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Plain Bizarre: Surreal Sculpture by Matthew Dercole

A wall-hanging sculpture using elements of livestock animals and plantsanatomy of self medication (strategy number 1), ceramic, wood, plastic grass, polymer clay, glaze, glass, ink, resin, underglaze

Matthew Dercole is a sculptor who works in a variety of materials including polymer clay, resin, wood, ceramic, and fibre. The artist’s works often explore mundane or everyday objects and experiences through a skewed lens, creating sculpted images that are at sometimes surreal, sometimes disturbing, and…

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Geometric Compositions: The Photography Portfolio of Lisa Kane

A photo of a city hall roof reflected in a puddleSyracuse city hall

Lisa Kane is a photographer based in the eastern United States. In her art practice, Lisa captures everyday life in New York State, New England, and the surrounding area, with a focus on architecture and geometric compositions


A photo of a building reflected in a still body of wateraloft

 

I really enjoy the way that Lisa photographs cities -- her images are usually devoid of human life, though they never feel impersonal. Something about the artist’s focus on…

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Tension and Symbiosis: Art by Stephanie Kilgast

A sculpture of coral growing on a discarded canCoral Royal, mixed media sculpture on drinking can

Stephanie Kilgast is a French artist, originally from Frankfurt am Main, Germany, and now based in Vannes, France. The artist’s current body of work centres on sculptures that combine organic forms with discarded man-made materials and detritus, expressing the tension and symbiosis between the natural world and human production. 


A tin can with colourful coral sculptures on itLast Glow, mixed media sculpture on tin can

Despite the…

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Space Bat Killer: The Art Portfolio of Sean Bernhardt

A drawing of a skeletal mermaid holding a spearUntitled

Sean Bernhardt is an artist and illustrator who currently works under the nickname Space Bat Killer. In his drawings and collages, Sean embraces a high-contrast, retro-contemporary style infused with themes of consumerism, substance use, sex, and death.


A photo collage of a man skateboarding in front of a galaxyinto the void, paper collage

 

As we've seen in previous features of Sean's spooky surf artwork, the artist's portfolio as a whole is steeped in tropical aesthetics and surf…

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Folk Art and Storytelling: Art by Dennis Worrel

A painting of a crowd of people in a town square

Marcus's Visitors

 

Dennis Worrel is a painter and printmaker currently based on the northern coast of Oregon. In his artistic practice, Dennis utilizes a style that hearkens to folk art and storytelling between old friends. 


A painting of cars in a folk-art styleCommuting

 

I really appreciate the overall aesthetic of Dennis' art portfolio. The artist often works exclusively from memory, though he sometimes creates preliminary sketches or draws inspiration from photos.…

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The Art Portfolio of Wa Truong

A watercolour painting of a white lotusWhite Lotus

Wa Truong is a painter who lives just outside of Atlanta, Georgia. The artist's practice is inspired by childhood years spent learning to paint in South Vietnam, and developed over the course of Truong's experiences as a war refugee in America. 


A painting of a family of ducks on the waterMallard Family

 

I really enjoy Truong's studied yet unique approach to traditional Chinese painting techniques. Some of Truong's most recent works feature animals, and the artist's…

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Inside the Art Studio of Torey Thornton

A photo of Torey Thornton at work in their Brooklyn studio

 

This week’s Studio Sunday feature is Torey Thornton. Thornton is an artist based in Brooklyn who works in a variety of media including paint, industrial materials, and sometimes found objects, blending layers of philosophy and political thinking with relatively simple, often striking and sometimes darkly humorous visual manifestations. 

 

Thornton’s studio space looks spacious and brightly lit here. It reminds me of the New…

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Fascinating Fantasy Worlds: Art by Joeann Edmonds-Matthew

A composite digital image of a gorilla in a spaceshipG. Rilla Into Space, composite of 4 original photographs

Joeann Edmonds-Matthew is a photographer and digital artist who often works with digital techniques to combine and manipulate photos, creating glimpses into strange and fascinating fantasy worlds.


