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The Watercolour Art Portfolio of Maureen Dougan

A watercolour painting with minimal colour and flower budsUntitled, watercolour

Maureen Dougan was a watercolour artist who produced dreamy works celebrating the ethereal nature of the watercolour medium. The artist herself passed away in 2013, and her prolific art portfolio is maintained by the siblings, friends, and colleagues of the artist.


A watercolour painting of a forest fireFire, watercolour and pen

There’s a thoughtful, almost meditative sensibility that runs through many of Maureen’s artworks. I really enjoy the way…

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The Mixed Media Art Portfolio of J. Jay West

A mixed media artwork with different print gradientsUnfit to Print, mixed media

J. Jay West is a mixed media artist based in Hawaii. In his practice, Jay creates artistic objects that combine an abstracted aesthetic with a sense of concrete tactility, utilizing traditional art materials as well as found objects to produce works worth a second look.


A mosaic artwork depicting two fishOne Fish, Two Fish, recycled scrape stained glass on wood

 

I like the way that Jay uses colour in his portfolio. The artist’s works vary…

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Art Collective: Artists of Bristol on the Delaware

An ink drawing of a male peacockMale Peacock, ink on scratchboard (Kristen Baker)

Artists of Bristol on the Delaware is an arts collective based in Pennsylvania. The collective offers memberships to practicing artists in the Bristol area, and holds groups exhibitions.


A photo of a red shack in the woodsOvergrown Shack, framed giclee print (John Styner)

 

The current member artists of Bristol on the Delaware are mostly painters, though photographers like John Styner and Janice Rhodes also number in…

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The Portfolio Website of This is It Gallery

An assemblage artwork made of numerous found objectsSelf Portrait, found object assemblage (Bob Bucholz)

This Is It Gallery is an art gallery based in Chicago, Illinois. As a non-profit, the gallery is proud to offer a variety of programs and workshops to help foster the artistic community in and around the Chicago area.


A complex painting of two mythical figures, one a skeletonLa Sirena et Agwe, acrylic on canvas (Diane Green)

 

Gallery founders Bob Bucholz and Diane Green have artworks available on the gallery’s portfolio website alongside…

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Inside the Art Studio of Peter Saul


A photograph of Peter Saul's studio in Germantown, New York

 

This week we’re taking a look inside the art studio of Peter Saul. Saul was born in San Francisco in the 1930s, and studied at the California School of Fine Arts in the early 1950s. During and following this artistic education, Saul became known for his wildly colourful, pop-surrealist paintings that have situated him as one of the pioneers of modern pop art.

 

Saul’s studio looks rather austere in this image -- or it would,…

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Illustrative Compositions: Art by Simona Zac

A painting of a bunch of peoniesPeachy Peonies, acrylic on gallery canvas

Simona Zac was born in Slovenia and now lives and works near Waterloo, Ontario. In her practice Simona explores a variety of painted media, creating illustrative compositions that vary in their use of colour and texture.  


An abstract painting with red and blue tones as well as gold leafFire and Ice 3, acrylic and gold leaf on canvas

I love the way the artist utilizes line art in some of her works -- while one might traditionally think of line art as a method…

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The Art Portfolio of Barbara Naeser

An artwork depicting several sailboats on still waterRedd's Pond Regata

Barbara Naeser is an artist based in Marblehead, Massachusetts. In her recent practice, the artist has been working with pastels, though she has also used oil paint and watercolour.


A pastel artwork of the side of a buildingStreet Eyes

 

I enjoy Barbara’s relatively loose but variable style, and the way she uses pastels and paint to create layered, dense images with just enough detail to encourage a closer look. The artist’s pastel series often utilizes a…

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The Collage Art Portfolio of Ugur Gallenkus

A photo of a tulip field next to a photo of machine guns laid out on the groundUntitled

Ugur Gallenkus is a turkish artist who uses collage art to juxtapose images of privileged Western cultures with images of war-torn nations in the middle east. The artist’s works are unflinching, often jarring, and dissect reality while still allowing the viewer space to form their own opinions.


