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A Portfolio of Ceramic Artworks by Crain Art Studio

A ceramic artwork with shapes stacked on top of each otherLarge Totem, ceramic

Crain Art Studio is a trio of three generations of the Crain family producing artworks in ceramic and paint media. Cathy, along with her daughter Carie, and granddaughter Sharae, work to produce ceramic artworks with intricate and colourful patterns, as well as textural paintings that borrow aesthetics from sculpture and other media. 


A ceramic sculpture of a mahi-mahiMahi Mahi, ceramic

 

I really like the unique style that is represented…

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Movement, Texture, and Life: The Art of Guy Grogan

A mixed media artwork with stripes of colourPaper Tiger #1, mixed media on paper

Guy Grogan is an artist originally from England and now based in the San Francisco Bay Area. In his practice, Guy embraces paint, mixed media, drawing, and sculpture, all with a gestural approach that seeks to capture a sense of movement, texture, and life.


A drawing study of a woman's faceStudy of Fellow Student, charcoal on newsprint

 

Guy’s recent works in mixed media on paper are abstract, and utilize a blend of hard geometry…

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A Portfolio of Mixed Media Artworks by Crystal Liu

A mixed media artwork depicting fog rolling into a valleythe fog, "rolling in", gouache, watercolour, ink, and collage on paper

Crystal Liu is an artist who works in gouache, watercolour, ink, and other traditional media, producing detailed mixed media artworks that draw on both traditional Chinese and contemporary art styles. The artist also works in photography, using a similar aesthetic language applied to a very different medium.


A collaged, abstract painting of a sunI always meant to love you, "lean in", gouache, watercolour,…

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The Art Portfolio of Deirdre Hofer

A painting of falling snow on a black backgroundSnow III, oil on canvas

Deirdre Hofer is a Vancouver-based artist who uses ice cream as a motif throughout her portfolio. The artist’s practice varies in terms of media and subject matter, but maintains a visual consistency that helps guide the viewer toward the bigger ideas therein.


A painting of blue snowflakes on a black backgroundSnow II, oil on canvas

 

I quite enjoy Deirdre’s recent series Falling Snow. This series of oil paintings takes advantage of a high-contrast visual…

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The Art Portfolio of J. Nicole Hatfield

A mural featuring a woman in profile painted in bright colourOKC Contemporary Mural 2019

J. Nicole Hatfield is a Comanche artist who works in paint and other media, creating everything from large-scale wall murals to small canvas portraits. The artist’s portfolio is packed with colour, and blends traditional art styles with a contemporary sensibility. 


A mural featuring bold textDWNTOWN OKC Mural Retouch 2019

 

I love the use of colour throughout J. Nicole’s portfolio. Whether it’s utilized in paintings to build up…

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Inside the Art Studio of Ron Nagle

A photo of sculptor Ron Nagle in his studio

 

Our Studio Sunday feature this week is Ron Nagle. Nagle is an American ceramic sculptor, as well as a musician. In his artistic practice, Nagle is known for small-scale ceramic works that boast a significant amount of detail and a wide palette of bright, saturated colours. The artist has been based in California for much of his life and career, and his works are influenced by West Coast surf and hotrod culture. 

 

From the looks of…

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The Abstract Painting Portfolio of Skai Fowler

An abstract painting incorporating gold leafJumping to Conclusions, acrylic and gold leaf on canvas

Skai Fowler is a vancouver-based visual artist who works primarily in abstract painting, creating artworks that emphasize rich, warm colours and brush work that is at once exuberant and controlled. The artist’s recent paintings combine geometric planes of colour with sweeping, splashy overlaid brush strokes. 


A painting using planes of evolving colour and bright splatter marksNow We Dream, acrylic, gold, and silver leaf on canvas

 

I really…

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The Art Portfolio of Kai Althoff

A photo of a painting with two abstracted figuresUntitled, synthetic polymer paint, oil, enamel and poster tempera on fabric on enamel painted wood stretcher frame

Kai Althoff is a German artist working in painting, sculpture, and mixed media. The artist’s works embrace a wildly colourful and sometimes almost childlike aesthetic, blending gestural mark-making with subtly detailed features and figures. 


