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Human Experience: The Art Portfolio of Shawn Olin Jordan

A still from a conceptual art video exploring an alien caveCaves of Detritus (video still)

Shawn Olin Jordan is an interdisciplinary artist whose work seeks to unravel and examine the vast and varied nature of human experience. Shawn’s portfolio is, as such, multi-faceted, including performance, painting, installation, and everything in between.


A digital photo close-up of painted, crumpled paperSubterranean Circus V, digital photograph

 

I’m intrigued by Shawn’s recent project Caves of Detritus -- in this five minute video, the viewer is…

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The Art Portfolio of Mernet Larsen

A painting of two adult figures looking down at a babyAw, acrylic, tracing paper, and oil on canvas

Mernet Larsen is a painter based in both Jackson Heights, New York, and Tampa, Florida. In Florida, Larsen is a Professor Emeritus at the University of South Florida. Larsen’s decades-spanning painting practice centers on depictions of the human figure with a distinctly narrative and highly stylized aesthetic.


A painting of several black-clad figures carrying a body wrapped in red clothIcon, acrylic, tracing paper, and oil on canvas

 

I really enjoy the way that…

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The Art Portfolio of Jeff Grassie


An artwork made with carved found wood and other materialsTempest, mixed media

Jeff Grassie is an artist based in Haverhill, Massachusetts. A self-taught artist, Jeff utilizes a range of highly tactile materials including wood and metal in his artworks, creating assemblages, sculptures, and wall-hanging pieces that are as much about their subjects as they are about the materiality of the artist’s media.


A sculpture of a fish made from salvaged wood and metalSomething Fishy, salvaged wood and metal

 

I really like the look and feel of Jeff’s…

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Volume and Shadow: The Art Portfolio of Laurie J. Cochrane

A painting of a path to the oceanPath to the Ocean

Laurie J. Cochrane is a painter, photographer, and ceramicist who captures landscapes and abstracted natural views. The artist paints with a focus on colour and form, utilizing the natural texture of oil paint as a way to build up volume and shadow in an image.


A painting of the moon rising over the outbackSuper moon over outback

The artist herself cites Tom Thomson and other Group of Seven artists as an influence to her painting style. I think this influence is…

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Studio Sunday: Georges Braque

A photo of Georges Braque in his art studio

 

Georges Braque was a French painter, sculptor, and artist in various other media who was active in the first half of the 20th century. Braque is often credited with being a part of the Fauvist movement, and is noted for his later paintings that helped popularize the cubist art style.

 

I like the look of Braque’s studio here. The first thing my eye is drawn to is the set of paintbrushes lined up on the floor in front of the…

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Studio Sunday: Heather Dewey-Hagborg

A photo of Heather Dewey-Hagborg at work in her studio

 

Heather Dewey-Hagborg is a New York-based artist who works with human DNA. The artist extracts genetic material from discarded cigarette butts and chewing gum on the streets of the city and uses the resulting data to approximate the faces of the gum-chewers and smokers.

 

Dewey-Hagborg has a background in science, and the nature of her practice means that much of her work is done in a lab. The actual extraction and sequencing of the…

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The Art Portfolio of Painter Susan Horn

A gestural painting of a bridge over a riverPrescott Bridge II, oil on canvas

Painter Susan Horn captures abstract, landscape, and still-life subjects in a confident, impressionistic style. The artist’s current portfolio represents a prolific artistic career and is packed with paintings that consistently display the artist’s style.


An impressionistic painting of a barn surrounded by greeneryIvan's Barn, oil on canvas

In our previous feature of Susan’s delightfully impressionistic works, we looked at the way the artist utilizes…

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The Art Portfolio of Andràs Böröcz

An assemblage sculpture featuring tree branchesCopse, carved mahogany, aluminum, twigs, plungers

Hungarian artist Andràs Böröcz works in drawing, sculpture, and performance, creating pieces that explore the human condition through humour, awkwardness, and symbolism. The artist frequently utilizes visual motifs in his artworks, creating pieces that are both uniquely recognizable and totally personal.


