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Identity and Technology: Artworks by Wynne Palmer


An installation view of fingerprint made of luminous cable attached to a tree trunkLight Pulse, Galvanized wire mesh, EL wire, "strong" driver, twist ties, duct and electrical tape

Our featured artist today is Wynne Palmer! Wynne’s work uses varied mediums that often come in the form of installations with audio-visual, electronic, and digital components. Many of Wynne’s works focus on senses of identity and technology within a collective consciousness.

 


A photograph of sea anemones underwater.Polyp, photograph


The front page of Wynne Palmer's art websitewww.wynnepalmer.net

I can see a thread of…

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Studio Sunday: Damien Hirst


A photo of Damien Hirst in his studio in England

 

Our studio Sunday artist today is Damien Hirst. Hirst is currently well known for being the highest-paid living artist. Some of his works are made with such valuable materials as precious metals and preserved animals.

 

Hirst’s main studio is located in Stroud, Gloucester, in the rural English countryside. The entire studio building takes up 9000 square feet! Most of the action happens in a large or warehouse-like space, pictured…

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Stained Glass to be Admired: Catherine Hart


A stained glass window with flowers made of chandelier crystalsVictorian Garden, water glass and reclaimed chandelier crystals

Today’s featured artist is Catherine Hart! Catherine is a skilled artisan who produces wonderful stained glass to be admired and used. On her art website, Catherine has a portfolio filled with works of glass art in different categories.

 

A stained glass panel with squares of black and textured clear glassWinter Moon

Catherine makes geometric glass panels, as well as abstract designs and mirrors with stained glass accents. Some of her…

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Performance of Identities: Art by Liza Montgomery


A painting of a woman with heavy makeup pulling a strand of beads from her mouthHungry Ghost II, oil and mixed media on wood panel

Liza Montgomery is an artist born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Her current practice looks at representation in both art and life, and the performance of identities, particularly in feminine aesthetics.

 

A painting of two costumed woman on an un-primed wood panelDoppleganger, oil and mixed media on wood panel

"Artifice" gallery on Liza Montgomery's websiteArtifice gallery on Liza's website

On Liza’s website, www.lizamontgomery.com, current work is split into two galleries: rituals, and…

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An Illustrative Eye: Paintings by Chrystal Chan


A painting of a young girl with a house balanced on her headWhere My Mind is My Heart is Also, oil on board

Painter Chrystal Chan works with an illustrative eye, painting strange scenes that echo the vignettes of classical figure painting, but seem like they could be pictures accompanying a grand fairy tale. Born and raised in California, the artist has always had a special interest in the spiritual and occult worlds, and many of her paintings express these ideas, as well as simple feelings…

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The Outdoors, Walking, and Maps: Art by Marilyn Joyce


A collage piece made of strips of a cut-up map glued to birch paperIntersections #4, map strips and cold wax on birch ply

Our featured artist today is Marilyn Joyce. Located just outside of Portland, Oregon, Marilyn currently focuses her art practice on the outdoors, walking, and maps. Her soft, evocative drawings on tea-coloured paper offer a nice compliment to her collages of fragmented maps.

 


An art piece made of different materials collaged on tea-stained paper to look like a map45122e8, ink, tea, coffee, pencil, casein and wax on Arches paper

Marilyn’s map collages look like birch…

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Interior Design, Architecture, and Food: Alice Coyle


A photo of a room in a restaurant with modern interior designThe Dickens Room - House of Saint Barnabus, London, design by Grainne Weber Architects

Alice Coyle, our featured artist today, was raised in a family of restaurant owners, hoteliers, and cooks. She is interested in interior design, architecture, and food – and combining the three to great effect.

 


An architectural sketch of a building in a future collegeThe English Market - College Project

 
A screen capture of the goodies gallery on Alice Coyle's design websiteA gallery of "goodies" included in Alice's Wrap Artist at The Market project

On Alice’s website,

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Studio Sunday: Gerhard Richter


A still image from the movie Gerhard Richter Painting, of the artist in his studio

 

Today, let’s look inside the studio of abstract painter Gerhard Richter. Richter has become one of the most important artists in abstraction, and is still actively producing work at the age of 83.

