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Speculative Tech: The Art of Daniil Alikov

A painting with panels and concentric circles of rainbow colourspectral hub

Daniil Alikov is an abstract artist who uses aesthetics straight out of science fiction and speculative tech to create two and three-dimensional artworks. The pieces are highly structured and textural, and there’s an interesting tension between the artist’s use of traditional media, and the unconventional appearance of his finished pieces.


A painting with the appearance of mechanical or robotic partsIG224+spectral

 

I really love the combination of bright rainbow hues and cold,…

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Pickledog Studio: The Art Portfolio of Sally Adams

A painting of a striped catTiger cat, acrylic on canvas with texture, sealed with gloss varnish

Sally Adams is an artist who works in both Shelby Township, Michigan, and Saratoga Florida. In her Pickledog Studio practice, the artist produces small, pared-down paintings featuring dogs, flowers, landscapes, and other subject matter. 


A painting of red poppies on a grey backgroundPoppy Dance, acrylic on canvas with texture

 

I really enjoy the clean yet warm compositions that Sally produces. The artist is…

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Inside the Art Studio of Ed Clark


A photo of Ed Clark painting in his art studio

 

Our Studio Sunday feature this week is Ed Clark. Clark is an American painter widely associated with the abstract expressionist movement of the 1950s and 60s. The artist has enjoyed a long career -- as of 2019 he has been creating paintings for over 60 years. Clark was born in New Orleans, relocated to Chicago as a child, studied art in Paris, and later moved to New York. 

 

There’s something about this studio photograph that…

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The Art Portfolio of John McAlpine

A digital artwork with bright colours and a repeating patternUntitled, digital

John McAlpine is an artist based in Everett, Washington. In his artistic practice, John works in a variety of media including photography, digital art, and pastel and other traditional media.


A photo of a polished horn in a paradeReflection 2 Pilchuck

 

I like the unique style that John maintains throughout his portfolio, whether he’s producing drawings of landscapes, still-life subject matter, or playful, cartoonish renderings of animals. The artist has…

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The Illustration Portfolio of Denise Tonner

An illustration of two figures on a large teacupIt's a Beautiful Day

Denise Tonner is an artist and illustrator based in Vancouver, BC. In her practice, Denise creates whimsical illustrations for both children and the young-at-heart.


An illustration for the cover of an edition of Wizard of OzWizard of Oz cover, graphite and digital art

 

Denise’s style is striking, and to me speaks to an enjoyment of the process of art-making itself. The visible lines and brush marks in the works, as well as the use of negative space, showcases not only…

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Esoteric and Immediate: The Art Portfolio of Marie Surprenant

An abstract ink drawing with tones of pale redEncre 28, ink on wallpaper

Artist Marie Surprenant creates abstract artworks in a variety of traditional media that meditate on subjects both esoteric and immediate. The works are often subdued at first glance, presented in dense series that facilitate a deeper understanding of the artist’s thought process.


An abstract ink drawing with blue and black tonesencre 03

 

I really enjoy Marie’s recent artworks, such as those in her gallery of Encres sur papier de vie. These quiet…

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The Environment's Omnipresence: The Art Portfolio of Troy Nickle

An outdoor installation of a figure made from junked car partsJunk Man, discarded car frame and parts assembled into a figure

Troy Nickle is a sculptor and installation artist who often works with natural materials and features of the landscape to create his works. The artist’s practice is inspired by the natural environment, but also serves as a pertinent reminder to the viewer of the environment’s omnipresence.


An piece of land art made by packing snow into a circle on a treeSnow Ring, snow packed onto cottonwoods, archival inkjet print

 

I like the way…

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Small Craters: The Art of David Allen Peters

An abstract painting made by scraping away layers of acrylic paintUntitled #4, acrylic paint on panel

David Allen Peters is an artist based in Los Angeles, California. In his practice, Peters is a painter, though his technique is one that often seems more akin to sculpture. The artist produces his paintings by layering paint onto a surface and then gouging out small craters to reveal the coloured layers below.


