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Emphasizing the Process: The Art of Timothy Innamorato

A painting of a bridge in morning lightmorning light, oil on canvas

Timothy Innamorato is a Brooklyn-based painter who works in a thoughtful, sometimes surreal style, emphasizing the process and emotion of painting more than a specific visual outcome. The artist’s works are realistic, with an eye for softened blending and just enough detail to make a scene feel tangible. 


A painting of a face with an abstract pattern layered over topUntitled

 

I really like the way that Timothy’s painting style carries through his portfolio, in…

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The Performative Portfolio of Tanya Lukin Linklater

A photo of a dance performance held in a space with sculptural objectsA song, a felt structure: We are putting ourselves back together again

Tanya Lukin Linklater is a video and performance artist whose works combine elements of institutional critique and spatial awareness with discussions of sociopolitical issues, particularly issues concerning Indigenous peoples. The artist’s works are often collaborative, and work off of other performers, as well as gallery spaces and the objects therein. 


A photo of a dance performance in a gallery spaceWe wear…

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Abstract Paintings and Drawings by Arjan Janssen

A painting with tones of grey, black, and whiteNimmt, oil on canvas

Arjan Janssen creates abstract paintings and drawings that celebrate colour and large, confident brush marks. The artist was born in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, and has exhibited throughout Europe and the United States.  


An abstract mixed media drawingAprutino uno, mixed media on paper

 

Some of the artist’s paintings remind me of works by Gerhard Richter -- Janssen’s works appear similarly layered with massive brush marks and a kind of…

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Surreal, Narrative Installations by Christina A. West

A photo of an installation featuring abstract forms and realistic human sculpturesUnscene, installation view at Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, Birmingham, AL

Christina A. West is an Atlanta-based sculptor. In her current practice, the artist uses highly realistic, life-sized sculptures of human figures to build surreal, narrative installations. The combination of lifelike sculpture and minimalist abstract elements creates striking visuals that draw the viewer in for a closer look. 


A view of an art installation with green walls and realistic figuresScreen, installation…

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Sculptural Assemblages: The Art Portfolio of Gary Eleinko

A sculptural assemblage featuring branches, stones, and other natural elementsRemnants, oil on wood, rock, branches

Gary Eleinko is a Detroit-based artist who works in a mixture of two and three-dimensional media, producing works that are as much paintings as they are constructed, sculptural assemblages


A painting of trees with a spring atmosphereSpring Awakening, oil on paper

 

I really enjoy the artist’s use of plants and floral motifs. There’s a lush, almost tropical atmosphere running throughout Gary’s prolific body of work, enforced by shades…

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Inside the Art Studio of Nayland Blake

A photo of Nayland Blake at his apartment turned museum and studio

 

Nayland Blake is a New York-based artist and educator whose work is performative and multifaceted, usually centering on conversations around queer identity and politics. The artist also frequently deals with themes of a taboo nature, including hedonism, masochism, and other facets of kink. 

 

Blake’s “studio”, pictured above, is also the apartment that they have lived in for many years. Blake is not only an artist, but a…

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Coastal British Columbia: Painting by Thomas Kero

A pencil drawing of a treeCoastal Giant, pencil and india ink on paper

Thomas Kero is an artist originally from Vancouver, and now based in the Heiltsuk village of Bella Bella, on BC’s westernmost coastline. In his practice, Thomas is primarily a painter, capturing the landscape of coastal British Columbia with an aesthetic that hearkens to the Group of Seven.


A painting of a raven sitting in a treeRaven's Call, oil on canvas
 

I really love Thomas’ series of Crows and Ravens. The works in this…

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Large-Scale Sculptural Installations by Baptiste Debombourg

A photo of a sculptural installation featuring rocks and glass fragmentsRheology

Baptiste Debombourg is a French artist who works in a variety of media, specializing in large-scale sculptural installations that alter the gallery space, or outdoor venues. In his work, Debombourg seeks to understand human actions, successful and unsuccessful, as well as exploring the place and purpose of art in today’s world. 


