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Studio Sunday: Ricky Swallow


A photo of Ricky Swallow working in his studio

 

Our Studio Sunday feature for the week is Australian artist Ricky Swallow. Swallow is currently based in Los Angeles, California, where he produces sculptural artworks in a variety of media, including found objects.

 

I love the close-up image of all the random items in Swallow’s studio! It’s always really fascinating to see the sort of objects that artists keep in their studios, particularly when those objects aren’t…

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A Contemporary Twist: The Art Portfolio of Ann Marie Vancas

A pastel drawing of a face wearing lipstickxs and os, pastel on paper

Ann Marie Vancas is an artist based in Houston, Texas. The artist’s portfolio is packed with colourful artworks that utilize aesthetics and techniques from Fauvism and early abstraction with a contemporary twist.


An abstract painting with black line art and coloured shapesOne Continuous Line, acrylic on canvas

 

I’m impressed by the variation in different media and substrates that Ann utilizes in her portfolio. Working on paper, canvas, and board as well as on…

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Confounding Categorization: A Portfolio by Laine Godsey


A sculptural artwork made with various found objectsRealistic Model 1, turf, sand, Styrofoam, acrylic, found objects

Laine Godsey is an installation artist and sculptor who produces works confounding categorization. Laine frequently uses found objects and materials in her works, leading to an aesthetic that’s widely varied yet still cohesive.


A plush piece of upholstery with an amorphous formShapewear 1.0, vinyl, nylon, polyfill

 

The works in Laine’s recent series Making Realistic Models consist of both sculpture and photography.…

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Elements and Landscapes: The Art Portfolio of Marilyn Joyce


An abstract artwork made with layered textural papersMorning showers, sunny afternoon, ink stained papers, rainwater, beeswax

Marilyn Joyce creates delicate mixed media assemblages that express her own relationship to, and experience of, different surrounding environments. The artist’s works are abstract, but call to mind elements and landscapes ranging from arid deserts to bodies of water.


A mixed media artwork made from abstract paper layersPlaya conversation (morning), ink, tea, thread and beeswax on paper

 

I really appreciate the…

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A Portfolio of Paper Collages by Wallace Polsom


A collaged artwork depicting the shore of a body of waterTonalist Abstraction VI, paper collage

Wallace Polsom is an artist who creates layered, well-integrated paper collages that express a variety of emotions and experiences. The artist tends toward classical imagery in his collages, blending aesthetics from renaissance painting with more modern advertising paintings and other cut-out imagery.


A collage artwork of a royal person with a jewel over their faceGod's First, paper collage

 

In the series Life in the Bloodstream, Polsom’s collages take on…

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Everyday Masks: The Art Portfolio of Liza Montgomery


A painting of a woman on a wood panelEnlightenment: Ella, oil and mixed media on wood

In her artistic practice, Liza Montgomery explores constructed identities and everyday masks. The artist’s painting and mixed media works use faces and figures as their starting point, adding details and elements like cosmetics and jewelry both to obscure and to create an entirely new face for a subject.


A photo collage using a self-portrait of the artistAfterglow I, photo-collage, watercolour on panel

 

In our previous feature of…

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Volume and Form: The Art Portfolio of Alex Dodge

An oil painting depicting a crumpled newspaperThe Trauma of Information, oil on linen

Alex Dodge is originally from Colorado and is now based in Brooklyn, New York. In his artistic practice, Dodge creates paintings and mixed-media works that play with volume and form in a two-dimensional space.


A painting of a brightly coloured strip of fabric and a gloveMJ, oil and glass beads on linen

I find Dodge’s works fascinating to look at -- at first glance, some of his paintings appear to be textile-based sculptures. The way that the artist paints…

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Function and Form: The Glass Portfolio of Catherine Hart


A stained glass panel in green and crystal colourationSummer Garden

Catherine Hart is a stained glass artist who works largely on private commissions, creating glass work for windows and wall-hanging panels. Catherine’s works expertly combine function and form, using sparing, contained planes of colour and sculptural elements.


A stained glass window with pink panelsBright Hope

 

In our previous feature of Catherine’s work, we looked at the way the artist finds beauty in everyday life. It seems fitting that the artist’s…

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Studio Sunday: Rana Begum

A photo of Rana Begum at work in her studio

 

Rana Begum was born in Bangladesh and now lives and works in London, England. The artist is known for her colourful geometric artworks that draw on patterns and shapes found in traditional Islamic art and architecture.

 

Rana’s studio looks like a very productive space -- It also looks beautifully clean. The artist’s style of working seems to lend itself to a kind of mass production, like the small pieces pictured here that use…

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Studio Sunday: Michael Arntz


A photo of Michael Arntz working on a pottery piece in his studio

 

Ceramic sculptor Michael Arntz is our Studio Sunday feature this week! Arntz is best known for creating ceramic artworks on a monumental scale, building artistic compositions from massive amounts of clay. The artist is best known for his monumental artworks that combine architectural forms with those more organically-inspired.   

 

Arntz shares a studio space with Penny Arntz, though it looks like the space pictured above is…

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Intersectional Elements: The Art Portfolio of Wynne Palmer


A photo of a wooded pathUntitled

Wynne Palmer is an interdisciplinary and media artist located in Vancouver, BC. The artist works in a wide variety of media, but tends to incorporate intersectional elements of technology and nature into many of her pieces.


A distorted digital image of Elvis Prestleyelvis has left the building 1.0

 

In our previous feature of Wynne’s works, we looked at the way the artist uses her varied electronic and film-based media to delve into social and psychological…

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Building Atmosphere: An Art Portfolio by Sydney Shen


A sculptural artwork made from metal[DATA EXPUNGED], steel, aluminum

Artist Sydney Shen creates room-sized installations and smaller, sculptural works that focus on asking questions and building atmosphere.


A sculpture made with a chair and some ropeMidnight Game, chair, rope, honey, doorknob, wax

 

I love the way that Shen incorporates fine details in her work. While each work is constructed in a manner that emphasizes the finer points, the artist goes to interesting lengths to reward the viewer for looking up…

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Dancers in Motion: An Art Portfolio by Luis Pons

A photo of a ballerina dancing in the forestWashington Ballet Ballerina Peyton Anderson

Luis Pons is a photographer who works with dancers to create an aesthetic that captures the best of both art forms. Luis’ photographs depict dancers in motion amid unexpected but oddly fitting backdrops, from natural expanses to city streets.


A photo of a balleina dancing near a frozen lakeBallerina Alexandra Jacobs

 

I really enjoy the way Luis is able to integrate his subjects into these seemingly disparate backgrounds. The dancers are…

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Dense Florals: The Photography Portfolio of Leslie Ellen Lewis


A photo of white flowers blooming on a treeFirst Blooms, April 2018

Leslie Ellen Lewis is a photographer who captures dense florals and foliage, creating images that, from a distance, could be paintings or even textiles. The artist’s works often embrace a slightly subdued colour palette and use branching patterns and reflection to add visual layers.


A photograph of a dense floral fieldTapestry at the Inn

I really enjoy Leslie’s photographs of flowers, trees, and nature scenes. Many of the artist’s photographs…

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Elements of Abstraction: A Portfolio by Amy D Graham


A mixed media artwork with blue and green tonesUntitled

Amy D. Graham is a Massachusetts-based artist who specializes in still-life and figurative paintings, combining these compositional styles with a soft, often pastel colour palette and elements of abstraction and mixed media.


A mixed media artwork with bright, childlike coloursUntitled

I’m impressed by Amy’s ability to widely vary her style. This ability is especially interesting when the artist puts it into practice creating a series of works that focus on the same subject…

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