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Enigmatic Abstract Paintings by Franco Paisio

A painting with warm yellow tones and small black abstract shapesTo a Lost Summer, acrylic and oil on poly-cotton

Franco Paisio was born in Milan, Italy, and now lives and works primarily in Sydney, Australia. In his artistic practice, Franco creates enigmatic abstract paintings, combining large planes of warm, earthy colour with flashes of darkened line art. 


A study for a painting made in abstract mixed mediaStage Setting 3, mixed media on paper

 

Franco’s current art portfolio showcases the artist’s works on both paper and canvas. Some of…

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Kermes Interior Design: Arrangements by Kathi Kermes-Dixon

An entryway designed with yellow wallsArchitectural Entry

Kermes Interior Design is the brainchild of Kathi Kermes-Dixon, a designer currently based in the Palm Beaches, Florida. Kathi is trained in interior design as well as fine art, and brings a confident, cohesive aesthetic sensibility to both private and commercial spaces. 


A living room featuring red hardwood flooring and a baby grand pianoLiving Room

 

Interior designs by Kermes cover a range of styles, from traditional to contemporary. The designer does a great job of balancing…

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Femininity and Perception: The Art of Nicola Kloosterman

A collage artwork depicting a femnine leg emerging from a crush of black velvetBlack swan (created for LULA Japan to the theme YELLOW)

Dutch Nicola Kloosterman works in analog collage media, building striking, layered images with found photographs, textiles, and magazine advertisements. Much of the artist’s work concerns concepts of femininity and perception


A collage of pink walls with a narrow sliver of a plant in the middleUntitled (from series Shadow Play)

 

I really enjoy the “less is more” approach that the artist takes toward collage art, like in Kloosterman’s…

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Exploring the Metaphysical: The Art of Julie Gladstone

An abstract painting with bright colours arranged in abstract shapesMondrian Electric Storm, oil on panel

Julie Gladstone is an artist based in Toronto. In her current practice, Julie works in painting, sculpture, and installation, creating works that utilize an abstracted aesthetic along with a bright, cool colour palette, exploring the metaphysical through observation.


A painting of a rainbow auraFull Body Rainbow Shield, oil on panel

I really enjoy Julie’s paintings -- the artist’s portfolio is packed with series of works…

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Material and Texture: The Art of Jan Swinburne

A digital artwork made in response to an audio fileTime 09

Jan Swinburne is a Canadian artist who produces work in both traditional and digital media, often taking an experimental approach to her process. The artist’s practice tends toward abstraction, and appreciation for material and texture


A digital artwork with a topographical, mountainous appearanceblack sky 06

 

I really enjoy the works in Jan’s recent series WAVEFORM LANDSCAPES. In these works, the artist transforms short audio tracks into mountainous landscapes, using various…

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The Art Portfolio of Addison Paige

An artwork made with abstract marks of acrylic and charcoalThe Elegance of Nature and Chaos, acrylic and charcoal on canvas

Addison Paige is a traditional artist working a combination of traditional painting and drawing materials. The artist’s works are abstract, and utilize the unique line-making qualities of charcoal and acrylic paint to draw the viewer’s eye across the canvas. 


An acrylic and charcoal painting depicting an abstracted windy dayWhen The Wind Takes Things Away From Us, acrylic, ink, and charcoal on canvas

 

As we saw in our previous…

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Inside the Art Studio of Helmut Lang

Helmut Lang's art studio, pictured with works in progress

 

Our studio Sunday artist today is Helmut Lang. You may have heard of Lang’s name in the context of fashion -- the Austrian artist is well-known for his minimalist fashion designs which rose to public attention in the 90s. 

 

The artist’s studio has a very dramatic atmosphere here -- while I suspect that the colours in this photo have been manipulated to some degree, the artist’s space is still very heavy on greys and blacks,…

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The Sculpture and Installation Art Portfolio of Tamara Rusnak

A photo of a sculptural artwork on a tableImagined Objects Exhibition 2018

Tamara Rusnak is a Saskatchewan artist who works frequently in sculpture and installation, using a range of materials and processes to build objects that reference and emulate natural forms. 


