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Studio Sunday: Louise Nevelson


A photograph of Louise Nevelson's art website

Our Studio Sunday artist this week is Louise Nevelson. Born in 1899 in what is now Russia, Nevelson moved to American with her family at the turn of the 20th century and, based in New York, became known for her monochromatic abstract sculptures.

 

Nevelson’s best-known works are abstract assemblages composed of many smaller, three-dimensional blocks and pieces, giving them an almost puzzle-like aesthetic. Assembled on a horizontal…

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Exuberant and Opinionated: Painting by Kev Harris


A painting of a woman dancing in a red dressWoven Brilliance, oil on Belgian linen

Kev Harris is a traditional painter based in Charlotte, North Carolina. Kev grew up between Washington and Harlem, and is a U.S. Army veteran – his multitude of differing experiences have led to his exuberant and opinionated style of painting and selection of subject matter.


A warm painting of a woman in profileMelanated Textures, oil on canvas

Kev’s portfolio includes paintings in portraiture and landscape styles. I’ve really…

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Headlines: Bank, Monsters, Cars

1) Controversial Performance Artist Sets Fire to Paris Bank


A photo of Pyotr Pavlensky in front of a Paris bank shortly before being arrested

A Russian performance artist was detained by French authorities after setting fire to a bank in Paris as part of an art piece. Pyotr Pavlensky, who achieved infamy in 2013 after nailing his scrotum to the paved ground of Moscow’s Red Square. Pavlensky was granted political asylum in France in May of this year. According to the artist, setting fire to an entrance to the Bank…

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Melted Candy: Gel Medium Sculptures by Emma Brooks


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Sculptor Emma Brooks creates layered, colorful works that take on the appearance of melted candy. Flat, rounded sheets of poured gel medium create layers that reference the look of flower petals, book pages, coral formations, and numerous other natural and man-made objects.


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There’s something incredibly satisfying about Emma’s sculptures, and the way they seem to fuse to whatever surface they are created on. The…

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The Importance of Form: Art by Keshav Ramaswami

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Designer, musician and artist Keshav Ramaswami creates work under the studio name AA/K/AA/R/A, a stylized form of a Sanskrit word which roughly translates into English as “formation.” Certainly, Ramaswami’s entire portfolio speaks to the importance of form.

 

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I really enjoy the monochromatic, ultra-modern aesthetic of much of the art and design in Ramaswami’s portfolio.…

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Lush Forms and Lighting: Art by Jayne Crawford


A painting of shrubbery along a beachRed Beach, Whitney, acrylic on board

Jayne Crawford has a background in painting decorative murals, later moving on to building her own practice. The artist creates detailed landscapes and spiritual paintings, emphasizing lush forms and lighting.


A painting of a river with treesThe Missouri at Fort Osage, oil on canvas

I really enjoy the way Jayne uses lighting in her landscape paintings. These paintings often focus on a relatively small patch of greenery, and the…

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Color-Reduction Woodcuts by Cathie Crawford


A colorful woodcut by Cathie CrawfordHealing Waters, color-reduction woodcut

Cathie Crawford is a printmaker specializing in color-reduction woodcuts. The artist is originally from New York, but has spent time living in Saudi Arabia, France, and Illinois. Cathie has won numerous awards for her prints, which are featured in collections and galleries all over the world.


A rainbow-colored woodcut print on Japanese paperSpectrum, color reduction woodcut on Kozo paper

 

Looking through Cathie’s portfolio I really enjoy the…

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Architectural Forms and Figures: Art by Melissa Kenyon McIntyre


A work of art depciting a treed path in the winterMondragon Road, acrylic and watercolor

Melissa Kenyon McIntyre works in a range of media, painting architectural forms and figures relating to religious ceremony and space. Based in New Mexico, the artist often takes the local landscape and climate as inspiration, with many of her works utilizing warm tones and heavy-contrast shadows.


An oil painting of an abaondoned barn in the snowEmpty Barn, acrylic

I love Melissa’s depictions of missions and other buildings – these stone…

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Villages and Architecture: Art by Angelo Mariano


A painting of an Italian skylineFirenze dai Giardini di Boboli, oil on panel

Angelo Mariano is a New York-based artist whose work explores the tension and symbiosis between abstraction and figurative painting. Mariano is originally from Italy, and many of his works focus on the color and aesthetics of villages and architecture in the Italian countryside and urban centers.


A painting of a small building on the Italian countrysideTrullo di Campagna II, oil on panel

Angelo’s paintings never seem overworked – each piece…

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Studio Sunday: Sandro Chia


A photo of Sandro Chia working on a painting in his studio

 

Italian painter and sculptor Sandro Chia is our Studio Sunday artist this week. Chia graduated from the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence, Italy in 1969 and later spent some time living in New York. He now divides his time between Miami and Rome.

 

Chia is known as a proponent of the Italian Transavanguardia movement, a painting trend that emphasizes saturated colors and figurative subject matter. And what an incredible array of…

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Studio Sunday: Maya Lin


A photo of Maya Lin at work in her home studio

 

Today’s Studio artist is Maya Lin. Lin is an American sculptor and architect known for her work with historic memorials, monuments, and land art. The artist often takes inspiration from natural forms and geological features, creating works that intervene with the landscape to emphasize certain ideas, rather than standing apart from it.

 

Lin’s studio space is cleaner and more library-like than traditional painting and sculpture…

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Intense Abstract Compositions by Mohab Elghaffar


An abstract painting with deep red and brown tones on a light backgroundUntitled

Mohab Elghaffar is an artist from Alexandria, Egypt, who uses intense abstract compositions to formulate connections between contemporary art practices and the symbolic imagery associated with ancient Egyptian civilization.


A heavy red abstractionThe moment of creation (1), mixed media on board

Mohab’s recent works in mixed media have a solid impact on the viewer. These compositions seem to embrace contrast, even conflict, in their use of…

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Headlines: Vatican, Bull's Head, Desert X

1) More Replicas of Vatican City Landmarks to Come


An interior photo of mosaics in the Gregoriano Profano museum in Vatican City

 

Last June, Mexico city played host to a life-sized, exacting replica of the Sistine Chapel. The project, a privately-funded venture dreamed up by Mexican entrepreneur Antonio Berumen, saw each of the Chapel’s intricate fresco paintings reproduced with photo-transfer techniques and installed on canvas inside a wooden replica of the church. The project was such a popular success that…

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American Wastelands: Art by Marc Trujillo


A painting of a Costco interiorUntitled

 

Los Angeles artist Marc Trujillo paints portraits of American wastelands. Trujillo’s delicately rendered images of wholesale stores, fast-food restaurants, and gas stations are somehow stately, yet desolate.


A painting of a strip of road with fast food restaurantsUntitled

Trujillo’s paintings are quite impressive in the level of detail that the artist is able to capture. The paintings of Costco interiors in the artist’s North American Purgatory series are especially…

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Obsessive Geometric Backgrounds: Art by Donna Howard


A painting of some cartoon chickens on a blue backgroundBowled Over, acrylic on canvas

 

Donna Howard paints in acrylic, creating bright and colorful images of whimsical cartoon animals that often hide a slightly darker, deeper, and more emotional core. The sense of tension in Donna’s works is reinforced by her intricate, almost obsessive geometric backgrounds.


A painting of two pink elephants holding martinisMartinis for Two, acrylic on canvas

 

I like the contrast between Donna’s geometric abstract backgrounds and her highly…

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