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Deep, Moody Artworks by Marie Suprenant


An abstract painting using thin brush marks of oil on paperReel.24, oil on paper

Marie Suprenant is our featured artist today! Marie’s deep, moody artworks often use dark blots of ink or washes of oil paint to call familiar images to mind, or let the viewer contemplate the unknown.

 

An abstract image composed of grey charcoal and inkGRIS (Hiver 2015) no. 14, ink and pastel on Canal paper

Many of Marie’s works have the feeling of ink blots, with titles that stir a recognition of an indescribable form. I quite enjoy Marie’s black and white…

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Intense Moodiness: Art by Patrick Bjorsrud


A painting in black and white of a strange robed figureUntitled

Patrick Bjorsrud is a Norwegian artist who uses a deconstructed style to express human experiences and behaviour. His style is often very loose and rough, using overlapping sketches and heavy, quick brushstrokes to form an image - or several images on top of one another.

 

A layered figurative drawing in coloured crayon on paperTerry Hawkins: Sadistic Snuff Man 25, crayon on paper

Bjorsrud works in a variety of media including drawing, painting and sculpture. I really enjoy…

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Crashing Waves: Paintings by Grace Clark


A simple painting of a birch tree on a blue backgroundBirch 1, acrylic on canvas

Grace Clark is a Calgary artist who has a colourful and varied body of work. As a painter, Grace experiments with many different styles, from abstract, to simplified figurative subjects.

 

A simple painting of an orange coffee cup5 Cups 022, acrylic on canvas

Grace’s works explore the tactility of her media, and the different ways in which acrylic paint behaves depending on the substrate and the way it is applied. Some of the artist’s favourite…

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Frescos in Mixed Media by Nella Lush


An abstracted painting of a figure in oil and enncausticFeeling Blessed @ Cortile, P-Town, oil, cold wax, marble, oil sticks on canvas

Nella Lush is our featured artist today! Nella creates abstracted paintings and frescos in mixed media and encaustic. Her paintings, layered thickly with various media, are reminiscent of ancient and weathered wall-based artworks.

 

A main page screen capture of Nella Lush's art website

Nella's art website front page

 

In her paintings and frescos, flowers and scenery are slightly blurred at the edges, obscured…

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Studio Sunday: Constantin Brancusi


A photo of Constantin Brancusi's art studio

 

It’s Studio Sunday, so let’s take a look inside the art studio of Constantin Brancusi. Brancusi was born in Romania, but came to France to pursue his artistic career, primarily as an abstract sculptor. After studying at the Paris Ecole des Beaux-Arts in 1905, Brancusi befriended other great artists of the time such as Marcel Duchamp, Henri Matisse and Amedeo Modigliani. The artist completed his last sculpture in 1949, a few years…

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Infinite Articulations: Art by Steven Graubart


An abstract painting with many overlapping cells of colourUntitled, painting

Today’s featured artist is Steven Graubart. Steven paints and draws, creating “Infinite Articulations” with finely detailed patterns and cells of colour and shape. I can imagine these as symbolic images of deep space: abstracted celebrations of colour, line and texture.

 


A drawing with complex black and white designs and red highlightsUntitled, drawing

I enjoy the way that Steven composes his drawings, where the absence of colour allows him to cram incredible detail into…

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Headlines: Protests, Picasso and Writing on Walls

1) Lyon Biennale Artists Edit Their Own Write-Ups

 

A photo of an edited write-up at the Lyon Biennale

 

A number of artists are apparently quite dissatisfied with the explanatory wall write-ups that are accompanying their works at the Lyon Biennale. Some of the corrections, mostly made in pen or marker, really get straight to the point about the problem with art press releases and museum copy – for example, Guan Xiao crossing out the word “painstakingly” as a descriptor of her…

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Nostalgic Images: Painting by Nate Burbeck


A panoramic painting of children playing in a suburban streetLakeville, Minnesota, oil on canvas

Nate Burbeck’s paintings take everyday scenes as their subjects, often featuring rural settings, cars, and small town dwellings in landscapes across the Midwestern United States. There is something vaguely melancholy about Burbeck’s works, like a certain sense of disrepair or entropy in the images of deserted streets and graffiti on bridges.