A digitally manipulated photo of a cityscape seen through an orange link fenceSanctuary City

 

I really appreciate the way Joeann employs colour in her photographs. Recent images like Sanctuary City take relatively mundane imagery -- in this case, a skyline seen…

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Techniques from Science and Medicine: Art by Angela Palmer

A sculpture of a racing helmet made in glassSusie Wolff: Portrait of a Racing Driver, crystal glass

 

Palmer is an English artist who produces sculptural and installation artworks in glass and other materials. In recent works, the artist has utilized techniques from science and medicine, such as MRI scans to build a layered self portrait. 


A work made from a series of layers of drawing etched into glassHeart of Glass

 

I like the aesthetic that Palmer’s recent glass works take on -- these pieces seem to combine aesthetics from fine glass…

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Custom Wearables and Props: Art by Angela Dale

A still image from a choreographed dance performanceThe Heart of Ringing 1, costumes (photo by Tim Nguyen -- Citrus Photo)

Angela Dale is a designer who produces custom wearables and props for stage shows and performances. The artist often works on a commission basis, and produces fanciful costumes that bridge the gap between sculptural and functional.


A photo of a model wearing a dress with fibre optic attachmentsGalaxia at Make Fashion 2018 (photo: Juan Rivera, model: Rachel Walsh)

 

I really enjoy the way Angela uses colour, texture, and light to…

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Weather Formations: The Art Portfolio of Ian Fisher

A painting of a cloud formation with purple and yellow huesAtmosphere No. 93 (Peanut Butter & Jelly Albers), oil on canvas

Ian Fisher is a painter who works primarily in oils, creating monolithic, striking portraits of weather formations. The artist’s works with clouds are arresting in their simplicity, and the artist’s singular focus makes for a beautifully cohesive current portfolio. 


A painting of a cloud on a bright blue skyAtmosphere No. 106 (Avalanche), oil on canvas

 

I love the way colours become a prime focal point in…

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Fragmented Narratives: The Art Portfolio of Matthew Rangel

An artwork made with a combination of drawing and mapmakingLaliderer Wande, lithograph

Matthew Rangel uses a varied artistic practice to capture American desert backcountry. Using drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, and historical gathering, the artist builds fragmented narratives that emphasize the isolation of the Sierra Nevada landscape. 


A combination of traditional and digital artGossip Rocks, lithograph and digital

 

Though currently based in California, Matthew has produced works for publications in Canada, the United…

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The Art of Graphic Designer and Concept Artist Hendrik Gericke

A mock-up frame for a paint company commercialStyle frame for Taubman's Paint TVC

Hendrik Gericke is a graphic designer and concept artist who works for a variety of commercial clients. The artist produces storyboards, illustrations, and even wall-sized installations for film and television, books, and various other businesses. 


An illustration created for the TV show The Great Australian Bake-OffDr. Pete's Tiramisu Cake (illustration created with Postproduktiv (Sydney) for the Great Australian Bake Off 2015)

 

It’s interesting to see how Hendrik…

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Soft and Peaceful: Painting by Gwenda Branjerdporn

An expressive painting of trees with purple leavesJacarandas 4, oil on canvas

Gwenda Branjerdporn is an artist based in Brisbane, Australia. In her portfolio, Gwenda creates expressive landscape, figure, and abstract paintings in a soft and peaceful colour palette. 


A pastel and watercolour artwork with intersecting circlesWe have peace with God, watercolour and soft pastels on watercolour paper

 

It’s interesting to see how Gwenda approaches traditional art in various media including watercolour and acrylic paint. The artist tends to…

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Inside the Art Studio of Paul Klee

A photo of Paul Klee's studio in Germany

 

This week’s Studio Sunday artist is Paul Klee. Klee was a Swiss-born German artist whose work has been categorized as part of the Expressionist, Surrealist, and Cubist movements. The artist was noted for works that reflected a certain sense of dry humour and playfulness, even framed in the context of the Bauhaus school and its strict ideals for design and architecture. 

 

The studio pictured above was located at the Bauhaus,…

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