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Connection to Nature: The Portfolio of Michael McEwing


A painting of an overgrown floodplain in autumnFall Floodplain, oil on canvas

New Brunswick painter and artist Michael McEwing uses his practice as a way to explore and express a connection to nature. The artist’s works are often inspired by hiking, kayaking, climbing, and other outdoor activities, and showcase an eye for detail and an appreciation for green space.


A painting of a frozen waterfall on a forested cliffFrozen Falls, Ministers Face, oil on canvas

 

I really love the bright, lush aesthetic that Michael achieves in his…

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Gestural Methods: Art by Noah NJ Bowman


An abstract painting with reference to bodily formsUntitled (Body Politics), acrylic on canvas

Noah NJ Bowman is a painter who specializes in painting on a large scale with wild, gestural methods of mark-making. The artist’s paintings are abstract and utilize a colour palette that ranges from saturated primary hues to deep Earth tones.


An abstracted painting made with blue tonesFixation, acrylic on canvas

 

I enjoy the way the artist uses a variety of different mark-making styles on each canvas. Many works combine fine,…

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Studio Sunday: Milla Eastwood


A photo of Milla Eastwood working in her studio

 

This week’s Studio Sunday artist is Milla Eastwood. Eastwood is an artist based in Brixton, London, known for abstract paintings that use a bright and varied colour palette. The artist’s works often incorporate not only planes of bright colour and occasional line-art, but pieces of painted canvas that have been cut and pasted in a collage-like fashion.

 

Seeing the artist sitting on the floor like this gives me the impression…

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Studio Sunday: Joel Shapiro


A photo of sculptor Joel Shapiro in his studio

 

This week’s Studio Sunday feature is Sculptor Joel Shapiro. Shapiro, an American artist, is best known for his works that utilize relatively uniform rectangular shapes to build up dynamic figures and compositions.

 

Shapiro began to receive critical acclaim for his works in the 1970s and 80s, and much of his work reflects the aesthetics of minimalism, an art movement that came to prominence in the mid 20th century in America, and…

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Urban Scenes: An Art Portfolio by Shawn Demarest


A painting of a rainy street on an overcast dayPowell Paint, oil and graphite on panel

Shawn Demarest’s painting portfolio focuses on urban scenes, viewed through rain-coated or fogged windshields and windows. The artist’s works seem to paradoxically offer a sense of warmth by showcasing stormy, snowy, and chilly scenes as something seen through a protective barrier.


A painting of a city street with carsSE Stark, oil on panel

 

I really like seeing the contrast between daytime and nighttime scenes in Shawn’s…

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The Performance Art Portfolio of Monique Blom


A photo of a live performance with artists dressed as chefsMeating the Challenge, durational participatory performance at Nuit Blanche YXE 2017 (collaboration with Arantxa Araujo)

Monique Blom is an artist who works in mixed media and performance art. In her performance practice, Blom address social and political issues, using her own body -- in addition to the physical settings and spaces where her performances take place -- to send a message.


A performance piece with the artist standing in a field in a white dressSewing Death, durational participatory performance…

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The Storyboard and Concept Design Portfolio of Alan Wade


A digital drawing of a man on a bikePharma

Alan Wade is an illustrator who works in film and advertising, creating storyboard and concept design work for commercials and other short pieces of media. Based in London, Alan has worked with a variety of companies in the United States and the U.K.


A concept sketch for a headache medication advertisementPharma -- Headache RX

 

It’s really fascinating to look through Alan’s storyboards and see how a commercial or TV spot comes together. The artist’s drawings are gestural, but…

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Nature and Landscape: A Photography Portfolio by Ivan Petrov


A photo of a forested trailCrispeen Trail

Ivan Petrov is a photographer based in Kamloops, B.C. Ivan produces photographs creatively and for commercial projects, with a focus on nature and landscape.