 

Richter’s studio is large and spacious, with enough wall space to display several of his large canvases, or works in progress. The nature of his current practice requires that the paintings be hung vertically while Richter works on…

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Large, Loose, Bombastic Brushstrokes: Painting by Noah NJ Bowman


A large abstract painting with bright yellow tonesDespite Sunshine, acrylic on canvas

Vancouver, BC artist Noah NJ Bowman likes to paint with bright colours, pastel background, and large, loose, bombastic brushstrokes. Looking at his paintings I can see a huge amount of enthusiasm for the painting process and a genuine affection for the finished works.

 


An abstract painting with a background of multi-coloured polka dotsContemplation of Universal Complexion, acrylic on canvas

Noah’s method of working favours the gestural and the spontaneous. In a…

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Small but Expressive Sculptures by Isaac Cordal


A photo of several sculpted old men wading through a puddleCasus Pacis

Isaac Cordal creates his artworks by producing tiny sculptural figures – small middle-aged business men, it appears, and placing them in concrete or industrial urban areas. The result is figures that look utterly overwhelmed in their space, even while expressing a certain amount of humour about the situation.

 


A photo of a tiny sculpted figure sitting atop a power box on the side of a buildingArtscape 2014

Cordal’s small but expressive sculptures attempt to work through the absurdity of modern urban…

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Personal and Natural Environments: Art by Michael McEwing


A landscape oil painting of a grassy meadow overlooking marshlanLooking Down from the Meadow, oil on canvas

Artist and illustrator, Michael McEwing hails from New Brunswick and makes art about personal and natural environments. On Michael’s webpage you can view a variety of his different projects, all of which speak to different yet cohesive elements of Michael’s interests.

 


A woodblock print with images of a young boy looking at the moon, and schematic diagramsDans La Lune No. 13, woodblock print and mixed media

Michael’s artworks range from paintings, to printmaking to…

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Scenes of Urban Sprawl: Paintings by Shawn Demarest


A painting of a snowy suburban street at dawnSnow Day Morning, oil on panel

Featured artist Shawn Demarest paints scenes of urban sprawl, specializing in highways, overpasses, and industrial areas. Originally from Boulder, Colorado, Shawn captures aspects of city life that we might not immediately think of as beautiful, but through her paintings she imbues them with a certain, moody intrigue.


A painting of a parking lot in an industrial areaSE 2nd, oil on panel

 

A screen capture of the You Are Here gallery on Shawn Demarest's websiteYou Are Here gallery on Shawn's website

I adore Shawn’s…

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Dancers in Motion: Photography by Luis Pons


A photograph of two ballerinas performing on an underground train platformUntitled

Today’s featured artist is Luis Pons, a photographer who specializes in capturing images of dancers in motion. Luis’ photographs are really beautiful meditations on the acts of both dance, and photography. Luis says in his artist’s statement that his photography began as a way to combat depression and capture a moment of beauty and clarity.


A photo of a ballerina dancing along a seawall in an urban areaBallerina Galen Bolard

I can certainly see how these photographs also spread that…

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Studio Sunday: Rachel Whiteread


A photo of drawings in Rachel Whiteread's studio taken in 2010

 

Our Studio Sunday artist this week is Rachel Whiteread. Whiteread is perhaps most famous for her sculptures which involve casting everyday objects in concrete, resin, and other materials. In 1993 she produced House, a concrete cast of an entire home in London, which won the Turner prize that year. Also important to Whiteread’s practice, however, is drawing.

 

As the artist says, the drawings help her artistic process, as a way of…

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Charcoal, Typography, and Jewelry Design: Gamelle Fitzgibbon


A charcoal drawing of a young Afghan boyEffects of War series: Afghanistan, charcoal and conte on paper

Gamelle Fitzgibbon is an artist and designer who is especially interested in charcoal, typography, and jewelry design. She is also our featured artist for today! Gamelle’s charcoal works express a variety of subjects, ranging from figures and portraits in her Effects of War series - serious portrayals of the ravages of conflict – to her Contemporary Eros series which…

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