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Wildlife and the Environment: Art by Nancy Sharp

A painting of a tortoise on a grassy backgroundGopher Tortoise (painted from a photo by Craig Oneal)

Nancy Sharp is an artist based in North Carolina. A self-taught artist, Nany paints primarily in acrylics. The artist’s recent works are largely concerned with wildlife and the environment, often taking endangered local species as their subjects.


A painting of a red wolf on a dark backgroundRed Wolf

It’s interesting to see how Nancy tackles so many different subjects with a clear eye for detail and realism. Birds, fish,…

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Remnants of Ancient Civilization: Art by Emily K. Grieves

A painting of a female figure and a shelf of mysterious-looking bottlesCurandera

Artist Emily K. Grieves was born in Germany and has lived in Mexico since 2004. The artist’s work is often inspired by the landscape and mythology of her home, drawing on nearby remnants of ancient civilization as well as from the modern-day environment.


A painting of a young woman sitting cross-legged in a corn fieldCihuacoatl

 

I like the warm tones and stylized figures that are prevalent in Emily’s works. In our previous feature of Emily’s work, we looked at the way the artist…

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Layering Fluid Forms: Art by Karen Holland


A mixed media artwork with abstracted, patterned formsFacing Yourself, mixed media

Karen Holland is a painter and mixed media artist currently based in British Columbia. In her practice, the artist primarily works in abstraction, layering fluid forms and textures across a canvas in such a way as to draw the viewer’s eye along a non-linear path, and provoke further exploration.


An abstract painting with a raised, textured squarePassages, mixed media on panel

 

I like the way that Karen works and how her conceptual processes come to the…

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Inside the Illustration Studio of David Macaulay

A photo of David Macaulay working in his studio

 

It’s Sunday, so let’s take a look inside the studio of illustrator David Macaulay. Macaulay was born in the UK and is now based in Vermont, USA. In his artistic practice Macaulay produces illustration for non-fiction subject matter as well as children’s books and other literature.

 

Macaulay’s studio appears bright and airy -- it has the overall aesthetic that one might associate with a classic, academic-type illustration…

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Idealized Innocence: Art by Serena Stevens


A painting with imagery of toys and childhood objects with a portrait of the artist as a childSelf Portrait as a Child

Serena Stevens is a painter based in Iowa. In her artistic practice, Serena blends the idealized innocence of childhood with darker themes of paranoia and frustration. The artist’s paintings often take on a collages aesthetic, bringing together numerous seemingly disparate images and subjects.


A painting of children skipping rope on an abstracted backgroundJump Rope

 

I’m quite enjoying the works in Serena’s gallery of recent paintings. In these, the artist sticks to…

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Brightly Stylized Images: Textile Art by Lisa Lackey

A textile artwork depicting the Earth in someone's handsHumanity is in Our Hands, fabrics, thread, and embroidery floss on canvas

Lisa Lackey’s art portfolio is packed with images that one might be surprised to learn are made with fabrics and thread. The artist uses cut textiles to build up graphic, brightly stylized images, sewing and embroidering to add fine detail.


A textile artwork depciting a figure walking past a red doorExit 11, frabrics, thread, and embroidery floss on canvas

 

I’m always impressed by the level of detail and precision…

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Paths of Line and Colour: Art by John Hovig

A mandala made up of dense coloured linesMandala From Hindrance #1, digital archival print on aluminum circle

John Hovig became a full-time artist in 2012, after a decades-long career in software. The artist’s current practice centers on the idea of keeping the viewer’s eye in motion, with images that feature maze-like paths of line and colour.

 

An artwork featuring coloured lines arranged in an abstract formKnowledge, drawing

 

John’s works often have a somewhat meditative feeling about them -- a quality that’s particularly…

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Humanity, Technology, Nature, and Scienc: Art by Studio Drift

An installation consisting of a large concrete box suspended in a galleryDrifter (installed in New York, 2017)

Studio Drift is an arts collective founded by Lonneke Gordjin and Ralph Nauta, two artists from the Netherlands. The duo’s works comment on the intersection between humanity, technology, nature, and science, and are often made in collaboration with professionals in scientific fields.


