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Curated Collection: Industrial Design


An electrical outlet attached to the bottom of a car seatArconas In-Power Flex, Joel Yatscoff

This month’s Curated Collection looks at some of the amazing examples of industrial and product design that we have in our Artist Run Website community, and throughout the wider contemporary art and design community. Design is a vast and ever changing field, and designers may create plans and models that fill many different needs. One of the most well known “types” of design that you might hear…

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Man-made Objects in Nature: Painting by David B. Scott


An oil painting of an old truck decaying in the woodsLost and Found, oil on canvas

Today we’ll take a close look at the artwork of David B. Scott. David is highly skilled in photorealistic painting, choosing an interesting array of subject matter that seems to express the decay of man-made objects in nature.

 


An oil painting of some junk inside an abandoned buildingRefuse, oil on canvas

A number of David’s paintings are of rusted shells of old trucks that have been left out in fields or wooded, rural areas to slowly degrade. There is a…

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Plein Air Pastels by Edy Stoughton


A pastel drawing of a field with bales of hay strewn throughoutGetting Ready for Winter, soft pastel

Our featured artist for today, Edy Stoughton, is an artist from northern Michigan who paints pastel scenes of the local landscape, sometimes using a plein air approach. These plein air pastels capture all seasons of the countryside that Edy lives in, finding beauty in each different scene.

 


A pastel drawing of a snow-covered dune in MichiganWintry Dunes in Northern Michigan 2014, pastel

Pastels are something of a less common fine art medium, but…

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Visually Explosive: Art by Jon Duci


A painting composed of several abstracted faces in neon coloursIrrational Portrait, acrylic on canvas-printed photo

Jon Duci is our featured artist for today! Jon’s artwork is a visually explosive combination of dynamic lines, pop-culture references, and the artist’s own signature sense of humour about his works. Using painting, collage, and mixed media, Jon’s style is distinct in each different medium. 

 


A collage and mixed-media work with several advertising cutouts of faces and signsHERTZ, collage and acrylic on board



A screen capture of the mixed media artworks on Jon Duci's websiteMixed media works on www.jonduci.com

Jon’s…

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Old World Meets Abstract: Art by Eveline Wallace


A long, slightly abstracted painting of a tall young woman dressed in whiteCoquette, mixed media on canvas

Today for our artist feature we’ll look at the portfolio website of Eveline Wallace. Eveline’s works have a great sense of old-world-meets-abstract aesthetics, featuring iconic figures combined with contemporary brush marks and large planes of colour.

 


An egg-tempera painting of a traditional buddhaBuddha Amida, egg tempra on wood

In Eveline’s iconography series she paints familiar figures – such as various deities from Buddhism, Hinduism,…

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Studio Sunday: Rita Ackermann


A photograph of Rita Ackerman working in her Brooklyn studio

 

Born in Budapest, Hungary in 1968, Rita Ackermann has had an illustrious career in art, showing in galleries across North America and Europe. She moved to New York at a young age to study and be immersed in the American art scene, and she continues to live and work there to this day.

 

Ackermann’s works could be classified as paintings, but she certainly does not limit herself to paint as a medium. I find most of her works have a…

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Painting and Playful Abandon: Art by Allyson Malek


An abstract image with pastel coloured brushtrokesWestward

Allyson Malek is an artist located on the California coast. Her paintings are primarily abstract, and use pastel colours and rounded forms to create peaceful, relaxing images that express a pure love for painting and playful abandon with materials.

 


An encaustic collage with images of kitchen implements and patternsMonk Memories, encaustic, toner transfers and pigments

Allyson mainly paints in acrylic on canvas, though she has also produced some interesting works using encaustic, a medium…

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Nature's Art Materials: Work by Sarah Martin

 


Three clumps of cotton and thread dipped into ceramicPorcelain, cotton and thread dipped into porcelain

 

Sarah Martin goes by the studio name Falling Moss, a moniker which fits perfectly with her use of natural materials, such as unprocessed wood, organic fibres, and even tea leaves. Sarah’s work has a distinctly natural feel to it, and it reflects a desire on the part of the artist to appreciate nature’s art materials.

