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Interactions and Collisions: The Portfolio of Clare Asch

A painting of concentric circles on a shaped canvasConvergence 7

Clare Asch is a painter who makes work emphasizing the interactions and collisions between dilute pigment on a surface. The artist’s painting have a reverence for natural phenomena, like gravity and tidal patterns.


A painting of translucent, concentric, overlapping circlesConvergence 3

 

Many of Clare’s works have a translucent quality to them -- this is especially obvious in the recent series Convergence the works in which take the form of overlapping circles painted…

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Inside the Art Studio of Jia Aili

A photo of Jia Aili in his studio

 

Jia Aili was born in Liaoning, China, and studied oil painting at the Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts in Shenyang. In his current practice, Aili creates large-scale paintings that borrow forms and techniques from classic Western painting styles while maintaining an overall aesthetic that’s thoroughly contemporary.

 

The artist’s studio, pictured above, has a very industrial look to it -- though there are no windows to speak of, the…

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Visceral and Exuberant: Art by Julianna Barabas

A photo of Juliana Barabas being tattooed as part of a performanceSeam 1 (performance at Hastings Art Gallery, photographed by Rebecca Applegarth)

Julianna Barabas is a Calgary-based performance artist, speaker, and educator who often uses her own body as a medium and as a point of contact between artistic concepts and physical spaces. Julianna’s works are equal parts visceral and exuberant.


A photo of a performance consisting of the artist washing a participant's handsAntidote

 

In one piece, called seamline, the performance consists of Julianna having a single line tattooed…

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Alien Forms: The Sculpture Portfolio of Kelsey Kimmel

A close-up photo of a bright and colourful textured sculptureGlitched Totem (detail), polyeurethane rigid foam, silicone, pigment, spray paint

Kelsey Kimmel is an installation artist and sculptor who tends to utilize neon-bright colours and bizarre, alien forms, building up spaces and objects that make the viewer feel as though they’re walking through an abstract painting, or a bright computer-simulated landscape.


A detail image of an installation featuring numerous objectsGround and mirror reflection (detail), cardboard tube, tool dip, mirror, plaster,…

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Impossible Objects: The Art of Zhestkov Studio

Maxim Zhestkov produces work with partners and collaborators under the umbrella of Zhestkov Studio. The studio’s artworks often utilize digital techniques to create futuristic impossible objects that defy the physical limitations of a gallery space.


A still from an animated film of a digital bubbleOptics (still)

 

Much of Zhestkov’s recent work involves 4k animation, with animated objects often laid over images of gallery and museum spaces to help foster a more realistic, tangible…

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The Watercolour Art Portfolio of Maureen Dougan

A watercolour painting with minimal colour and flower budsUntitled, watercolour

Maureen Dougan was a watercolour artist who produced dreamy works celebrating the ethereal nature of the watercolour medium. The artist herself passed away in 2013, and her prolific art portfolio is maintained by the siblings, friends, and colleagues of the artist.


A watercolour painting of a forest fireFire, watercolour and pen

There’s a thoughtful, almost meditative sensibility that runs through many of Maureen’s artworks. I really enjoy the way…

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The Mixed Media Art Portfolio of J. Jay West

A mixed media artwork with different print gradientsUnfit to Print, mixed media

J. Jay West is a mixed media artist based in Hawaii. In his practice, Jay creates artistic objects that combine an abstracted aesthetic with a sense of concrete tactility, utilizing traditional art materials as well as found objects to produce works worth a second look.


A mosaic artwork depicting two fishOne Fish, Two Fish, recycled scrape stained glass on wood

 

I like the way that Jay uses colour in his portfolio. The artist’s works vary…

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Art Collective: Artists of Bristol on the Delaware

An ink drawing of a male peacockMale Peacock, ink on scratchboard (Kristen Baker)

Artists of Bristol on the Delaware is an arts collective based in Pennsylvania. The collective offers memberships to practicing artists in the Bristol area, and holds groups exhibitions.


