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Painting and Digital Media: The Art of Kevin McLaughlin

A digital artwork featuring colourful tubular formsTubular Litigation, large format digital print

Kevin McLaughlin works in both traditional painting and digital media, building works off of an undulating, snakelike organic form. In various permutations throughout the artist’s portfolio, these snakelike forms take on new and different identities depending on medium and application.

A digital image featuing overlapping translucent formsFocus Pocus, large format digital print


Kevin’s recent digital artworks showcase both colour and form -- the artist’s unique take on his abstract subject matter. In our previous feature of Kevin’s work, we looked at the way his traditional and digital artworks represent different aesthetic facets of his style. It’s interesting to see the differences between Kevin’s digital works, made in Photoshop, and his traditional works, where he utilizes paint to lend the shapes and textures a uniquely organic texture and presence.

A screen capture of Kevin McLaughlin's art portfolio


I find that Kevin’s digital works are especially successful in evoking the feeling of an otherworldly landscape, not just through visible figures, but through the use of colour and overall atmosphere. The works remind me of pieces by Melissa Ann Lambert in their unabashed use of deeply unnatural palettes.

An acrylic painting of numerous overlapping tubular formsMount Woo-hoo, acrylic on canvas

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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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