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Inside the Art Studio of Curtis "Talwst" Santiago

A photo of Curtis Tawst Santiago at work in his studio

 

This week’s Studio Sunday artist is Curtis “Talwst” Santiago. Santiago is originally from Vancouver, BC, where he originally began making his artworks as a diversion from his music career. The artist has become known for his sculptural dioramas built inside of ring boxes, often depicting complex, multi-figure scenes and tableaux. 

 

Santiago’s studio has the look of a hobby space -- the artist could easily be painting a…

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From Pets to Landscapes: The Art Portfolio of Pamela Squires

A painting of a baby manatee underwaterBaby Manatee

Artist Pamela Squires has been painting everything from pets to landscapes to still life subjects for the past 40 years. Much of the artist’s current portfolio is based around sealife and marine landscapes, with deep shades of blue and green dominating the artist’s colour palette. 


A painting of a wave crashing over a white sandy beachUntitled

 

I like the delicately blended, gestural style of mark-making that Pamela tends to use in her artworks. The artist’s painted…

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Aesthetic Beauty and Inherent Value: The Art of Hunter Madsen

A photo of a carnival ride called AbductionUse Me

Hunter Madsen is an artist currently based near Vancouver, British Columbia. In his current practice, Hunter uses photography to dissect connections between aesthetic beauty and inherent value, capturing images of unexpected subjects that might be forgotten or overlooked in the broader canon of photography.


A photo of a wooden sculpture of a figure shot through with arrowsOn Suffering (Old Wounds Fresh Daily)

 

It’s through this exploration of aesthetically non-traditional subject matter that…

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Folding Forms: The Ceramic Art of Tomomi Tanaka

A piece of ceramic art in pale whiteUntitled

Tomomi Tanaka is a Japanes ceramic artist who uses papery, folding forms to express undulating movement. The artist’s pieces are a beautiful blend of quiet, subtle aesthetics and swift, complicated movements. 


A charcoal-coloured abstract ceramic artwork漲る

It’s fascinating to look at Tomomi’s ceramic pieces -- in many cases, it’s surprising to discover that the work is in fact ceramic. These look like they could be paper, or perhaps pieces of fabric, bundled…

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Various Outputs: The Art Portfolio of Krasimira Dimtchevska

A digital image made using software that transforms language patternsFreedom_equation7

Krasimira Dimtchevska, also known as Krasi Dimtch, is a digital artist who uses language as a basis for the production of abstract images, text, and sound. The artist's practice has led to the creation of patented software that transforms language into various outputs


An excerpt from a text written with the help of software outputsAttempt the impossible (excerpt)

 

I really like the overall aesthetic of Krasi's art practice. The images in her visual art series appear at first to…

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Artworks as Reflections: The Portfolio of Todd Scott Anderson

A painting of a meadow with green and yellow tonesMOUNTAIN MEADOW 29 M, limited edition print

Todd Scott Anderson is an artist who grew up in Kansas City, Missouri, and who now spends his time between Mexico and the United States. In his practice, Todd produces artworks as reflections of experiences and viewpoints had while travelling the world. 


A painting of a tropical plant with saturated hues on a dark backgroundTROPIC FLORA 16 T, limited edition print

 

Todd divides his current artistic portfolio by biosphere -- gallery titles like Tropic, Mountain,…

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Underlying Patterns: Pastel Drawings by Jess Kilgore

A pastel drawing of a farm in Vermont with black sheepGrand View Farm, Washington, Vermont, pastel

Jess Kilgore is a former architect turned painter currently based in Vermont. In his practice, Kilgore is inspired by the Vermont landscape, producing artworks that address the underlying patterns and mysteries in nature, using soft blended planes of oil pastel.


A pastel drawing of a sunrise breaking over a hillSunrise, pastel

 

I really enjoy the way Jess approaches the classic landscape painting. The artist uses pastel expertly, blending…

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Art Instruction and Teaching by Green Palette

A painting of blue flowersby Ann Patton

Green Palette is an art instructional academy based in northwestern Calgary, Alberta. Instructors at Green Palette offer students a unique opportunity to pursue their own personal artistic goals and ideas, in a space where support from peers and skilled instructors is readily available.


A painting of colourful fishby Brent Ciccone

 

I really appreciate the overall mission of Green Palette -- more than teaching students the precise technical skill set…

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Inside the Art Studio of Keith Sonnier

A photo of Keith Sonnier's art studio

 

This week, let’s take a look inside the studio of Keith Sonnier. Sonnier was born in Louisiana and began experimenting with novel art methods and materials in the 1960s. The artist quickly became enamored with the medium of neon, and has since produced countless works that place neon in new and fascinating configurations and contexts. 

 

Sonnier’s studio looks like an art installation in its own right here -- the space is…

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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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