A photo of a red shack in the woodsOvergrown Shack, framed giclee print (John Styner)

 

The current member artists of Bristol on the Delaware are mostly painters, though photographers like John Styner and Janice Rhodes also number in…

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The Portfolio Website of This is It Gallery

An assemblage artwork made of numerous found objectsSelf Portrait, found object assemblage (Bob Bucholz)

This Is It Gallery is an art gallery based in Chicago, Illinois. As a non-profit, the gallery is proud to offer a variety of programs and workshops to help foster the artistic community in and around the Chicago area.


A complex painting of two mythical figures, one a skeletonLa Sirena et Agwe, acrylic on canvas (Diane Green)

 

Gallery founders Bob Bucholz and Diane Green have artworks available on the gallery’s portfolio website alongside…

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Inside the Art Studio of Peter Saul


A photograph of Peter Saul's studio in Germantown, New York

 

This week we’re taking a look inside the art studio of Peter Saul. Saul was born in San Francisco in the 1930s, and studied at the California School of Fine Arts in the early 1950s. During and following this artistic education, Saul became known for his wildly colourful, pop-surrealist paintings that have situated him as one of the pioneers of modern pop art.

 

Saul’s studio looks rather austere in this image -- or it would,…

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Illustrative Compositions: Art by Simona Zac

A painting of a bunch of peoniesPeachy Peonies, acrylic on gallery canvas

Simona Zac was born in Slovenia and now lives and works near Waterloo, Ontario. In her practice Simona explores a variety of painted media, creating illustrative compositions that vary in their use of colour and texture.  


An abstract painting with red and blue tones as well as gold leafFire and Ice 3, acrylic and gold leaf on canvas

I love the way the artist utilizes line art in some of her works -- while one might traditionally think of line art as a method…

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The Art Portfolio of Barbara Naeser

An artwork depicting several sailboats on still waterRedd's Pond Regata

Barbara Naeser is an artist based in Marblehead, Massachusetts. In her recent practice, the artist has been working with pastels, though she has also used oil paint and watercolour.


A pastel artwork of the side of a buildingStreet Eyes

 

I enjoy Barbara’s relatively loose but variable style, and the way she uses pastels and paint to create layered, dense images with just enough detail to encourage a closer look. The artist’s pastel series often utilizes a…

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The Collage Art Portfolio of Ugur Gallenkus

A photo of a tulip field next to a photo of machine guns laid out on the groundUntitled

Ugur Gallenkus is a turkish artist who uses collage art to juxtapose images of privileged Western cultures with images of war-torn nations in the middle east. The artist’s works are unflinching, often jarring, and dissect reality while still allowing the viewer space to form their own opinions.


A collage of two images of children playing in very different landscapesUntitled

 

The artist’s technical skill with these collages lends to closer examination of the images -- the photographs that he…

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The Art Portfolio of Julia Deleon

A portrait painted over top of a photographJoy, acrylic on photograph

Julia Deleon creates vibrant artworks that address themes of identity, gender expression, and individuality. The artist’s works are often figurative in a cartoonish, pop-art esque way, with the resulting figures toeing the line between recognizable human caricatures and monstrous alien creations.


A caricature painting of a young figureFrancis II, acrylic on wood panel

 

I really like the bright colour palette that Julia employs throughout her…

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The Art Portfolio of Terry Cox-Joseph

A painting of an arctic sealHi there!, acrylic on canvas

Terry Cox-Joseph works in media including acrylic paint, ink, watercolour, and graphite. The artist’s subject matter is primarily figurative, with both human and animal figures appearing frequently. The artist also has a great eye for landscape and architecture.


A watercolour painting of a woman in a wedding dressWedding Pose, watercolour

 

The artist demonstrates a great versatility and an understanding of the behaviours and quirks of each of his chosen…

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