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Surreal Masks: Ceramic Sculpture by Johnson Tsang


A wall-hanging sculpture of a face by Johnson TsangOpen Mind II

Sculptor Johnson Tsang deals with distorted versions of the human form, creating incredibly detailed yet surreal masks and bodily figures in ceramic. Tsang frequently employs childlike figures with cartoonishly large heads that tend to produce a sense of unease in the viewer.

 

A distorted face ceramic sculptureOpen Mind IV

 

Tsang exhibits an amazing level of control over his medium. His ceramic faces are generally pale, and sculpted with a sense of…

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Subdued Yet Textured Artworks by Nella Lush


A cold wax and oil painting of sailboats on a calm seaThe Flats, oil and cold wax

Nella Lush is an artist who works with cold wax media and fresco techniques, creating subdued yet textured artworks. Recently, Nella has focused her artistic efforts on seascapes and maritime scenes, utilizing the aforementioned media to great effect.

 

An oil and wax painting of a desolate seascapeEarly Morning at Cortile Gallery, P-town, oil and cold wax on linen

 

I really like the way Nella’s use of cold wax lends itself to her subject matter. The…

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Found in Nature: Installation Art by Troy Nickel


A wall installation made from birch woodHalf Circles, weeping birch

Lethbridge, Alberta-based artist Troy Nickle uses materials found in nature to craft his artworks. Troy works in three dimensions, often incorporating the surrounding space – whether it’s a gallery or an outdoor area – into his installations and sculptures.

 

A temporary installation carved into a lawn by Troy NickelAll Of Us, temporary installation at Governor's State University, Illinois

I like seeing the different natural artefacts that Troy opts to gather…

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Studio Sunday: Pablo Picasso


A photo of Pablo Picasso in his studio with Brigitte Bardot

 

Spanish artist Pablo Picasso dabbled in all sorts of media throughout his career, including visual arts, theatre, music, and writing – though he remains best known as the painter who brought cubist abstraction to the forefront of the art world.

 

Picasso spent most of his adult life living and working in France, out of a home studio like the one pictured above.

 

The studio in this photo looks suitably busy – it’s definitely…

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Abstraction and Life-Painting by Leif Timber


An abstract painting incorporating block letter formsLexicon #4 mixed media on canvas

Lifelong artist Leif Timber has an affinity for abstraction and life-painting, with female nudes making up a large portion of his portfolio. Leif’s abstractions, often created with acrylic on canvas or paper, are imbued with a deep sense of often difficult emotion, and are captivating in their compositions.

 

An abstract painting with type stencilsType Face, oil on canvas

 

I’m always surprised by how emotionally charged Leif’s…

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Headlines: DiCaprio, Fake Hirsts, Microbes

1) Artworks From Leonardo DiCaprio's Collection Implicated in Money-Laundering Scheme


A photograph of actor Leonardo DiCaprio

 

In light of an investigation into allegations of art-related money laundering by a Malaysian fund, actor Leonardo DiCaprio has offered to give the FBI works by Basquiat and Picasso to further the investigation. Malaysian art dealer and financier Jho Low is under investigation for involvement with the scheme, and DiCaprio has been tangentially…

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Eerie Portraits of Youthful Subjects by Adele Knowler


A mixed media portrait in profile viewFlight, oil, gold leaf, and acrylic paint on wood panel

Adele Knowler is an artist based in Alberta who uses oil painting and mixed media techniques to create eerie portraits of youthful subjects. Adele’s figures, in recent works, are depicted in partial abstraction, with the finished images giving the viewer an impression of a face rather than every detail.

 

An oil painting of an obscured portraitBenjamin Clementine 1, oil and gold leaf on wood panel

I’m interested in…

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Painting on Water: Art by Kim Keever


An artwork made by dropping paint into waterAbstract 29039

Kim Keever is a former NASA intern who turned to art in a wildly innovative fashion by painting on water. Using a 200-gallon fish tank as the starting point for each work, Keever submerges paint pigments and other materials into the tank, captures the unique interactions between water and art materials with a camera.


