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Portals, Altars and Mythological Figures: Art by Chía Ortegón


A contour-line painting of a woman with blue skin in a yellow dressBlank Mood

Today we’re featuring the artwork of Chía Ortegón.  Chía is a prolific artist with her own practice and several collaborative projects on the go.

 

Many of Chía’s works are self portraits, and the female figure appears in a vast majority of them. Her technique celebrates line, with brightly-coloured figures that are built up using contour lines. Sometimes these lines are echoed in her backgrounds as well, or become…

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Studio Sunday: Egon Schiele


A black and white photograph of Egon Scheile seated in his studio

 

 

It’s Studio Sunday again! Today we’re taking a look inside the studio space of Egon Schiele. Schiele was an Austrian artist who lived and worked in the 19th century, enjoying a well-followed and highly controversial artistic career before his death in 1890.  

 

Schiele’s works were highly illustrative, and mostly done on paper. He would have done a lot of his work sitting at a desk – probably the one pictured in the…

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Custom Art Prints by Vesa Peltonen


A digital print image of a woman floating in calm waterUnder the Water, artist print 

Vesa Peltonen is a an artist of many talents, working in many different areas of the arts including education, design, writing, and of course, visual arts. For today’s artist feature let’s take a look at his custom art prints!

 

A digital print image of red and purple clouds over a morning landscapeSky Forms in the Morning, artist print 

Vesa uses a unique and interesting style to create his artworks. What looks like photographic images form the basis for his images…

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Eerily Pretty: Artworks by Claire Morgan


A sculpture in a glass case consisting of a taxidermy squirrel and suspended bluebottlesA Hanging Fog, squirrel (taxidermy), bluebottles, nylon

The taxidermy artworks of Claire Morgan serve as eerily pretty meditations on nature and the cycle of life and death. In her works, Morgan uses a mixture of natural materials – taxidermy animals, seeds and other plant matter – as well as synthetics like plastic and nylon. I find the combination of the two lends extra power to these already monumental sculptural pieces.

 


A taxidermy wood mouse at the bottom of a sculpture created of suspended dandelion seedsOver…

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Musical Paintings by Marilyn Nelson


An abstract painting with swirls of purple, yellow and blue"Octopus's Garden" - The Beatles, oil and acrylic on canvas

Marilyn Nelson, is our featured artist today! Marilyn is currently working mainly in abstract painting, taking the inspiration for her images from music. These musical paintings vary widely in colour and tone, but all are painted with swirling, carefree brush strokes that seem to mimic the movements of dance.


An abstract work meant to emulate the feeling of K.D. Lang's Hallelujah"Hallelujah" - K.D. Lang, oil on canvas

It’s easy to see where the…

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"Anthropocentric Specimens": Art by Stephanie Cormier


A bulbous, doughy sculpture made from pink polyurethane foam with bread ties stuck in itAnthropocentric Specimen 033, polyurethane foam, found objects 

Today let’s look at Toronto-based artist Stephanie Cormier. Stephanie uses many different techniques and materials to make her work, which is often sculptural or project-based.

 

Stephanie’s "Anthropocentric Specimens" are lovely – they are all very obviously constructed from found and non-organic materials, and yet they do have a biological feeling to them, like…

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Studio Sunday: Tracey Emin


A photograph of Tracey Emin looking thoughtful in her studio

 

Today’s Studio Sunday artist is Tracey Emin. Tracey is part of a loosely collected group of artists known as the Young British Artists, a term applied to those who graduated from England’s Goldsmith College in the late 1980’s and have enjoyed surging popularity in the art world ever since.

 

Tracey’s works are in many different mediums, from drawing and painting to needlework and textile art, to large installations and video…

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Delicately Layered Images by Sandra Sugimoto


A collaged image of several baby birds in a nest

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Sandra Sugimoto is a children’s book illustrator and art teacher, who creates delicately layered images of paper and fabric scraps.

