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Architecture and Design: The Art Portfolio of Nadia Secreto


A drawing of a train stationSunalta Station, Calgary, AB, Prismacolor markers and Adobe Photoshop

Nadia Secreto is an artist who explores space and architecture, and how people relate to or are influenced by their environments. Nadia’s work often borrows from architecture and design, showcasing existing structures and imagining new ones.


A photo of an alley in VancouverIn between here and there, photograph

 

I quite enjoy the way that Nadia’s work blend sculptural or photographic…

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Adaptable Style: The Art Portfolio of Jeanne Kollée


A painting of a field of purple flowersWhen Lavender Whispers, oil on canvas

Jeanne Kollée paints and creates artworks in an impressively adaptable style. In her art portfolio, Jeanne explores visual aesthetics including impressionism, abstraction, and mythology, treating each with an enthusiastic, experimental approach.


A painting of some flowers spilling out of a large vaseFloral Portico, oil on canvas

In our previous feature of Jeanne’s colourful, changeable style, we looked at some of the artist’s impressionist and…

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Monolithic Abstract Forms: The Portfolio of Hiroyuki Hamada


A sculpture made from painted plaster#74, painted plaster

Hiroyuki Hamada was born in Tokyo and currently lives and works in East Hampton, New York. The artist produces works of sculpture, painting, and print that focus on monolithic abstract forms in black and white or neutral colour palettes.


A circular sculpture in black and white#64, enamel, oil, plaster, tar, and wax

 

Some of the artist’s sculptures remind me of large scale works by Martin Puryear. Like Puryear’s works, many of Hamada’s sculptures…

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The Photography Portfolio of Eric Deis


A photograph of a lone tree in a barren landscapeSpared, archival pigment print mounted on aluminum

Today’s feature is our very own Eric Deis. Eric’s photography portfolio is packed with bright, expansive photographs that capture multitudinous detail in refreshing clarity.


A photograph of a rotting boatRot, archival pigment print, mounted on aluminum

Looking through Eric’s portfolio, the artist’s cityscapes and nighttime scenes stand out. In our previous feature of Eric’s photography, we focused on these…

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Studio Sunday: Street Artist JR


A photo of street artist JR in his studio

 

This week’s Studio Sunday featured artist is JR. JR is a French photographer who’s become associated with street art and graffiti art movements by his large, blown-up black and white photographs that are often installed outdoors, in public spaces. The artist is very private about his real identity and is known only by his pseudonym.

 

JR’s studio looks quite sleek – I love the big bookshelf behind the artist, that looks like…

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Studio Sunday: April Gornik


A photo of April Gornik in her New York studio

 

April Gornik is a painter originally from Cleveland, Ohio. Gornik’s artworks focus on depictions of the American landscape, seen through a dreamlike lens that sometimes obscures or skews real-world views and appearances. The artist’s body of work addresses her country’s fraught history with and relationship to nature and the wilderness.  

 

Gornik’s studio space looks large and bright. The hardwood floors lend a beautiful…

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The Commission-Only Art Portfolio of Carmen Estrada


A painting of numerous figures congregating around an outdoor stagePergola

 

Carmen Estrada is an artist living and working in Mazatlan, Mexico. Carmen currently works on a commission-only basis, creating her artworks to the specifications of clients. The resulting paintings draw inspiration from art history, as well as the combined imaginations of Carmen and her clients.


A painting emulating Monet's water liliesNympheas

 

In our previous feature we looked at the way that many of Carmen’s works express the artist’s Latin heritage. Though…

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Abstract Colour: The Art Portfolio of Edward Bock


A monotype print with acrylic figures pasted over topFebruary Crossing IV, giclee print on canvas with hand-carved acrylic figures

Artist Edward Bock maintains an experimental, exploratory practice that focuses on a wide range of media and subject matter. Edward often combines figurative art styles with abstraction, sometimes rending figures with a loose, abstracted hand, other times inserting detailed figures into planes of abstract colour.


A giclee print with a group of carved figuresFebruary Crossing II, giclee print with…

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Dreams and Fantasies: The Portfolio of Kathleen MacGregor


A painting of some objects in blue on a red groundI Dreamed I Was, acrylic on canvas

Kathleen MacGregor is an artist who utilizes dreams and fantasies as the basis for her subject matter. Kathleen’s paintings and prints often combine abstract colour and composition with human or animal figures.


A painting of two blue-green birds on a dark red groundBrother Love, acrylic and ink on wood board

I enjoy the loose, heavily stylized style that Kathleen employs in the creation of her works. Most of the artworks in Kathleen’s art portfolio are…

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The Portfolio of Vancouver-Based Woodworker Peter Borkowicz


A built-in desk arrangementBuilt-in

Peter Borkowicz is a Vancouver-based woodworker. Using his skill and experience working with a range of wood types, the artist creates pieces of customized furniture that express both contemporary and 19th-century aesthetics.


A detail of an art-deco style cabinetart-deco

 

I’m really enjoying the look of Peter’s series of built-in desks and shelves. These pieces focus on clean lines and a modern look. Most of the artist’s built-ins are painted crisp white,…

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William Kent's Portfolio of Panoramic Landscape Photos


A photo of a rocky mountain range in fogRock in Fog

Photographer William Kent evokes the scale of nature in his expansive, panoramic landscape photos. William’s images capture every detail of a scene in crisp, clear detail, inviting the viewer to linger in every corner of the picture plane.


An infrared photo of a treeOn Road to Cape Blanco 3, infrared photo

 

In our previous feature of William’s intensely saturated images, we looked at the way William celebrates colour in his works. The artist’s…

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Colour and Composition: The Art Portfolio of Jarmila Kostliva


An abstract painting with a bulbous figural formExposure, oil on canvas

Jarmila Kostliva creates abstracted artworks that focus on texture, colour, and composition, while drawing parallels to human and other biological forms. Jarmila tends to work in a range of mixed media, including both oil and acrylic paint, producing finished products that are striking in their mysteriousness.


An abstract painting with white lineart drawings overlaidAbomey, oil on canvas

In our previous feature of Jarmila’s biomorphic, tactile imagery, we looked at…

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Studio Sunday: Ellen Kozak


A photograph of Ellen Kozak's art studio

 

Ellen Kozak is a painter and multimedia artist who currently lives and works in New York state. In her artwork, Kozak explores themes of perception and impression, creating artworks that visually express many different facets of perception, from light and colour, to sound and texture.

 

The first thing I notice, looking at this picture of Kozak’s studio, is the view. The artist’s New York studio looks right out onto the Hudson…

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Sculptural Artworks: The Portfolio of Sean Sweeney


An artwork made from discarded construction materialsUntitled, plexiglass, altered ceiling panels, epoxy resin, latex paint

Sean Sweeney is a conceptual installation artist based in Baltimore. The artist creates sculptural artworks from found objects, often using a subdued colour scheme and hard-edged geometric designs with occasional interventions.


A framed iphone photographUntitled, iPhone photo on paper in artist-made frame

 

In our previous feature of Sean’s works, we looked at the way the artist’s…

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