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Folk-Art Tradition: The Art Portfolio of John Caple


A painting of houses by John CapleShady Woods and White Cottages, acrylic on canvas

John Caple is a self-taught artist who creates paintings in a folk-art tradition. The artist tends to work in mixed media, producing scenes of rural and country life that are often infused with memories and figures from his own past.


A painting of a man in a squat white buildingThe Hermitage, acrylic on canvas

 

John Caple’s paintings are the perfect blend of eerie stillness and warm, children’s-book-style illustrations. They…

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Odist Tattoo: Heather Lefebvre's Art Portfolio


A tattoo of a gauntlet holding a strange daggerUntitled

Heather Lefebvre of Odist Tattoo creates artworks dealing with a variety of subject matter, from the dark and macabre, to the familiar. The artist’s tattoo work includes a range of animals and objects in colour and black-and-white.


An upper-arm tattoo of a shark and other wireframe shapesUntitled

 

As we saw in our previous feature of Heather’s work with occult and animal imagery, the artist’s portfolio of personal artwork has a satisfying sense of cohesion. Many of the images…

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Studio Sunday: Trenton Doyle Hancock


A photo of Trenton Doyle Hancock in his studio

 

Trenton Doyle Hancock is an American artist who works primarily in acrylic paint and mixed media, creating two-dimensional artworks that have an abstracted, collaged aesthetic. Born in Oklahoma and raised in Texas, the artist draws on his own personal history, as well as elements of pop culture and art history, in the making of his artworks.

 

The exuberant colours present in Hancock’s studio present a great overall picture of the…

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A Portfolio of Mixed Media Artworks by Susan Gransby


A linocut print of architectural linesBirdman of Hong Kong, linocut

Susan Gransby’s mixed media artworks take complex architectural forms and simplify them, creating signs and signifiers in the form of streamlined, graphic imagery. The artist plays with negative space, sometimes layering small images on a large blank surface.


A linocut print of a roadway and vehiclesCassiar Connector, linocut

 

In our previous feature we looked at Susan’s linocuts – the artist has a knack for building imagery out of shadow…

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Headlines: Puryear, Casanova, Looted Artefacts

1) Martin Puryear Will Represent USA in Venice Biennale


Bling Bling by Martin Puryear

 

After an anxious wait, Martin Puryear has been announced as this year’s Venice Biennale representative for the United States.The U.S. Pavilion in Venice will be curated by Brooke Kamin Rapaport, current deputy director and senior curator of the Madison Square Park Conservancy in New York. Rapaport has worked with Puryear in the past -- in 2016, the artist’s large-scale…

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Geometric Paintings: The Portfolio of Sarah Trundle


A painting with several bright blocks of colourMonkey Bars, acrylic and pastel on canvas

Sarah Trundle creates abstract artworks that explore formal elements distilled to their most basic building blocks: lines and planes of color. In her geometric paintings, the artist creates overlapping patterns that hint at figure and space without revealing either.


An abstract artwork with a black line on a white groundEmbrace, acrylic and graphite on canvas

I love Sarah’s sparing use of colour. The subdued palette that runs throughout her…

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Historical Artworks: The Art Portfolio of Sarah James


A black and white patterned etchingAlcazar, etching

Artist Sarah James was trained in painting but now primarily works in print media. Sarah’s prints often utilize geometric grids and straight lines, expressing the artist’s interest in the rectangle as a significant form in historical artworks.


A stone lithograph depicting a shadowed shapeFiesole 1, stone lithograph

 

I love the way Sarah incorporates this spiritual geometry into her printed works. While the artist’s works tend to be fairly simple in terms of…

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The Textile Art Portfolio of Pat Autenrieth


A quilt incorporating lowbrow cartoonish imageryDedicated to Cheese for No Reason (collaboration), fabric marker, hand applique, hand and machine embroidery, hand and machine quilting

Pat Autenrieth works in textile art and bookmaking, innovating in the field of arts and crafts – particularly quilting. Pat’s works embrace both the unique quirks of the quilted medium, and the aesthetic language of contemporary art, to create a fascinating hybrid.


