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Reclaimed Wood: Woodwork by Steve Sziklai

A set of three fir charcuterie boardsCharcuterie boards, fir

Steve Sziklai is a woodworker who uses reclaimed wood -- cast off from from commercial manufacturers, found on beaches, or rescued from backyards and basements -- to produce everything from small household objects to furniture. 


A handmade cutting board with strips of different woodMulti-species board, primarily maple and black walnut

 

Much of the work that Steve produces evokes a warm sense of home -- many simple cutting boards and serving platters are minimally…

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Human and Animal Figures: The Bronze Sculpture of Roy Paul Madsen

A bronze sculpture of a sparrow perched on a human handNot a Sparrow Falls, bronze

Roy Paul Madsen is an accomplished American sculptor who works in a realist style, producing works of art that capture the fine features of human and animal figures. The artist works primarily in bronze, rendering his subjects with a regal and appropriately “statuesque” air. 


A bronze statue of shakespeareShakespeare, bronze

 

Roy’s sculptures do a beautiful job of taking advantage of the bronze medium, capitalizing on the warmth,…

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Stylized Scenes: The Art of Dianne Falzon

A painting of numerous figures on a beachA Lovely Day for a Paddle in the Pacific Ocean

 

Dianne Falzon is an Australian artist with a background in craft -- jewelry and wearable artworks form part of the artist’s practice, alongside acrylic painting. In her current practice, Dianne uses thick, saturated layers of paint to express stylized scenes of wildlife and human figures. 


A painting of a flock of seagullsThe Seagulls

 

I like the loose, gestural quality of Dianne’s paintings, and the way that the…

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Bodily Identity: The Art of Sidi Chen

A mixed media artwork made on reclaimed paperCrossing The Fields To Find Seeds Of Snow (detail), ink on reclaimed cardboard

Sidi Chen is an artist from China who has travelled around the world, and who currently lives and works in British Columbia. In his artistic practice, Sidi takes a conceptual, abstracted approach to themes of bodily identity in different environments. 


A photo looking out across the water of a lakeThe Moment To Come, digital photography

 

There’s a certain sense of quiet, almost solemnity to Sidi’s…

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Inside the Studio of Kristan Kennedy

A photo of Kristan Kennedy's art studio

 

Kristan Kennedy was born in New York and currently lives and works in Portland, Oregon. Kennedy works as both an independent artist and a curator. In her artistic practice, Kennedy produces works of painting, sculpture, printmaking, and other media, while in her curatorial practice Kennedy supports and promotes the work of emerging artists in traditional media, as well as performance and music. 

 

The artist’s studio in the above…

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Bizarre and Provocative: The Art of David Faulk

An artwork made by painting on a found photo of the evergladesSSSSH!, acrylic paint on found photo, mounted on white plastic

David Faulk’s artistic practice covers painting, mixed media, and costume-based sculpture. The artist takes a humorous, sometimes bizarre and provocative approach to his works, combining cartoonish figuration with surrealist narratives and occasionally dark concepts. 


An artwork with the cartoon character Nancy painted on a found photoThe Nancy Tongue, acrylic paint on found photo, mounted on white plastic

 

The artist’s series Travel…

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A Portfolio of Abstract Sculptures by Eva Lys Champagne

A ceramic sculpture with a weathered block and a small white flowerUntitled

Eva Lys Champagne is a ceramic artist and sculptor who has lived, studied, and practiced all over the world and is currently based in western Montana. In her practice, Eva creates abstract sculptures that draw on organic forms, weaving together pure imagination and scientific discovery. 


A ceramic sculpture with elements in white and deep brownTransparent, Joyful Acquiescence II

I really like the way Eva uses ceramic and sculptural materials in a variety of different ways -- often…

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Jagged, Energetic Drawings by Joey Feldman

A portrait of a person in sunglasses with wild hairgarciahirez

Joey Feldman is a Los Angeles-based illustrator who produces jagged, energetic drawings and paintings on both a personal and commercial basis. The artist’s portfolio includes creative work, portraits, and editorial illustrations. 


