Cecil Day, Landfall II, 2007, Linocut on Somerset paper, 1/4, 45.2 x 61.2 cm (plate). Purchase, 2011, 2011.19


Monday, 18 April 2016 to Sunday, 12 June 2016

April 18 - June 12, 2016

This work is from a suite of intaglio and relief prints that are the result of a residency awarded to Port Maitland, Nova Scotia artist Cecil Day by the Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador in 2006 at Landfall, the house in Brigus, Conception Bay, Newfoundland where the American-born painter Rockwell Kent lived during World War I.  Day muses, “Seeing Kent Cottage at Landfall that first time I knew I wanted to draw that dramatic space and live in that beautiful narrow house sandwiched between cliffs.  I hoped my work might give some sense of the vertigo felt in that landscape."1

Cecil Day grew up in Portland, across the Gulf of Maine from her current residence in southwest Nova Scotia. She received a BA in painting at Indiana University (1960) and an MFA in painting from Washington University, St. Louis (1973). Although trained as a painter, she has become best known for her printmaking practice. Day immigrated to Canada in 1979.

The Nova Scotia Spotlight series highlights recent acquisitions to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia’s Permanent Collection by artists contributing to the province’s cultural heritage. With support from Michelin North America (Canada) Inc. in Memory of Robert W. M. Manuge.

 1 “A Challenging Beauty: The Newfoundland Landscape,” The Western Star, August 18, 2012