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Swirling, Undefined Forms: Sculpture by Jonathan Hertzel

 
A photo of an abstract sculpture with dramatic lightingTraveler

Jonathan Hertzel is a sculptor and mixed media artist based in the United States. Jonathan’s sculptures are half-abstract, half-figural, often built up out of masses of swirling, undefined forms. The artist’s works, many cast in bronze, are imbued with a sense of movement and emotional intensity.


A series of sculptures by Jonathan HertzelNehushatan, First Step, Falling Man, and Signs of Life

 

It’s interesting to look through the works on Jonathan’s portfolio…

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Characters and Memes: Art by Amber Petersen


A mash-up of super mario and little shop of horrorsPlant Love II, acrylic on canvas

Amber Petersen works as a mixed media artist as well as an actor, producer, and photographer. In her visual art practice, Amber utilizes neon-bright color schemes and thick, hard outlines to depict elements of pop culture, characters and memes in a recognizable yet unique format.


A painting of Cole Sprouse as JugheadJughead, acrylic on canvas

 

I like the way that Amber combines detailed renderings of characters -- both live-action and…

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Views of Darkened Landscapes: Art by Dennis Ekstedt


A painting of city lights on a dark blue backgroundPYROTECHNIC STAR #10

Painter Dennis Ekstedt creates dreamy atmospheric paintings of city lights at night. In their many permutations, Dennis’ paintings produce aerial views of darkened landscapes both recognizable and alien.


A painting of a star field with dark shapes in the foregroundPYROTECHNIC STAR #3, oil on canvas

 

I really appreciate the works in Dennis’ gallery of works from 20178. These recent works seem to explore a new visual path, occasionally veering into landscapes more cosmic…

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Explorative and Experimental: Art by Linnie Aikens


An abstract painting based on an operaRing Cycle (Opera by Wagner), oil on canvas

Linnie Aikens is an artist and teacher whose work is in many media and ranges from pure abstraction to detailed figural images. Linnie’s mother is also an artist, so Linnie was exposed to creativity at a young age and has been honing her explorative and experimental skills since childhood.


A landscape painting with saturated purple and pink tonesSnowy Plover Sunset

 

I really enjoy the style that Linnie adopts in her figurative works. While the…

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Studio Sunday: Bjarne Melgaard


A photo of Bjarne Melgaard's art studio

 

Norwegian artist Bjarne Melgaard is currently based in New York, where he produces works in paint, sculpture, and most recently, fashion. The artist is as noteworthy as he is controversial, particularly in his homeland where he’s been called “the most famous artist since Edvard Munsch.”

 

The studio space as presented here looks quite wild -- numerous mannequins and figures sit and stand on whatever floor or table space can be…

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Movement and Atmosphere: Art by Cary Wyninger


A drawing of an owl featherInk Feather Owl Fluff

Wisconsin-based artist Cary Wyninger creates striking paintings that are full of movement and atmosphere. With a focus on plants, animals, and nature scenes, the artist seems to imbue each of her artworks with a sense of magic.


An oil painting of a barn owlSunset Barn Owl, oil on canvas

 

I’m enjoying looking through Cary’s collection of artworks based on feathers. The contrast between her Feather Love series, and the images of feathers in…

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Collage-Style Paintings: Art by Don Moore


A painting of a family in front of a partially-colored landscapeAll are Emigrants

Don Moore is an artist based in North Carolina who works in traditional media, creating collage-style paintings and sketches that have a double-exposed look. The artist is proficient in with rendering figures, and many of his works combine human, landscape, and still-life motifs.


A painting of elements referencing WWISommes is Lovely

 

I really enjoy the sort of “unfinished” aesthetic that Don achieves in his Of Time and Space series. While parts of…

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Interactions of Texture: Art by Ginger Thomas


An abstract painting combining copper and aqua colorsAqua Dream, acrylic and mixed media on canvas

Self-taught artist Ginger Thomas creates mixed media artworks with a focus on interactions of texture and color. Ginger’s abstract works are built up over a layer of adhesive, creating a heavy, mottled look that encourages close examination.


A painting with deep blue figures on a golden backgroundCity Dwellers, acrylic and mixed media on canvas

 

Though Ginger’s works are abstract, I do enjoy the occasional moments where the artist plays with…

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Possibilities of Composition: Art by Elaine Lauzon


An oil painting with overlapping blue and red tonesFriday, oil on canvas

Elaine Lauzon works in a range of media both digital and traditional, creating artworks that explore the possibilities of composition and color. In her current practice, Elaine favours bright hues and heavy, confident brush strokes, creating artworks that are bursting with energy.


A painting composed of many large colorful brush strokesFloating, acrylic on canvas

Many of Elaine’s traditional abstractions remind me of work by David Tycho, or Bruce Meberg. The artist’s…

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Studio Sunday: Betye Saar


A photo of Betye Saar in her art studio in the 1970's

 

This week’s Studio Sunday feature, Betye Saar, is a California-based assemblage artist and printmaker whose work has long been focused on challenging racial stereotypes. Saar was trained in design and began her career producing enamel jewelry and greeting cards. After taking a class in printmaking, Saar was convinced to turn her focus to a full-time art career.

 

In the photo above, Saar’s studio is packed with various objects…

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Built-Up Abstracts: Art by Timothy J. Sullivan


A painting with primary colors layered over a mixed backgroundEarth Abides, acrylic on canvas

Timothy J. Sullivan is an artist currently based in North Vancouver, British Columbia. In his art practice, Timothy produces bright abstractions, large and small, using mixed media and a range of artistic tool. The resulting works are built-up abstracts with layers of style and color.


An abstract painting with large, dry brush marksDecorum Denied, acrylic on paper

I rather enjoy the way that Timothy combines planes of rough, mottled and textured paint…

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The Power of Forms: Art by Nathalie Gribinski


A pointillist image on a dark backgroundEiffel Tower, oil markers and acrylic on canvas

Self-taught artist Nathalie Gribinski creates colorful compositions in order to explore the power of forms, color, and lines within an image. While Nathalie’s works are abstract, they often aim to express a specific mood, and occasionally even a narrative.


A series of paintings on small canvas blocksBaching Ball, mixed media on canvas

 

Many of Nathalie’s works are packed with color and most interestingly, numerous variations on…

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Open, Welcoming Painting by Grace Ann Piano


A portrait combined with an abstract imageUntitled

Painter and illustrator Grace Ann Piano works in a range of media, creating everything from wall murals to pet portraiture. Grace’s current online art portfolio is packed with examples of the artist’s open, welcoming painting style.


A painting of two identical figures facing one anotherTwins

 

The artist doesn’t shy away from using bright colors – I really enjoy the way Grace embraces lighting and shadow in her works. In many cases, she’ll use bright strips of tropical…

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Studio Sunday: Olek


A photo of the artist Olek in her studio

 

It’s Studio Sunday so let’s take a look at the art studio of Olek. Polish-born artist Agata Oleksiak, better known by her artistic moniker Olek is now based in New York, where she creates works of fiber art, performance, and installation. These different media tend to blend together in Olek’s practice, like in her works of public crochet installation.

 

In the above photo, Olek’s studio looks slightly haphazard but spacious.…

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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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