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Classical, Dignified Portraits: Art by Phil Boatwright

An oil painting of two young men standing in the woodsGeorge and Rivers, oil on canvas

Phil Boatwright got his start as a professional illustrator, and later transitioned into portrait art. Phil has been training as a portrait artist since 1992, and now works almost exclusively in the field, creating classical, dignified portraits of contemporary subjects.

A painting of a young woman in a blue dressMrs Susie Morris Baker, oil on canvas


Phil’s style is often near photorealistic, though I enjoy the way he maintains some sense of…

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Modern Subjects with Classical Style: Art by Greg MacNair

A distinguished looking oil painting of an older womanUntitled, oil

Featured artist Greg MacNair is a painter with a great aptitude for realism. Many of Greg’s works echo the style of renaissance masters, portraying modern subjects with classical style.


A graphite portrait of a young boyUntitled, pencil

Greg has previously worked in commercial illustration, where he did a lot of work with pencil and coloured pencil. In his current personal practice, Greg tends to prefer oil paints on canvas as a medium. He skillfully…

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Studio Sunday: Lucian Freud

A black and white photograph of Lucian Freud's studio, with "Two Brothers from Ulster" sitting on the easel


Our Studio Sunday artist this week is Lucian Freud. Lucian was born in Germany but moved to Britain prior to World War II, where he began pursuing his figurative painting career.


Known in his later career for painting portraits and full-body nudes, generally in deep earthy skin tones, using thick, heavy layers of paint. His subjects often have serious or neutral faces, and combined with the overall tone of the paintings, are…

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Graphic Portraiture by Carly Jaye Smith

A black, white and red acrylic portrait of Elizabeth  TaylorQueen Elizabeth, acrylic on canvas

Based in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Carly Jaye Smith creates unique works of graphic portraiture with mixed and recycled media on canvas. Many of Carly’s subjects are celebrities, such as singers, actors and athletes. She often favours subjects from a certain era, with figures such as Marilyn Monroe, Charlie Chaplin and Ray Charles featuring prominently.


An action painting of football player Brett Favre cheeringFavre Fever, acrylic on recycled wood…

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Photorealistic Portraits by Judith Elsasser

A painting of a young woman sitting on the floor of a dance studioAli, oil on canvas

Judith Elsasser’s incredible photorealistic portraits capture the heart and soul of her subjects. Most of her portraits appear candid, with her subjects immersed in everyday activities or work.


In Judith’s Soul of the Market series, the artist paints shop owners and artisans at a food market, at work or surrounded by their wares. Judith’s other series include portraits of children and family members, still…

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Loving Portraiture by Graham Hall

A realistic portrait of a woman with blonde hair and glasses on wood panelJohanna Heldebro, acrylic on wood panel

Montreal artist Graham Hall is an accomplished painter and illustrator, jumping between styles and subjects with apparent ease. Graham’s style ranges from cartoonish, quickly done line art in his drawings, to very smooth realistic portraits and clean, geometric lines.


An abstract geometric painting with a honeycomb pattern covering the substrateMorpeheon, acrylic on wood panel

All of Graham’s work is wonderfully expressive, and it’s nice that it doesn’t lose…

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Moods and Expressions: Painting by David Yawman

A portrait painting of a young woman looking directly at the viewerUntitled commission, acrylic on cradled wood panel


Our featured artist today is David Yawman, based out of Beacon and Brooklyn, New York. David paints a range of subjects in acrylic. I really love David’s portrait paintings, where he shows off his knack for capturing moods and expressions with his brush.


An abstract painting of a wild mess of colours atop a neckSatyr, acrylic on canvas

David also has a series of paintings where he captures dreams in an abstracted style. Most of these…

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