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Skulls and Skeletons: The Art of Vlad Gradobyk

A drawing of a skeleton with wingsUntitled

Artist and illustrator Vlad Gradobyk uses bones as a motif, creating beautifully detailed illustrations of skulls and skeletons. The artist uses a dense, layered cross-hatching technique to produce images with an aesthetic similar to antique lithograph prints.


A drawing of two drunk skeletonsUntitled

There’s a wonderful -- and perhaps paradoxical -- sense of life in Gradobyk’s artworks. His skeletal figures are pictured eating, drinking, riding horseback,…

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Desire for Discovery: The Art of Melissa A. Owoc

A photo of moss-covered trees in a forest[Wood] Cathedral Grove -- Bear Spirit

Melissa A. Owoc’s artistic practice is born of a desire for discovery, both personal and external. In paintings and photographs, the artist explores the environment around her through a lightly spiritual, introspective eye. 


A photo of still water with floating plants[Water] Depth of Stillness

 

The artist’s photographs offer an interesting combination of straightforward, unedited imagery, and shots that have been deliberately altered…

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Sharp Details and Lighting: Photography by Robert W. Easton

A photo of a brightly painted side of a buildingGranny Smith

Robert W. Easton began his artistic career as an army photographer, and later moved into  photography as a creative pursuit. The images in the artist’s current portfolio cross a wide range of subjects and styles, while maintaining a focus on sharp details and lighting.


A photo of bright green scaffolding in front of a buildingPreservation!

I really enjoy Robert’s colourful photographs of architecture and man-made objects. These photographs showcase locations from Cuba to Rhode…

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Landscapes of New England: Painting by Kim Senior

A painting of a row of poplar trees along a roadPoplars Shelburn Farms, acrylic on canvas

Kim Senior is a Vermont-based artist who captures the landscapes of New England in paintings. The artist uses a delicate, painterly hand to render trees, dappled sunlight, rolling hills, and running water with equal care. 


A painting of a river in a thawing snowbedLamoille March Thaw, acrylic on canvas

 

Kim’s painting portfolio features galleries for each season. It’s interesting to be able to see paintings of a similar location…

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Colour and Movement: Painting by Catron Wallace

A painting made up of textured blue huesSymphonies In My Head, acrylic and mixed media on canvas

Catron Wallace is a Tennessee-based artist who paints primarily in acrylic and mixed media, producing large abstract paintings that focus on colour and movement. When she’s not at work in her studio, Catron runs workshops and classes to help other artists develop their skill sets. 


A painting with warm red hues and a circular figureIndian Summer, acrylic and mixed media on canvas

 

I really enjoy the textured appearance of…

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Inside the Art Studio of Zhang Enli

Zhang Enli observing a large painting in his studio space

 

Our studio Sunday artist this week is Zhang Enli. Based in Shanghai, Enli is known for gestural paintings in oil and watercolour, often depicting overlooked elements of cities and civilizations -- maps, cast-off detritus, and other seemingly mundane details of urban life. 

 

I really like the look of Enli’s studio here. It’s bright, spacious, and airy, and though it contains a number of artworks, none seem to be competing with…

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Enigmatic Abstract Paintings by Franco Paisio

A painting with warm yellow tones and small black abstract shapesTo a Lost Summer, acrylic and oil on poly-cotton

Franco Paisio was born in Milan, Italy, and now lives and works primarily in Sydney, Australia. In his artistic practice, Franco creates enigmatic abstract paintings, combining large planes of warm, earthy colour with flashes of darkened line art. 


A study for a painting made in abstract mixed mediaStage Setting 3, mixed media on paper

 

Franco’s current art portfolio showcases the artist’s works on both paper and canvas. Some of…

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Kermes Interior Design: Arrangements by Kathi Kermes-Dixon

An entryway designed with yellow wallsArchitectural Entry

Kermes Interior Design is the brainchild of Kathi Kermes-Dixon, a designer currently based in the Palm Beaches, Florida. Kathi is trained in interior design as well as fine art, and brings a confident, cohesive aesthetic sensibility to both private and commercial spaces. 