 


A clump on knotted linen dyed green to look like a clump of mossLand, rug knotted linen, felted wool, acid dye

Even…

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Physical Photo-Manipulation by Richard Galpin

A collage created of scalpel-cut strips of photographsBrace III (Breach), peeled photograph

Check out these amazing works of physical photo-manipulation by Richard Galpin! Galpin is a British artist who uses photographs as a base medium in his artworks, but takes the medium much further than we might be used to seeing. He is most well known for his works where he used a scalpel to cut photographs into thin strips, rearranging them into completely new images.

 


An installation of wall-mounted photos treated with sanding and paintElephant (Ten Thousand…

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Smooth, Layered Forms: Art by Ashleigh Bartlett


An abstract painting composed of flat, coloured formsBig Curl, oil on canvas

Ashleigh Bartlett, our featured artist of the day, currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts, where she creates her fabric-like and painted artworks. Smooth, layered forms dominate her paintings, which echo her canvas paper works yet are somehow more voluminous. Usually working with a mixture of acrylic and oil paint, Ashleigh paints images that are glossy and vibrant.

 


A sheet of painted canvas paper that has been cut and hung on a wallPink Wig, acrylic on canvas paper

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Studio Sunday: Pop Artist Antony Micallef


A photo of Antony Micallef working on the floor in his studio

This Studio Sunday, let’s check out Antony Micallef’s studio. This is one of the messiest studio photos I’ve seen and I think it’s great. I’m someone who often ends up with my work all over the floor, so it’s great to see a successful artist using this kind of technique to their advantage. It looks like Micallef does his painting on a flat surface as opposed to on an easel, so the floor method would probably be good for…

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Monoliths and Portals: Painting by Rebecca Chaperon


A painting of a black parallelogram on a pinkish landscapeLogic, acrylic on canvas

Today we’re featuring the art of Rebecca Chaperon! Based in Vancouver, BC, Rebecca creates paintings and sculptures that combine dark fairytale scenes with monolithic geometric symbols.

 

I love the combination of different moods and tones that Rebecca puts into each painting. Her human figures, as well as her larger crystalline “glacier” forms are often somewhat whimsical, inviting and even friendly in a…

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Modern Renaissance: Art by Marco Battaglini


A classical-style portrait of a military figure set on a background of graffitiMa quanto sei bello

Costa Rican artist Marco Battaglini uses his artwork to explore the evolution of culture and knowledge. In some works, he combines classical paintings with modern pop-art references and graffiti for a modern renaissance look.  While the imagery appears almost collaged at first glance, looking at the paintings I find subtle details that really add to the ideas behind the pieces, like finding brand names tattooed on…

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Patterns and Deconstructions: Art by Jason Fielding


An oil painting of a buffalo in front of a strange geometric landscapeHome on the Range, oil on canvas

Our featured artist for today, Jason Fielding, holds a BFA in Media Arts from Vancouver’s Emily Carr University. His paintings often feature patterns and deconstructions of familiar shapes and objects.

 

Jason’s primary mediums are paint and performance. He has produced work at SNAG, a weekly live painting event in Vancouver, where artists produce an original work in front of spectators. He has also…

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Grotesquely Playful: Art by Ben Duncan


a heavily stylyzed album cover artwork with several figures standing in the oceanOmnipotent Riffs, acrylic on hardboard

Our featured artist today is Ben Duncan of Occasional Headbunts. Ben’s grotesquely playful imagery spans illustrative mediums including drawing, painting, comics and sculpture. He has a clean, refined style that takes well to the bulbous, intricate detail that explodes out of every piece.

 

Ben’s portfolio is stuffed with work, including several short comic stories. His surreal cartoon drawing…

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