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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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Improvisational Style: Textile Art by Maday Delgado


A quilt made from many small triangles of patterned fabricVibrations 2

Today’s artist feature looks at the textile art of Maday Delgado! Maday uses an improvisational style to create quilts and textile works celebrating her own heritage and life story.

 

Maday often uses repurposed fabrics such as old tee shirts in her quilts. Her online portfolio features several examples of custom quilts made from sports or school related tee shirt logos. I really like the effect – the quilt becomes a…

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Complex Surreal Worlds: Art by Hannah Yata


A surreal painting of a bat sitting in a cluster of blue flowersMorpho, oil on panel

Each of Hannah Yata paintings are complex surreal worlds, where part-human, part-animal subjects interact with bizarre alien landscapes.

 

A painting of a female figure with two swan headsDemeter, oil on canvas

Technically, Yata is quite skilled, rendering her subjects in extreme detail, creating almost photorealistic depictions of these strange dream worlds. She usually works in oil on panel, using bright colours and fine blending techniques to achieve a smooth…

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Sketchy, Painterly Scenes: Artwork by Madeline Shea


An oil painting of several figures lounging on the beachBeach Bummer, oil on canvas

Today let’s take a look at the artwork of painter Madeline Shea. Madeline creates sketchy, painterly scenes of the everyday, as well as gorgeous nude studies in watercolour.


A painting of a woman next to a dogMag and Pen, oil on canvas

Madeline’s paintings almost always feature human subjects. While these subjects are occasionally posing for the painter, many of them seem to be going about their day unaware of any observation. I really…

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Repetition of Form: Paintings by Ben Stansfield


A purple and blue abstract painting with many tiny rectanglesCilia, oil on panel

Let’s have a look at the paintings of Ben Stansfield! Ben uses a very specialized painting method based on repetition of form. He creates abstract and figurative images using many duplicates of a small, clean rectangular shape in different colours.

 

An abstracted painting of an aerial view of a city, in grey and red tonesRed Bridges, oil and acrylic on panel

Ben’s dense paintings are sometimes reminiscent of impressionist styles of artwork wherein many small markings, whether brush…

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Studio Sunday: David Hockney


A black and white photo of a young David Hockney posing in his studio

 

Today’s Studio Sunday looks at David Hockney’s work space. Hockney began his career in the 1960’s and eventually proved himself to be one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century.

 

Hockney is a figurative painter whose works range stylistically from hyper-realistic to highly abstracted. His subject matter has ranged from urban, suburban and pastoral landscapes to domestic scenes and candid portraits, to…

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Ethereal Photography by Dawn Herlihy Reilly


A close up, sepia-toned photo of a delicate flowerWishes Waiting To Be Made, photograph

Dawn Herlihy Reilly is an artist who specializes in ethereal photography. She’s also our featured artist for today! Dawn makes great use of natural lighting and shadows to add a natural yet magical touch to her photos.

 

Dawn’s gallery features landscapes and portraits as well as black and white experiments that the artist calls her Adventures in Analog. These photographs capture the mystery…

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Headlines: Polaroids, Pigs and Destructive Kids

1) Air Artists Auctions Infamous Rock n' Roll Props

 

A 2011 photo of Algie, Pink Floyd's inflatable pig

 

The UK-based company Air Artists, frequent creator of props for big-name rock bands, is selling 30 years worth of its works at auction in September. Among the items up for sale are props used by bands including Pink Floyd, the Rolling Stones, AC/DC and Bon Jovi. No estimated prices are available due to the "unusual" nature of the items. 


 

2) You Can Make Up Background Stories…

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Parallel Worlds: Photo Manipulations by Michal Karcz


A digitally manipulated photo of a broken road under a strange architectural structureSpiritual Archives

Photographer and digital artist Michal Karcz creates parallel worlds through his surreal photo manipulations. These artworks are often inspired by music, movies and dreams and have a great science-fiction or fantasy feel to them.

 

Karcz manipulations are quite impressive – he manages to blend the real with the digitally altered in such a way as to make the two barely distinguishable from one another. In his photos,…

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Film Landscapes by Sonya Stefan

Black Givre & Sonya Stefan, AV performance

 

Our featured artist today is Sonya Stefan. Sonya is a dance, media and performance artist and is currently completing her MFA at Montreal’s Concordia University.

 

Sonya creates a variety of media in her practice, including documentary films, video installations, and digital images. As a co-founder of Montreal-based art collective Groop Index, Sonya’s works are frequently collaborative.…

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Cryptic, Layered Prints by Jess Richter


A print work with two human figures obscured by patternFrom Fairy Tales to Barns and Storms, silk screen with hand tinting

Today we’re looking at the work of featured artist Jess Richter! Jess is a printmaker working primarily in silkscreen and intaglio, exploring Eastern European heritage and the events of WWII. Her works used layered patterns and images to create a cryptic feeling.  

 

A gallery screen capture from Jess Richter's art websiteJess' gallery of works from Displaced

 

Many of these cryptic, layered prints have a vintage feel,…

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Raw Fantasy: Art by Joni Belaruski


An ink drawing of a punk cupid talking to a hummingbirdOK Cupid, pen and ink on paper

Joni Belruski currently lives and works in London, U.K. It is here that the artist creates her brash and expressive drawings that explore themes of raw fantasy, desire and death.

 


A drawing of a bull done for an album coverJoy of Nothing, album artwork for Foy Vance

Dark, thick black lines and splattered paint add an element of violence and energy to Joni’ works. She uses human and animal figures in her works, and the animals often seem to be…

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Studio Sunday: Henry Moore


A black and white photograph of Henry Moore working in his studio

 

It’s Studio Sunday! Let’s look inside the studio of sculptor Henry Moore. Moore is well known for his large-scale sculptures made with marble and bronze that have been installed as public art in cities around the world. The sculptures are loosely figurative, often using exaggerated curves and bulbous shapes to give the impression of human bodies in movement. The Art Gallery of Ontario currently houses the world’s largest…

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