor to the paintings, and I am duly grateful. 🙂
Hi, Mary, thanks for putting such wonderful art into the world! I hope you will continue to share your great talent.
All the best,
Hi Shaune and Brett, Many thanks for the information – I’ll look into both galleries.
What a great excuse to visit Halifax and view them in person – not that I would need one – it’s such a great city.
So true! 🙂
Wonderful art, Brett !
Hey, Chris, thanks! yes, she’s quite good! 🙂
Focusing on the buildings, I thought the first pictures where photographs. I think it’s the use of light. Intriguing!
Yes, the play of light. 🙂
Lovely, thanks for posting these!
These were very enjoyable to look at…A very nice brush stroke and the use of color exceptional.
Thanks for sharing this artists work.
She’s well deserving of more attention. 🙂
Wow, these are gorgeous!!
Stunning artist. Great capture and representation of mood and energy.
Yes, I think she does quite well with the mood.
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Just viewed a selection of your latest city scapes, you have entered the small world of composition over subject. A giant step in the right direction, hope you don’t look back.