Sara hartland-Rowe

About the Artist

Sara Hartland-Rowe is a painter and installation artist who has lived and worked in Halifax since 2000. She has shown across Canada, in the US, and in Europe, and is the recipient of grants from the Canada Council, Arts Nova Scotia, the Ontario Arts Council. Recently, she completed a large-scale permanent site-based commission for Halifax Transit that was short-listed for the Lieutenant-Governor’s Award; her work is in public and private collections.

Artist Statement

I started drawing as a young child, and my work for many years has been based in observation of the visible world. Of late, though, I have become deeply interested in the moment of perception that occurs before individual form is perceived, but after an overall visual experience of objects, figures and space has occurred. I think of this as a very brief flash, in which one understands what one is looking at but has not yet separated forms and colours from each other. The paintings I am currently making are intended to re-ignite that brief experience, suggesting physical space, objects placed in relation to one another, light, shadow and time of day, but stopping short of the separation that happens when recognition and naming begins.

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1991 -1993    MFA Studio Art Department, The University of Illinois at Chicago

1987 -1990    BFA, Honours in Studio, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax



2000 - present    Part-time Instructor, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax



2014    Travellers, Halifax Tranist Authority, Halifax, Nova Scotia; nominated for the Lieutenant-Governor’s Masterworks Award,




2012        Look to the Living,  Mount St Vincent University Art Gallery, Haifax

2007        Drawings and Other Things,  Ross Creek Centre for the Arts, Nova Scotia

2004        All things good and pure, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

2003        The Prince, Durham Art Gallery, Durham, Ontario

2002        The world in the evening, [catalogue] Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia

2001        Blundering Folklore, Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto

2000        What are days for?  (catalogue), London Regional Art and Historical Museum, Ontario

        Or(2 person show with David Merritt), Art Gallery of Simcoe, Simcoe, Ontario

        Peaceable Kingdom , Michael Gibson Gallery, London, Ontario

1998        Small World  (catalogue), Museum for Textiles, Toronto, Ontario

1996        Origo Pudenda, SAW Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario



2015        Inside, Blackwood Gallery, Toronto    

2010        Mayor’s Prize for Contemporary Art (shortlist)

2009        New Drawings, New Bedford Art Gallery, Bedford, Massachusetts

        National Juried Drawing Show, Whitewater Gallery, North Bay

2007        You Are Here; The Emotional Geography of Place, Eastern Edge, Toronto

2006        Paperworks, Mount St Vincent Gallery, Halifax

2003        Tekiningen III, Harbourfront Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

        Wallworks, Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia

2002        Short Stories, Art Gallery of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, Manitoba

        Drawing Exhibition, Quartair Conemporary Art Initiatives, the Haag, Netherlands

2000        SingleTree, London Regional Art and Historical Museum, London, Ont.

1998        Dreadsville, Kenderdine Gallery, The University of Saskatoon, Saskatoon

        At the edge of everything, Koffler Centre, Toronto

        Moments entrlelaces, La Centrale, Montreal

        Common Ground, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto

        Layers, Wynick Tuck Gallery, Toronto

        Cross-eyed , Toronto, Ontario

1997        Public Order: Southwest Triennial, Art Gallery of Windsor (catalog)

        Sprawl, Mercer Union, Toronto

        Common Cents, Artcite, Windsor

        CARO, International Art Fair, Barcelona, Spain



2015        Finalist, Lieutenant-Governor’s Masterworks Award

2008        Canada Council Project Grant

        Nova Scotia Arts Council Creation Grant

2002        Canada Council ‘B’ Grant

        Canada Council Travel Grant

1998        Banff Centre for the Arts Residence Scholarship

1996        Canada Council 'C' Grant

1995        Ontario Arts Council Visual Art Grant

1994        Ontario Arts Council Exhibitions Assistance Grant



2015        “Inside Blackwood’s New Exhibit,  Andrea Mihai, The Medium, Jan 29, 2015

2014        “Luminous Landmark Greets Bus Travellers”, Lianne Heller, Chronicle Herald, September 12, 2014

        “Lonely Travellers”, Stephanie Johns, The Coast, August 21, 2014

        “Jazzy Transit Terminal to Add Some Culture”, Geordan Omand, March 4, 2014

2012        “Painters Figures Tell a Story”, Elissa Barnard, Chronicle Herald, July 29, 2012


2007        “In the Narrative”. Elissa Barnard, Halifax Daily Herald, 2007

2002        “Short Stories captivating”, Sigrid Dahle, Winnipeg Free Press, May 16th, 2002

        “The world in the evening”, Rebecca Roberts, Arts Atlantic, Summer 2002

2001        “The lost art of drawing, reborn”, Sarah Milroy, Globe and Mail, December 1st, 2001

        “The thread of an artist’s argument”, Gary Michael Dault, Globe and Mail, November 3,

2000        "Artist Finds Tiny Details", Sandra Coulson, London Free Press, January 20, 2000

1998        “Metaphysical pocket". Garry Michael Dault, Globe and Mail, August 30th, 1998

        Works of the cloth and works of the body", Garry Michael Dault, Globe and Mail, July 31

        "Painting's Hurts", Patrick Mahon, Parachute, Summer 1998    

1997        "Common Cents", Michael Czyprina, Mix Magazine, Fall 1997

1996        "These Lists Can't Be Missed", John Bentley Mays, The Globe and Mail, February 10th,