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Youthful Alienation and Aggression: Art by Stephen Shearer

A drawing in red crayon of a long-haired, bearded man blowing bubblesBubbles, crayon on paper

Based in Vancouver, BC, Stephen Shearer is an artist who works in the traditional mediums of painting, drawing, photography and collage. He began his artistic career among the artists now associated with the Vancouver School of photo-conceptualism, and while he is not directly affiliated with them, their influence is palpable in his practice.


A painting of two male "heavy metal"  figures in various muted tonesThe Fauves

Shearer is most noted for making work that explores…

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Paying the Bills: How to Work to Support your Art Career without Squashing it

When you first start out as a professional artist, you shouldn't expect to support yourself solely on your artwork. Once you have a solid body of work you can apply for grants, but what if you are right at the beginning of your career and want to see where it takes you before you apply for a formal project grant? A part-time job that allows you to set aside time for your art will be ideal in the mean time.


A job with flexible hours is…

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Constructive and Destructive Artworks by Kenn Raaf

An abstract black and white paintingDeeper

Our featured artist for the day is Kenn Raaf, a multidisciplinary artist located in California. Kenn originally started working in paint and sculpture, and more recently has added metalwork and printmaking to his resume in the process of creating his constructive and destructive artworks.


An abstracted sculpture of a torsoTorso 1

The first thing I notice about Kenn’s body of work as a whole is the intensely dark mood that comes with it. The colours and tones…

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Curatorial Art by Willem de Rooij

An image of four Dutch classical paintings in a gallery

Paintings by Melchior d'Hondecoeter, part of Intolerance exhibition

Dutch artist Willem de Rooij is an installation artist most known for exploring ideas of museum and art history by creating exhibitions and installations incorporating the works of other artists, both living and dead.


De Rooij has a fascination with classical painting, in particular romanticized images of animals and nature. In one of his more recent exhibitions,…

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Choosing a Gallery to Suit Your Style

Getting your work shown in a gallery is one thing – but getting your work shown at the right gallery is the next step in gaining the recognition that you want for your work. Doing some research about galleries in your area (or in other cities, if you are prepared to ship your artwork) and what their specializations are when it comes to the work they show, can help you immensely in the long run.


Each gallery you go to has a different…

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The Importance of Installation

So you’ve got yourself a gallery show, and you have a bunch of works that are finished and ready to be hung, or at least planned and ready to be produced - now's a good time to make sure you don’t overlook one of the most important aspects of showing artwork – the installation!


A photograph of Kazimir Malevich's work originally installed in the 1920's


The way a piece of artwork is installed can drastically effect the way it is viewed - it can even  be part of the piece if the artist has planned it…

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Studio Sunday: Sol Lewitt


A black and white photograph of Sol Lewitt working in the studio


Sol Lewitt is our artist for this week’s Studio Sunday! Lewitt (1928-2007) was one of the first artists to make work that focused as much on the idea, concept, and process as the finished piece. Lewitt worked for a number of years as a graphic designer for I.M. Pei’s architectural firm before becoming a full-time artist. The architectural education is obvious in much of his calculated, geometric art pieces.


Lewitt often…

Traditional Meets Commercial : Art by Sonny Assu

A graphic image emulating a popular style, showing traditional indigenous art stylings.There Is Hope, If We Rise #3

Montreal-based artist Sonny Assu is well known for his body of work that uses the iconography of traditional indigenous art, while still working with contemporary materials and aesthetics, and tackling important, socially charged subject matter.


A series of prints on foam core, putting an activist spin on well-known cereal mascotsBreakfast Series, digital print, foam core


#NoFilter Artwork on Sonny Assu's website#NoFilter on

Much of Sonny’s materially varied work comes from a conceptual standpoint of…

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Paintings Bursting with Life by Allen Wittert

A brightly coloured acrylic painting of a city skyline, with imaginitive perpectiveI'll have a Manhattan, acrylic on canvas

Allen Wittert’s figures and portraits have something almost Cubist in them – perhaps the way the artist composes his subjects using coloured shapes and dark outlines, or perhaps the scenes that seem to combine many different physical points of view into one imagine in which the perspective is slightly and interestingly skewed. Either way, Allen creates paintings bursting with life.


An abstract painting with layered shapes and bright coloursOrbiting…

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Art Writers and You

Writing is an important aspect of any artistic career – not only what you write about your own work, i.e. artist statements or descriptions of pieces, but also the writing that is done about your work, once you get it out into the world where people can see it and have opinions about it.


Art critics and art writers help the art world turn by guiding trends in art and promoting artists who are making really interesting work. While…

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Polished Photography by Christopher Williams

A close-up photograph of a person putting on a red sockUntitled (Study in Red), photographic print on paper

Christopher Williams studied at the California Institute of the Arts in the 1970’s, securing his position as one of the first and most well-known west coast conceptual artists. A photographer, Williams’ current practice consists of highly polished, minimalist photographs – most of which are staged, and taken in studio.


A photograph of a model wearing yellow next to a photographic colour guideKodak Three Point Reflection Guide / © 1968, Eastman…

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Curated Collection: Print Media

A printed and drawn image of brids landing on a wood plankReclaimed Tree with Nuthatches, intaglio printed woodgrain with ink drawing, Nicole Richards

This month for our Curated Collection, I’ve put together a set of artworks that are example of printmaking. Printmaking is such an immensely varied medium, allowing you to get a myriad of different results and types of imagery, depending on what technique you use. Some of the most well-known and commonly practiced types of printmaking are…

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Spaces both Real and Imagined: Paintings by Margaret Bowes

A series of small oil paintings, each depicting one letter of the word "nowhere"Sometimes You Have To Go Up Really High To Realize How Small You Are, oil on canvas

Margaret Bowes, our featured artist for today, uses her artwork in a unique exploration of spaces both real and imagined, and our relationships to those spaces.


Working primarily in painting, Margaret crafts exquisite images that evoke feelings of familiarity and a certain, poignant lonesomeness. These are not all happy places, though some of them are…

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Advice for Approaching a Gallery and Getting Your Work Shown!

So you’ve been dreaming about having your work shown in a gallery – how do you go about making that a reality? There are a few different things you can do.


1) Get Organized!


Even if you've never had a formal show before, the gallery needs to see you as a professional. Make sure you have a well-organized portfolio for your work – if you're approaching the gallery in person, it's always a good plan to have a few top-quality…

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Artful Detritus: Tom Fruin

A photo of a house made of small sections of stained glassKolonihavehus, steel, found plexiglass, paint

Tom Fruin lives and works in Brooklyn, NY, where he creates artwork that utilizes found objects and street detritus in bright, attention grabbing installations and sculptures. Some of the material that Fruin uses could easily be seen as garbage to the layman – his Treasure Map, R.V. Ingersoll work is effectively a quilt, sewn of plastic Ziploc bags that once contained illicit drugs.…

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