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Textural Scenes: The Art Portfolio of Sandra Martin

A painting of a wave crashing on the beachWavewatch 12, mixed media on canvas

Sandra Martin is a painter and mixed media artist from Ontario. In her practice, the artist creates dramatic, textural scenes often focusing on water, sky, and the intersection of the two.


A mixed media painting of a cloudscapeSmoky Blue Sunset, mixed media on canvas

In our previous features of Sandra’s paintings, we looked at the artist’s paintings of ocean and wave formations, and water lilies. It’s interesting to see the…

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The Puzzle Art Portfolio of Tim Klein

A an artwork made from two puzzles, one of a truck and the other of King TutankhamunKing of the Road, constructed from two puzzles published in the 1970s

Tim Klein works in the unusual medium of machine-cut jigsaw puzzles, creating surreal works that are half collage, half assemblage, and always with an undertone of off-kilter humour. The artist’s works combine pieces from two or more separate puzzles, leading to unexpected and bizarre imagery.


A puzzle artwork made from pieces of two cat-themed puzzlesWhite Elephant (Present and Future), constructured from two puzzles…

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The Art Portfolio of Maria Z. Madacky

A still image of a 2012 art performanceThe SEERious Sideshow (with M.E.D.I.U.M.) (still image), performance at EMEDIA Performative Arts Society, Calgary, 2012

Maria Z. Madacky is an artist who works in a variety of media including painting, printmaking, and multimedia installation. Maria’s works are sometimes self-contained explorations of material tactility, and other times more collaborative endeavors.


An installation view of The Trash TalkThe Trash Talk (collaboration with M.E.D.I.U.M. (installation view at…

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A Portfolio of Logos and Poster Designs by Edward Lum

A logo design for a farm based in CaliforniaLogo design

Edward Lum is a designer and illustrator who specializes in logos and poster designs. The artist’s current portfolio merges modern brands with a classic “Americana” aesthetic and bright, simplified graphics.


A poster design for a brewing companyPoster design

Edward’s gallery of posters has a very cohesive aesthetic -- it’s interesting to browse through this series and see the wide variety of different clients and industries that these works have been…

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The Art Portfolio of Mike Steinhauer

A photo of a blank museum wallTemporarily Removed (Eastern Wall of Room C204), photograph taken at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

Mike Steinhauer is a photographer and conceptual artist based in Ottawa. The artist is also involved in arts administration and has works as a museum director -- experiences which have shaped the focus of his practice on both a visual and ideological level.


A photo of an artwork by Jeff Koons installed in the palace at VersaillesUntitled, photograph of Large vase of flowers (detail) by Jeff Koons (taken…

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A Portfolio of Meditative and Energizing Art by Kate Barton

A painting of a brightly coloured elephantUntitled

Artist Kate Barton paints figures with a blend of abstract pattern and psychedelic colour, creating images that are equal parts meditative and energizing. The artist’s portfolio is packed with images of animals, human subjects, and cityscapes.


A painting of an elephant with brightly coloured line artUntitled

 

I like seeing Kate’s works grouped into different series on her website. The artist often tackles a singular figurative subject in multiple paintings, producing works that…

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Studio Sunday: Sara Cwynar


The artist Sara Cwynar posing in her art studio

 

Studio Sunday artist Sara Cwynar was born in Vancouver, BC, and is now based in Brooklyn, New York. In her practice, the artist works in a variety of media including photography, collage, and bookmaking. The artist studied photography at Yale University.

 

Cwynar’s studio in the above photograph looks lived-in, with a comfortable level of clutter. Knowing Cwyanr’s proclivity for working in a variety of media, it’s interesting…

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A Sense of Play: The Art Portfolio of Kathryn Howard

An illustration of children playing pirate ship on bunk bedsBunk Pirates

Kathryn Howard produces bright, kid-friendly illustrations that often utilize a simple, impactful colour palette in combination with sketchy line art. Each work seems to embody a sense of play and experimentation.


