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Photography and Digital Media by Alexander Joseph Tacik

A photograph looking into a garden through a fenceOver the Garden Wall

Alexander Joseph Tacik is a Saskatchewan-based artist who works in photography and digital media. In his current practice, Alexander creates imagery that takes a closer look at urban architecture and rural scenery, approaching both extremes with an eye for colour and bold composition. 


A photo of a white skyscraper in ReginaUntitled

 

I really enjoy seeing Alexander’s photos of Regina and the surrounding area, and the contrast between the focus in…

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The Portfolio of Traditional Artist Jan Marie

A watercolour painting of a trainKettle Moraine Train, watercolour on watercolour paper

Jan Marie is a traditional artist who works in a variety of media including watercolour, acrylic paint, and felt-tip marker. The artist is currently based in Arizona. 


A painting of a purple flower on a round canvasPurple Paradise, metallic acrylic on round stretched canvas

It’s interesting to browse through Jan’s portfolio and see the wide variety of media that the artist experiments with. In Jan’s gallery of acrylic…

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Inside the Art Studio of Wolf Kahn

A photo of the studio of late painter Wolf Kahn

 

Wolf Kahn was a German-born painter who moved to the United States in 1940, at the age of 13. During his early years Kahn studied under painter Hans Hofmann, briefly becoming a studio assistant for the artist. As a painter in his own right, Kahn became known for wildly colourful paintings that fused abstraction with figuration, driven by a sense of spontaneity and experimentation. 

 

Kahn’s studio looks almost staged in the above…

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Simple but Striking: The Painting Portfolio of Debbie Hutson

A painting of an orange sunset over waterSunset Reflections, acrylic on mixed media paper

Debbie Hutson is a Mississippi-based artist who works primarily in acrylic, painting landscapes and colourful abstracts with smooth, softly blended gradient hues and an eye for simple but striking compositions. 


An abstract painting with gold forms hidden below a plane of blueJust Beneath, acrylic, mixed media, texture, gold leaf on canvas

 

I love how the artist’s figurative works sit in contrast to, and complement, her abstracts. Viewing the…

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From Bowls to Marbles: Glass Art by Joanne Andrighetti

A selection of blown glass tumblers with coloured detailingDoodle Tumblers, blown glass

Joanne Andrighetti is a glass artist based in Vancouver, BC. In her practice, Joanne makes everything from bowls to marbles, maintaining a sense of clean, well-composed design throughout her portfolio. 


A photo of a set of blue sculpted glass unicornsOnce upon a Unicorn, flameworked borosilicate glass

 

It’s really neat to browse through Joanne’s portfolio and see all the different ways that glass can be created and manipulated using different visual…

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Attention-Getting Aesthetic: The Design Portfolio of Steve Ferris

A label design for Pindar ChardonnayPindar Chardonnay (lable design)

Steve Ferris is a graphic designer and commercial illustrator based in Brooklyn, New York. In his practice, Steve creates designs for everything from print media and labels to clothing, working with a bright, attention-getting aesthetic eye. 


A selection of logo concepts for a tax companyTax Trilogy Logo Concepts

 

Steve’s logo designs make use of high-impact font choices and bright, contrasting colours. It’s interesting to see designs for a…

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Biomorphic Expressionism: The Art of Susan Olsen

A painting with trees and abstract shapesNorwegian Water and Wood, oil on linen

Susan Olsen is an artist whose current practice centres on “biomorphic expressionism.” The artist’s works in oil on linen draw on elements of realistic landscapes and flora, building on recognizable features with abstracted, alien forms to create visuals that are truly unique. 


An oil on linen painting with landscape and abstract elementsIt's the Journey, oil on linen

 

I enjoy the tension between the artist’s particular painting style and the…

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A Portfolio of Two-Dimensional Media by Sassicca Bowyer

A photo of a cat on a wooden constructionUntitled

Sassicca Bowyer is an artist originally trained in painting who now works in a variety of traditional, two-dimensional media and styles. The artist’s gallery features examples ranging from highly figurative, documentary photography, to abstract painting. 


