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The Art and Graphic Design Portfolio of John Zabawa


An album cover design with bright colours and abstract shapesLucille Furs -- Another Land LP, CD jacket design

John Zabawa is an artist and graphic designer who currently lives and works in Los Angeles. In his practice, the artist uses warm, bright colours and pared-down shapes and planes to create designs that balance fun and focus.


Art for a food magazine spreadBackground artwork for Bon Appetit magazine spread

 

Zabawa works with various clients to produce designs for CD jackets, posters, book covers, and more. There’s…

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Forms and Materiality: The Art Portfolio of R. Dale McElwee

A painting of a statue with warm coloursBarachiel

R. Dale McElwee is an artist who often paints in watercolour, recreating and remixing imagery from New Orleans cemeteries. In many of his works, R. Dale examines the forms and materiality of stone statues, as well as plants and other environmental features.


A watercolour painting of a water main cover in New OrleansUntitled

 

I really enjoy the dreamlike colour schemes that R. Dale employs in his recent gallery of works from 2017. The paintings utilize the diffuse nature of the…

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Intuitive Technique: The Art Portfolio of Terry Lee Crump


An abstract painting with blue-green huesMorning Green

Terry Lee Crump is an artist currently based in Houston, Texas. In his practice, Terry creates paintings built up out of partially abstracted figures and forms, using a subdued colour palette and an intuitive technique.


An abstract painting made with geometric shapes and neutral coloursReflection, acrylic on canvas

 

I enjoy the subtle texture and deliberate imperfection present throughout Terry’s portfolio. The artist’s use of a relatively cohesive palette -- yellows, blues, and…

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The Art Portfolio of Bernard Dick

A digital painting of trees and landscapeView From The Kitchen Window, digital painting

Painter Bernard Dick uses a style that celebrates the qualities of his chosen medium, rendering pastoral scenes, portraits, landscapes, and other subject matter in heavy, painterly brush marks. Bernard also works in digital media, creating digital paintings that emulate the texture and volume of traditional oil paint.


A painting of a young family walking through the woodsExploring 2, acrylic on canvas

 

It’s fascinating to see how the…

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Picturesque Scenes: The Art Portfolio of Madeline Shea

A painting of a harbour in blue and green tonescarnival, oil on canvas

Madeline Shea is a painter who creates picturesque scenes using a bright and varied palette and detailed yet relaxed brush marks. The artist’s subject matter ranges from cityscapes, to pet portraits, to gestural watercolour paintings.


A painting of a street cornerlincoln and diversy, oil on canvas

 

I really enjoy the general sense of ease that’s consistent throughout much of the artist’s practice. Regardless of what she’s painting,…

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Painting and Digital Media: The Art of Kevin McLaughlin

A digital artwork featuring colourful tubular formsTubular Litigation, large format digital print

Kevin McLaughlin works in both traditional painting and digital media, building works off of an undulating, snakelike organic form. In various permutations throughout the artist’s portfolio, these snakelike forms take on new and different identities depending on medium and application.


A digital image featuing overlapping translucent formsFocus Pocus, large format digital print

 

Kevin’s recent digital artworks showcase both colour and…

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Inside the Art Studio of Cheng Ran

A photo of Cheng Ran in his art studio

 

Cheng Ran is a conceptual artist currently located in Hangzhou, China. The artist works primarily in film, creating artworks that are frequently inspired by literature, cinema, and Western pop culture, as well as more esoteric ideas such as mythology.

 

Cheng’s studio here certainly gives the appearance of a space that’s used more for conceptual artworks than for physical constructions. Many of the artist’s works utilize…

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Technology and the Human Body: The Portfolio of Sonya Stefan

An installation view of a film artworkPassé Composé (installation view), collaboration with Emma Roufs and and Mika Posen (Merganzer)

Sonya Stefan works at the intersection of technology and the human body, producing artworks that examine relationships between people and devices. Working primarily in performance, installation, and film, Sonya creates works that are easy to recognize and relate to on multiple levels.


A still image from a performance involving the dismantling of an LCD screenLCD Teardown, collaboration with Stephanie Castonguay…

 

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German Ancestry: The Art Portfolio of Jess Richter

An installation view of a paper house with interior lightingHaus Süd, wood, screen print, paper, silver glitter, paper cut, laser-cut metal, lighting

 

Jess Richter is an artist who works in papercraft, painting, printmaking, and mixed media. The artist often combines different disciplines and aesthetics to create artworks that explore her German ancestry and prairie upbringing.


A detail image of a papercut houseHaus Ost (detail)

 

I enjoy the blend of delicate and defiant sensibilities that coexist in each of Jess’…

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The Art Portfolio of Morwenna Morrison

A painting with an overlay of a black and white photoEt in Arcadia Ego, oil on canvas

Morwenna Morrison creates layered artworks that explore nostalgia, memory, and storytelling. The artist works primarily in paint, though she often incorporates other artistic media and techniques into the brainstorming and planning process of a work.


A painting that mimics the look of a photographic collageNostalgia and the Romantic Idyll, oil on canvas

 

I love Morwenna’s recent paintings in oil on canvas -- I find these works subvert the usual idea of…

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Texture, Colour, and Form: The Art Portfolio of Joy Pesaturo

A painting in almost-black and white tones, with structural geometric formsFENCE

Joy Pesaturo is a self taught artist currently based in the San Juan Islands, in Washington.  In her practice, the artist is drawn toward abstraction, producing works that explore texture, colour, and form with equal weight.


A painting of spawning salmonJOURNEY 13

 

I really enjoy the sense of texture that Joy achieves in each of her works, regardless of medium. Using paint or mixed media, she creates a kind of mottled, soft texture that makes me think of…

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The Art Portfolio of Yuri Hill

A digital painting of an eerie villageThe Hands Resist Him

Yuri Hill is an artist based in Kiev, Ukriane. The artist primarily works in digital painting, producing artworks that evoke an unsettling, dreamlike mood through layers of dark pigment and key details.

 

Hill’s creepy, illustrative images often seem to reference reference pagan mythology in addition to contemporary horror aesthetics. I’m quite impressed by the artist’s skill with building visual atmosphere --…

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From Realistic to Surreal: The Art Portfolio of Jeanne Lloyd

An abstract painting in bright purple, blue, and green tonesAbstract Ecstatic

Jeanne Lloyd is a prolific painter who works with subject matter ranging from colourful abstraction to portraits of mythological figures and animals. The artist’s style ranges from realistic to surreal and abstracted, and her use of multiple styles for similar subjects suggests a love of experimentation.


A painting of a female face with gears and machinery overlaidSteampunk Fae Portrait

 

I like the cohesive overall style that’s present throughout Jeanne’s portfolio. The…

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The Portfolio of Chickasaw Artist Larry Carter

A painting of four figures in an abstracted compositionOnly Four Returned, oil

Chickasaw artist Larry Carter uses a distinctive, colourful painting style to render nature, architecture, and human subjects with a great sense of energy. The artist has a penchant for highly saturated colours and large, heavy brush marks.


A painting of aspen trees in an abstract compositionWhispers of Fall

 

I like the almost fragmented appearance of many of Larry’s recent paintings -- I would guess that at least some of these were painted using a palette…

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Inside the Art Studio of Lee Krasner

A photo of Lee Krasner at work in her studio

 

Painter Lee Krasner was born in Brooklyn and lived and worked in New York City throughout her life and career. The artist became known for her contributions to the American abstract expressionist movement of the 1950s and 60s. Many of her works featured collaged elements with wild, confident brush marks.

 

This photo of Krasner’s studio paints it as quite an expansive space, with plenty of room for the kind of energetic imagery…

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