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Curated Art Collection: Black, White and Grey

A black and white photo of a beach with barnacle-covered poles in the waterThe Beauty of Cooden Beach 4, Susan G Mackey

Today’s Curated Collection focuses on colourless art pieces, or work that use only black, white and grey. The works that I’ve put together, by Craig Brumwell, Susan G Mackey, Robert Schroeder, Mark Rothko, Rodney Graham and Bridget Riley, are in various mediums, including drawing, painting and photography. I enjoy the way that removing the colour from a piece opens it up to greater…

Domestic Exploration: Art by D'Andrea Bowie

A plaster sculpture of sleeping rabbits in a pie tinSleeping Bunnies, polished plaster

D’Andrea Bowie is an artist who studies at Toronto’s OCADU. She works in drawing, ceramics, sculpture, and installation, often combining several of these mediums, to great effect. There is an interesting undercurrent of domestic exploration in D’Andrea’s work that is at times inviting and at times subtly critical.


A series of ceramic money banks with the coin slots formed to look like mouthsMoney Banks, earthenware

I find D’Andrea’s installation work really…

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Digitally Nostalgic art by Hollis Brown Thornton

An image-transfer piece of a young boy standing in front of a nintendo arcade gameNintendo Fun Club, pigment transfer on paper

The contemporary world and its focus on digital interaction is one of the primary focuses of Hollis Brown Thornton’s artworks. Born in Aiken, South Carolina, received his BFA from the University of South Carolina, before working for a number of years as a gallery director and preparatory. He now works as a full-time professional artist and is still located in Aiken.


A painting of a pixellated VHS tapeVHS, acrylic on canvas…

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Studio Sunday: Lawrence Weiner


A photo of Lawrence Weiner in his home studio


Lawrence Weiner’s studio is located inside of a multipurpose building that the artist himself constructed with the help of his wife. The building, which replaced the artists’ house in New York (which was demolished for the purpose) boasts eco-friendly green roofing, several different work spaces, and a living archive.


The studio is not overly large, but it is bright and, as seen in the photograph above, has a mirrored wall…

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Fragmentary, Ethereal Work by Ellen Hunt

A collage with a single photo made ghostly with layers of gel mediumStatue, Anthropologie catalogue, other found images, gel medium, ink, graphite, chalk

San Francisco artist Ellen Hunt creates fragmentary, ethereal work that has the affect of old photographs found in attic boxes.


Ellen’s work has a personal centre that shows through a lot in her treatment of subject matter and materials. The idea of memory, past, and reflection runs deep through the artwork, while the vagueness of each subject…

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A Complex and Provocative Portfolio by John Douglas

Cloud Mountain


John Douglas, our featured artist for today, has a complex and provocative portfolio mostly composed of film and video works, and often veering into more heavily conceptual work that defies categorization.


A digitally rendered image of an oak treeOak & City


The front page of John Douglas'

Having studied both art and architecture for a short time at Harvard, as well as serving in the United States army, John has an interesting palette of experiential reference to…

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Modern Surrealism by Matthew Grabelsky

An oil painting of a woman standing in front of a bear in the New York subwayExit Pursued by A Bear, oil on canvas


Matthew Grabelsky hold degrees in both art and astrophysics, lending an interesting perspective to his realistic representational paintings that combine very modern imagery and scenes with a touch of surrealism and classical embellishment. Grabelsky studied painting under great masters in Italy and France, allowing the viewer to see his contemporary conceptual style in a different, contrasting…

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Fabric and Hanging Objects: Art by Jacqueline Bell Johnson

A photograph of an installation in a room featuring large sheets of fabric and coloured lightsDeflated/Defeated, wood, fabric, PVC pipe, dye, vinyl, thread, coloured lights

Jacqueline Bell Johnson is an L.A. based installation artist. Her works use a variety of natural and synthetic materials to create large, room-filling forms that range from rigid wire sculptures to billowing sheets of fabric and hanging objects draped across gallery spaces.


The visual experience that Jacqueline creates with her sculptural work causes the…

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Tense Installations by Jose Davila

A sculptural installation with a sheet of marble held upright by the tension of tiesAllure, allure marble, straps and eyebolts

Jose Davila is an artist based in New York whose work harkens back to the height of minimalism. He often uses raw materials, like marble slabs, only slightly altered by having neon-coloured straps wrapped around them – or square pieces of glass stacked in front of one another to create a gradient as the opacity increases


The simplicity of Jose’s works allows for calm contemplation of his…

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Studio Sunday: Takashi Murakami


A photo of assistants making work in Takashi Murakami's studio


Check out the studio space of Japanese pop artist Takashi Murakami! Murakami is internationally known for his sizeable pieces often using repetitive patterns and duplicated images which emulate and anime, pop-art “superflat” style of cartoon artwork. To accommodate the scale and assembly-line type style of working required by his art, Murakami usually employs studio assistants to help him create the artwork, a few of which you…

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150 Sunsets: Paintings by Noah Verrier

A small, loose painting of a rural sunsetSunset No. 14

Noah Verrier spent a year painting sunsets in the same spot – 150 sunsets, to be exact. These paintings, available for viewing on his website, as well as for purchase in the form of a book, reflect the changing of the seasons, and the movement of the sun from season to season and provide a unique meditation on the passage of time as seen from a single point in space.


When installed, Noah’s 150 paintings are carefully…

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Celebration of Shape and Form: Paintings by Linda Henningson

A painting with some daisies inserted into an abstract, pink and blue backgroundDew, arcylic on canvas

Our featured artist for today is Linda Henningson. Linda graduated from Emily Carr University in Vancouver, BC, in 2006 and has been painting professionally ever since. Her works are colourful and expressive in their use and celebration of shape and form.


Many of Linda’s paintings echo natural forms, vaguely emulating the shapes of plants, or coral, or even microscopic systems and cellular diagrams. In her…

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Colourful, Swirling Abstracts by Luis Pagan

An abstract painting made by pouring layers of thin paint onto a surfaceRaven, house paint on board

Our featured artist today is Luis Pagan. Luis uses an innovative technique to create his colourful, swirling abstracts – house paint poured through a kitchen strainer. The result is paintings that are at once reminiscent of aerial landscapes, photos of outer space, or chemicals under a microscope. 


Luis’ work focuses very much on the behavior of the medium itself. His portfolio is partially organized…

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Text Projections by Jenny Holzer

A photo of a poem projected onto a body of waterArno, projection

Jenny Holzer is an important figure in modern art, specifically in the area of text art. Most of Holzer’s work is very conceptual in nature, and rather than presenting her audience with an image to think about, she presents them with a phrase that may be somehow referential, or philosophical, prompting the viewer to think critically and try to unravel its meaning.


My favourite iteration of Holzer’s work are her…

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Studio Sunday: Daniel Clowes


A photo of Daniel Clowes in his home studio


This Sunday we’re taking a glance inside the studio of acclaimed comic artist and graphic novelist, Daniel Clowes. Born in Chicago in 1961, Clowes received his BFA from the Pratt institute in New York, and went on to produce some of the most well-known and well-loved graphic novels in the contemporary era.


Clowes’ studio in his home in Oakland, California (pictured above), is where he produces most of his work. The studio…

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