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Absurd Photo Manipulations by Adam Mayster


A photo of a coastal cliff with the colours digitally editedCave 7

Adam Mayster, our featured artist for today, is an artist who works in many different mediums, but is most recently taken with digitally manipulating photographs to create strange and absurd photo manipulations.

 


A photo of a jellyfish with digitally edited colours, black and tealJelly in Space 3

 


The Flower Gallery on Adam Mayster's websiteThe Flower Gallery on theabsurdart.com



In many of his works, Adam uses computer technology to alter the colours of a digital image, producing pictures where the original subject is obscured and…

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Expansive Landscapes: Paintings by Frank Kusch


A painting of waves crashing in the oceanStorm Brewing, acrylic on canvas

Frank Kusch is a Canadian painter who works with both oil and acrylic paints. His works tend to be expansive landscapes, both of earthly scenes, and in some of his work, vast areas of outer space.

 


A painting of the bare trees silhouetted in mistA Liturgy of Trees, acrylic on canvas

 


The front page of Frank Kusch's art websitewww.frankkusch.com


Frank paints in an almost impressionist style, with quick, small brushstrokes that blend together and express movement over large spaces. His…

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Studio Sunday: Thomas Houseago


A picture of Thomas Houseago sculpting a large lump of clay on the floor of his studio

 

This Studio Sunday, we take a peek inside the Los Angeles studio of Thomas Houseago, a sculptor who works in materials like plaster, iron and bronze. His sculptures tend to be figurative, and draw from classical sculpting tropes, but are more like the sculptural equivalent of gesture drawings than they are realistic.

 

Houseago owns an entire studio building in Los Angeles, which itself takes up an entire city block. The building is…

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Painting and Set Design by Yvonne Shaffer


A painting of an overgrown garden in front of a houseRiverside Inn, oil on canvas

Our featured artist of the day is Pennsylvania-based painter Yvonne Shaffer. Yvonne works in several different mediums and styles, including oil, watercolour and coloured pencil, also moving between representation and abstraction.

 


A screen capture of watercolour paintings on Yvonne Shaffer's websiteA gallery of watercolour paintings on Yvonne Shaffer's website

 


An abstract painting featuring waves of blueBlue, oil on canvas

Yvonne’s paintings show a great deal of texture – regardless of the subject matter one…

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Curated Collection: Installation Art

 


sculpture of a carRamble On, Myfanwy MacLeod


art installation of polished railway tracks on a cement floorRail Installation, Craig Brumwell

 

For this curated collection I’ve brought together some interesting works of installation art. Installation art occupies the space between, painting, sculpture, and other artistic media, often incorporating elements of many different artistic practices. One installation may include sculptural elements as well as film and two-dimensional imagery.

 

I find installation…


Modern Meets Rustic: Madera Fina Studio Furniture


An utra-modern solid wood benchContemporary Bench

Enrique Morales, the name behind Vancouver’s Madera Fina Furniture, creates beautiful furnishings that combine rustic, un-edited nature with smooth, refined furniture designs. Residing in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Enrique has access to the expansive woods of the area for inspiration. As a craftsman he is entire self-taught, and I can see a clear sense of play and exploration in his pieces.

 


A page of console tables on Madera Fina's webpageConsole Tables

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Whimsical Murals and Powerful Paintings by Grace Ann Piano


A painting of a Sudanese woman holding a babySudanese, oil on canvas

Grace-Anne Piano came to art after a previous career in engineering and business. Her whimsical murals and powerful paintings can be found in a variety of public and private spaces.

 


A wall mural in a hair salon, depicting a woman with long, flowing hairUntitled wall mural

Grace’s style produces colourful paintings, full of movement themselves, as well as sculptural and large-scale public installations – for example, a parade float. There is something about Grace’s work that…

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Studio Sundays: Mark Rothko

 


A black and white photo of Mark Rothko standing next to a large monochrome in his studio

 

Our Studio Sunday this week focuses on Mark Rothko, one of the big names in American abstract expressionism in the mid 20th century. Rothko is known for his large monochromatic paintings, a couple of which are seen here.

