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Changeable Energy: An Art Portfolio by Edie Marshall


A painting of a dense area of tall grassTangled Energy, oil on Terra skin paper

Painter Edie Marshall captures the changeable energy of the Saskatchewan landscape in works of varying dimensions and levels of detail. Edie’s paintings find beauty in both the vast spaces and the tiniest details of the prairies.


A painting of a body of water on a prairieSpring Thaw, oil on canvas

 

I really enjoy the loose, painterly approach that Edie takes in her works – painting from direct observation, the artist’s gestural…

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Studio Sunday: Song-Ming Ang


A photo of Song-Ming Ang in his studio

 

Singaporean conceptual artist Song-Ming Ang is known for his work with music. Ang often utilizes actual music instruments in his practice, deconstructing and rebuilding them or forcing them into different configurations. The artist also frequently incorporates video, performance, and multimedia elements into his work.

 

Ang’s studio looks bright and clean, something like the studio spaces of other artists like Margaret Lee or

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The Vividly Colourful Art Portfolio of Penny Prior


A colourful painting of two birdsUntitled

Penny Prior is an artist who lives and works on Galiano Island, off the coast of British Columbia. The artist’s works are vividly colourful, and use a simplified style to depict island life, animals, and landscapes.


A painting with the outlines of fish and birds in whiteUntitled

 

In our previous feature of Penny’s portraits of island life, we looked at the way the artist uses her bright palette to create a cohesive image of the island environment, and to explore abstraction.…

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Headlines: Descent Into Limbo, Art Institutes, Masterworks

1) Man Falls into Anish Kapoor Artwork


A photo of Anish Kapoor's Descent into Limbo

 

An Italian man has been making headlines around the world since falling into an Anish Kapoor artwork on August 13th. The work, the aptly named Descent Into Limbo, which takes the form of a dark, circular hole, was installed on the floor of Serralves art museum in Portugal. The work was originally created in 1992, and whether or not the pit is real or merely an illusion has been the subject of…

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Dense and Painterly: The Art Portfolio of Lully Schwartz


A painting of the Eiffel tower during the dayEiffel by Day, oil on linen

Artist Lully Schwartz is based in Point Shore, Massachusetts. Large, confident brush marks and clear evidence of the artist’s hand rule Lully’s portfolio, and the artist’s overall style is dense and painterly.


A painting of a rocky outcroppingLooking Out, oil on canvas

I really like the look and feel of Lully’s paintings – the works are mostly figurative, but the artist’s style leans into abstraction to create a pleasantly fluid…

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Chloé Surprenant's Mixed Media Art Portfolio


A mixed-media artwork of two figures in a black-and-white sceneUntitled, mixed media

Chloé Surprenant is an artist who lives and works in Montréal and Amsterdam. Chloé’s artworks consist of layered mixed media compositions that explore themes of the “other” – the differences, and hidden similarities, between human experiences and feelings.


A mixed media artwork with several partially obscured figuresUntitled

I enjoy the overall aesthetic that Chloé has built up in her portfolio. The works currently available on her art portfolio website span…

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Creative Photography: The Art Portfolio of Cody Blain Jones


A photograph of a magnolia flowerMagnolia Bloom

Cody Blain Jones is a photographer based in Austin, Texas. In his creative photography, Cody explores dreams and the subconscious, using a range of different techniques to create a slightly off-kilter, surreal atmosphere in his images.


A photograph of a white fluffy cloudWhite Fluffy Cloud

I’m impressed by the range of styles present in Cody’s creative photography portfolio. In Somnabulism alone, for example, there are photographs that are taken in…

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Folk-Art Tradition: The Art Portfolio of John Caple


A painting of houses by John CapleShady Woods and White Cottages, acrylic on canvas

John Caple is a self-taught artist who creates paintings in a folk-art tradition. The artist tends to work in mixed media, producing scenes of rural and country life that are often infused with memories and figures from his own past.


A painting of a man in a squat white buildingThe Hermitage, acrylic on canvas

 

John Caple’s paintings are the perfect blend of eerie stillness and warm, children’s-book-style illustrations. They…

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Odist Tattoo: Heather Lefebvre's Art Portfolio


A tattoo of a gauntlet holding a strange daggerUntitled

Heather Lefebvre of Odist Tattoo creates artworks dealing with a variety of subject matter, from the dark and macabre, to the familiar. The artist’s tattoo work includes a range of animals and objects in colour and black-and-white.


An upper-arm tattoo of a shark and other wireframe shapesUntitled

 

As we saw in our previous feature of Heather’s work with occult and animal imagery, the artist’s portfolio of personal artwork has a satisfying sense of cohesion. Many of the images…

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Studio Sunday: Trenton Doyle Hancock


A photo of Trenton Doyle Hancock in his studio

 

Trenton Doyle Hancock is an American artist who works primarily in acrylic paint and mixed media, creating two-dimensional artworks that have an abstracted, collaged aesthetic. Born in Oklahoma and raised in Texas, the artist draws on his own personal history, as well as elements of pop culture and art history, in the making of his artworks.

 

The exuberant colours present in Hancock’s studio present a great overall picture of the…

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A Portfolio of Mixed Media Artworks by Susan Gransby


A linocut print of architectural linesBirdman of Hong Kong, linocut

Susan Gransby’s mixed media artworks take complex architectural forms and simplify them, creating signs and signifiers in the form of streamlined, graphic imagery. The artist plays with negative space, sometimes layering small images on a large blank surface.


A linocut print of a roadway and vehiclesCassiar Connector, linocut

 

In our previous feature we looked at Susan’s linocuts – the artist has a knack for building imagery out of shadow…

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Headlines: Puryear, Casanova, Looted Artefacts

1) Martin Puryear Will Represent USA in Venice Biennale


Bling Bling by Martin Puryear

 

After an anxious wait, Martin Puryear has been announced as this year’s Venice Biennale representative for the United States.The U.S. Pavilion in Venice will be curated by Brooke Kamin Rapaport, current deputy director and senior curator of the Madison Square Park Conservancy in New York. Rapaport has worked with Puryear in the past -- in 2016, the artist’s large-scale…

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Geometric Paintings: The Portfolio of Sarah Trundle


A painting with several bright blocks of colourMonkey Bars, acrylic and pastel on canvas

Sarah Trundle creates abstract artworks that explore formal elements distilled to their most basic building blocks: lines and planes of color. In her geometric paintings, the artist creates overlapping patterns that hint at figure and space without revealing either.


An abstract artwork with a black line on a white groundEmbrace, acrylic and graphite on canvas

I love Sarah’s sparing use of colour. The subdued palette that runs throughout her…

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Historical Artworks: The Art Portfolio of Sarah James


A black and white patterned etchingAlcazar, etching

Artist Sarah James was trained in painting but now primarily works in print media. Sarah’s prints often utilize geometric grids and straight lines, expressing the artist’s interest in the rectangle as a significant form in historical artworks.


A stone lithograph depicting a shadowed shapeFiesole 1, stone lithograph

 

I love the way Sarah incorporates this spiritual geometry into her printed works. While the artist’s works tend to be fairly simple in terms of…

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The Textile Art Portfolio of Pat Autenrieth


A quilt incorporating lowbrow cartoonish imageryDedicated to Cheese for No Reason (collaboration), fabric marker, hand applique, hand and machine embroidery, hand and machine quilting

Pat Autenrieth works in textile art and bookmaking, innovating in the field of arts and crafts – particularly quilting. Pat’s works embrace both the unique quirks of the quilted medium, and the aesthetic language of contemporary art, to create a fascinating hybrid.


A quilt incorporating text and patternAn Occasion for the Need for…

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