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Fantastic Favourites: Brian Joubert, Elaine Clapper, Claudette Webb

Today we’re taking a look at some of our favourite works from three different artists. These artists work in a variety of different media, each showcasing their skills and talent through striking imagery and memorable subject matter.

 

Brian Joubert:

 

Brian Joubert works out of Narrow Waters Tattoo in Kelowna, BC, producing works of attention-grabbing ink for clients. I love how colourful Brian’s work is, and the way the artist…

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Inside the Studio of Mike Cloud

A photo of painter Mike Cloud in his art studio

 

Mike Cloud is a Chicago-based artist who works in painting, sculpture, collage, and mixed media. The artist's works, though primarily abstract, are often bluntly political and critical of traditionally Western styles modes of representation that are pervasive in the fine art world. 

 

There's not too much to see of the artist's studio in this image. Cloud is pictured sitting among several paintings, close to them, as though the…

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Reverence and Nostalgia: Art by Linda Finn

A print showing water texture and a pair of stonesMemory of Water #10

Linda Finn is an Ontario-based artist and painter. The artist’s prolific art practice spans printmaking, acrylic painting, bookmaking, and sculptural assemblage, with a sense of reverence and nostalgia for the Ontario landscape running through the works as a common theme. 


An acrylic painting of a swimmerSwimmer #4

 

I really enjoy Linda’s printmaking works -- in her series Memory of Water she takes a quiet, abstracted approach to water…

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Architectural Features: Paintings by Barbara Horosko Nichols

A painting of a doorway in MexicoEntrance (from Oaxaca Walls series), mixed media on museum board

Barbara Horosko Nichols is an artist who currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California. In her practice, Barbara creates paintings of architectural features and shadowy geometric structures around Los Angeles and other regions. 


A painting of a passion flower and a hibiscus flowerPassion Flower and Hibiscus, coloured pencil and graphite on paper

 

I really enjoy the unique texture in Barbara’s paintings -- the…

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A Wintry Mood: Landscape Painting by Aimee Rudge

An acrylic painting of an overcast beachPadilla Bay, acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas

Aimee Rudge is a painter who specializes in quiet, subdued seaside landscapes. Working mainly in acrylic paints and watercolours, Aimee captures the desolate, slightly cold beauty of Washington beaches and oceans under overcast skies, with a wintry mood


A painting of a sunny beach in subdued watercolourBahamas Beach, watercolour on cold-pressed paper

 

I really appreciate the level of detail that Aimee tends to work with in her…

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A Portfolio of Colour Field Painting by CK Kennedy

A triptych of three paintings striped blue and greenThree Night Stripes, oil on canvas (three panels)

CK Kennedy is an artist based in Vancouver, BC. In their practice, CK explores the tradition of colour field painting, creating abstract paintings that focus on planes of colour and their interactions with each other across the canvas or other substrate. 


An abstract painting with a grid of yellow "windows"Untitled (Additive Grid with Yellow Windows), oil on canvas

 

I really like the presence of CK’s artworks. Though the canvases are…

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Altered States of Mind: Art by Mizu

A painting of snakes against a surreal backgroundDrastic Magic Tactic

Mizu is an artist based in Denver, Colorado, who uses his artwork to explore psychedelic settings and altered states of mind. The artist often applies a practiced technique of airbrush painting to everything from paper and canvas to the sides of vans. 


An airbrush painting of a strange landscapeDeep Mind Trip

I really like the mix of diversity and cohesion in Mizu’s current art portfolio. While the artist’s works show off a sense of experimentation and…

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Inside the Art Studio of Chiharu Shiota

A photo of artist Chiharu Shiota working in her Berlin studio

 

Chiharu Shiota is a Japanese artist currently based in Berlin. The artist's current body of work comprises sculptural installations that combine complex, woven abstract forms with found and collected household objects such as keys, suitcases, bits of metal hardware. The artist's vast works seem to suggest threads of memory, or the invisible forces that bind time, place, and space.  

 

The artist’s choice of media comes into play…

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Propaganda and Popular Media: The Art of Dylan Humphreys

An abstract artwork with elements of textProjection, acrylic on canvas

 

Dylan Humphreys is an artist based in Vancouver, BC. In his practice, Dylan is a painter, illustrator, and film industry set decorator, producing works inspired as much by street art and graffiti as they are by political propaganda and popular media.


A page from a hand-drawn comic bookComeback, Page 6

 

It’s interesting to see how Dylan’s various inspirations come to play in different modes of art production. The artist’s comic book…

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A Portfolio of Art and Community Projects by Katrina Alexy

A mixed media collage with imagery of an eggWomen's Work

Katrina Alexy is a mixed media artist who produces everything from small-scale collage works to public art. Based in Los Angeles, the artist focuses her practice on community projects and the utilization of found and discarded materials. 


A collage of Franciscan tiles procured for a mosaic artworkFranciscan tiles, unused salvaged tiles diverted from landfill

I’m enjoying the works in Katrina’s gallery of mixed media and collage work. The pieces here are varied in terms of…

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Ideas and Emotions: The Art of Judy Southerland

A dark painting with earth tones and elements of textRed Dirt, Fast Cars, acrylic on canvas

Judy Southerland is an artist who works across disciplines, creating figurative and abstract works in two and three dimensions, expressing ideas and emotions from everyday life and translating them into higher experiences. The artist’s recent works combine saturated, monochromatic colour palettes with half-obscured text. 


A mixed media artwork combining portraiture with abstractionChorus (Pre-Translation)

 

I really enjoy the way Judy uses colour to…

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Cartoonish Exuberance: The Art of Shaun Keenan

A digital painting of a giant bird

 

Shaun Keenan is an illustrator and concept artist from the United States. In his portfolio of work, Keenan shows off his talent for taking realistic features and figures, and using exaggerated poses and viewpoints to lend them a sense of cartoonish exuberance


A digital painting of a whale

 

Many of the artist’s works feature dinosaurs or other prehistoric animals in some manner. In fact, Keenan is perhaps best known for his viral book Dinosaurs of the Wild…

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The Art of Self-Taught Painter Richard Ficker

A painting with a combination of surreal figures and imageryThe Compassionate Indifference

Richard Ficker is a self-taught painter whose work features imagery of beaches, oceans, and surreal figures blending into such landscapes. The artist’s works are detailed celebrations of colour and form, each one dreamlike in a way that invites the viewer in for a closer look. 


A painting of a heron standing on a pier at sunsetRiver Sunset, oil and acrylic on canvas

 

I really appreciate the amount of colour and fine detail that goes into each of…

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An Optimistic View: The Art of Claire Cepukas

A painting of a deep and misty forestSmoky Woods, oil on canvas

Claire Cepukas is a Canadian painter whose works are inspired by the nation’s remote landscapes and the artist’s time spent living and working as a tree planter in Northern Alberta and BC. Claire’s works are saturated with brighter-than-life colours and present an optimistic view of the wilderness. 


A pink-hued painting of a snowy sceneSnow Ghosts, acrylic and paper on canvas

I really appreciate Claire’s graphic style and the unique…

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