A photograph of a snowy street in BaltimoreCharles Street #1

 

I enjoy the bright, clean aesthetic that Ivan brings to his photographs. In our previous feature of Ivan’s documentary and fine art images, we looked at the artist’s urban and natural landscapes, collected in his Fine Art Photography gallery.…

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The Paint and Mixed Media Portfolio of Ben Reeves

An installation view of three paintings by Ben ReevesBetween Dog & Wolf (installation view)

Ben Reeves is an artist based in Vancouver, BC. In his practice, Reeves uses a heavy, layered application of paint and mixed media, along with deep and cohesive colour palettes, to create works that express familiar themes and landscapes in a new and fascinating light.


A painting consisting of a large blob of mixed oil paintUntitled

 

I’m really enjoying the works in Reeve’s recent series Between Dog & Wolf. The works in this series comprise a…

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Exploring Imagination: Art by Stephanie Cormier


A sculpture made from discarded cardboard, plastic, and other materialsUntitled

Stephanie Cormier is a Toronto-based artist who works with various media, including found objects and unexpected construction materials, to create strange assemblages exploring imagination. The artist’s works take on an appearance that’s at once alien and vaguely familiar, like an object from a dream.


A wall-hanging installtion with textile elementsUntitled

 

The artist’s recent series Something From Nothing is made up of works that express imaginary objects. As…

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Studio Sunday: Elijah Burgher


A photo of artist Elijah Burgher in his studio

 

American artist Elijah Burgher addresses themes of queer identity and sexuality through the lens of appropriated occult imagery. The artist’s works often take the form of small drawings and prints, but Burgher is also known for his larger-scale paintings made on drop-cloth material.

 

Burgher’s studio is dramatically lit – dark and shadowed -- in this photo. The painting behind the artist (one of the aforementioned drop-cloth…

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Music and Social Justice: An Art Portfolio by Marilyn Nelson


A painting made up of intersecting vertical linesEast to the West, oil on canvas

Marilyn Nelson’s artistic practice is inspired by music and social justice, both significant interests for the artist herself. The artist’s paintings tend to be abstract, though in recent works, Marilyn has experimented with the addition of text.


A painting incorporating elements of abstraction and textWhere is the love?, oil on canvas

 

I her ongoing series Subliminal Reflections, Marilyn uses a musical lens to explore concepts of not only abstract…

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Textural Mixed Media: An Art Portfolio by Mary Chalmers Main


A colourful mixed media work with abstracted planes of colourBrilliance 4

Mary Chalmers Main is an artist who works in paint and textiles, creating colourful abstract and figurative works. Mary paints a variety of subjects with a painterly, gestural hand, sometimes incorporating textural mixed media details.


A painting of a sunflower with a faceVincent's model, acrylic on canvas

The works in Mary’s Acrylic Paintings gallery evoke peaceful, almost pastoral natural scenes. While the artist sometimes incorporates elements of…

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Spaces and Identities: The Art Portfolio of Mickalene Thomas


A portrait of a woman reclining on a sofaRacquel Reclining Wearing Purple Jumpsuit

Mickalene Thomas is an American artist who works in a variety of media including painting, photography, and installation. The artist’s works are often dense with patterned detail, overlapping textures, and colour, all of which come together into striking compositions, painting portraits of defined spaces and identities.


An installation of a home interior in a gallery spaceI Was Born to Do Great Things (installation view at Kavi Gupta Gallery,…

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A Portfolio of Vibrant Artworks by Vesa Peltonen


A colourful image of a highway running through a hilly areaHighway North #2

Vesa Peltonen is an artist based on Ontario. In his practice, Vesa utilizes bright colour and a digital aesthetic, often blending photography and forms of digital manipulation and painting to create intensely vibrant artworks.


An artwork made with horizontal coloured lines representing the skyNorthern Skyline

 

Vesa’s art portfolio spans a wide range of subjects, from musicians, to landscapes, to more bizarre, experimental abstract imagery. The artist’s recent abstract works are a…

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