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Exploratory and Experimental Photography by Patrick McGuire

A photo of a landscape in Oakland, Californiawest oakland landscape

Patrick McGuire is a photographer based in San Francisco. The artist has a background in carpentry, and his photographs tend to be exploratory and experimental, blending a wide range of different subjects and styles to produce colourful images in film and digital photography.


A photo of an outdoor art installationinstallation on lower Irving street

I enjoy the diversity of subject matter in Patrick’s portfolio. The artist’s works range from…

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Repeated Forms: The Art of RainbowMoon


A bright orange painting made using a variety of circlesUntitled, ink and watercolour pencil on mat board

RainbowMoon is an artist who creates intricate artworks, often in ink on paper, built up of numerous circles and small, repeated forms. Each of RainbowMoon’s artworks seems to have a dual existence, both as a collection of tiny objects and as one larger, cohesive entity.


A drawing made of hundreds of tiny circles in metallic inkUntitled, metallic inks on white paper

I really enjoy the works in RanbowMoon’s Circles Series -- the artworks in…

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Amped Art Studio: The Portfolio of Kelly Schafer

A painting of a woman playing an accordionRosie Ledet Zydeco Sweetheart, fine art print

Kelly Schafer produces artwork under the name Amped Art Studio. The artist’s works deal frequently with music as their subject matter, and Kelly has a knack for creating energetic, personality-filled portraits of musicians engaged in their craft.


A painting of a man in a cowboy hat playing a guitarBig Jeff, fine art print

I really like the energy that imbues Kelly’s portraits of musicians. Like Melvin Clark, the artist focuses as much on…

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Layered Narrative: The Art Portfolio of Laurey Foulkes

An illustration of two strange creaturesUntitled

Laurey Foulkes was born into an artistic family and began studying art at an early age. In her current practice, the artist creates deeply layered narrative illustrations that invite close inspection and imaginative viewings.


A painting of ghostly birds in a meadowGhost Birds, oil on masonite

 

I really enjoy the dark, saturated colour palettes that Laurey tends to use in her works, particularly in her painting and mixed media gallery. The works in this gallery tend…

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The Photography Portfolio of Dawn Herlihy Reilly

A photograph of purple flowers hanging over a body of waterHaiku 22

Dawn Herlihy Reilly is a photographer currently based in Nassau County, Long Island, New York. In her photography practice, the artist challenges the medium through traditional and non-traditional means, occasionally introducing digital manipulation and collage techniques into her portfolio.


A photograph of a tree branch growing out in front of a canyonNational Monument

 

Though Dawn’s portfolio is highly varied, it’s interesting to see how the artist maintains a cohesive style and…

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Inside the Art Studio of Kate MccGwire

A photo of Kate MccGwire at work in her art studio

 

Kate MccGwire is an English artist who works with unusual materials including bird bones and feathers. The artist’s sculptural works often deal with notions of binaries and contrasts -- beauty and disgust, chaos and calm, life and death, among others. In her current practice, the artist sticks mostly to avian materials, collected from the ground or from the owners of racing pigeons.

 

MccGuire’s studio is on a boat -- a Dutch…

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Inside the Art Studio of Luchita Hurtado

A photo of Luchita Hurtado in her art studio

 

Luchita Hurtado was born in Caracas, Venezuela in 1920, before moving to the United States. She lived in New York briefly before moving to Mexico City and later returning to American to live in Los Angeles. In her artistic practice, Luchita is known for bright paintings and mixed media works that often portray a headless female figure.

 

The artist’s works are clearly visible in her studio space -- in fact, the wall behind Hurtado…

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Imagination and Spirit: The Art of Patricia Rain Gianneschi

An abstracted painting with loose figures on a neutral backgroundAfter Calvary, oil on canvas

Patricia Rain Gianneschi is a mixed media artist who imbues each of her works with a sense of imagination and spirit. The artist’s works are often abstract, taking ideas and concepts and approaching them with an eye toward texture, colour, and overall atmosphere.


