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The Art Portfolio of Adele Knowler

A painting of a woman with a crown of flowersArtemis, oil and gold leaf on birchwood panel

Adele Knowler is an artist currently living and working in Edmonton, Alberta. In her practice, Adele is inspired by the environment around her, the human figure, and art history.

A painting of a woman made with gold leafIcon series 2, oil, gold leaf, conte on birchwood panel

I’m enjoying browsing the artist’s recent works of portraiture. In her 2019 gallery, Adele uses an interesting combination of pattern and colour to build portraits that juxtapose abstract painting techniques with realistic figurative painting. The artist is equally adept in both disciplines, and the resulting images showcase her subjects as if seen through a stained-glass window, or perhaps through the haze of a dream.

A screen capture of Adele Knowler's art portfolio websiteThe front page of Adele's art website


Some of the artist’s portraits using gold leaf have the appearance of much older artworks -- of medieval art, frescoes or illuminated manuscripts. There’s something regal about these works, an aesthetic that ties them to distant art history, though the artists style maintains a contemporary sense of realism.

A painting of a woman's face with gold leafIcon series 1, oil, gold leaf, mixed media on birchwood panel

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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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