A painting with numerous small marks in layers of dried acrylic paintUntitled #9, acrylic paint on panel

I’m fascinated by the way that Peters’ process can be…

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The Art Portfolio of Adele Knowler

A painting of a woman with a crown of flowersArtemis, oil and gold leaf on birchwood panel

Adele Knowler is an artist currently living and working in Edmonton, Alberta. In her practice, Adele is inspired by the environment around her, the human figure, and art history.


A painting of a woman made with gold leafIcon series 2, oil, gold leaf, conte on birchwood panel

I’m enjoying browsing the artist’s recent works of portraiture. In her 2019 gallery, Adele uses an interesting combination of pattern and colour to build…

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Inside the Art Studio of Jillian Mayer

A photo of Jillian Mayer in her art studio

 

Miami, Florida-based artist Jillian Mayer works in a range of media, creating everything from static sculptures and installations to video art and online experiences. Mayer’s varied practice demands a studio where a variety of different activities and techniques coexist in a unique space. 

 

The artist’s studio looks wonderfully colourful and bright in this photograph. Mayer herself is hard at work on something -- it’s…

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Hot Shu Foto: The Photography Portfolio of Doug Berry

A photo of a woman in a dark dress on a dark backgroundOlga

Doug Berry is a photographer who works under the studio name Hot Shu Foto. In his practice, Doug produces vibrant images that often seek to capture a sense of movement, as in his photos of dancers.


A portrait of a man in sunglassesCarlo

Even in straightforward portraiture, one can sense Doug’s emphasis on smoothness planes of colour and natural lines. The expert composition lends a sense of overall flow to the images. Doug’s compositions are refined and sleek,…

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Modern Aesthetics: The Art of Nicholas Party

A pastel artwork of three birds on a tea potPot with three birds, pastel on paper

Swiss-born artist Nicholas Party works in painting, sculpture, drawing, and other media, creating compositions that exude modern aesthetics while existing in a contemporary art historical framework.


A pastel drawing of an alien landscapeLandscape, pastel on canvas

The artist’s graphic, colourful paintings are very attractive, and seem welcoming to the viewer. The artist seems to favour cool colours -- deep, electric blues and purples…

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Fragmented Figures: The Art Portfolio of Leif Timber

A painting of a white cross on a green backgroundUntitled, mixed media

Leif Timber is an artist based in Minnesota. In his practice, Leif works in paint, pastel, and other mixed media, producing artworks that are partly abstracted with gestural brush marks to obscure and emphasize fragmented figures.


A painting of a soldier in loose, gestural formFree Peace, oil on canvas

I’m interested by how Leif varies the level of abstraction in his artworks. Whether they’re firmly figurative, or mostly abstract, they all have a dark,…

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Studio Hoodoo: The Art Portfolio of Crystal DiPietro

A painting of a pine among birch treesLone Pine, oil on canvas

Studio Hoodoo is the art studio of Crystal DiPietro, an artist based in Las Vegas, Nevada. Crystal’s art portfolio is currently packed with vibrant landscapes inspired by the Nevada region, and the artist’s works have been exhibited throughout the United States.


A painting of a city blanketed in snowProvidence in Winter, oil on canvas

 

I really enjoy the graphic, colourful aesthetic that Crystal employs in her paintings. Rather than soft…

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The Pottery Portfolio of "Cactus" Jack Caselles

A handmade ginger jar with a natural glaze15" Ginger Jar, Raku and glaze with So Si expansion

Jack Caselles, also known as Cactus Jack, is a potter currently based in Glendale, California. The artist has a background in teaching and aerospace, and now works as a full-time potter for the pure love of the medium.


A blue pitcher and a batter bowl handmade in ceramicBlue pitcher and batter bowl with handle

 

In our previous feature of Jack’s artworks, we looked at the artist’s approach to colourful works of functional art. Jack…

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