A living room featuring red hardwood flooring and a baby grand pianoLiving Room

 

Interior designs by Kermes cover a range of styles, from traditional to contemporary. The designer does a great job of balancing…

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Femininity and Perception: The Art of Nicola Kloosterman

A collage artwork depicting a femnine leg emerging from a crush of black velvetBlack swan (created for LULA Japan to the theme YELLOW)

Dutch Nicola Kloosterman works in analog collage media, building striking, layered images with found photographs, textiles, and magazine advertisements. Much of the artist’s work concerns concepts of femininity and perception


A collage of pink walls with a narrow sliver of a plant in the middleUntitled (from series Shadow Play)

 

I really enjoy the “less is more” approach that the artist takes toward collage art, like in Kloosterman’s…

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Exploring the Metaphysical: The Art of Julie Gladstone

An abstract painting with bright colours arranged in abstract shapesMondrian Electric Storm, oil on panel

Julie Gladstone is an artist based in Toronto. In her current practice, Julie works in painting, sculpture, and installation, creating works that utilize an abstracted aesthetic along with a bright, cool colour palette, exploring the metaphysical through observation.


A painting of a rainbow auraFull Body Rainbow Shield, oil on panel

I really enjoy Julie’s paintings -- the artist’s portfolio is packed with series of works…

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Material and Texture: The Art of Jan Swinburne

A digital artwork made in response to an audio fileTime 09

Jan Swinburne is a Canadian artist who produces work in both traditional and digital media, often taking an experimental approach to her process. The artist’s practice tends toward abstraction, and appreciation for material and texture


A digital artwork with a topographical, mountainous appearanceblack sky 06

 

I really enjoy the works in Jan’s recent series WAVEFORM LANDSCAPES. In these works, the artist transforms short audio tracks into mountainous landscapes, using various…

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The Art Portfolio of Addison Paige

An artwork made with abstract marks of acrylic and charcoalThe Elegance of Nature and Chaos, acrylic and charcoal on canvas

Addison Paige is a traditional artist working a combination of traditional painting and drawing materials. The artist’s works are abstract, and utilize the unique line-making qualities of charcoal and acrylic paint to draw the viewer’s eye across the canvas. 


An acrylic and charcoal painting depicting an abstracted windy dayWhen The Wind Takes Things Away From Us, acrylic, ink, and charcoal on canvas

 

As we saw in our previous…

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Inside the Art Studio of Helmut Lang

Helmut Lang's art studio, pictured with works in progress

 

Our studio Sunday artist today is Helmut Lang. You may have heard of Lang’s name in the context of fashion -- the Austrian artist is well-known for his minimalist fashion designs which rose to public attention in the 90s. 

 

The artist’s studio has a very dramatic atmosphere here -- while I suspect that the colours in this photo have been manipulated to some degree, the artist’s space is still very heavy on greys and blacks,…

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The Sculpture and Installation Art Portfolio of Tamara Rusnak

A photo of a sculptural artwork on a tableImagined Objects Exhibition 2018

Tamara Rusnak is a Saskatchewan artist who works frequently in sculpture and installation, using a range of materials and processes to build objects that reference and emulate natural forms. 


A photo of several artworks in an exhibitionImagined Objects Exhibition 2018

 

In our previous feature, we looked at Tamara’s knack for ecological installations, and building sculptures that reference and explore the unique aesthetics of nature. Unlike…

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Figurative and Conceptual Artworks by Tom O'Rourke

An abstract painting made in deep blue and red huesNight music, acrylic on canvas

Tom O’Rourke is an Irish painter who uses an impressionist, abstracted style to express subjects both figurative and conceptual. The artist’s works are brightly coloured with a palpable, almost vibrating sense of energy. 


A heavily abstracted painting of a jazz musicianJazzman 2, acrylic on paper

 

I really enjoy the colour palette that Tom employs in many of his works. Whether it’s a unified scheme of deep greens and blues like that in his…

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