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Inside the Art Studio of Inka Essenhigh

A photo of artist Inka Essenhigh in her studio

 

This week’s studio feature is Inka Essenhigh, an American painter currently based in New York. The artist is known for surrealist paintings that blend rich, voluminous abstraction with pop-art-esque suggestions of figures. 

 

I like the way that Essenhigh’s studio mimics a gallery space -- the white walls jut into the space, holding one painting each, the works hung with geometric expertise. I wonder if these paintings are…

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A Portfolio of Illustrative Pop-Art Portraits by Yume

A painting of Wonder Woman emerging from a loaf of Wonder BreadGreatest Thing Since Sliced Bread, acrylic on illustration board

Yume is a Japanese artist currently based in Orange County, California. The artist’s portfolio is packed with stylized, illustrative pop-art portraits and explorations into everything from TV characters to popular brands. 


A painting of Supergirl coming out of a can of soupSOUPERGIRL, acrylic on illustration board

 

I like the way Yume uses colour throughout her portfolio. The artist tends toward uniform, complementary…

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Avian, Botanical, and Equine Subjects: The Art of Debbie Hart

A painting of a blue grapes on a vineOld Vine Zin

Debbie Hart is an artist originally from southern Wisconsin. The artist’s practice has been informed by the natural landscape of the midwestern United States, as well as her background and training in scientific illustration. Debbie’s art portfolio showcases the artist’s skill with all manner of avian, botanical, and equine subjects


A painting of a jumping horseBuckskin gallop

 

I really appreciate the attention to detail that Debbie devotes…

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A Portfolio of Deep Blue-Hued Images by Casey Roberts

A cyanotype print of a treelarge bush, cyanotype on paper

Casey Roberts is an artist and printmaker currently based in Indianapolis, Indiana. The artist uses a combination of cyanotype printing and gouache to build deep blue-hued images that rely on sharp, simplified forms in stark compositions to build up a sense of narrative intrigue. 


A painting of a table with a drawing of a bird on itdrawing birds at breakfast (dining room table), cyanotype on paper with gouache

 

I really love the consistency of the cyan…

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Geometric Forms and Equations: Art by Amarie Bergman

An art installation consisting of a wood board with a hole to a view of a geometric panel001-no.1 (detail), found painted board

Amarie Bergman is originally from Edmonton, Alberta, and now lives and works in Bunbury, Australia. The artist favours a distilled, minimalist, abstract style of working that draws on many different media and addresses the geometric forms and equations that are intrinsic in all spaces. 


An art installation consisting of white fibre pieces and a wood dowelCosmic Bodies no. 1, Tasmanian oak (1.9cm diameter rod), paper, wire, synthetic fabric, metal attachments,…

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The Portfolio of Oil Painter Patty Yehle

A painting of a white cloud against a blue backgroundFirst Cloud

Patty Yehle is an oil painter currently based in Boston. The artist’s works straddle the line between straightforward realism and surreal, symbolic painting, often combining elements of both to great effect. 


A painting of a yellow magnolias on a blue sky backgroundRose's Yellow Magnolias 1

 

In some ways, the works Patty’s portfolio remind me of pieces by Kevin Sloan or Armando Sebastian. The artist’s use of lattice patterns recalls the painted-porcelain textures in some…

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Spiritual Wonder: The Art of Ginger Garrett Arthur

A painting of a vast sky and still water landscapePresence of God, oil on canvas

Ginger Garrett Arthur is a Philadelphia-based painter who works frequently with landscape subject matter, creating images that showcase sweeping vistas while imparting an infectious sense of spiritual wonder


A painting of folding beach chairs under the shadow of palm treesPalm Shadows

 

Ginger tends to work in a loose style, working large, confident brush marks over flat planes of colour to build up textural illusions of skies, clouds, and flat fields. In some works,…

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Marketing, Advertising, and Branding by Nathalie Gribinski

A design for a leaflet for a tea shopEasthill | Tea Shop | Hands-out

Nathalie Gribinski is an artist and graphic designer based in Chicago. In her graphic design practice the artist works with a range of clients, producing both digital and print media for marketing, advertising, and branding


