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Systems and Processes: Art by Rob Chavasse


An installation featuring a large palette of plasterboardMarsh Lane Diversion, diverted shipment of plasterboard (installed at Frieze London 2016)

Rob Chavasse is an artist who specializes in conceptual installations and video projects. Chavasse’s work is often site-specific, and the artist favors materials like household appliances, and manufacturing goods and tools to help him address common systems and processes.


A photograph of a gallery installation of radiatorsSlow Dance, radiators, extension cables, motor system (installed at David…

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Colorful Mountain Ranges: Art by David Wightman


A painted and collaged image of mountains and a lakeAndromache, acrylic and collaged wallpaper on canvas

David Wightman creates intensely colorful mountain ranges in a combination of acrylic paint and collaged wallpaper. The artist’s use of wallpaper lends a fascinating textural element to his works that stands in contrast with the sharply outlined shapes and bright, flat planes of color.


A painting of a mountain in pink and yellowOndine, acrylic and collaged wallpaper on canvas

 

I really enjoy the overall aesthetic that…

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Aggressively Gestural Paintings by Josh Smith


A painting of a leaf in deep, harsh red and black tonesLeaf Print VIII, monotype on Yupo paper

New York-based artist Josh Smith is known for aggressively gestural paintings and prints that take recognizable figures and render them nearly abstract with layered additions of thick, heavy brush marks and deep pigments.


A painting with the name Josh SmithUntitled (JSP10173), oil on canvas

 

I find Smith’s process, and its visual result, quite fascinating. In some of his earliest paintings, Smith utilized his own name as a base…

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Surreal Narrative Images: Art by Ray Ceasar


An artwork featuring a female figure overlooking a boat in constructionOde to the Navy, canvas print

Toronto-based artist Ray Ceasar creates eerie and surreal narrative images using digital modeling and texturing techniques. The artist’s works combine aesthetics, fashions, and motifs from a variety of bygone eras, resulting in anachronistic works that seem oddly timeless.


A digital rendering of a figure in dress from a past centurySolar Calm, single piece on wood panel

Ceasar’s figures have a very distinct look – their slightly rounded faces, pale skin and…

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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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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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Copyright and Ownership: Art by Jill Magid


A photograph of an installation piece by Jill MagidThe Offering/Tapete de Flores (installation view), natural and artificial flowers, dyed sawdust, salt, glue

American artist Jill Magid creates conceptual multimedia installations that deal with themes of copyright and ownership, as wel as the dissemination of information. Magid’s practice often incorporates performative aspects, with the artist communicating and forming relationships with various people who have access to certain…

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Organic Patterns: Art by Louise McRae


An artwork made with an assembly of painted woodRain Reign

Louise McRae uses her art practice to explore notions of time and space outside the picture plane. In her compositions, McRae utilizes, chunks of found construction wood, placing oddly-shaped pieces together to create organic patterns.


An assemblage of painted found woodSong for Tane

The artist tends to paint first on larger pieces of scrap timber, splitting them into smaller shards after the fact. These shards are then assembled as two and three-dimensional…

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Reproductions of Video: Painting by Judith Eisler


A painting of a close-up frame of a woman's faceDelphine (close-up), oil on canvas

Judith Eisler is a painter who draws inspiration from her works from classic cinema. Creating painted reproductions of video stills from classic films, Eisler blurs the line between types of representation and explores how added layers of visual technology serve to further abstract an image.


A painting reproducing the look of lighting in a filmMovie Lights 5, oil on canvas

Aesthetically, Eisler’s paintings are quite enticing. I like the way the artist…

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Consistent Monochromes: Painting by Henry Codax


An installation view of several colorful monochromesUntitled (installation view at Office Baroque, Antwerp, Belgium)

Henry Codax is a painter who is best known for his large, unflinchingly consistent monochromes. The artist develops his monochromes with an attitude that belies the serious, academic tone that this style of painting is often known for, instead viewing the planes of color as outwardly referential and accessible.


A photo of several silver gradient canvases on a gallery wallUntitled (installation view at Martos Gallery, New York, NY)…

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Multi-Colored Craters: Art by Jeremy Hof


An artwork by Jeremy HofUntitled

Vancouver-based artist Jeremy Hof creates part-sculptural paintings by applying numerous layers of multi-colored paints to a canvas, then sanding it away in spots to reveal glowing, multi-colored craters. The artist also sometimes obliterates the two-dimensional canvas form altogether, creating works that are more sculptural than they are painterly.


A painting with a circle of color at its centreUntitled

 

I love the high-contrast, clean look of many of Hof’s works.…

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Imagery of the Mind: Art by Hisham Akira Baroocha


A piece of hand-dyed fabric with a loud patternDrowning Flamingo, hand-dyed found fabric on panel

American musician and visual artist Hisham Akira Baroocha creates works in photography, collage, and gallery installation. Much of Baroocha’s work revolves around themes of memory and emotion, with a focus on the transience and chaos that is inherent in the imagery of the mind.


A collage composition with abstracted imageryUnforeseen Conversations 2, collage and ink on paper

 

I really enjoy the way Baroocha weaves collage pieces…

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A Greater Narrative: Art by Mark Thomas Gibson


A painting of a foot being ensnared by a vineSo Slips the Knot, acrylic on canvas

Mark Thomas Gibson is an American painter who works with visual tropes of contemporary pop culture, creating figurative images that act as pieces of a greater narrative.


A painting done in a comic book styleBeholder, acrylic on canvas

 

The way he colors his works is very reminiscent of graphic novels and comic books – hard, precise outlines, and flat colors with heavy black shading create a dramatic look. The images themselves are…

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Psychedelic Skeletons: Art by Charlie Immer


A painting of a purple skull leering from green barsPeepers Redux

Charlie Immer is a Maryland-based artist who paints figurative scenes of psychedelic skeletons and other playfully grotesque subjects. The artist favors a bright color palette and a smooth, tight painting style.


A painting of a skeleton adorned with fruitFruity

 

I really like the aesthetic that Immer has developed in his overall painting practice. While the subject matter of his work tends to be macabre, the images themselves are fun, and even cute. The tension…

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Word Paintings: Art by Wayne White


A painting of block text in a forested landscapeAre You a Boy or a Girl

Originally from Chattanooga, Tennessee, Wayne White is a painter and multi-disciplinary artist with a background in commercial illustration and production painting. In the fine art world, White is best known for his word paintings: images featuring often sardonic words or phrases in crisp, colorful block letters.


A word painting with distorted letterformsHere Comes Mr. Know-It-All

 

White’s most recent word paintings are quite something – combining…

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