An artwork by Kim Keever depicting eroding mountainsEroding Mountains 8286

 

Looking at these works, it’s clear that Keever has a good working knowledge of…

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Commercial-Style Photographs by Doug Berry


A photo of a model seated on a couchChristine

Doug Berry is a photographer who currently works in a professional practice shooting with models for fashion and commercial-style photographs. A lifelong photographer, Doug also devotes a portion of his portfolio to more abstract, creative photographic pursuits.

 

A photo of a model sitting next a windowZuri

 

I like the straightforward way that Doug likes to photograph his models. In the majority of his images, the model is facing the camera, looking directly at…

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Paintings of Wide Open Spaces by Crystal DiPietro


A painting of a desert rock formation in shadow, oil on canvas

Crystal DiPietro is a painter who grew up exposed to the wilderness of Pennsylvania, later moving to Nevada after discovering her love for desert landscapes. This love shines through in many of the artist’s paintings of wide open spaces and rocky landscapes.

 

A painting of redwood trees from an upward angleMighty Giants, oil on canvas

 

I like the way Crystal utilizes contour lines in her paintings. It lends a great sense of texture to landscapes that might…

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Colorful Works of Functional Art: Ceramics by Jack Caselles

 

A selection of gold and blue glazed ceramic cups

Gold blue cups

 

Jack Caselles, a.k.a. Cactus Jack, is a ceramic artist. After working for NASA in aerospace and aeronautics, Jack turned to the field of education, and has been teaching numerous subjects including ceramics for over 3 decades. In his own practice, Jack creates colorful works of functional art.

 

A unique vase made with a ceramic crackling effectCrackle FC Globe

 

Jack’s ceramic works are often quite bright and colorful. The artist uses many different glazing…

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Jocelyn's Fine Art Gallery: Art and Curation by Jocelyn Duchek


An alcohol ink paper primarily in green tonesA Life That's Good, alcohol ink on Yupo paper (Jocelyn Duchek)

Jocelyn Duchek is the owner of Jocelyn’s Fine Art Gallery in Esterhazy, Saskatchewan. The gallery is home to several resident artists including Ducek herself, who has recently been working with the media of alcohol ink and acrylic paint.

 

A painting of trees and stumps in a woodRoom to Breathe, acrylic on canvas (Branta Studios)

 

I really like seeing the contrast in Duchek’s artworks between her acrylic…

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Studio Sunday: Phyllidia Barlow


A photo of Phyllidia Barlow working in her studio

 

British sculptor Phyllidia Barlow has been working as an art teacher since the 1960’s. Only since 2000 has Barlow become publicly recognized for her works on a larger scale. Known for her imposing large-scale sculptures made from scrap materials including cardboard, foam, plastic, and plywood, the artist generally works in an abstract style, creating large, monolithic shapes as well as drawings that reflect a similar aesthetic…

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Artistic Control and Intuition: Art by Susan Sharp


An abstract painting made with a blend of oil and acrylic paintsUntitled #2, acrylic and oil on MDF panel

Susan Sharp is an artist based in Connecticut. Working with paints and mixed media on panels, Susan creates works that combine the natural behavior of paint with artistic control and intuition.

 

A painting on paper by Susan Sharp, gouache and graphite on yupo

 

Susan works in an intuitive fashion with fluid paints which allow the pigments, once applied to the substrate, to flow in whatever natural path gravity takes them. She…

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Headlines: Fruit Trees, Caesar, Avocados

1) Art Collective Plants Free Fruit Around Los Angeles 


An image of fruit trees planted by Fallen Fruit in LA

 

The California arts collective Fallen Fruit has installed flowering fruit trees in parks throughout Los Angeles, as a form of public art. The fruit that is eventually produced by the trees is free to be picked by anyone passing by. Fallen Fruit have been planting fruit trees including avocados, figs, oranges, and lemons since 2004, as a way of attempting to encourage…

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