An abstract painting with green tonesUntitled

 

Sassicca’s photographs sometimes remind me of work by Emina Kurtagic -- there’s a sense that the artist’s main pursuit here is to simply capture what they…

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Inside the Art Studio of Ruth Asawa

A photo of Ruth Asawa in her studio

 

Ruth Asawa was a Japanese-American artist. An American citizen, the artist was forced into a Japanese internment camp for 18 months at the age of 16. During this period, Asawa took up drawing, maintaining an evolving art practice that lasted for the remainder of her life. The artist worked in a wide range of media, often focusing on abstract constructions with a geometric edge. 

 

Asawa’s studio looks like an ethereal alien world…

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Peace of Nature: The Art Portfolio of Faith Revels

A photo of a pair of earrings posed on a piece of wood925 sterling silver sea turtles topped with sea glass and strung on 925 sterling silver French wire

Faith Revels works under the studio name Peace of Nature, creating custom handmade jewelry and wall-hanging art that utilizes natural materials. The artist’s necklaces, earrings, and other jewelry pieces combine rich neutral colours with bright jewel tones for an effect that’s both subtle and striking. 


A photo of a pair of rainbow earringsChakra stone earrings mounted…

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Lush Landscapes: The Art Portfolio of Anne French

A painting of a landscape at sunsetAfter Sunset, oil on panel

Anne French learned to paint from her mother and grandmother, along with years of hands-on practice. The artist’s current portfolio centres around lush landscapes painted in oil on wood panels.


A painting of an oceanic landscapeRocky Coastline, oil on panel

 

I really appreciate the way that Anne celebrates the texture and materiality of the oil paint even in figurative works where the texture of the paint is not necessarily the focus.…

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Complex Figurative Works by Magdalena Korzeniewska

A mixed media illustration of a mermaidBride of the Sea, mixed media

Magdalena Korzeniewska is a Polish artist and illustrator who creates complex figurative works using mixed media, including gel pens. The artist’s works often feature themes from fairy tales and mythology, as well as characters from current pop-culture, surrounded by dense, layered forest imagery. 


A densely detailed drawing of a woman riding an elk through a forestI, Ursula, mixed media

 

I really enjoy the colour scheme present in the majority of Korzeniewska’s…

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One-Of-A-Kind Jewelry: Glass Art by Renee Hennessy

A photo of a handmade pair of earringsArtisan Lampwork Mint Green and Purple Bells, Mushroom Earrings

Renee Hennessy is glass artist and jewelry maker based in Illinois. In her artistic practice Renee uses a variety of techniques including painting and staining glass, as well as combining found objects and bits and scraps of metal to produce unique, one-of-a-kind jewelry.


A set of wine glasses hand-painted with a floral motifYellow/Orange Flower Painted Crystal Wine Glasses

I like the way the artist combines all the gloss and…

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Mythical or Monstrous: The Art Portfolio of Johnathan Onyschuk

A photo of a wall-hanging sculpture as part of a gallery installationUntitled (from Deep State Prosthetics)

Johnathan Onyschuk is an installation and multimedia artist who works in a unique style that draws on both traditional media and modern, digital approaches to art-making. The artist’s installations often incorporate suggestions of figures, perhaps human, perhaps more mythical or monstrous


An installation view showing two statue-like figuresBone Meal (installation view)

 

It’s interesting to see how Johnathan approaches both the construction…

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Objects, Architecture, and Spaces: Photography by JP Campbell

A photograph of a delipidated sign at a cemeteryPriez 2, Sainte-Cecile-de-Masham, Quebec, 2018

JP Campbell is a photographer based in Wakefield, Quebec, who takes film photographs of objects, architecture, and spaces that are frequently overlooked or forgotten. The artist’s portfolio conveys a strong interest in colour and an eye for dynamic composition. 


A photo of a car parked next to a buildingChar, Rue Eddy, Gatineau, Quebec, 2018

 

Like fellow photographer Hunter Madsen, JP uses his photographic lens to excavate…

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