A painting of the long grass and puddles under a concrete overpassLong Meadow Lake, Bloomington, Minnesota, oil on canvas…

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Local Fine Artwork at Jocelyn's Fine Art Gallery


An interior view of Jocelyn's Fine Art Gallery in SaskatchewanAn interior view of the gallery

Today’s feature is a whole gallery full of artists! Jocelyn’s Fine Art Gallery in Esterhazy, Saskatchewan, showcases local fine artwork and also offers a selection of art supplies and classes for beginners.

 

An abstract alcohol ink painting with bright green tonesEmerging, Alcohol ink on Yupo paper, Jocelyn Ducheck

The artists represented by the gallery are all local to the town of Esterhazy and produce a wide variety of interesting artworks, from oil…

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Desert Foliage and Mountains: Paintings by Crystal Di Pietro


A painting of springtime foliage in a Nevada canyonSpring Morning in Kolob Canyon, oil on canvas

Today let’s take a look at the artworks of painter Crystal di Pietro! Crystal currently lives and works in Nevada. Her paintings are made with small brushstrokes and vibrant colours, often featuring desert foliage and mountains. I love the bright, vibrant colours that Crystal uses, creating a rather cheerful image of the scenery in question.

 

The gallery of available work on Crystal di Pietro's art websiteAvailable work on Crystal's website

In these…

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Grace and Clean Lines: Photography by Doug Berry


A photo of a model standing in front of a shadowed backgroundRachel Kivlighan

Today we’re featuring the work of photographer Doug Berry. Based in Houston, Texas, Doug specializes in model photography as well as images of ballet dancers in action. I like the bright, sunny tone that Doug brings to the majority of his photographs. Often shooting in full sunlight, the artist captures the way the natural light reflects off of his subjects’ eyes, hair and faces. 

 

A screen capture of the front page of Doug Berry's websitewww.hotshufoto.com

A photo of a woman in a very long pink dress near the waterFairytale…

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Controlled Yet Casual: Art by Adele Knowler


A painting of a Northern Saskatchewan lakeNorth Saskatchewan Blue, oil on canvas

Our featured artist today is Alberta-based artist Adele Knowler. Adele works in mixed media to create paintings of figures and landscapes that have a controlled yet casual air about them.


A painting of a woman wrapped in a Hudson's Bay Company blanket on a beachHudson's Bay Series - Big Lake, oil on canvas

The work currently available on Adele’s website seems uniformly thematic – figures and faces that appear prominently in one series are seemingly echoed or…

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Studio Sunday: Lucian Freud


A black and white photograph of Lucian Freud's studio, with "Two Brothers from Ulster" sitting on the easel

 

Our Studio Sunday artist this week is Lucian Freud. Lucian was born in Germany but moved to Britain prior to World War II, where he began pursuing his figurative painting career.

 

Known in his later career for painting portraits and full-body nudes, generally in deep earthy skin tones, using thick, heavy layers of paint. His subjects often have serious or neutral faces, and combined with the overall tone of the paintings, are…

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Magical Illustrations by Laurey Foulkes


An oil painting of several ghostly figures travelling through a fieldEvening Stroll, oil on wood

Today we’re featuring the magical illustrations of Laurey Foulkes. Laurey grew up in California where she received her BFA from, the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles. Her drawings often explore the connections and similarities between the dream world and the real world.  The results are drawings that seem like they each tell a story, or perhaps are all scenes from one overarching plot.

 

A collage made up of fragmented imagery from dreamsDream Collage 1

The painting gallery on Laurey Foulkes' art website

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Headlines: Giant Art; Videogames; Reality TV

1) Artists Create A Synthetic Beach Inside a Museum


 

An installation by Brooklyn design firm Snarkitechture, titled THE BEACH, is turning over 10,000 square feet of the National Building Museum in Washington DC into a fake, ultra-modern beach. Guests to the museum are encouraged to lounge around and interact with the multifaceted art piece which includes lawn chairs, a snack bar and a ball-pit “ocean.” 

 

2) Norway Mural is…

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