An artwork made from hundreds of illuminated drones in flightFranchise Freedom (pictured December 2017, Miami, Florida)

 

I enjoy the monolithic quality of the duo’s works.…

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Patterns of Human Experience: Art by Olga de Klein

A mixed media assemblage with a small piece of textOf an Old King, mixed media on wood panel

Olga de Klein is an artist based in Chattanooga, Tennessee. In her artistic practice, Olga produces works in a range of mixed media, seeking to explore and define the numerous overlapping patterns of human experience.


A mixed media assemblage with elements of metal, wood, and textileRhizome 2, mixed media on wood panel

 

In our previous feature of Olga’s artworks, we looked at the artist’s mixed media assemblages. These make up a good chunk of the…

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The Art Portfolio of Karine Molloy

An abstract painting that creates the illusion of a landscapePetit Printemps, mixed media

Quebec-born artist Karine Molloy is an abstract painter who works with bright colours and heavy, decisive brush marks, creating works that sit somewhere between gradient abstraction and line art.


An abstract painting with textural strokes of bright colourJoy, acrylic on canvas

 

I’m really impressed by the vibrancy of Karine’s recent artworks. In paintings produced between 2016 and 2018, the artist seems to have stepped up the saturation of her paintings even…

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Inside the Art Studio of Austin Lee

A photo of Austin Lee in his art studio

 

Austin Lee lives and works in New York, where he creates bright airbrushed paintings of figures that often carry a mask of childlike innocence while hinting at darker themes. The artist often works with digital media to sketch and plan his paintings -- recently he’s moved to using VR technology to augment his studio practice and visualize future paintings.

 

Lee’s studio is bombastically colourful -- it reminds me a bit of the…

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Bombastic Geometric Arrangements: Art by Melvin Clark

A painting of three jazz musicians in bright coloursBoogie Band, casein on board

Melvin Clark is an artist currently based in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. In his artistic practice, Melvin seamlessly blends music with painting, utilizing bright colours and patterns in bombastic geometric arrangements to build and accompany portraits of musicians.


An abstract painting with geometric forms in bright coloursIntervention

 

I really enjoy the cohesive colour scheme that Melvin employs throughout his portfolio. The artist’s use of deep, electric…

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A Narrative From the Fragments: Art by Amanda D.

A close-up view of a sculptural artwork depicting offeringsMi Ofrenda (detail)

 

Artist Amanda D. works in photography, mixed media, painting, ceramic, and more, using her artistic practice to explore themes of personal belonging, memory, and mental illness. Though the artist’s portfolio is widely varied in its content, recurring motifs help the viewer draw together a narrative from the fragments.


An abstract painting with warm earthy tonesLife, oil on canvas

I’m intrigued by Amanda’s repeated use of a baby or child figure in her…

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The Art Portfolio of Dorian Gaudin


A wall-hanging artwork made from bent sheet metalUntitled

Dorian Gaudin is a French-born artist currently based in New York. In his practice, Gaudin explores form and materiality in works that combine sculpture, painting, installation, and assemblage.


An art installation consisting of numerous mechanical and metal componentsUntitled

I’m really drawn to the mechanical, sci-fi-inspired aesthetic that runs through many of Gaudin’s works. Some pieces use metal piping and have the cursory appearance of recognizable tools and artefacts, only to unravel upon…

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The Conceptual Art Portfolio of El Celso

A photo of three paintings on a gallery wallUntitled

El Celso is a conceptual artist who lives and works in both Los Angeles and New York. The artist’s practice spans a wide variety of materials and methods, with recent works incorporating painting techniques, text, and video.


A painting of a figure covered in wordsJoseph, ink and paint on cardboard

The artist’s most recent series combines figurative painting with geometric abstract compositions and creative writing. I enjoy the way the artist deploys text in these…

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