An installation view of a room-filling glass sculpturemaitère noir

 

I really enjoy the monumental, epic quality to the artist’s installations, many…

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Gesturally Figurative: The Art Portfolio of Dick Roberts

An oil painting with an abstracted, ladder-like formThe Ladder, oil and mixed media on canvas

Dick Roberts is an artist from Durham and now based in Wilmington, North Carolina. In his artistic practice, Dick works in a style that ranges from totally abstract to gesturally figurative. The artist adapts his style expertly to different media and subjects. 


A collage made with a body-print paintingTorso or So III, collage

 

It’s really interesting to see an artist with such a wide range of media in their portfolio. Though it…

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Collaboration and Interactivity: The Art of M. Simon Levin

A photo of an installation using a cart of booksWhispering Volumes (installation view at Surrey Public Library)

M. Simon Levin is an artist based in Vancouver, BC. In his practice, Simon interrogates public and social systems through a lens of collaboration and interactivity. Many of the artists works have a performative aspect to them, and utilize shared spaces to ask and answer conceptual questions. 


An installation view of a collaborative conceptual artworkMappings and Musings

 

Many of Simon’s works involve collectives of individuals…

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Sweet Siren: The Tattoo Portfolio of Erin Burge

A tattoo of a steam train

Erin Burge is a tattoo artist based in Kelowna, BC. Working out of Sweet Siren tattoo studio, the artist produces works primarily in a black and grey, realistic style. Erin has been tattooing for over a decade, working first as a guest in Australia before opening her own studio. 


A floral tattoo with an Om symbol

It’s really interesting to take an up-close work at Erin’s tattoos to see the kinds of techniques that the artist uses. In full figurative sleeves,…

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Colourful, Stylized Artworks: The Portfolio of Cécile Blanche

A watercolour painting of stylized eyesViews 5, watercolour and gold paint on 240mg watercolour paper

Artist Cécile Blanche was born in Cameroon and is now based in Canada. The artist draws on her varied background and experiences with many different cultures in creating her colourful, stylized artworks


A watercolour painting of stylized eyesViews 2, watercolour and gold paint on 240mg watercolour paper

 

The artist’s works cover a wide range of themes and subjects, but the common denominator is a joyful…

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Nature, Flowers, and Portraiture: The Art of Liba Labik

A painting of blossoms against a blue backgroundEverything Changes I, oil, mixed media on canvas

Liba Labik is a Czech-born artist who currently works between the Czech Republic, Alberta, and British Columbia. The artist’s current portfolio is packed with deeply saturated, partially abstracted paintings that use nature, flowers, and portraiture as motifs. 


An encaustic painting with berries and plantsTime of Berries I, oil, mixed media on canvas

 

I really enjoy the overall atmosphere that’s created by Liba’s artworks.…

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Inside the Art Studio of Conrad Shawcross

A photo of Conrad Shawcross' art studio

 

Conrad Shawcross is a British sculptor whose current practice sees him constructing large-scale, kinetic and mechanical objects inspired by science and philosophy. The artist’s works tend to have a geometric, mathematical quality about them, using sharp edges and finely tuned angles to express concepts from physics, mathematics, and architecture. Despite the cool, detached rationality of the works at first glance, each piece seems…

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An Experimental Eye: The Art Portfolio of Kristin Leigh Calhoun

An artwork with printed rectangles and abstracted colourMakhana, collographic monoprint

Kristin Leigh Calhoun is an artist currently based in Austin, Texas. In her portfolio, Kristin deals with abstract patterns, geometry, and text, using a wide range of media and an experimental eye


A handmade artist book with abstract imagery on the pagesBequest, handmade artist book of wax monotypes

 

I really like the kind of scientific edge that permeates most of the works in Kristin’s portfolio. Through colour, composition, materials, and titling, the…

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