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Fragmented Figures: The Art Portfolio of Leif Timber

A painting of a white cross on a green backgroundUntitled, mixed media

Leif Timber is an artist based in Minnesota. In his practice, Leif works in paint, pastel, and other mixed media, producing artworks that are partly abstracted with gestural brush marks to obscure and emphasize fragmented figures.


A painting of a soldier in loose, gestural formFree Peace, oil on canvas

I’m interested by how Leif varies the level of abstraction in his artworks. Whether they’re firmly figurative, or mostly abstract, they all have a dark,…

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Studio Hoodoo: The Art Portfolio of Crystal DiPietro

A painting of a pine among birch treesLone Pine, oil on canvas

Studio Hoodoo is the art studio of Crystal DiPietro, an artist based in Las Vegas, Nevada. Crystal’s art portfolio is currently packed with vibrant landscapes inspired by the Nevada region, and the artist’s works have been exhibited throughout the United States.


A painting of a city blanketed in snowProvidence in Winter, oil on canvas

 

I really enjoy the graphic, colourful aesthetic that Crystal employs in her paintings. Rather than soft…

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The Pottery Portfolio of "Cactus" Jack Caselles

A handmade ginger jar with a natural glaze15" Ginger Jar, Raku and glaze with So Si expansion

Jack Caselles, also known as Cactus Jack, is a potter currently based in Glendale, California. The artist has a background in teaching and aerospace, and now works as a full-time potter for the pure love of the medium.


A blue pitcher and a batter bowl handmade in ceramicBlue pitcher and batter bowl with handle

 

In our previous feature of Jack’s artworks, we looked at the artist’s approach to colourful works of functional art. Jack…

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A Portfolio of Bright, Journalistic Photographs by A.M. Williams

A painting of a window box with pink flowersPretty in Pink

A.M. Williams is a photographer who currently lives and works in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The artist has a background in psychology and higher education, and in her artistic practice takes bright, journalistic photographs of flowers, animals, and the local landscape.


A photo of a squirrel peeking out from behind a shrubI See you!

 

There’s a refreshing kind of straightforwardness about Williams’ photographs. The artist has a good eye for composition and framing, and…

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Aesthetics from Nature: The Art Portfolio of Susan Sharp

An abstract painting made with bright blue and green huesReflect, oil and acrylic on MDF panels

Susan Sharp works through an intuitive painting process, allowing the works as much a say in their own development as she has. Susan’s works are inspired by a variety of fragmented aesthetics from nature -- patterns of light, movement, and the growth of plants all seem to factor in equal weight.


An abstract painting with planes of blue and hard linesWater's Edge, oil on panels

 

I really enjoy Susan’s artworks -- abstract compositions that suggest…

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Inside the Art Studio of Gloria Vanderbilt

A photo of Gloria Vanderbilt's Manhattan studio

 

In this week’s Studio Sunday, we’re looking inside the studio of Gloria Vanderbilt. Vanderbilt is perhaps best known as a New York socialite, heir to a railroad fortune, but she is also a long-time appreciator of the arts and an artist herself. Throughout her long artistic career, the artist has produced works of traditional painting, as well as more contemporary explorations into sculpture and mixed media.

 

Vanderbilt’s…

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A New Dimension: The Art Portfolio of Vincent McLoughlin

A painting of abstracted flowersrgrnwonblk, acrylic on custom built luan panel

Vincent McLoughlin is an artist who paints on wood, often using panels that have been custom built and sculpted to create interestingly figurative substrates. The artist’s paint, in combination with the sculpted wood panels, brings out a new dimension in the artwork.


A painting with bright blue and green coloursbonrongonr, acrylic on primed repurposed luan panel

 

I really enjoy the way that Vincent uses paint to bring figurative…

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The Art Portfolio of Anne Farrall Doyle

An oil and mixed media painting of a serene riverCalm Winds Blowing, oil on canvas

Anne Farrall Doyle is based in Herefordshire, England, where she uses a contemplative, intuitive process to build her artworks. The artist’s work is usually produced in solitude, with plans and sketches helping to formulate her dreamlike final compositions.