A photo of several artworks in an exhibitionImagined Objects Exhibition 2018

 

In our previous feature, we looked at Tamara’s knack for ecological installations, and building sculptures that reference and explore the unique aesthetics of nature. Unlike…

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Figurative and Conceptual Artworks by Tom O'Rourke

An abstract painting made in deep blue and red huesNight music, acrylic on canvas

Tom O’Rourke is an Irish painter who uses an impressionist, abstracted style to express subjects both figurative and conceptual. The artist’s works are brightly coloured with a palpable, almost vibrating sense of energy. 


A heavily abstracted painting of a jazz musicianJazzman 2, acrylic on paper

 

I really enjoy the colour palette that Tom employs in many of his works. Whether it’s a unified scheme of deep greens and blues like that in his…

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The Art Portfolio of Chelsea Gustafsson

A painting of a chair on fireGeelong

Chelsea Gustafsson is an artist from Barwon Heads, Australia. In her artistic practice, Gustafsson works primarily in paint, addressing themes of manufacturing and consumption and the environment. 


A painting of various household items arranged against a beige wallYou Snooze You Lose

 

I really love the artist’s recent paintings of furniture -- the works are composed in the manner of still life or vanitas paintings, depicting familiar furniture and other household objects in arrangements…

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A Portfolio of Colourful Stained Glass by Jewelweed Studio

A photo of a rainbow stained glass artworkUntitled

Jewelweed Studio creates bright and colourful stained glass artworks. Studio partners Allan Joyce and Gary Medley combine their skills and sense of aesthetics to produce unique glass artworks for a variety of businesses and private clients. 


A stained-glass artwork depicting rainbow fansRainbow Fans

 

I love the amount of colour packed into each stained glass work by Jewelweed. The artists incorporate colour with a sense of abandon, turning each piece into a kaleidoscopic…

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Spiritual, Esoteric, and Introspective Art by John Keaton

An abstract painting with pastel colours and a female figureThe Understanding

John Keaton is a New York based artist, painter, and illustrator. John produces both figurative and abstract works, often taking inspiration from spiritual, esoteric, and introspective ways of thinking. 


A painting with deep purple tones and organic linesThe Lavender Moon

 

It’s interesting to see how John’s style varies across different media and subject matter. In his recent series See No Evil (No Ver El Mal), the artist takes on a loose, painterly approach,…

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Organic Randomness: The Art of Steven Graubart

A mixed media artwork with organic, abstracted shapesUntitled, acrylic and ink on paper

Steven Graubart produces abstract images in a variety of media, blending an eye for pattern with a sense of organic randomness in each piece. The artist’s portfolio covers a wide range of media and colour but maintains a sense of consistency in form. 


A painting made of layers of colour in earth tonesUntitled, acrylic

 

The artist’s works take the form of multicoloured abstractions, with organic shapes and lines joined together in layers and…

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The Contemporary Sculpture Portfolio of Magali Hébert-Huot

A sculptural artwork with pieces of cut wood painted white and neonUntitled (L'Hiver est long), hyrdocal and wax

Magali Hébert-Huot lives and works in both Baltimore and Québec City. In her current artistic practice, Magali creates works of contemporary sculpture using unexpected materials and neon hues. 


An artwork made to look like a bundle of neon sticksUntitled (Swinging Bundle Yellow), expanding foam, rope, 3-D printed hardware

 

Some of the artist’s most recent sculptural installations consist of numerous small pieces placed at semi-regular…

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Inside the Art Studio of Tony Berlant

A photo of Tony Berlant working in his studio

 

This Sunday, let’s take a look inside the art studio of Tony Berlant. Berlant was born in New York City and studied at the University of California. The artist now lives and works in Santa Monica, California, where he creates mixed media artworks using a wide range of materials for a complex, collage-like visual effect. 

 

The artist’s particular style of working is quite visible in this studio photo. The space looks like a…

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