An illustration of two children hunting bugsBug Hunt

 

I really appreciate the use of colour in Kathryn’s artworks. As I mentioned above, each image seems to focus on, if not a single hue, then a dominant hue over the entire composition. The colours that…

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The Paint and Mixed Media Portfolio of Erik Thorkildson


An acrylic painting of jellyfish on a black backgroundNocturnal Jellyfish, acrylic on canvas

Erik Thorkildson is an artist based in Los Angeles. In his portfolio, Erik uses acrylic paint and mixed media to explore the possibilities of colour, texture, and line.  


An abstract acrylic painting with a white background and blue-green shapesuntitled, acrylic on canvas

I enjoy the combination of abstraction and figuration in Erik’s works. In many paintings, the artist seems to utilize abstraction as a method of creating form. Elongated, many-tendrilled shapes…

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A Poetry Portfolio by Mary K. O'Melveny

A sample from a poem about a cherry treeThirteen Ways of Looking at a Cherry Tree (excerpt)

Mary K. O’Melveny is a poet based between Washington, D.C., and Woodstock, New York. Mary’s background is as a labour rights lawyer, and her poetry often concerns current events and discussions pertinent to the social, economical, and political climate.


An excerpt from a poem about the colour greenGreen is a Primary Color (excerpt)

I enjoy the way that Mary’s poems shift from an easy, conversational tone into one of…

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A Portfolio of Dragon Pottery by Susan Smith James

An earthenware vessel sculpted to look like a dragonThe Smoke Dragon, earthenware

Susan Smith James is an artist who works in clay (among other media) producing pots, vessels, and other works of pottery inspired by dragons. Each of Susan’s dragon pottery pieces is unique and packed with personality.


A half-moon vessel in the shape of a dragonQuarter Moon Dragon, earthenware, silver leaf, rose quartz

 

It’s lovely to be able to see so many examples of Susan’s dragon pottery together in a single portfolio. Each pot seems to…

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The Art Portfolio of Ashley Longshore


A painting of Audrey Hepburn with a Ringpop on her headAudrey With Ring Pop, acrylic and mixed media on canvas, heavy resin

Ashley Longshore is a painter and mixed media artist inspired by contemporary pop culture. The artist’s works take a playful, sometimes vulgar, often feminine-oriented approach to the concerns of young people navigating today’s culture.


A painting of three champagne bottles on a floral backgroundBottle Fed with Lavender Floral Background, acrylic and mixed media on canvas, heavy resin

I like the way that Longshore’s…

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Illustrative Styles: The Art Portfolio of Jordan Woodard

A piece of concept art for a war storyThe Rejects -- Squad

Jordan Woodard is an illustrator and aspiring comic book artist based in Texas. Jordan’s current portfolio features examples of a wide variety of illustrative styles, including comic pages and panels, storyboards, and character sketches.


An image of a science-fiction figure in an interior settingTenkaichi's Lair

I like the amount of energy that Jordan packs into each of his drawings -- the artist cites his interest in science fiction, martial arts, and war stories as a…

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Studio Sunday: Phillipe Parreno

A photo of Philippe Parreno in his studio

 

Philippe Parreno is a conceptual and multimedia artist currently based in Paris. The artist was originally born in Oran, Algeria. Parreno’s practice often revolves around the creation of narratives and complete exhibitions, rather than objects in an of themselves. As such, the artist’s studio space is frequently used for writing, drawing, and planning -- not exclusively creating artworks.

 

Parreno’s studio looks very busy in…

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The Art Portfolio of Marc Brisson

A stone painted to look like a bust of a manLe gars

Marc Brisson grew up in Ontario and made a career as a teacher, imparting theatre and visual art knowledge to the next generation. In 2014, Marc set up his own private art studio, where he continues to produce artwork in a range of media.


An image with faces digitally imposed on a rocky outcroppingProfile

 

I really enjoy Mark’s work with rocks -- in one series, the artist paints directly on rocks, turning small, rounded stones into almost sculptural busts with faces that take their…

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