South Shore Contemporary Art

Steven Rhude (1959-Present)


Steven Rhude was born in Rouyn Noranda, Quebec in 1959. His father was a Canadian Air Force Pilot and traveled extensively throughout Canada before settling his family in Scarborough, Ontario. In Scarborough, Steven was raised, educated and studied civil engineering at Centennial College. After one year he switched to the Ontario College of Art in Toronto where he studied fine arts and graduated in 1983 with honors in drawing and painting. Steven also attended the college’s off-campus program in Florence, Italy for one year, which included an intensive study of the Italian and Northern European renaissance. This year of study was made possible by receiving the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation award. Afterwards, he met Simone Labuschagne and they were married in 1986. In 1990, Steven began to devote himself to painting full time. He and his wife Simone, moved to Fox Island Main, Guysborough, County, Nova Scotia. It was there, in relative isolation, that Rhude developed the realistic and colorful style he is known for today. In 1992, he exhibited a 10-year retrospective of his work at the Customs House Gallery in Pictou, NS. Up to the present, Steven Rhude has had numerous exhibitions in commercial galleries. He has had long term representation, first with Zwicker’s gallery, Halifax, NS, and now Argyle Fine Art, also in Halifax, and North Shore Canadian Art in Lunenburg, NS. In his work, Rhude continues to explore his passion for themes, which evoke the ethos of coastal communities in Atlantic Canada, their social conditions and iconic character. Since moving to Lunenburg with his family, the town has been a primary source of subject matter and pride. Steven also played a role in the creation of The Art Galleries Association of Lunenburg, which currently has twenty gallery members. His work can be found in numerous private and corporate collections around the world.


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