A quilt incorporating text and patternAn Occasion for the Need for…

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Catherine Bourassa-Hebert's Painting and Printmaking Portfolio


An abstract painting with circular figuresCSS IV Untitled 6, acrylic on canvas

Abstract artist Catherine Bourassa-Hebert divides her time between Montréal and Boston, creating works in painting and printmaking. The artist’s works veer toward abstraction, though they often borrow recognizable forms along the way.


A study of circular forms made with stark contrast and dark colorsCSS IV Untitled 7, acrylic on canvas

 

I enjoy Catherine’s particular approach to painted abstraction. In our previous feature of the artist’s patterns and…

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The Mixed Media Art Portfolio of Darren Hurst


A painting of a woman reclining and a shadowy figureDoppelganger, acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas

 

Darren Hurst is an artist based in Fresno, California, who works in a range of traditional mixed media. Darren’s artworks are often figurative, and the artist tends toward rendering his pieces in detailed brush marks.


A painting of a woman in sugar-skull makeupLa Esmeralda, acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas

 

Darren’s compositions tend to focus on a central figure – sometimes this figure takes up the entire canvas, while…

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Studio Sunday: Stephen Appleby-Barr


A portrait of Stephen Appleby-Barr's art studio

 

Toronto-based artist Stephen Appleby-Barr is our Studio Sunday feature this week. Appleby-Barr has become known for his detailed, realistic oil paintings that immortalize fictional characters and figures from the artist’s own imagination. A combination of regal, anachronistic aesthetics and a surreal use of figure and symbolism creates a wonderfully unique aesthetic for the artist’s works.  

 

Appleby-Barr’s studio looks airy…

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The Art Portfolio of Painter and Photographer Dianne Cuzner


A painting of a figure in a prairie landscapeAlberta Camping, acrylic on canvas

Dianne Cuzner is a painter and photographer based in western Canada. The artist has an eye for bright, exciting color, an aesthetic that carries over into works that deal with peaceful coastal subject matter; landscapes and bodies of water.


A painting of a canoe in waterJourneys End, acrylic on canvas

 

In her artistic practice, Dianne expresses a genuine love for the art form. She combines numerous influences from her personal…

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Headlines: Studio Demolition, Art Beds, McMansion Hell

1) Crews Demolish Ai Weiwei's Studio Without Warning


A photo from Ai Weiwei's Instagram of demolition crews at his studio

 

On Friday of last week, Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei announced that his studio was being demolished. According to one of Ai’s assistants, Ai’s rental contract for the space had recently expired, and the artist and his staff were in the process of removing artworks from the studio building when demolition teams began knocking in the windows. While Ai had been aware of…

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Tony Cepukas' Portfolio of Innovative Mosaics


A photo of a mosaic finger printFrick, ceramic and acrylic on wood panel

 

Tony Cepukas creates innovative mosaics, playing with the traditional style and aesthetic of mosaic artworks and in some cases, reinventing that style. Using a variety of fragmented materials, the artist creates mosaics both subtle and striking, small and complex.


An abstract mosaic with a repeating patternUntitled, ceramic and acrylic on wood panel

 

I really enjoy how Tony explores the sculptural possibilities of the mosaic medium.…

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Dollhouse-Sized Dioramas by Ronan-Jim Sevellec


A sculptural diorama of a building interiorUntitled

French artist Ronan-Jim Sevellec specializes in creating tiny dollhouse-sized dioramas of various interior scenes. Most of the artist’s works depict buildings in and around Paris.


A small diorama placed on a staircaseUntitled

 

It’s fascinating to see the amount of detail that goes into each one of Sevellec’s art pieces. Photographs of the dioramas taken close-up leave some ambiguity as to whether this is a full-sized room, or a small-scale sculpture. The…

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