Nova Scotia Folk Art


Nova Scotia Folk Art

An Illustrated Guide

  Author:   Ray Cronin    
  Publisher:  Nimbus Publishing

A full-colour, photo-filled, narrative guide to the uniquely Nova Scotian folk art genre from former Art Gallery of NS curator and author of Our Maud.

There may be many folk artists in Canada, but there is only one integrated folk art scene: the one in Nova Scotia.

Classic folk art is the work of artists who did not think of themselves as artists, who made art that they never considered to be art at all. There were no festivals, no galleries, and no touring exhibitions when they started—just a sign by the side of the road, a painted house, or colourful sculptures in the yard to attract the attention of passersby. Today in Nova Scotia, contemporary folk art has become a distinct style, one which stresses individual creativity over collective utility. The maker, and their stories, is central to the appeal.

Written by former Art Gallery of Nova Scotia curator Ray Cronin, and co-published by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Folk Art features profiles of 50 artists—some obscure and some well know—from the first, second, and third waves of folk art. The list includes Barry Colpitts, Laura Kenney, Ralph Boutilier, Craig Naugler, Joseph Norris, and Maud Lewis. With more than 100 colour images, this illustrated guide explores the exhibitions, collections, and festivals that allowed a group of Nova Scotia artists to move their creations from the roadside to the museum, and in so doing to create its own genre: Nova Scotia Folk Art.

Ray Cronin is a writer, curator, and arts consultant. From 2001-2015 he worked at the Art gallery of Nova Scotia as Curator of Contemporary Art and then Senior Curator from 2001-2007. His book Alex Colville: Art and Life was published by the Arts Canada Institute in 2017 alongside the first book in his series, Gaspereau Field Guides to Canadian Artists on Mary Pratt. Ray lives in East Hants, Nova Scotia.

ISBN associated with this title: 9781771088343
Item NB1440
Publisher Nimbus Publishing
Publisher Nimbus Publishing
Published on April 16 2024
Language ENG
Pages 144
Format Paperback
Dimensions 10(in) x 8(in)
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