A sculptural installation with wood and carved handsYad

I really like the artworks in Böröcz’ sculpture gallery. These pieces tend…

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The Art Portfolio of Karen Muntean

A mixed media artwork made in a quilt-like pattern with distinct square sectionsDia de los Muertos/War is $$, mixed media on canvas

Karen Muntean is an artist currently based in Victoria, BC. In her practice, Karen works primarily in abstraction, creating works in a variety of experimental styles that combine bright colour and organic form to produce an otherworldly aesthetic.


A mixed media artwork with pastel tones made in a quilted patternsWashi Quilt for Ella, mixed media on canvas

 

I’m really enjoying Karen’s recent series of Washi Quilts. These works combine a variety…

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The Photography Portfolio of Wayne Mazorow

A photo of a dense field of sumac and astersSumac & Asters

Wayne Mazorow is an Ohio-based photographer whose practice centres on capturing the natural landscape and environment of the area. The artist’s photographs immortalize land untouched by human development, with crisp detail that lends an almost dreamlike quality to each image.


A photograph of the branches of a grey birch tree in winterGray Birch, Winter

In our previous feature of Wayne’s work, we noted that the artist’s subject matter is sometimes protected parkland, and…

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Sweeping Landscapes: The Art Portfolio of Cecilia Lea

A painting of a mountain range with a snowy tree in the foregroundHungabee After the Storm -- Lake O'Hara -- Yoho National Park, oil on canvas

Cecilia Lea is an artist based in Radium Hot Springs, BC. In her creative practice, Cecilia captures the sweeping landscapes of the local region in oil and acrylic paint.


A painting of a mountain range with green grass in the foregroundSpring Comes to Mount Nelson, acrylic on canvas

 

The artist’s gallery of recent paintings showcases a series of plein-air landscape paintings that render alpine and forest views in…

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The Art Portfolio of Ariel Lyons

A painting of a woman on an abstracted orange backgroundSmooth as Silk, acrylic, oil, and collage

Ariel Lyons is an Ottawa-based artist and art educator who works specifically with GOLDEN brand acrylic paints. The artist’s portfolio encompasses works of portraiture, landscape painting, and abstraction, with varying degrees of detail and gestural mark-making.


An abstract painting made with pink and grey tonesPink Puddle

 

I like the way that Ariel experiments with a wide variety of media in her portfolio. The artist’s style is changeable…

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Paint and Installation: The Art Portfolio of Diana Lynn

 

A view of a table from an installation and performance artworkhelen's table (from installation aunt helen dances at dia de los muertos)

Diana Lynn is a California-based artist who works presently in paint and installation. The artist’s installations are usually site-specific, and often address themes of temporality, death, and rebirth.

 

A photo of a viewer participating in Diana Lynn's Impermanent Marks installationImpermanent Marks (installation view)

 

Diana’s recent installation Impermanent Marks takes an interactive approach, allowing visitors to “paint” on…

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Studio Sunday: Bill Traylor

A photo of Bill Traylor surrounded by paintings in an outdoor space

 

William “Bill” Traylor was an American artist who was born into slavery in Alabama in the mid 19th century. Traylor spent most of his life working on plantations, and didn’t begin producing art until he was in his 80s. He was an incredibly prolific artist, producing well over 1,000 drawings and paintings during his short artistic career.

 

Given the time period in which Traylor was working, it’s unsurprising that the artist…

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The Art Portfolio of Brad Nuorala

An abstracted painting of a cactus against a green wallUntitled

Brad Nuorala is an abstract and figurative painter based in the United States. In his practice, Brad favours the use of acrylic paints, creating images on a variety of surfaces included canvas, board, and paper.


A painting of the legs of a person wearing cowboy bootsJulia, acrylic on board

 

I like the cohesiveness of Brad’s overall portfolio -- though the artist experiments with a wide range of different imagery and subjects, he manages to maintain a pleasantly consistent style…

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