 

The above photo is of Rothko’s studio on 69th street in New York, in 1964. The paintings pictured are a series of large-scale monochromatic murals that were commissioned for the Rothko Chapel. In his studio,…

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Text, Choreography and Performance by Tanya Lukin Linklater


PhotodocumentaA photo of a woman dancing while another woman plays cello in the backgroundGrain(s), documentation of live performance

Tanya Lukin Linklater is an artist who uses text, choreography and performance to address both personal and social concepts. Tanya often employs two or more of the aforementioned disciplines in a single piece, resulting in multilayered performances that are both aesthetically

pleasing and thought provoking.

 


A screen capture of Tanya Lukin Linklater's websitewww.tanyalukinlinklater.com

 


A photo of a man looking at a banner draped over a rock jettySlow Scrape, site-specific installation

Tanya’s…

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Moody Abstract Works: Skai Fowler


An abstract painting with overlapping lines of orange and blue tonesConvergence 1, acrylic on canvas

Skai Fowler is based in Vancouver, British Columbia but her art exhibits internationally. Her paintings combine powerful, almost monochromatic planes of colour with smaller shapes and thin, spider-like dark lines, creating an effect that I find slightly reminiscent of the works of Kandinsky.

 


A screen capture of Skai Fowler's websiteDown This Crazy River series on Skai Fowler's website


An abstracted painting of salmon swimming upstream on a deep blue backgroundSalmon River, acrylic on canvas

Skai’s works are…

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Colourful, Dreamlike Paintings by Timothy Innamorato

 
An oil painting of a blue parrot next to a bowl of fruitFruit with Blue Parrot, oil on canvas

 

Timothy Innamorato is an artist born in Brooklyn, New York, who uses a vibrant palette and deeply layered images to create his colourful, dreamlike paintings. I enjoy the range of imagery and style that Timothy employs, and the wonderful amount of variety that this creates in his body of work. While he often uses a technique of partial abstraction – occasionally overlaying representational…

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Works by Women Artists: N.A.W.A. Massachsetts Chapter


An abstract oil painting mainly composed of blue tonesFeelings...#47, oil on canvas, Liana Moonie

Today we are featuring not a single artist, but an organization of them.  The National Association of Women Artists (Massachusetts Chapter, Inc.) is only one chapter of an organization that was started in 1889 by five women who were unjustly barred from participation in important but extremely male-dominated art societies at the time.

 


A very loose oil painting of a grove of bare trees, using blue and yellow tonesEnchanted, oil on linen, Lully Schwartz

I think it’s…

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Studio Sunday: Pierre Huyghe


Artist Pierre Huyghe looks up at a camera in his white, brightly lit studio

Pierre Huyghe, the focus of this week’s Studio Sunday, is a French artist who uses his practice to build environments and stage situations. Huyghe’s Paris studio appears large, and naturally lit – a typical example of a modern artist’s studio, with a large table in the centre, buckets of paint and sketchbooks strewn in every corner. The source for the above image even mentions a bubbling aquarium, a smaller version of one of the…

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Digital Collage Illustrations by Valerie Lesiak


A cartoonish image of two birds perched atop a stack of teacupsI Was Here First

Valerie Lesak is an illustrator living and working in Rocky River, Ohio. She has worked for a greeting card company and as such her illustrations are clear, fun and communicative.

 

While she does work digitally her style might be more accurately described as collage. Many different shapes, colours and patterns come together in each image to form objects and animals – birds, teacups and flowers being popular motifs. I…

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Classical and Contemporary Portraiture: Greg MacNair


A realistic portrait of a youngUntitled

Greg MacNair, our featured artist for today, is an oil painter who uses techniques of classical realism to portray modern subjects.

 

I love seeing the attention to detail in each of Greg’s works. With his particular method of painting he manages to capture the exact image of his subject – be that a person, landscape, or pet – with both incredible accuracy and a loose, playful aspect. His images are never photorealistic…

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