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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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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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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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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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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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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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Op-Art Images by Mary Crockett

An abstract painting with blue and neutral tonesTile (Kiss), oil on canvas

Mary Crockett produces geometric abstract prints with bright, inky colors. Working with paint and printmaking techniques, Mary creates op-art images that provide an intriguing challenge for the eye.

An etching of radiating blue linesVortex, etching


I really enjoy the way Mary balances heavy, opaque shapes with lines in her print work. The artist’s focus seems to oscillate between color and form, creating an interesting balance in most of…

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Classically Influenced: Art by Greg MacNair

A painting of a garlic clove and a seashellUntitled, oil on canvas

Artist Greg MacNair specializes in portraiture and still-life painting. Working in a very classically influenced style, the artist creates oil paintings and charcoal sketches that capture the energy and vitality of every subject.

A still-life painting of a glass vase and an onionUntitled, oil on canvas


While our previous feature of Greg’s modern subjects with classical style focused mostly on his portraits, I’m also really impressed by his still life…

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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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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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Studio Sunday: James Rosenquist

A photo of James Rosenquist in his studio


This week’s studio Sunday artist, James Rosenquist, was born in North Dakota and grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota. At the age of 21 Rosenquist moved to New York, where he quickly became one of the most important artists associated with the American pop art movement. The artist was known for large-scale works that borrowed aesthetics from 1950’s advertising and sign painting.


The photo above shows Rosenquist in his studio…

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