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Bizarre and Provocative: The Art of David Faulk

An artwork made by painting on a found photo of the evergladesSSSSH!, acrylic paint on found photo, mounted on white plastic

David Faulk’s artistic practice covers painting, mixed media, and costume-based sculpture. The artist takes a humorous, sometimes bizarre and provocative approach to his works, combining cartoonish figuration with surrealist narratives and occasionally dark concepts. 


An artwork with the cartoon character Nancy painted on a found photoThe Nancy Tongue, acrylic paint on found photo, mounted on white plastic

 

The artist’s series Travel…

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A Portfolio of Abstract Sculptures by Eva Lys Champagne

A ceramic sculpture with a weathered block and a small white flowerUntitled

Eva Lys Champagne is a ceramic artist and sculptor who has lived, studied, and practiced all over the world and is currently based in western Montana. In her practice, Eva creates abstract sculptures that draw on organic forms, weaving together pure imagination and scientific discovery. 


A ceramic sculpture with elements in white and deep brownTransparent, Joyful Acquiescence II

I really like the way Eva uses ceramic and sculptural materials in a variety of different ways -- often…

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Jagged, Energetic Drawings by Joey Feldman

A portrait of a person in sunglasses with wild hairgarciahirez

Joey Feldman is a Los Angeles-based illustrator who produces jagged, energetic drawings and paintings on both a personal and commercial basis. The artist’s portfolio includes creative work, portraits, and editorial illustrations. 


A cartoon of Donald Trump as a Nazitrumpler

 

I really like Joey’s distinctive style, and how consistently he maintains it across such a wide range of subject matter. There’s something almost violent about the artist’s…

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Quasi-Monochrome: The Paintings of Ettore Spalleti

An installation view of several sculptural objects and monochrome paintingsUntitled (installation veiw)

Ettore Spalleti is an Italian painter who works in a quasi-monochrome style. The artist’s paintings often focus on a single hue, but use gradients and shading to create depth and volume. 


A blue circular painting positioned on a ceilingA casa di...

 

It’s quite interesting to learn about the process that Spalleti uses to create his paintings. The artist starts by mixing oil, pigment, and gesso, then applying a single thin coat of the mixture to a…

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An Explorative Eye: Art by Mark M. Garrett

A painting of a tree branches overlapping and intersectingSolitude (diptych), ink wash on canvas

Mark M. Garrett is a San Francisco-based artist who employs abstraction and an explorative eye across various media. The artist often combines collage and painted media, such as in his map paintings where cut-out sections are filled in with paint. This paint-and-papercut combination informs both the media and the aesthetics of much of Mark’s portfolio. 


An artwork made up of textured paper pulp in a frameUntitled

Browsing through Mark’s…

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The Mixed Media Art Portfolio of David Maxim

A wall-hanging artwork with two canvas panels in different sizesicebergs, oil and hinge on canvas

David Maxim is a mixed media artist currently living and working in San Francisco, California. Over the course of a decades-spanning practice, David has produced works that are equal parts painting and sculpture, fusing an eye for detail with a bombastic approach to pigment and composition. 


A multi-panel artwork combining monochrome painting with a painting of cloudsMoment #44, oil, acrylic, and hinge on canvas

 

I really enjoy David’s recent Moments series. Like Jude…

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Inside the Art Studio of Minouk Lim

A photo of Minouk Lim in her art studio

 

This week’s studio Sunday feature is Korean artist Minouk Lim. Lim is a multimedia artist who also produces works of documentary filmmaking. The artist often uses her practice to explore notions of oppression and changing identities under capitalist and governmental systems. 

 

Given that Lim tends to produce work in a variety of non-traditional media, it’s not surprising that her studio space doesn’t quite look like that of…

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Inside the Art Studio of Julius Von Bismarck

A photo of Julius Von Bismarck's Berlin art studio

 

Our studio Sunday feature today is Julius Von Bismarck. Von Bismarck is a young artist currently based in Berlin, Germany. In his artistic practice, Von Bismarck uses installation, photography, and video to produce artworks that exist halfway between traditional art and scientific exploration. 