A collage of two images of children playing in very different landscapesUntitled

 

The artist’s technical skill with these collages lends to closer examination of the images -- the photographs that he…

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The Art Portfolio of Julia Deleon

A portrait painted over top of a photographJoy, acrylic on photograph

Julia Deleon creates vibrant artworks that address themes of identity, gender expression, and individuality. The artist’s works are often figurative in a cartoonish, pop-art esque way, with the resulting figures toeing the line between recognizable human caricatures and monstrous alien creations.


A caricature painting of a young figureFrancis II, acrylic on wood panel

 

I really like the bright colour palette that Julia employs throughout her…

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The Art Portfolio of Terry Cox-Joseph

A painting of an arctic sealHi there!, acrylic on canvas

Terry Cox-Joseph works in media including acrylic paint, ink, watercolour, and graphite. The artist’s subject matter is primarily figurative, with both human and animal figures appearing frequently. The artist also has a great eye for landscape and architecture.


A watercolour painting of a woman in a wedding dressWedding Pose, watercolour

 

The artist demonstrates a great versatility and an understanding of the behaviours and quirks of each of his chosen…

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Alien Landscapes: The Art Portfolio of Al Mefer

A photo of some monolithic buildings over a gradient skyUntitled

Al Mefer is a photographer who uses his talent at capturing images to distort and remix familiar settings and structures, producing images of alien landscapes and architecture, giving the viewer a never-before-seen view of both man-made and natural features.


A photo of a building against an orange skyUntitled

 

I really enjoy the science fiction aesthetic that runs through Mefer’s entire portfolio. With series titles like Alien Architecture and Deserts of the Future

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The Portrait Painting Portfolio of Stuart Sampson

A painting of a Native American man wearing sunglassesOn the Horizon #3, acrylic on wood

Stuart Sampson is a painter based in Oklahoma. In his practice, Stuart specializes in portrait painting, creating colourful, expressive portraits of various subjects. The faces of Native American people, as well as athletes and actors, factor prominently in Stuart’s portfolio.


A painting of a Native American person on a coloured backgroundHairy Moccasin, acrylic on wood

Browsing through Stuart’s portfolio, I’m reminded of work by Clayton Samuel King and

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Inside the Art Studio of Joan Jonas


A photo of Joan Jonas' loft studio in SoHo, New York

 

This Sunday, let’s take a step into the studio space of Joan Jonas! The artist was born in 1936 in New York, NY, and studied art history, sculpture, drawing, and choreography. Throughout her career, Jonas has been combining these disciplines and more, producing works of performance, film, installation, and large-scale sculpture.

 

Jonas’ studio space is also her home -- a loft space in SoHo, New York. The space overall looks…

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The Art Portfolio of Rachel Wilson

A textile artwork hanging from the ceiling of a space1. The Thought of Bloom

Rachel Wilson is a painter, printmaker, and mixed-media artist currently based in Flagstaff, Arizona. In her practice, Rachel creates large and colourful artworks that juxtapose traditional painting and printmaking methods with innovative surfaces and locations.


An outdoor installation with sheets of coloured fabricBlue Iris

 

I love the large, drapey forms of Rachel’s installation artworks. These hanging fabric works remind me a little of certain works by Eva…

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Flowers, Nature, and Still-Life: The Art of Linda Clark

An oil painting of winter birch treesWinter Sunrise, oil on canvas

Linda Clark is a painter whose subject matter includes flowers, nature, and still-life. Through her varied subject matter, Linda tends to imbue each of her works with a personal, intimate tone.


A painting of an orange pumpkin on a black backgroundFall Colors, oil on canvas board

I like the elements of texture that Linda chooses to include in her works -- while the artist’s style is detailed and realistic, she doesn’t shy away from using heavy, confident…

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