A painting of a rocky outcropping on the beachRocky Outcrop, oil on canvas

 

Anna produces artworks in a range of traditional media, including oil paint, watercolour, and pastel. The works are…

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Identity, Existence, and Change: Art by B.A. Martel

A painting of a brightly dressed skeletonWarm and Fuzzy, acrylic on wood

B.A. Martel is an artist currently based on Canada’s West Coast. Martel spent much of their childhood in South America and Africa, and has travelled extensively as an adult. The artist’s work showcases a wide range of aesthetic and cultural influences while dealing with themes of identity, existence, and change.


A painting of a skull in front of a bright landscapeCold Winter's Day, acrylic on wood

 

Martel’s latest series, Hodi Mihi Cras Tibi --…

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Plein Air and Landscape Painting by June Long-Schuman

A painting of a lighthouse over a pink oceanMontauk Lighthouse, acrylic on canvas

June Long-Schuman is an artist based in Long Island, New York. The artist has a degree in art from the Pratt Institute, and has focused on printmaking as well as plein air and landscape painting. In her current practice, June produces a wide variety of works, all with a painterly, gestural approach.


A painting of a millhouse in the winterStony Brook Grist Mill, oil on canvas

 

I find June’s paintings, especially her landscapes, to be…

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The Portrait Art Portfolio of Alim Smith

A painting of the black man on cellphone memeUntitled

Alim Smith is an artist from Wilmington, Delaware. In his practice, Smith uses a uniquely surreal style of portraiture to explore black identity, past, present, and future. Smith has achieved recent notoriety for his portrait paintings of black subjects in popular internet memes.


A painting of a woman's face obscured by planetary ringsUntitled

 

The artist uses lighting and colour masterfully in his works. In the series Planet Her, for example, Smith’s figures exist on black…

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The Fibre and Textile Art Portfolio of Alison Lang

A wool applique pillow with a bird on itRoadrunner from the collection of A Flock of Many Colours

Alison Lang is a lifelong artist who, in her current practice, favours fibre and textile media. Her artworks are varied and often utilize a blend of different media, though they tend to have a sense of tactility and softness about them.


A handmade "mountain man" dollMountain Man, mixed media

 

The artist’s recent series of wool appliqué pillows have a warm, decorative appearance. The combination of natural…

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Inside the Art Studio of Lu Yang

A photo of artist Lu Yang in her studio

 

Today’s Studio Sunday artist is Lu Yang. Yang, a Chinese artist, creates work informed by hyper-modern pop culture, including virtual reality, manga, toys, and cyberpunk ephemera. Mainly working in digital video formats, the artist produces work through a meditative process, sometimes inserting avatars for herself into the strange narratives that she creates.

 

Yang’s studio looks at once familiar and bizarre -- there are…

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Inside the Art Studio of Lorna Simpson

A photo of Lorna Simpson in her art studio

 

Our Studio Sunday artist this week is Lorna Simpson. Simpson has been a renowned artist since the 1980s and 90s, producing works in photography and multimedia, as well as more traditional means. The artist’s works are often narrative, and present honest meditations on feminism, black identity, history, and collective memory. Simpson currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

 

Simpson’s studio looks quite bright and airy…

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The Art Portfolio of Brian Rusconi


A painting of a cubist face in profileVacation, acrylic on canvas

Brian Rusconi has been interested in art since he could hold a paintbrush, learning, as a child, from watching his grandmother paint. The artist’s current portfolio covers a variety of media and styles, with Brian’s obvious enjoyment of the practice shining through in each work.


An acrylic painting with abstracted figures and coloursAurora, acrylic on canvas

 

As we saw in our previous feature of Brian’s work, one could almost point to Cubist influences in…

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