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New Forms: The Art Portfolio of Ashleigh Bartlett


A watercolour painting of a piece of cut silkIsland Time, watercolour on cut silk suspended from bamboo

Ashleigh Bartlett is an abstract artist and painter based in Calgary, Alberta. In her art portfolio, Ashleigh pushes the envelope of painting, exploring new forms outside of the traditional rectangular, stretched-canvas model.


An artwork made from painted silk over a plantShade Pockets, watercolour on cut silk over plant

In her recent series Alive with the Sun, the artist paints in watercolour on cut pieces of silk, hanging…

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A Sculpture Portfolio by Sarah Martin aka Fallingmoss


An artwork consisting of dyed and balled-up textilesAnimal Fibers: Mound Series, shibori-dyed wool and silk

Sarah Martin, a.k.a. Fallingmoss, creates works of sculpture and installation using found materials, wood, clay, textiles, and more. The overall aesthetic of Sarah’s sculpture portfolio is natural and rugged, with works that embrace the rough edges and imperfections of nature.


A sculpture made from green feltI Can Hear The Tree's Siing, felted, shibori, merino, silk

 

I really enjoy Sarah’s textile work. The…

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Photographic Expertise: An Art Portfolio by Heather Solomon


A panoramic photograph of a cloudy skyMadison Vignette, Wisconsin

Photographer Heather Solomon captures views of landscape, animal, and still-life subject matter with her lens. Based in Madison, Wisconsin, Heather uses her photographic expertise to create fine art as well as commercial imagery.


A photo of a group of people on a pier at sunsetJuly, Wisconsin

 

I really enjoy the overall mood and tone that’s present throughout Heather’s portfolio. While no two photos are alike, there’s a certain cohesion even between…

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Studio Sunday: Joan Brown


A photo of Joan Brown with friends in her studio

 

Our Studio Sunday artist for the week is Joan Brown. Joan Brown was a painter and sculptor based in Northern California. While the artist began her career experimenting with abstraction in the early 1960s, she quickly moved on to a largely figurative practice though she would continue to vary her style over the years.  

 

Brown is pictured here in her studio with a group of friends. (Brown is in a white shirt on the far right.)…

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Narrative Sensibility: The Art Portfolio of Phil Cummings


A print of a rhinocerous next to a treeRhinocerous Californicus

Phil Cummings was born in Manhattan, New York, and has lived around the world, working as an artist and in the film industry. Phil’s paintings and prints tend to have a narrative sensibility about them, whether they exist alongside a defined story, or are stand-alone pieces.


A painting made up of a complex repeating patternGarden Mandala, ink painting

 

The style that Phil uses in most of his artworks is fascinating – while the artist works in traditional…

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The Design Portfolio of John Greg Ball


A memorial time capsule build for the SAIT's centennialSAIT -- 100 year time capsule

John Greg Ball is an artist and industrial designer based in Calgary, Alberta. John’s design portfolio includes numerous designs for household objects, as well as pieces devised for public spaces.


A digital rendering of a time capsule memorial for SAITSAIT 100 -- final rendering

 

It’s interesting to see all the collaborative work that’s gone into the projects in John’s art portfolio. One recent collaboration, between John and a planning committee of…

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The Imaginative Contemporary Art Portfolio of Guntis Jansons


A painting of a road in bright autumnal coloursWatagan Creek Road, oil on canvas

Guntis Jansons is a painter from Laguna, New South Wales. In his artistic practice, Guntis takes a painterly approach to a variety of subject matter, from classical landscapes and nude portraits, to abstractions, and imaginative contemporary pieces.


A painting of dreamlike abstraction in blue tonesValley of Kings, oil on canvas

 

I really enjoy the vibrant and widely varied colours that Guntis packs into each of his paintings. The artist seems to…

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Still-Life: The Art Portfolio of Jacqueline Janecke


A photograph of an apple treeNo. 45, photograph

Jacqueline Janecke is a photographer and stylist who creates beautifully rustic floral, food, and still-life arrangements. Jacqueline’s art portfolio is as much about showcasing individual works as it is about creating a cohesive overall aesthetic.


