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Placement and Installation: The Art Portfolio of Polly Apfelbaum


An installation with a spiral shape on a gallery floorBlossom, (installation view at D'Amelio Terras, NY)

Artist Polly Apfelbaum creates works that tend to defy categorization. Working in a range of media, the artist explores the physicality and materiality of art – both her own, and in general – often pushing the envelope of placement and installation.


An installation view of some tabletop abstract artworkColor Revolts

 

I enjoy the way Apfelbaum’s website portfolio is organized not by series, but by the physical placement of her…

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Vast Landscapes: The Photography Portfolio of Jim Friesen


A photo of a street in WinnipegWinnipeg Street #3

Jim Friesen is a photographer who captures vast landscapes and urban locales, often casting these seemingly disparate subjects in a strikingly similar light. The artist’s photographs tend to picture spaces devoid of human figures, though when people do appear, they’re often alone, or aloof.


A photo of a desolate road in icelandB&W Road and Hill

 

There seems to be an overall sense of quiet isolation in Jim’s photography portfolio. Two of Jim’s…

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Studio Sunday: Valérie Blass

 


A photo of the studio of Valerie Blass

 

Today’s Studio artist, Valérie Blass, was born in Montreal and still lives there, producing works of loosely figurative sculpture. Blass uses her sculpture to explore both the physical, formal aspects of her subjects, and the nature of the various art historical moments that she touches on and references in her practice. Her works use negative space in an interesting and very present manner – the artist tends to build her…

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Studio Sunday: Sharyl Boyle


A photo of Sharyl Boyle in her studio

 

This week’s Studio Sunday artist is Sharyl Boyle. Boyle was born in Scarborough, Ontario, and currently lives and works in Toronto. The artist is known for her work in a range of media, including sculpture, painting, drawing, and even performance art. The artist’s sculptures are figurative in a surreal way, with Boyle using vividly painted ceramics to bring her imagination to life.

 

Boyle’s studio is wonderfully bright, and…

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The Art Portfolio of Radhika Matthews


An abstract painting with wide stripes of colourBalancingAct

Radhika Matthews is an artist who currently lives and works in Newton, Massachusetts. In her artistic practice, Radhika explores relationships and interactions. By expressing the interaction between substrate and medium, and between different forms on a canvas, Radhika’s works become a microcosmic representation of human and environmental interactions.


A horizontal painting with thick painted textureNewWorldMap

 

I enjoy the way that Radhika brings different stylistic…

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The Photography Portfolio of Darren Almond


A long-exposure photo of water under the full moonFullmoon@Seilebhig

British photographer Darren Almond captures beauty and desolation in his photographs of remote landscapes. The artist spends much of his practice travelling to uninhabited areas of wilderness in search of the perfect photo.


A misty photo of some treesCivil Dawn #5

 

A recent series of Almond’s works, collected in a book titled Fullmoon, comprises photographs taken at nighttime, using only the light of the full moon, captured with a long…

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Otherworldly Forms: The Art Portfolio of Osvaldo Mesa


An abstract painting with bulbous formsRemembering, oil on canvas

Osvaldo Mesa creates abstract artworks that deal with otherworldly forms. Working primarily in oil paint, Osvaldo’s bizarre yet detailed forms subvert his viewer’s expectations of abstraction and surrealism in painting.


A painting with a bright pattern as a backgroundA passing glance, oil on canvas

 

As we discussed in our previous feature of Osvaldo’s surreal forms, there’s a palpable sense of symbolism in these paintings – the artist embraces an…

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The Photography Portfolio of Jane Southey


A photograph of a crab on a sandy shoreMisc crab

Jane Southey uses her practice to push the envelope of photography, creating experimental compositions that focus on colour, texture, and form in the same way that might be seen in painting. Jane’s photography portfolio features images captured in close-up and from expansive vantage points; in full colour, and in harsh contrast.


A photo of pink liquid on a lightbulbLiquid Light 2

I’m really intrigued by Jane’s Liquid Light series. The images in this series…

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Graphic Portraits: The Art Portfolio of The Queen of Tape


A custom tape portrait for Dylan's Candy BarDylan's Candy Bar

Chicago artist Anna Dominguez is better known as the Queen of Tape. Using the novel medium of tape, Anna creates brightly coloured, graphic portraits of athletes, celebrities, and other pop-culture symbols. The artist’s body of work takes a fun and playful approach to playing with a new medium.


A tape portrait of Gigi HadidGolden Olympics (Gigi Hadid)

 

In our last feature of the Queen of Tape’s artworks, we looked at the way the artist…

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The Art Portfolio of Figurative Painter Richard Mountford


A painting of a male dancer in dark clothingDance Practice, oil on canvas

Richard Mountford is a figurative painter based in Wales. The artist’s works encompass a range of subject matter from classic portraiture to still life and contemporary themes. Richard’s style is painterly, with thick layers of pigment creating smooth volumes and a beautiful sense of depth in his works.


A series of portraits of a young girl in a pink wigThe Pink Wig, oil on canvas

 

I find Richard’s Shoe Series quite interesting to look at as a whole.…

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Sculptures and Installations: The Art Portfolio of Hollis Roberts


A soft sculpture made from a thick woven fabricStep around #1, fabric

Hollis Roberts is a sculptor who works with textiles and various found materials, creating artworks that find the intersection between the ordinary and the unexpected. Hollis’ sculptures and installations invite viewers to investigate the true nature of seemingly familiar forms.


A sculpture made from fabirc on a square frameSometimes, things are hard

 

I really enjoy the heavy, woven textiles that Hollis creates and uses as the basis for many of her…

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Studio Sunday: Mary Pratt


A photo of the late Mary Pratt at work in her studio

 

New Brunswick-born artist Mary Pratt was a figurative painter who was best known for her incredibly detailed, photo-realistic paintings of household objects and still-life scenes. Throughout her artistic career, Pratt’s work tended to focus on domestic subject matter; frequently, her paintings featured food and kitchen implements, and familiar household objects.

 

Pratt’s studio looks like a warm, if slightly cramped space,…

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A Portfolio of Exploratory Artworks by Anastasia O'Melveny


A painting of bright white blossoms on branchesWinter Blossoms

Anastasia O’Melveny is a painter and mixed media artist who expresses her love of animals, nature, and psychology through her work. Based in Massachusetts, Anastasia builds her practice around observational, exploratory artworks.


A heavily textured painting of rain in the mountainsRain in the Mountains

 

I love the heavily layered, painterly aesthetic of Anastasia’s recent paintings – in many, the artist’s brush marks are confidently visible, creating a painting…

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Striking Abstractions by Diane Lounsberry-Williams


An abstract painting with tones of silver and redAura, acrylic on canvas

Artist Diane Lounsberry-Williams creates striking abstractions in acrylic, oil, and cold wax medium. Using these different media in a variety of combinations, the artist blends a sense of subtlety with great visual impact.

 


An abstract diptych made with oil and cold wax mediumChauvet, oil and cold wax medium on panels

 

Diane’s compositions have a heavy weight and presence to them, a presence due in part to the often dark or layered neutral colours and the…

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Geometric Forms: The Art Portfolio of Jorge Puron


A painting of geometric forms on a dark groundRecuerdos #6, acrylic on canvas

Jorge Puron’s artworks are monolithic, minimalist images that celebrate pure, focused colour, negative space, and geometric forms. Born in Mexico and now based in Texas, Jorge spends time collaborating with other artists living around the Mexico-U.S. border as well as working on his personal practice.


A stylized geometric painting of a mountainSierra Madre #1, acrylic on canvas

 

I adore the unapologetically bright colours that Jorge employs in…

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