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Spatial Interventions: Art by Olivier Ratsi


An installation view of a light-based artwork with deep red tonesFRAME PERSPECTIVE (Echolyse project), wood, LED, computer, software (installation view at Dostyk Plaza, Almaty, Kazakhstan)

Olivier Ratsi is a French visual artist who lives and works in Paris. In his artistic practice, Ratsi uses a combination of sound, video projection, painting, and other media to create installations that play off of the physical space of their location while creating new spatial interventions.


An installation view of a geometric light work projected onto a screenPELE-MELE (Echolyse…

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The Art Portfolio of Kate Scoones

A mixed media artwork with intersecting floral patternsFlorage, oil, gouache, and fabric on birch panel

Kate Scoones is an artist based in Victoria, British Columbia. In her practice, the artist works as a painter, as well as a writer and art educator. Kate’s paintings often combine compositional aesthetics from abstraction and collage with traditional media like oil, gouache, ink, and acrylic.


A painting of a dense bunch of blackberriesBlackberry, oil, gouache, and ink on birch panel

 

I really enjoy the way Kate combines…

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The Art Portfolio of Adam Mayster

A photo of a deer in a green meadowUntitled

Photographer and designer Adam Mayster captures the world around him in images that are digitally edited and enhanced so as to create a view of the world that’s just a little bit sharper and more saturated than life.


A photo of a bright yellow fieldUntitled

 

I appreciate the way that Adam utilizes photo-manipulation techniques to enhance his images. While the artist doesn’t shy away from more extreme alterations to the photographic image, he also uses…

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Studio Sunday: Ann Wood

A photo of the artist Ann Wood in her home studio

 

Our studio Sunday artist this week is Brooklyn-based textile artist Ann Wood. The artist is currently based in a home studio space, where she produces works that are as much fine art as they are craft. The artist’s practice encompasses small patchwork textile pieces -- dolls, sewn and stuffed animals, and botanical specimens -- and Wood also teachers others the techniques for producing similar works.

 

Wood’s studio is based in…

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The Art Portfolio of Georgette (Gette) Jones

A painting of a young woman on a brightly patterned backgroundFREQUENT DREAMER, acrylic on canvas

Georgette (Gette) Jones has been creating art since childhood, in the form of both visual art and writing. The artist’s current practice is centered on painting, with Gette using bright colours and patterns, and experimenting with abstract forms.


An abstract image made with overlapping coloured shapesCARNIVAL, acrylic on canvas board

I’m enjoying browsing through Gette’s recent series of abstracted artworks. The artist’s gallery of abstract and…

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The Art Portfolio of Wanda Hawse

A watercolour painting of the Sumas PrairieSumas (Land without Trees), watercolour

Artist Wanda Hawse uses watercolour to capture and reveal the emotions of nature. The artist’s portfolio is packed with detailed, thoughtful watercolour paintings spanning landscape, seascape, architectural, and figurative subject matter.


A painting of a quiet street in ParisSentinel, watercolour

 

I really enjoy the way that Wanda renders light in her paintings. In her watercolour renderings of the streets of Paris, for example,…

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Minimalist Paintings by John Zurier

A monochromatic abstract painting made using deep green tonesStapi, oil on linen

John Zurier was born in Santa Monica, California, and now lives and works between Berkeley, California, and Reykjavik, Iceland. The artist is known for his minimalist paintings that tend toward a monochromatic colour scheme, focusing on the texture and arrangement of brush marks across the canvas.


An abstract painting on linen using Earthy, natural tonesAt Havalsnes, distemper on linen

 

Some of Zurier’s paintings, and the way he emphasizes the texture and materiality of…

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The Art Portfolio of Lynne Stewart

An oil painting of a rushing riverRushing Water, oil on canvas

Lynne Stewart is an artist based in Riverside, California. Throughout her decades-spanning artistic practice, Lynne has used artwork as a way of working through struggles with mental health, and connecting not only with herself but with others.


A pastel drawing of an elderly figureDisappearing Wise Woman, pastel on paper

 

There’s a wonderful sense of play and experimentation throughout the works in Lynne’s portfolio. It’s interesting to…

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The Art Portfolio of Eloise Shelton-Mayo

An artwork featuring paper-collaged elementsArches & Angles IV

U.K.-born artist Eloise Shelton-Mayo creates works with a focus on layering paper and encaustic media, borrowing aesthetics from both traditional oil painting and collage to create a fascinatingly diverse array of abstract compositions. The artist’s works range from heavily textural and geometric, to soft, quiet, and delicate.


An artwork made from oil paint and cold wax mediumWinding 1, oil and cold wax on paper

I’m quite taken by the works in Eloise’s Paper…

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The Art Portfolio of Douglas Zest

A painting made by pouring warm hues of paint onto a surfaceEclipse

Artist Douglas Zest creates complex, layered abstract paintings using a technique called a “dirty pour,” in which different colours of acrylic paint are layered and mixed in a cup or vessel before being poured onto the canvas. The resulting pieces are firmly abstract but often call to mind aerial views of distant planets, or microscopic vistas.


An abstract pour painting with blue, black and white huesDelight

 

I like seeing the way Douglas brings his own unique style to the…

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The Art Portfolio of Anne Popperwell

A small acrylic painting of a horizon line at sunsetGolden Afternoon, acrylic on cradled wood panel

Painter Anne Popperwell creates beautifully soft, creamy, dreamy paintings featuring landscapes and other natural subject matter. The artist is currently based in the Gulf Islands off the coast of British Columbia, and many of her works express scenes from in and around the islands.


A painting of a cloudy sky over a tropical islandIsland Sky #2, acrylic on canvas

 

I really enjoy the colour palette that Anne employs in many of her…

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Art Studio: John Phillip Osborne

The artist John Phillip Osborne at work in his studio

 

This week’s studio Sunday artist is John Phillip Osborne. Osborne was born in New Jersey in the 1950s and has produced a far-reaching body of classical oil paintings throughout his long artistic career. The artist is best known for sweeping landscapes and paintings that capture historical subject matter.

 

John Phillip Osborne’s studio space looks ornate and pleasantly cluttered, like an antique library or study. The numerous…

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The Kinetic Art Portfolio of Len Millward

Purple Maze

 

Len Millward is a kinetic sculptor who works with a Kinetic Lenz of his own creation, producing works of video and still images that capture brightly coloured patterns of refracted light. The artist’s works represent a pure exploration into the quality of light and colour.

 

Extremely Slow Lightning

 

It’s interesting to browse through all the different short videos on Len’s art portfolio website. Each piece,…

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The Art Portfolio of Michele Ridgeway

A photo of a dying leaf with white thread sewn into itattachments, digital image

Michele Ridgeway is an artist based in Hancock, Massachusetts. In her artistic practice, Michele works in a wide range of innovative media including animation, performance, video, and even edible items.


A digital photograph of light reflecting off flowing watermirror studies, digital image

 

As we saw in our previous feature of Michele’s work, the artist often uses her artwork to explore themes of identity and self-image. In particular, the artist’s work lingers…

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The Art Portfolio of Jose Londono


A painting in red and white on a chunk of slateWithin Iciness, #14 in the series, acrylic on slate

Jose Londono is a New York-based artist who works in a variety of media including paint and photography. The artist’s paintings on slate represent an interesting exploration into the limits of the painted surface.


A painting on slate inspired by a crack in a glacierBreaking Free... #4 in the series, acrylic on slate

 

The heavy textures of Jose’s works on slate invite closer inspection and lend each painting a fascinatingly tactile…

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