A photo of several floral arrangements on a tableUntitled, floral arrangements

 

I really enjoy the crispness of Jacqueline’s imagery. Whether she’s photographing flowers and plants out in the wild, or creating her…

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Placement and Installation: The Art Portfolio of Polly Apfelbaum


An installation with a spiral shape on a gallery floorBlossom, (installation view at D'Amelio Terras, NY)

Artist Polly Apfelbaum creates works that tend to defy categorization. Working in a range of media, the artist explores the physicality and materiality of art – both her own, and in general – often pushing the envelope of placement and installation.


An installation view of some tabletop abstract artworkColor Revolts

 

I enjoy the way Apfelbaum’s website portfolio is organized not by series, but by the physical placement of her…

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Vast Landscapes: The Photography Portfolio of Jim Friesen


A photo of a street in WinnipegWinnipeg Street #3

Jim Friesen is a photographer who captures vast landscapes and urban locales, often casting these seemingly disparate subjects in a strikingly similar light. The artist’s photographs tend to picture spaces devoid of human figures, though when people do appear, they’re often alone, or aloof.


A photo of a desolate road in icelandB&W Road and Hill

 

There seems to be an overall sense of quiet isolation in Jim’s photography portfolio. Two of Jim’s…

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Studio Sunday: Valérie Blass

 


A photo of the studio of Valerie Blass

 

Today’s Studio artist, Valérie Blass, was born in Montreal and still lives there, producing works of loosely figurative sculpture. Blass uses her sculpture to explore both the physical, formal aspects of her subjects, and the nature of the various art historical moments that she touches on and references in her practice. Her works use negative space in an interesting and very present manner – the artist tends to build her…

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Studio Sunday: Sharyl Boyle


A photo of Sharyl Boyle in her studio

 

This week’s Studio Sunday artist is Sharyl Boyle. Boyle was born in Scarborough, Ontario, and currently lives and works in Toronto. The artist is known for her work in a range of media, including sculpture, painting, drawing, and even performance art. The artist’s sculptures are figurative in a surreal way, with Boyle using vividly painted ceramics to bring her imagination to life.

 

Boyle’s studio is wonderfully bright, and…

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The Art Portfolio of Radhika Matthews


An abstract painting with wide stripes of colourBalancingAct

Radhika Matthews is an artist who currently lives and works in Newton, Massachusetts. In her artistic practice, Radhika explores relationships and interactions. By expressing the interaction between substrate and medium, and between different forms on a canvas, Radhika’s works become a microcosmic representation of human and environmental interactions.


A horizontal painting with thick painted textureNewWorldMap

 

I enjoy the way that Radhika brings different stylistic…

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The Photography Portfolio of Darren Almond


A long-exposure photo of water under the full moonFullmoon@Seilebhig

British photographer Darren Almond captures beauty and desolation in his photographs of remote landscapes. The artist spends much of his practice travelling to uninhabited areas of wilderness in search of the perfect photo.


A misty photo of some treesCivil Dawn #5

 

A recent series of Almond’s works, collected in a book titled Fullmoon, comprises photographs taken at nighttime, using only the light of the full moon, captured with a long…

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Otherworldly Forms: The Art Portfolio of Osvaldo Mesa


An abstract painting with bulbous formsRemembering, oil on canvas

Osvaldo Mesa creates abstract artworks that deal with otherworldly forms. Working primarily in oil paint, Osvaldo’s bizarre yet detailed forms subvert his viewer’s expectations of abstraction and surrealism in painting.


A painting with a bright pattern as a backgroundA passing glance, oil on canvas

 

As we discussed in our previous feature of Osvaldo’s surreal forms, there’s a palpable sense of symbolism in these paintings – the artist embraces an…

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