 

Sandra’s professional illustrations feature children and animals in scenes both fantastic and calm, using bright colours and simple shapes, overlaid to form more complex forms. I find Sandra’s illustrations so adorable and relaxing to look at! The subtle repetition of shapes and the…

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Curated Collection: Negative Space


A painting of what appears to be a clump of black feathers on a beige backgroundBlack Hybrid III, oil on birch panel, Robert Porazinski

It’s time for another Curated Collection! This month’s theme is Negative Space. Negative space is the space in an artwork, be that in a painting, photograph, or even a sculpture that is not used – basically, the opposite of the image. Negative space may not seem important at first, but it can really set the tone for a picture, and determine whether or not an image has…

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Loving Portraiture by Graham Hall


A realistic portrait of a woman with blonde hair and glasses on wood panelJohanna Heldebro, acrylic on wood panel

Montreal artist Graham Hall is an accomplished painter and illustrator, jumping between styles and subjects with apparent ease. Graham’s style ranges from cartoonish, quickly done line art in his drawings, to very smooth realistic portraits and clean, geometric lines.

 


An abstract geometric painting with a honeycomb pattern covering the substrateMorpeheon, acrylic on wood panel

All of Graham’s work is wonderfully expressive, and it’s nice that it doesn’t lose…

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Deep Colours and Wild Brushstrokes: Painting by Ella Sandow


A painting of a red, bulbous flowerFire in the Desert, oil on canvas

These deep colours and wild brushstrokes are the work of Ella Sandow, our featured artist for today. Ella finds much of her inspiration in nature, with many of her paintings focusing specifically on flowers and plants.

 


A gallery screen capture on the art website of Ella SandowDeviant Nature gallery on Ella's website

I find Ella’s use of black backgrounds interesting – it isn’t a tone I’d normally associate with floral paintings, however it does seem…

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Inviting, Naive-Style Paintings by Barry Scanlan


A loose portrait of a woman wearing a colourful sweater and smoking a cigarWoman with a Cigar

Barry Scanlan is our featured artist for today! Barry creates inviting, naïve-style paintings that may look simplistic, but often have complex ideas behind them, and are painted using many different materials including acrylic, pumice, sand, clay, oil, and latex. Such a complex mixture creates paintings that demand to be seen up close.

 


A painting of a gray house on a wildly abstracted backgroundGray House

 
A screen capture of the front page of Barry Scanlan's art websitewww.barryscanlanart.com 

Large, heavy brushstrokes and bright…

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Joyful, Positive Artworks by Cecile Blanche Bekolo Koe


A painting of two African masks by Cecile Blanche Bekolo KoeMask 02

Today’s featured artist hails from Brossard, Quebec – though she was born in Cameroon and has lived all over the world. Cecile Blanche Bekolo Koe creates joyful, positive artworks that utilize clean lines and bright colours to create a great sense of exuberance in her subject matter.

 

"On The Road" painting series on the website of Cecile Blanche Bekolo KoeCecile's gallery, "On The Road", on her website

I really enjoy the way that Cecile combines bright, splashy patterns and washes of paint with…

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Studio Sunday: Anni Albers

 


Anni Albers weaving on a loom in her studio in Black Mountain College

 

Today’s studio Sunday will focus on Anni Albers. One of the most important and well-known textile artists of the 20th century, Albers is known for her loom-woven works, and is seen here weaving in her studio at Black Mountain College in North Carolina. Albers’ husband Josef, another noted artist and educator, was a teacher at the college.

 

I imagine a textile studio to be slightly different from, say, a painting or sculpture…

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Studio Sunday: Theaster Gates


A photo of Theaster Gates with employees and assistants in his pottery studio

 

Our Studio Sunday artist this week is Theaster Gates. Gates was trained in pottery, and though he now works in a wide variety of media creating a number of different types of artworks, he still uses ceramics and pottery frequently in his work. The studio pictured above is Gate’s pottery workspace, located in what used to be a beer warehouse in Chicago.

 

Gates is highly interested in the restoration and transformation of spaces,…

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