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Compositions in Ink: Art by Matina Galati

An abstract ink painting on paperink on paper

Matina Galati creates compositions in ink that focus on the texture and pattern of brush marks. In many of Galati’s works, the soft, tapering lines left behind by the hairs of a brush form natural textures that reference waves, rocks, and wood.

An ink painting with thick black and white linesink on paper

I enjoy the soft aesthetic that Galati achieves through her use of cream-colored paper and substrates. Rather than black ink on a harsh white background, the artist’s…

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Windblown Beauty: Artwork by Thomas Kero

A photo of an acrylic wall mural depicting an aboriginal canoe

Canoe Mural, acrylic paint (collaboration with one of Thomas' students)


Thomas Kero is a Canadian artist who works in a variety of media. The artist’s current portfolio focuses heavily on coastal landscapes, in which Thomas works to capture the windblown beauty of BC’s central coast.

An artwork depicting a forest in the windUntitled


Originally from Vancouver, Thomas currently lives and works in Bella Bella. I can see influences in his work both from the local…

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Studio Sunday: Amy Sillman

A photo of Amy Sillman in her art studio


This week’s Studio Sunday featured artist is Amy Sillman. Sillman’s artistic practice encompasses drawing, collage, video, and even zine-making, but the artist is best known as a painter. Sillman’s paintings are often compared to abstract expressionism in aesthetic, but Sillman herself has stated that she’s spent a lot of time learning about such styles in order to critique and move past them in her own work.


I think that…

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Studio Sunday: Judy Chicago

A photo of Judy Chicago in her ceramic painting studio


Studio Sunday featured artist Judy Chicago is a mixed media installation artist and writer originally from Chicago, Illinois. Chicago was born Judith Sylvia Cohen and later took on the name Chicago after beginning her artistic career. The artist is perhaps best known for her sculptural work The Dinner Party, and for coining the term Feminist Art in the 1970s.


This is an interesting photo of the artist – it seems very candid, and…

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Strong Planes: Art by Dick Roberts

An abstract oil painting with blue and white huesTime Flies, oil and mixed media on canvas

Dick Roberts is a painter and ceramic artist who works in abstraction, creating smooth, blended images with strong planes of primary and secondary color. In his most recent paintings, Dick has focused on a simple, streamlined style of abstraction with a focus on the texture and materiality of paint.

A painting using deep blue tones and accentsBlue July, oil and mixed media on canvas

I really enjoy the works in Dick’s current painting…

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Headlines: Meier, H&M, Stormtrooper

1) Architect Richard Meier Accused of Sexual Assault

A photograph of the architect Richard Meier


Artist Richard Meier has become the latest high-profile art world figure to be accused of sexual harassment. According to a report published in the New York Times, five women have come forward with allegations against the award-winning architect. Four of the women worked for Richard at his firm, Richard Meier & Partners. Sotheby’s S2 gallery in New York, which was hosting an…

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Notions of Public: Art by M. Simon Levin

An installation view of CHARTAn installation view of CHART

M. Simon Levin’s artworks are often interactive and site-specific in nature. Using varying media and materials, the artist seeks out notions of public space, creating his artworks with the help of many participants over a period of time.

A photograph of Whispering VolumesWhispering Volumes (installation view)


Simon’s body of work tends to evolve around seemingly contemporary concerns and ideologies, like the sharing of images online…

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The Limits of Paint and Pigment: Art by Julie Trudel

A painting made on a clear acrylic panelTransparence et Distorsion NNBN, acrylic paint and gesso on acrylic panel

Artist Julie Trudel explores the limits of paint and pigment in her artistic practice. Producing works that are optical and geometric in appearance, Trudel plays with viscosity, color interactions, and paint thickness to carve out a new identity for colors and shades.

A black and white painting with overlapping wave formsCroisements T22F1M, acrylic paint and gesso on Baltic birch plywood


I really enjoy the…

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Elegant, Referential Forms: Art by Anne Garwood Roney

A photo of two decorative gourdsTwo "pottery" gourds

Anne Garwood Roney uses her artistic practice to explore appearances found in nature, distilling the shapes of plant life and natural phenomena into elegant, referential forms. Using found fabric and a wide range of other unconventional materials, Anne reframes familiar objects, allowing viewers to see them in a new light.

An assembled work with fragments of a grapevineGrapevine Calligraphy I, grapevine segments, found display box


While in our previous feature…

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Inviting Expanses: Art by Jeanie Gebhart

A painting made with purple tonesLittle Screamer, oil

Oil painter Jeanie Gebhart creates abstract paintings using inviting expanses of pastel blues, yellows and purples. The artist favors a palette knife rather than a brush, leading to paintings that combine thick, viscous layers of oil paint with the hard-edged cut lines inherent to the tool.

A painting with contrasting blue and yellow tonesClay and Glass, oil


I like being able to see the progression of Jeanie’s style in the images on her portfolio website. The…

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An Experimental Approach: Art by Erin Burge

An abstract painting using thick splashes of paintUntitled, acrylic on wood panel

Erin Burge is a Kelowna-based tattooer and visual artist. In her visual art practice, Erin takes an experimental approach, combining media and style to create images that range from straightforward black and white portraiture to colorful abstractions.

An artwork combining a portrait with abstracted paintingJess, acrylic and graphite on canvas

In our previous features of Erin’s realistic tattoo portraits we’ve looked mostly at the artist’s ink designs.…

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Sequential Art Techniques: Illustration by Chad Hardin

A black and white cover drawing for a Spiderman comicSpider-Man vs Vampires #1 Marvel Comics, graphite on bristol

Artist and illustrator Chad Hardin creates artworks for comics and graphic novels, utilizing sequential art techniques both classic and innovative to bring his pages to life. Currently based in Utah, Chad works as an independent artist, creating illustrations for his own projects as well as well-known properties.

A watercolor painting of an orange catMorris, watercolor


In our last feature of Chad’s energetic…

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Studio Sunday: Zhang Xiaogang

A photo of Zhang Xiaogang in his studio in Beijing


This Sunday, we’re taking a look inside the studio space of Chinese artist Zhang Xiaogang. Born in 1950, Zhang is a noted figurative and surrealist painter, recognized for his large-scale, monochromatic paintings of human figures. Though trained in traditional Chinese painting techniques, Zhang adopted some western-influenced painting ideals early in his professional career, and the combination of the two disciplines has helped…

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Headlines: Instagram, Art Rentals, Dia

1) Instagram is Changing Art: But for Better, or Worse?

A photo of artist Lauren Rokas' Instagram feed


The LA Times offers an interesting look at the way Instagram is changing the art world. Increasingly, the social media platform has become a popular place for artists to not only showcase their works, but to communicate with other artists, collectors, and gallery owners. Many emerging artists, in particular, feel that Instagram is a more democratic way to get their art out there…

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Positive Emotions: Artwork by Cécile Blanche Bekolo Koe

An artwork depicting two female figures in bright traditional dressUntitled

Cécile Blanche Bekolo Koe creates artworks that evoke positive emotions, and joyful movement. Born in Cameroon, Cécile has travelled around the world and is now based in Brossard, Quebec, where she continues to produce artwork that combines a multitude of styles and disciplines.

A painting of four figures dancingUntitled


I love the sense of movement that’s present in the majority of Cécile’s works. The artist studied calligraphy for a period of time,…

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