A firmly established artist, Bob Hainstock has worked in Atlantic Canada and Western Canada as an artist and journalist for more than four decades. Hainstock’s work frequently explores the increasing contrasts between a shrinking rural society and swelling urban cultures, and between natural and human-made environments. His studio and home are located 600 feet above Atlantic Canada’s beautiful Annapolis Valley – giving a unique perspective to colors and textures of season and time of day, but also the economic and social patterns within the rural fabric below. His studio practices include a full range of painting and printmaking techniques, as well as mixed media and sculpture from natural materials. A graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, he is a fulltime printmaker/visual artist, and part time art instructor in schools, university and private workshops in the Atlantic region. Bob Hainstock is an award-winning author and illustrator of a best-selling book on rural architectural heritage, and an award-winning journalist for news stories, feature articles, and photography of rural life. Hainstock’s rust prints have become his unique signature within the broader international arts community. Represented by galleries in most provinces across Canada, he has exhibited nationally and internationally and is represented in many private and public collections.
Our East Coast Curator, Vanessa Lentz, sat down with Bob in studio to talk about his work, his career path and his process. Pour another cup of coffee and spend the next few minutes getting to know him and understand what drives his creative process and inspires him to keep creating year after year.