A branding design for a musical duoFirm Roots | Duo Pianist Lara Driscoll and Chris White

As we saw in our previous feature of Nathalie’s informative layouts, the artist is skilled at adapting her personal style and…

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Inside the Art Studio of Friends With You

A photo of art duo Friends With You in their studio

 

Today we’re taking a look inside the studio of Friends With You, a collaborative art project that is the brainchild of Samuel Borkson and Arturo Sandoval III. The duo have been collaborating since 2002, producing artworks in a range of media and styles under the mission of bringing “magic, luck, and friendship™” to the masses. 

 

The Friends With You studio looks like an appropriately fun place. Though it is a large, grey…

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Colours and Landscapes: The Art Portfolio of Kathie Selinger

A mixed media artwork depicting green and purple cabbagesCabbage, mixed media on paper

Kathie Selinger is an artist currently based in Chilliwack, BC. In her practice, Kathie is inspired by the colours and landscapes of her travels abroad, as well as local subject matter The artist’s unique style is informed partly by Kathie’s previous work in printmaking media. 


A painting of bright flowers in a vaseFrom a Friend's Garden, acrylic

I really like the texture of Kathie’s artworks -- the artist tends toward a bold colour…

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Energy in All Its Forms: Art by Hooshang Khorasani

A painting of a bouquet of flowers in a blue vaseBouquet in a Blue Vase, acrylic on canvas

Hooshang Khorasani is a primarily Louisiana-based artist who works in acrylic and mixed media, producing artworks that express energy in all its forms. The artist’s subjects range from abstraction, to floral, to equines, to landscape.


A painting of a running horseRoan Runner, acrylic on canvas

 

I love the way that Hooshang employs lighting in his pieces, using gesturally applied strokes of colour to build up volume,…

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Oil, Encaustic, and Watercolour art by Catherine Radix Mansell

An abstracted painting of a deerIn Motion, encaustic

Catherine Radix Mansell is an artist based in Rhode Island. The artist paints in a variety of media, including oil, encaustic, and watercolour, with the latter works employing a style influenced by traditional Asian painting techniques. 


An abstract artwork made in oil and cold wax mediumSail Away, oil and cold wax

 

Even organized into galleries according to very different media and techniques, there’s still a sense of cohesion in Catherine’s portfolio that I…

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Matchstick Men: The Art of Wolfgang Stiller

An installation consisting of man-sized matchsticksMatchstickmen, wood, rigid foam, acrylic paint

Wolfgang Stiller is a German sculptor who creates artworks that combine human figures with natural and man-made materials. The artist is known for his matchstick men -- larger-than-life sculptures of burnt out matches with realistic human faces. 


A sculptural installation of hanging shrimp trapsDeceive, plastic shrimp traps, lights

 

Stiller’s sculptural process incorporates found materials -- the artist began creating his matchstick…

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A Portfolio of Painting and Photography by Kathleen Gross

A plein air painting of an olive groveOlive Grove 02, oil on canvas paper

Kathleen Gross is an artist who has worked in both painting and photography, moving between the two mediums throughout her decades-long artistic career. In her current practice, the artist focuses mostly on painting, creating plein-air landscape works in oil paint as well as pastels. 


A pastel drawing of a valley in IrelandSally Gap, Ireland, pastels on paper

 

I like the way that Kathleen can vary her style to suit different subjects and…

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Inspired by Thrifting: The Art of Jo Ann Tunnell Muench

A photo collage with torn images and negative spaceUntitled

Jo Ann TunnelL Muench, aka Sheena, Queen of the Hallway, is a collage artist whose work is inspired by thrifting and vintage clothing and media. The artist’s works are at turns humorous, surreal, and even oddly insightful in the ways that they blend and re-mix vintage advertisements and magazine imagery, human figures, and landscapes. 


A collaged image of a monk against a chapel backgroundUntitled

 

Jo Ann’s previous education in art and work with other media seems to inform…

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