A painting of several figures around a hospital bedUntitled, oil, lacquer, tempera and poster on cloth

 

I really like Althoff’s…

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The Art and Illustration Portfolio of Valerie Lesiak


A digital artwork of bunnies readingBunnies Reading

Valerie Lesiak is an illustrator who creates images both for her personal portfolio and on a commission basis through her personal Picture Book Studio. Valerie’s digital drawings and illustrations tend towards a simple, bright aesthetic, but represent the artist’s skill with visual balance and composition. 


A digital illustration of a mermaid in the tubA Mermaid Moment

 

Valerie’s style is kid-friendly in the vein of Maria Angela Reyes or Denise Tonner, and…

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A Portfolio of Symmetrical Compositions by Renée Duval

A painting of a face made from flowers on a golden backgroundDivine Gilles, oil on canvas

Renée Duval is an artist who currently lives and works in Montreal. In her artistic practice, Renée has cultivated an interesting technique, using dense, vertically symmetrical compositions of flowers and plants to build images that seem alive with fine detail.


A painting of a face resolving out of yellow flowers and plantsPedrolino, oil on canvas

 

There’s a beautifully lush sense of organic growth that infuses each of these images. Renée’s paintings are…

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States of Being: The Art Portfolio of Franck de las Mercedes

A painting incorporating elements of text and figureImperfect Symmetry, acrylic on canvas

Franck de las Mercedes is a New York-based Latino artist who uses a variety of media -- from traditional paint, to photography and writing -- to build works that address personal emotions and states of being as much as they do contemporary cultural issues. Franck’s works are unapologetically colourful, and packed with detail and meaning. 


A painting of an abstract shape on a black backgroundFor Your Third Eye Only, acrylic on fabric

 

I really like…

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The Art Portfolio of Ron Buttler

A sculpture of a human figure wearing a shirt with Tutankhamen's mask on itThe Mummy, mixed media

Ron Buttler is an artist based in Aiken, South Carolina. In his practice, Ron works in oil paint and mixed media, creating works that are inspired by art history, sometimes appropriating figures and elements from existing paintings and re-mixing them for a contemporary audience.


A reimagining of the last supper with musiciansLast Supper in B Flat

 

In our previous feature of Ron’s works, we looked at the artist’s three-dimensional portraits. Ron utilizes…

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Fleeting Moments: A Painting Portfolio by Harry Stooshinoff

A painting of a spring rainLittle Shower, October 15, acrylic and collage on archival paper

Harry Stooshinoff is a North Ontario-based artist who documents the landscape in a multitude of simple, gestural paintings, capturing fleeting moments and transient states of being. Harry’s landscape works are a breath of fresh air, one that feels very contemporary while owing something to the ideals of early impressionism. 


A painting of a snowy field under a grey skySecret Field, Dec 18, acrylic and pencil on…

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Inside the Art Studio of Anthony Caro

A photograph of Anthony Caro working in his studio

 

Anthony Caro was an English sculptor who worked primarily with metal, using both fabricated pieces and industrial scrap to produce large-scale artworks. Though Caro got his start in modernist sculpture studying under Henry Moore in the 1950s, he quickly moved into producing his own abstract sculptures, for which he was lauded during his career. 

 

Caro’s sculpture studio was made for the production of large-scale works, like,…

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A Portfolio of Choreography, Dance, and Performance by Brice Noeser

A photo of a dancer performing on a stage

Alphabête (photo by Llamaryon)

 

Brice Noeser is a Quebec-based contemporary dancer who uses the body as his artistic medium, producing works of art and choreography that endeavor to build a new language for dance. The artist’s body of work includes choreography, dance, and performance, with Brice often blending all three. 


A photo of two artists performing a live workRuminant Ruminant 

 

The artist’s chosen medium is naturally collaborative, and as such many of the…

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