A cartoon of Donald Trump as a Nazitrumpler

 

I really like Joey’s distinctive style, and how consistently he maintains it across such a wide range of subject matter. There’s something almost violent about the artist’s…

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Quasi-Monochrome: The Paintings of Ettore Spalleti

An installation view of several sculptural objects and monochrome paintingsUntitled (installation veiw)

Ettore Spalleti is an Italian painter who works in a quasi-monochrome style. The artist’s paintings often focus on a single hue, but use gradients and shading to create depth and volume. 


A blue circular painting positioned on a ceilingA casa di...

 

It’s quite interesting to learn about the process that Spalleti uses to create his paintings. The artist starts by mixing oil, pigment, and gesso, then applying a single thin coat of the mixture to a…

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An Explorative Eye: Art by Mark M. Garrett

A painting of a tree branches overlapping and intersectingSolitude (diptych), ink wash on canvas

Mark M. Garrett is a San Francisco-based artist who employs abstraction and an explorative eye across various media. The artist often combines collage and painted media, such as in his map paintings where cut-out sections are filled in with paint. This paint-and-papercut combination informs both the media and the aesthetics of much of Mark’s portfolio. 


An artwork made up of textured paper pulp in a frameUntitled

Browsing through Mark’s…

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The Mixed Media Art Portfolio of David Maxim

A wall-hanging artwork with two canvas panels in different sizesicebergs, oil and hinge on canvas

David Maxim is a mixed media artist currently living and working in San Francisco, California. Over the course of a decades-spanning practice, David has produced works that are equal parts painting and sculpture, fusing an eye for detail with a bombastic approach to pigment and composition. 


A multi-panel artwork combining monochrome painting with a painting of cloudsMoment #44, oil, acrylic, and hinge on canvas

 

I really enjoy David’s recent Moments series. Like Jude…

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Inside the Art Studio of Minouk Lim

A photo of Minouk Lim in her art studio

 

This week’s studio Sunday feature is Korean artist Minouk Lim. Lim is a multimedia artist who also produces works of documentary filmmaking. The artist often uses her practice to explore notions of oppression and changing identities under capitalist and governmental systems. 

 

Given that Lim tends to produce work in a variety of non-traditional media, it’s not surprising that her studio space doesn’t quite look like that of…

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Inside the Art Studio of Julius Von Bismarck

A photo of Julius Von Bismarck's Berlin art studio

 

Our studio Sunday feature today is Julius Von Bismarck. Von Bismarck is a young artist currently based in Berlin, Germany. In his artistic practice, Von Bismarck uses installation, photography, and video to produce artworks that exist halfway between traditional art and scientific exploration. 

 

The artist’s studio is located in a large industrial space that Bismarck shares with a number of other creators. The studio space looks…

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Forest Creatures: Painting and Illustration of David Keane

A painting of goats in a brown fieldRadar field, oil on board

David Keane is a painter and illustrator who works in mixed media, producing artworks that take forest creatures as their subjects. David is based on the west coast of Ireland, and as such many of his works seem inspired by local nature and wildlife. 


A drawing of two hares on an abstracted backgroundhares

 

I really like the combination of tight illustration and gestural painting that’s present in many of David’s works. The way the artist draws animals…

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Skulls and Skeletons: The Art of Vlad Gradobyk

A drawing of a skeleton with wingsUntitled

Artist and illustrator Vlad Gradobyk uses bones as a motif, creating beautifully detailed illustrations of skulls and skeletons. The artist uses a dense, layered cross-hatching technique to produce images with an aesthetic similar to antique lithograph prints.


A drawing of two drunk skeletonsUntitled

There’s a wonderful -- and perhaps paradoxical -- sense of life in Gradobyk’s artworks. His skeletal figures are pictured eating, drinking, riding horseback,…

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