 

The artist’s studio is located in a large industrial space that Bismarck shares with a number of other creators. The studio space looks…

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Forest Creatures: Painting and Illustration of David Keane

A painting of goats in a brown fieldRadar field, oil on board

David Keane is a painter and illustrator who works in mixed media, producing artworks that take forest creatures as their subjects. David is based on the west coast of Ireland, and as such many of his works seem inspired by local nature and wildlife. 


A drawing of two hares on an abstracted backgroundhares

 

I really like the combination of tight illustration and gestural painting that’s present in many of David’s works. The way the artist draws animals…

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Skulls and Skeletons: The Art of Vlad Gradobyk

A drawing of a skeleton with wingsUntitled

Artist and illustrator Vlad Gradobyk uses bones as a motif, creating beautifully detailed illustrations of skulls and skeletons. The artist uses a dense, layered cross-hatching technique to produce images with an aesthetic similar to antique lithograph prints.


A drawing of two drunk skeletonsUntitled

There’s a wonderful -- and perhaps paradoxical -- sense of life in Gradobyk’s artworks. His skeletal figures are pictured eating, drinking, riding horseback,…

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Desire for Discovery: The Art of Melissa A. Owoc

A photo of moss-covered trees in a forest[Wood] Cathedral Grove -- Bear Spirit

Melissa A. Owoc’s artistic practice is born of a desire for discovery, both personal and external. In paintings and photographs, the artist explores the environment around her through a lightly spiritual, introspective eye. 


A photo of still water with floating plants[Water] Depth of Stillness

 

The artist’s photographs offer an interesting combination of straightforward, unedited imagery, and shots that have been deliberately altered…

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Sharp Details and Lighting: Photography by Robert W. Easton

A photo of a brightly painted side of a buildingGranny Smith

Robert W. Easton began his artistic career as an army photographer, and later moved into  photography as a creative pursuit. The images in the artist’s current portfolio cross a wide range of subjects and styles, while maintaining a focus on sharp details and lighting.


A photo of bright green scaffolding in front of a buildingPreservation!

I really enjoy Robert’s colourful photographs of architecture and man-made objects. These photographs showcase locations from Cuba to Rhode…

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Landscapes of New England: Painting by Kim Senior

A painting of a row of poplar trees along a roadPoplars Shelburn Farms, acrylic on canvas

Kim Senior is a Vermont-based artist who captures the landscapes of New England in paintings. The artist uses a delicate, painterly hand to render trees, dappled sunlight, rolling hills, and running water with equal care. 


A painting of a river in a thawing snowbedLamoille March Thaw, acrylic on canvas

 

Kim’s painting portfolio features galleries for each season. It’s interesting to be able to see paintings of a similar location…

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Colour and Movement: Painting by Catron Wallace

A painting made up of textured blue huesSymphonies In My Head, acrylic and mixed media on canvas

Catron Wallace is a Tennessee-based artist who paints primarily in acrylic and mixed media, producing large abstract paintings that focus on colour and movement. When she’s not at work in her studio, Catron runs workshops and classes to help other artists develop their skill sets. 


A painting with warm red hues and a circular figureIndian Summer, acrylic and mixed media on canvas

 

I really enjoy the textured appearance of…

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Inside the Art Studio of Zhang Enli

Zhang Enli observing a large painting in his studio space

 

Our studio Sunday artist this week is Zhang Enli. Based in Shanghai, Enli is known for gestural paintings in oil and watercolour, often depicting overlooked elements of cities and civilizations -- maps, cast-off detritus, and other seemingly mundane details of urban life. 

 

I really like the look of Enli’s studio here. It’s bright, spacious, and airy, and though it contains a number of artworks, none seem to be competing with…

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