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The Sculpture and Installation Art Portfolio of Tamara Rusnak

A photo of a sculptural artwork on a tableImagined Objects Exhibition 2018

Tamara Rusnak is a Saskatchewan artist who works frequently in sculpture and installation, using a range of materials and processes to build objects that reference and emulate natural forms. 


A photo of several artworks in an exhibitionImagined Objects Exhibition 2018

 

In our previous feature, we looked at Tamara’s knack for ecological installations, and building sculptures that reference and explore the unique aesthetics of nature. Unlike…

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Figurative and Conceptual Artworks by Tom O'Rourke

An abstract painting made in deep blue and red huesNight music, acrylic on canvas

Tom O’Rourke is an Irish painter who uses an impressionist, abstracted style to express subjects both figurative and conceptual. The artist’s works are brightly coloured with a palpable, almost vibrating sense of energy. 


A heavily abstracted painting of a jazz musicianJazzman 2, acrylic on paper

 

I really enjoy the colour palette that Tom employs in many of his works. Whether it’s a unified scheme of deep greens and blues like that in his…

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The Art Portfolio of Chelsea Gustafsson

A painting of a chair on fireGeelong

Chelsea Gustafsson is an artist from Barwon Heads, Australia. In her artistic practice, Gustafsson works primarily in paint, addressing themes of manufacturing and consumption and the environment. 


A painting of various household items arranged against a beige wallYou Snooze You Lose

 

I really love the artist’s recent paintings of furniture -- the works are composed in the manner of still life or vanitas paintings, depicting familiar furniture and other household objects in arrangements…

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A Portfolio of Colourful Stained Glass by Jewelweed Studio

A photo of a rainbow stained glass artworkUntitled

Jewelweed Studio creates bright and colourful stained glass artworks. Studio partners Allan Joyce and Gary Medley combine their skills and sense of aesthetics to produce unique glass artworks for a variety of businesses and private clients. 


A stained-glass artwork depicting rainbow fansRainbow Fans

 

I love the amount of colour packed into each stained glass work by Jewelweed. The artists incorporate colour with a sense of abandon, turning each piece into a kaleidoscopic…

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Spiritual, Esoteric, and Introspective Art by John Keaton

An abstract painting with pastel colours and a female figureThe Understanding

John Keaton is a New York based artist, painter, and illustrator. John produces both figurative and abstract works, often taking inspiration from spiritual, esoteric, and introspective ways of thinking. 


A painting with deep purple tones and organic linesThe Lavender Moon

 

It’s interesting to see how John’s style varies across different media and subject matter. In his recent series See No Evil (No Ver El Mal), the artist takes on a loose, painterly approach,…

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Organic Randomness: The Art of Steven Graubart

A mixed media artwork with organic, abstracted shapesUntitled, acrylic and ink on paper

Steven Graubart produces abstract images in a variety of media, blending an eye for pattern with a sense of organic randomness in each piece. The artist’s portfolio covers a wide range of media and colour but maintains a sense of consistency in form. 


A painting made of layers of colour in earth tonesUntitled, acrylic

 

The artist’s works take the form of multicoloured abstractions, with organic shapes and lines joined together in layers and…

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The Contemporary Sculpture Portfolio of Magali Hébert-Huot

A sculptural artwork with pieces of cut wood painted white and neonUntitled (L'Hiver est long), hyrdocal and wax

Magali Hébert-Huot lives and works in both Baltimore and Québec City. In her current artistic practice, Magali creates works of contemporary sculpture using unexpected materials and neon hues. 


An artwork made to look like a bundle of neon sticksUntitled (Swinging Bundle Yellow), expanding foam, rope, 3-D printed hardware

 

Some of the artist’s most recent sculptural installations consist of numerous small pieces placed at semi-regular…

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Inside the Art Studio of Tony Berlant

A photo of Tony Berlant working in his studio

 

This Sunday, let’s take a look inside the art studio of Tony Berlant. Berlant was born in New York City and studied at the University of California. The artist now lives and works in Santa Monica, California, where he creates mixed media artworks using a wide range of materials for a complex, collage-like visual effect. 

