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Sweeping Landscape Paintings by Vicki Beamish


A painting of cows in a large, grassy meadowCariboo Serenity, oil on canvas

Currently located in Penticton, BC, Vicki Beamish displays her love for nature through her sweeping landscape paintings. Depicting everything from marshes to hoodoos, Vicki's work showcases an eye for detail, and an appreciation for the environment.

 

A painting of hoodoos in the British Columbia interiorSummerland Hoodoos, oil on canvas

Painting with oil on canvas, Vicki is able to get an incredible amount of detail into each work. I’m impressed with the…

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Portraits of Houses and Storefronts by Joel David Abramson


A watercolor painting of a housePennsylvania Country House, watercolor

Artist and illustrator Joel David Abramson creates charming portraits of houses and storefronts. With an eye for architectural details, Joel renders his subjects a style that ranges from cartoonish to highly realistic.


A painting of a Halloween shop frontTeeners Halloween, acrylic

 

Joel’s watercolor paintings of houses are really great. It’s rather notable how the artist is able to get such straight lines and accurate…

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Studio Sunday: General Idea


A photograph of General Idea's Toronto studio space

 

This Sunday, let’s look inside the studio and meeting space of Canadian art collective General Idea. General Idea comprised three artists: Felix Partz, Jorge Zontal and A.A. Bronson. They were active as a collective between 1968 and 1993, working in Toronto and New York.

 

Artistically, General Idea were highly conceptual, using formats like postcards, stamps, posters, balloons, often associated with advertising and popular media,…

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Studio Sunday: Jeanne Mammen


An image of Jeanne Mammen's home studio

 

Jeanne Mammen, our Studio Sunday artist this week, was a German artist who was active during the Weimar period of the early-20th century, which was marked by the production of slightly surreal and grotesque figurative painting and drawing. Mammen’s work often featured female figures and imagery of everyday life in Berlin.

 

Mammen’s work was denounced by Nazi’s during the Second World War, leading the artist to stop exhibiting…

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Encaustic Paintings by Lisa Printz


A triptych of encaustic paintingsWaxy, (triptych) encaustic wax on board

 

Lisa Printz’ portfolio website is packed with everything from abstract encaustic paintings to prairie landscapes. The artist currently resides in Vancouver, BC.

 

A painting made from six boardsJericho Morning, encaustic and collage on 6 boards

 

As Lisa says in her artist’s statement, she has an affinity for “sweeping and fluid gestures.” This is clear, particularly in the artist’s work with oil and pastels,…

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Headlines: Middle East, Surrealism, .ART

1) Denver University Showcases Middle Eastern Artists


Photographs by Iranian artist Shadi Ghadirian in the Center for Visual Art at the Metropolitan State University of Denver

 

The Center for Visual Art at the Metropolitan State University of Denver is currently hosting an exhibition of art by artists from the Middle East, including a number who now reside in the U.S. and Canada. Though the show had been planned well before the U.S. presidential election, current events have made it quite timely, as noted by curator Cecily Cullen. While discussions of…

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Sunny Scenes: Watercolor by Travis Poelle


A watercolor painting of two men playing music in a parkPark Song, watercolor

Watercolor painter Travis Poelle uses his medium to depict sunny scenes of urban life. Currently based in New York City, Travis primarily paints scenes of the people and environment around him.

 

A watercolor painting of people shopping at an outdoor marketSpring Market, watercolor

 

As in our previous feature of Travis’ work, I’m really impressed by the stunning photorealistic watercolors that the artist produces. Watercolor as a medium tends to lend itself to looser,…

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Gigantic Photo Prints by Andreas Gursky


A photograph by Andreas Gursky of an Amazon distribution centerAmazon

 

Photographer Andreas Gursky is known for his gigantic photo prints of landscapes and architectural features. Gursky tends to photograph his subjects from high vantage points, offering panoramic viewpoints of his subjects.

 

Gursky’s works often showcase interiors or exteriors with similar forms that appear in repeating patterns. His recent photographs, for example, include interior images of an Amazon distribution center and…

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Graphic Planes of Color: Art by Stephen Middleton


A self-portrait by Stephen MiddletonSelf Portrait 1999, acrylic on canvas

Stephen Middleton’s artworks are influenced by the artist’s eye for the human figure, plus a background in modeling. His works begin with Stephen photographing his subject, then painting it in graphic planes of color.

 

A painting of buildings on a Vancouver street cornerKeefer Street, acrylic on canvas

Stephen’s acrylic paintings often look like heavily manipulated photographs, themselves. Looking through the artist’s portfolio it’s even…

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Installations and Assemblages by Monica Bovicini


A sculpture by Monica BoviciniPowder Belts, axe, black polyurethane, matt finish, leather belts, steel chains

Monica Bovicini was born in Italy and currently lives and works in Berlin. Bovicini’s recent installations and assemblages have featured heavy tools and belts, coated in black polyurethane.

 

A sculptural artwork by Monica BoviciniTight Cut, two chainsaws, black polyurethane, matt finish, leather belts, leather, wood

 

I rather enjoy the hard-edged, exaggerated masculinity that’s found in…

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Contemporary Color: Artwork by Jeffrey Fine


An abstract oil painting of a cityCity Limits, oil paint

Jeffrey Fine’s artworks are a fascinating blend of contemporary color and abstract expressionist composition. With a portfolio of works spanning decades, Jeffrey has developed a unique way of depicting a range of subject matter.

 

An abstracted painting of a lakeLake of Coheeries in May, oil paint

I find Jeffrey’s style great for drawing a viewer’s eye all around the canvas. His works tend to be evenly covered in undulating lines and…

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An Exercise in Perspective: Art by Jon Harris


A painting of three-dimensional abstract structuresBending Space #2, acrylic on canvas

Painter Jon Harris’s works are an exercise in perspective, both in the physical sense and the psychological sense. Utilizing a mathematical sense of geometry combined with dreamlike colors and forms, Jon builds beautiful, imaginary spaces.

 

An abstract painting of a blue three-dimensional structureSpaciousness, acrylic on canvas

While Jon’s works appear totally abstract in some cases, more often than not they seem like architectural paintings of

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Social Constructions: Art by Pierre-Luc D├ęziel


An abstract 3D construction on canvasIce cream is on me, mixed media

Pierre-Luc Déziel creates three-dimensional mixed media works that address social constructions. Pierre-Luc builds his works by attaching various materials directly to the canvas before painting.

 

A mixed media construction on canvas

L'Amoreuse, mixed media

 

I enjoy the way that the artist plays with texture in his works – each individual canvas holds a wealth of different shapes, styles and tactile moments. In most of his recent…

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Earthy Colors and Abstract Shapes: Art by Tim Van Ginkel


An abstract print with earthy colorsIWF-2, serial monoprint, lithography

Tim Van Ginkel is an American artist who specializes in printmaking techniques. The artist’s heavily layered prints have an almost antiqued appearance, with earthy colors and abstract shapes.

 

A print with layers of earthy browns and bluesIWF-5, serial monoprint, lithography

Tim’s collection of 2016 works features works that seem more unified. These prints, which heavily utilize neutral colors in orange, brown and green tones, act as…

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Studio Sunday: Francesco Climente


A photo of Francesco Climente in his New York studio

 

Our Studio Sunday artist this week is Francesco Climente. Climente was born in Naples, Italy, in 1952 and has spent much of his career working in both New York and Varanasi, India. His artwork tends to be introspective, exploring the artist’s own evolving sense of self and encouraging viewers to do the same.

 

The studio pictured above is expansive, and surprisingly sparse. Given Climente’s vast range of influences I might have…

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