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The Watercolour Medium Portfolio of Travis Poelle

A watercolour painting of a man with his face partly in shadowPurple Haze, watercolour

Travis Poelle is a watercolour painter who uses his chosen medium to depict slice-of-life scenes, cityscapes, and figures. In his current portfolio, Travis showcases an eye for detail, and great skill and control with the watercolour medium.


A painting of a New York City taxi in front of a restaurantWinter take out, watercolour

 

I like the way that medium and subject matter work together in Travis’ portfolio. As we saw in our previous feature of Travis’ sunny…

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The Distinctive Style of Yvonne Vander Kooi

A mural of figures and faces, layered over one anotherSacred & Forgotten

Yvonna Vander Kooi is a painter based on Vancouver Island. In her artistic practice, Yvonne produces works that oscillate between figuration and soft abstraction, often combining the two methods into wildly colourful compositions that invite personal reflection and connection.


A painting of a childlike figure on a bright orange backgroundBecoming 3, acrylic on canvas

 

I really enjoy Yvonne’s distinctive painting style. In recent years, the artist has been leaning more into a…

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The Encaustic Media Art Portfolio of Lisa Printz

An abstract composition made with wax and collaged elementsUntitled, encaustic collage on cradle board

Artist Lisa Printz works in painting, pastel, and encaustic media, creating works ranging from impressionistic landscapes to animal portraits to textured abstractions. Lisa has a background in art education, and made the transition to being a full-time artist in 2015.


An artwork made with encaustic and collaged elementsUntitled, encaustic collage on board

 

I’m really enjoying Lisa’s recent works in encaustic. Combining the wax medium with…

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The Portfolio of Sculptor and Installation Artist Takis


A sculpture incorporating a light on a narrow, cruved formSignal lumineux, vis d’Archimède

Takis is a Greek sculptor and installation artist, known for three-dimensional works that explore the intersection between science and art. Throughout his long career, the artist has explored the influence of not only physical, visible forms on a space, but also of invisible energies and forces passing between and through objects.


A sculpture made from bronze depicting an abstract head-like formHead in Space, bronze

 

I’m always fascinated to see an artist…

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The Portfolio of Artist, Poet, and Animateur Allison Rennie

A photo of an art piece made with various collaged elementsPigeon Eye View (detail)

Allison Rennie is an artist, poet, and animateur who works with people in her practice, helping individuals and groups of all ages discover new ways of navigating through their own experiences.


A photo of a milkweed pod in close upMilkweed Pod

 

I appreciate the way that Allison’s artistic practice is intertwined with her workshops and teaching materials. There’s a thread of spiritual and personal awareness that runs deeply through each section…

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The Art Portfolio of Pierre-Luc Deziel

A detail of a sculptural painting made with black projectionsLes Dividus (detail), mixed media

Pierre-Luc Deziel is an artist who explores the boundary between painting and sculpture, often using methods and philosophies native to both approaches in an individual work. Pierre’s current oeuvre uses the notion of social constructions as a jumping-off point.


A photo of a sculptural painting taken from the side to show volumeThe Saberwings (perspective), mixed media

 

As we saw in our previous feature of Pierre-Luc’s exploration of social constructions, the…

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Studio Sunday: Kenturah Davis

A photo of Kenturah Davis at work in her studio

 

Our Studio Sunday feature this week is Kenturah Davis. The artist current lives and works between Los Angeles, New Haven, and Accra, Ghana. Davis’ works, often made in striking black and white gradients, toe the line between traditional portraiture and graphic design.

 

It’s always interesting to see an artist’s studio that’s equipped for such a wide variety of different techniques and methods of production. Davis’ studio…

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Print Techniques: The Art Portfolio of Tim Van Ginkel

An abstract print with subdued shades of greyIWF-10, serial monoprint, lithography

Tim Van Ginkel is an artist currently based in Rhode Island. In his practice, Tim specializes in printmaking, using various print techniques to build images that focus on layered, abstracted figures, subdued earth tones, and negative space.