 

The artist’s particular style of working is quite visible in this studio photo. The space looks like a…

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The Art of Self-Taught Photographer Mark Essner

A photo of the nose of a plane on a runway917

Mark Essner is a self-taught photographer based in Waterloo, Ontario. In his photographic practice, Essner combines a documentary eye with a unique sense of aesthetics, building images that both tell a story and celebrate the look and feel of their subjects. 

 

A photo of a delapidated fence and fieldNo Love

I like how many of Mark’s photographs emphasize the human side of cities and industry. The artist is great at finding the beauty in spaces that would not normally…

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The Art Portfolio of Painter Noah Verrier

A painting of a slice of cantaloupe on top of a mason jarCantaloupe & Jar of Water

 

Painter Noah Verrier has been creating art since childhood, taking a contemplative, meditative approach to much of his work. The artist has worked on large series spanning numerous pieces, but his painting style also shines in quietly masterful still-life and other works made from observation. 


A painting of a bowl of blackberriesBlackberries

 

In Noah’s gallery of recent works, the artist shows off paintings of food and other common…

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The Egg Tempera Portfolio of Arnout Van Albada

A painting of a raspberry cakeFrambozentaartje, egg tempera and oil on panel

Arnout Van Albada is a Dutch artist who works primarily in egg tempera, creating subdued but detailed paintings of food. The artist’s works present their subjects with a sense of quiet reverence, focusing on the unique textures and colours of various edible and household objects. 


A painting of a pudding on a tableRegout puddingvorm, egg tempera and oil on panel

 

Van Albada’s delicate paintings of pastries, such as…

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Architectural Installation: The Art Portfolio of Stéphane Gilot

A Minecraft reconstruction of Expo 86Reconstitution de l'Expo 87 (for In Search of Expo 67)

Stéphane Gilot is a conceptual artist based in Montreal. In his art practice, Stéphane blends performance with architectural installation and institutional critique, producing artworks that defy easy categorization, and that are often temporal, limited to the spaces and periods in which they are shown. 


An installation view of an auditorium built for an art performanceChapter 2 - L'auditorium (for Le Catalogue des futurs)

 

Many of the…

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The Mixed Media Art Portfolio of Randall Day

A mixed media artwork with stripes of bright colourSugar

Randall Day produces mixed media artworks with a variety of different aesthetics, often combining multiple distinct styles on the surface of a single image. The artist’s currently portfolio encompasses painting, collage, and elements of graphic design.


A mixed media artwork made of scrap materialsUntitled

 

Randall’s recent artworks are deeply concerned with collisions of colour and texture, the layering of form and how certain elements appear to jump out at the viewer…

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The Oil and Watercolour Portfolio of Betty Ann Medeiros

A painting of a young man fishing in a lakeFishing in the Shade, oil on canvas

Betty Ann Medeiros is an artist from Danbury, Connecticut. In her art practice, Betty paints in oil and watercolour, building remarkably detailed figurative works depicting human and animal subjects, as well as landscapes and still life. 


A painting of trees in a snowy fieldWinter on Wanzer Hill, New Fairfield, CT, oil on canvas

 

I love the realism and the level of detail in Betty’s artworks. The artist’s hand leaves a delicate,…

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Inside the Art Studio of Julian Opie

A photo of Julian Opie's redesigned studio

 

Our studio Sunday feature this week is Julian Opie. The artist, currently based in Shoreditch, East London, is known for his bright, stylized figure paintings and is often identified as part of the New British Sculpture Movement -- a circle of British artists who began exhibiting sculpture (among other types of artwork) in the 1980s. 

 

Opie’s studio here was designed by architect Carmody Groarke. The central work table --…

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