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Diffuse Points of Light: The Art Portfolio of Dennis Ekstedt

A painting of lights on strings in an undefined, dark spaceLuna Park, 1903, oil on canvas

Dennis Ekstedt is a painter based in Montreal, Quebec. In his long-standing painting practice, Dennis works with light and shadow, capturing city sprawl as seen from far above, layering diffuse points of light over planes of dark, deeply saturated colour. 

An abstracted painting with geometric elements and blue shadesLuna Park, 1903 #4, oil on canvas


The basis for Dennis’ paintings are deep, saturated shades of blue, purple, and grey. The artist then uses points of light in pale yellows, whites, and other lightened colours to  The artist paints primarily in oil on canvas, and the blending effects of the chosen medium show themselves in the way these points of “light” diffuse softly into the dark backgrounds, perfectly capturing the look of a city seen at night from far below. 

A screen capture of Dennis Ekstedt's art portfolio


In some works, Dennis pushes the envelope of his personal style, using motifs of dark grounding and points of light to build more abstract compositions, sometimes evoking stranger landscapes and other times encouraging the viewer to focus on the forms themselves.

A painting of lights on the ground seen from high aboveCrater, oil 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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