Robert’s Argyle Street studio looked out over Citadel Hill in downtown Halifax. The building in the immediate foreground with the long rows of windows, which has now been torn down, belonged to the Chronicle Herald. Halifax Citadel over Rooftops and View of Hantsport serve as a bookends for Robert’s first exhibition after art school. Both images show mountainous landmarks of historical importance looming over city, town and countryside. Both are views from windows: the compressed worldview of a patient recovering from a serious illness. The views capture the twin poles of Robert’s world as he travels back and forth from Halifax, where he works as a fine artist, and Hantsport, where he recovers from his cancer treatment with his family and also where he works as a commercial artist. The view of Halifax shows the office block of a newspaper publisher in the foreground and the view of Hantsport shows a pulp mill in the middle distance. Whether located in city or countryside, media and industry are integral parts of the modern landscape.
Halifax Citadel over Rooftops