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Controlled Yet Casual: Art by Adele Knowler

A painting of a Northern Saskatchewan lakeNorth Saskatchewan Blue, oil on canvas

Our featured artist today is Alberta-based artist Adele Knowler. Adele works in mixed media to create paintings of figures and landscapes that have a controlled yet casual air about them.

A painting of a woman wrapped in a Hudson's Bay Company blanket on a beachHudson's Bay Series - Big Lake, oil on canvas

The work currently available on Adele’s website seems uniformly thematic – figures and faces that appear prominently in one series are seemingly echoed or referenced in the next. Adele’s landscapes are very quiet, and she tends to paint scenery without much trees varied lines. I’m rather fond of how clean these landscapes seem. Still bodies of water, far off fields and never-ending prairie horizons are common themes.


A screen capture of the Birds of a Feather series on Adele Knowler's websiteAdele's Birds of a Feather series on her website

A mixed media image of a woman wearing a blue pashmina scarfBirds of a Feather #7 Blue Pashmina, oil, 18K gold ink and multimedia on birchwood 

In her figurative work, particularly in her series Birds of a Feather she seems to draw from classical Greek influences, with studies featuring classical statues and flowing white fabrics. Modern figures appear dressed in robes and with golden wreaths around their heads. In some cases, Adele even uses real gold ink to accentuate these elements. 

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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