An artwork with small abstract marks on a pale backgroundUntitled

 

I really enjoy the sense of cohesion in Tim’s art portfolio. Though each work is distinct, and the artist has produced several series, each focusing…

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The Ceramic Art Portfolio of Pippin Drysdale

A grouping of ceramic objects in bright coloursEversong

Pippin Drysdale is a ceramic artist based in Australia. In her practice, the artist merges the visual languages of traditional ceramic craftsmanship and that of landscape painting, creating arrangements of sculptural vessels and objects that evoke space even while occupying it.

 

A group of ceramic vessels with neutral exteriors and coloured interiorsSulphur Springs

I love Drysdale’s use of highly colourful paints and glazes. Used on relatively simple, smooth three dimensional forms, the…

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The Art Portfolio of Paul de Guzman


An abstract artwork made with a newspaper page painted overWhen Fiction Follows Fact -- Skeletons in the Closet, newspaper, ink, stickers, reflectors, Kromekote silver foil paper

Paul de Guzman is a conceptual artist based between Manila, in the Philippines, and Vancouver, Canada. In his artistic practice, Paul uses various materials and aesthetics to explore social and cultural constructs including language, architecture, and media.


An artwork made with a newspaper partly obscured by mixed mediaWhen Fiction Follows Fact -- Home is where the art is,

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Sacred Places: The Art Portfolio of Jon Harris


A painting of a crystalline architectural structureThe Emerald Palace of Dreams, acrylic on canvas

Jon Harris is a San Francisco-based painter who specializes in geometric landscapes, depicting dreamlike, spiritually-infused spaces. Through the use of clean, straight lines, impeccable perspective and a bright colour palette, the artist imagines sacred places.


An acrylic painting of a pink crystal in a lotus shapeCrystal Lotus, acrylic on canvas

I adore the sense of three-dimensional space that Jon creates in each of his works. Even seeing…

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The Art Portfolio of Thea Yabut


A wall sculpture in pink with a natural horn shapepalmate snag, paper, pencil shavings, graphite, chalk pastel, clay, glue, joint compound, pins

Thea Yabut works in a variety of media, creating layered images that often emulate textiles in their construction. Thea’s portfolio features complex, patterned abstract drawings that layer coloured lines like thread, and wall-based mixed media sculptures.


An art installation with a grey shape made from mixed sculptural mediaspicule, paper, pencil shavings, graphite, pigment, glue, joint compound, pins, clay…

 

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Nature's Hues: An Art Portfolio by Laurie Flaherty


A painting of a close-up view of a bromeliad plantCurve, oil on panel

Laurie Flaherty is a Connecticut-based artist who uses her artistic practice to capture and immortalize the stunning patterns and colours found in nature. Laurie’s artworks usually take plants and animals as their subjects, showcasing the beauty and variety in nature’s hues.

 

A simplified painting of a bromeliad plantCedar Green Radiant, oil on canvas

I really adore Laurie’s painting series of bromeliads. The plants in this family have thick leaves…

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Texture and Negative Space: Art by Jill Tompkins


A grey painting with flecks and planes of blueSt. Remy, oil on canvas

Artist Jill Tompkins creates subdued pastel images that often have a focus on texture and negative space. Though her images are mostly figurative, the figure never seems to be the focus – rather, the viewer is drawn to the materiality of the paint, and the abstracted formal elements of each work.


A painting in blue and grey of a headless statueAthena, oil on canvas

 

It’s fascinating to be able to see the artist’s recent works contrasted against some of…

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Studio Sunday: Forest Bess

A photo of Forest Bess at work in an outdoor studio of a kind

 

This week’s Studio Sunday artist is Forrest Bess. Bess was an American painter originally from Texas. In his art practice, Bess was best known for eccentric, abstract paintings that expressed a complex philosophy of the artist’s own construction.

 

Bess’ studio pictured here isn’t exactly a traditional painting studio, but it is the space where Bess created many of his artworks. The artist was a noted recluse and spent much…

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