A painting of a purple figure on a striped blue backgroundInto the Blue #2, oil on linen canvas

 

I like the way that many of Patricia’s artworks find an intersection between geometric abstraction and…

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The Art and Graphic Design Portfolio of John Zabawa


An album cover design with bright colours and abstract shapesLucille Furs -- Another Land LP, CD jacket design

John Zabawa is an artist and graphic designer who currently lives and works in Los Angeles. In his practice, the artist uses warm, bright colours and pared-down shapes and planes to create designs that balance fun and focus.


Art for a food magazine spreadBackground artwork for Bon Appetit magazine spread

 

Zabawa works with various clients to produce designs for CD jackets, posters, book covers, and more. There’s…

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Forms and Materiality: The Art Portfolio of R. Dale McElwee

A painting of a statue with warm coloursBarachiel

R. Dale McElwee is an artist who often paints in watercolour, recreating and remixing imagery from New Orleans cemeteries. In many of his works, R. Dale examines the forms and materiality of stone statues, as well as plants and other environmental features.


A watercolour painting of a water main cover in New OrleansUntitled

 

I really enjoy the dreamlike colour schemes that R. Dale employs in his recent gallery of works from 2017. The paintings utilize the diffuse nature of the…

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Intuitive Technique: The Art Portfolio of Terry Lee Crump


An abstract painting with blue-green huesMorning Green

Terry Lee Crump is an artist currently based in Houston, Texas. In his practice, Terry creates paintings built up out of partially abstracted figures and forms, using a subdued colour palette and an intuitive technique.


An abstract painting made with geometric shapes and neutral coloursReflection, acrylic on canvas

 

I enjoy the subtle texture and deliberate imperfection present throughout Terry’s portfolio. The artist’s use of a relatively cohesive palette -- yellows, blues, and…

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The Art Portfolio of Bernard Dick

A digital painting of trees and landscapeView From The Kitchen Window, digital painting

Painter Bernard Dick uses a style that celebrates the qualities of his chosen medium, rendering pastoral scenes, portraits, landscapes, and other subject matter in heavy, painterly brush marks. Bernard also works in digital media, creating digital paintings that emulate the texture and volume of traditional oil paint.


A painting of a young family walking through the woodsExploring 2, acrylic on canvas

 

It’s fascinating to see how the…

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Picturesque Scenes: The Art Portfolio of Madeline Shea

A painting of a harbour in blue and green tonescarnival, oil on canvas

Madeline Shea is a painter who creates picturesque scenes using a bright and varied palette and detailed yet relaxed brush marks. The artist’s subject matter ranges from cityscapes, to pet portraits, to gestural watercolour paintings.


A painting of a street cornerlincoln and diversy, oil on canvas

 

I really enjoy the general sense of ease that’s consistent throughout much of the artist’s practice. Regardless of what she’s painting,…

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Painting and Digital Media: The Art of Kevin McLaughlin

A digital artwork featuring colourful tubular formsTubular Litigation, large format digital print

Kevin McLaughlin works in both traditional painting and digital media, building works off of an undulating, snakelike organic form. In various permutations throughout the artist’s portfolio, these snakelike forms take on new and different identities depending on medium and application.


A digital image featuing overlapping translucent formsFocus Pocus, large format digital print

 

Kevin’s recent digital artworks showcase both colour and…

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Inside the Art Studio of Cheng Ran

A photo of Cheng Ran in his art studio

 

Cheng Ran is a conceptual artist currently located in Hangzhou, China. The artist works primarily in film, creating artworks that are frequently inspired by literature, cinema, and Western pop culture, as well as more esoteric ideas such as mythology.

 

Cheng’s studio here certainly gives the appearance of a space that’s used more for conceptual artworks than for physical constructions. Many of the artist’s works utilize…

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