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Studio Sunday: Bart Hess


A photo of the studio of Bart Hess

 

Our studio Sunday artist this week is Bart Hess. Hess is a Dutch artist and designer known for dressing Lady Gaga in her “Born This Way” music video. The artist’s works often weave together elements of fashion, fine art, industrial design, and other tactile and material experiments. Recently, Hess has also been creating works with digital elements.

 

Hess’ studio looks sleek and clean, like a model of a modern designer or…

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A Portfolio of Stained Glass Windows by John Boyd


A stained glass window in the style of a Celtic weaveCeltic Weave Window, clear glass with textures

John Boyd is a glass artist based in Burlington, Vermont. In his artistic practice, John creates stained glass windows and wall-hanging art pieces that utilize abstract texture and colour, as well as depicting a wide range of figurative subjects.


A small stained glass hanging depicting a sailboatWhite Racer

 

I really enjoy John’s figurative stained glass works -- throughout his portfolio, the artist tends to focus on a strong central…

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The Abstract and Figurative Sculpture Portfolio of Felix Laguna


A sculpture consisting of wood ringsUntitled

Felix Laguna is a sculptor originally from Habana Vieja, Cuba. In his artistic practice, Felix creates works of abstract and figurative sculpture, using wood and stone as a medium.


A sculpture of a female torso in woodSHE IS, mahogany wood

 

Looking through Felix’s online art portfolio, I find it interesting to see how consistent the artist’s style remains across these two different mediums. Felix tends to favour the female figure in his representational…

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The Acrylic Alchemist: The Art Portfolio of Michael Carini

An acrylic painting with numerous strands of coloured paintThe Day Pandora Set Me Free (Misteriora), acrylic on canvas

Michael Carini is an artist based in San Diego, California. In his practice, Carini is known as the Acrylic Alchemist, creating works in his titular medium that utilize geometric abstraction and saturated colours to achieve an effect that’s almost digital in appearance.


An acrylic painting with blue tones and elongated brush marksJust Floating On The Tears (Flears), acrylic on canvas

 

In his recent series The Boy in the Box,…

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Rocky Landscapes: The Art Portfolio of Bob Spille


A painting of a landscape near Sedona, ArizonaEveryone's Sedona, oil on gesso board

 

Bob Spille is a plein air painter who grew up in Minnesota and is now based in Colorado. The artists works are often inspired by the rocky landscapes in which Bob spends most of his time, and celebrate the beauty of dramatic natural formations.


A painting depicting a Grand Canyon vistaEvening at the Canyon, oil on canvas

I love the way Bob captures the hard planes and angles of cliffs, canyons, and other rock formations in his paintings.…

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Cut-Out Panels: Art by Nippy Blair


An artwork with a carved human figure on a bicycleRhoda Roundtree, mixed media on wood

Nippy Blair is an artist based in the southern United States. In his practice, Nippy creates layered artworks made from cut-out panels of painted wood. Affixed together into wall-hanging images and sculptures, these artworks have a great sense of depth and volume.


A painting of a brightly-coloured catCalico Cat, acrylic and mixed media on canvas

I’m enjoying browsing through Nippy’s online art portfolio and seeing the different ways…

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Zinski Design: The Design Portfolio of Robert Porazinski

A design for a proposal system for Pratt Design StudioPratt Design Studio proposal system

Robert Porazinski creates streamlined communication designs under the name Zinski Design. Robert’s portfolio includes examples of designs for print media, advertising, presentations, and user interfaces.


A design for a sleek powerpoint presentationHu Friedy Powerpoint presentation

 

I like the way that Robert balances functionality with sleek aesthetics that are easy to view and navigate. Many of the examples in the artist’s portfolio…

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Studio Sunday: Jules Olitski


A photograph of Jules Olitski's art studio

 

Artist Jules Olitski was born Jevel Demikovski, in Ukraine, in 1922. The artist emigrated to Brooklyn, New York in 1923. Growing up in New York, Olitski studied art at various schools and after much experimentation developed the style of thick, heavy abstract paintings that he remains known for today.

 

Olitski’s studio looks rather dark in this photo, though I suspect that may just be a trick of the photographic flash. Still, the…

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Marks and Shadows: The Art Portfolio of Karen Smith


An abstracted painting of a landscapeAbstracted Landscape (Long Lake), oil and graphite on cradled birch panel

Karen Smith is an artist based in Westminster, Colorado. In her practice, Karen creates sparse abstractions based on a range of subjects including landscapes, people, and objects. Occasionally, the artist also veers into the figurative realm, building up recognizable objects out of carefully placed marks and shadows.


A painting of a shadowy landscape at sunsetGlory, oil on panel

I really enjoy the works in…

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Gestural and Geometric: An Art Portfolio by Irene Lisny


An abstracted acrylic painting with red and pink tonesTAKING THE BULL BY THE HORNS, acrylic on canvas

Irene Lisny is a painter who works primarily in acrylic paint, creating images both abstract and figurative that utilize a variety of unique visual languages. The artist’s abstract paintings are both gestural and geometric, and Irene also tends to combine abstracted elements with figures.


An abstract painting with bright, warm coloursSANTANA, acrylic on canvas

 

The artist’s Abstract gallery on her portfolio website showcases a…

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Fantasy Subjects: An Art Portfolio by Steve Ferris

A digital painting of ValkriesA Flight from Valhalla

Steve Ferris is a fantasy illustrator based in Eastern Long Island, New York. In his artistic practice, Steve creates works featuring a range of fantasy subjects, from mermaids and faeries to Tolkien characters.


A painting of a woman fighting a dragonEowyn

 

The attention to detail in Steve’s illustrations is stunning. I love the way the artist renders different textures -- skin, fur, hair, and more -- always paying attention to how lighting and…

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The Photography Portfolio of Anne Ferran

An image of a woman holding up a large piece of fabricFrom the series Flying Colour, banner print, pigment prints (performer Eléonore Didier)

 

Anne Ferran is an Australian photographer. Throughout her far-reaching career, Ferran has been fascinated by history -- in particular, the unknown, anonymous figures that lived but have been otherwise forgotten by time. In her photographs, Ferran often seeks to explore the lives of these figures (often women), or lend a sense of agency to their…

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The Art Portfolio of Stephane Salvi


An artwork with pencil and paint lines applied in an abstract fashionvieillesse éternelle

Stephane Salvi is an artist who paints in a slightly abstracted, naive style, working in broad, deliberate strokes of bright colour, and building up figures in painted line art. The artist’s works are loose and exuberant, capturing a feeling more than distinct detail.


A painting with bright red and orange tonesle sculpteur

 

I enjoy the works in which Salvi combines painting with collage techniques. These works remind me a bit of pieces by fellow…

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Impressionist Hand: An Art Portfolio by Karen Dale


A painting of some pink flowersUntitled

Karen Dale lives and works in Long Island, New York. The artist works in watercolour, ink, acrylic, and more, creating artworks that often feature floral forms, with bright colours and a loose, impressionist hand.


A painting of some sunflowers in bright yellowIn the SunLight, watercolour on canvas

 

I enjoy the artist’s use of apparent combinations of media in some of her works. In some floral pieces, for example, it looks as though Karen uses acrylic paint to create…

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