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A Geometric Edge: The Art of Robert Porazinski

A painting with stripes of colour overlapping and moving off the canvasLuna #2, acrylic on panel

Artist Robert Porazinski produces abstract paintings and artworks, often with a geometric edge, but sometimes veering into more experimental, materially-concerned structures. The artist has a background in commercial art and design, disciplines which inform many of his personal artworks. 


A sculptural painting with geometric shapes and monochromatic coloursTerrain #5, acrylic and spray paint on wood

 

It’s interesting to see just how much variation Robert is able to coax out…

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Inside the Art Studio of Marisa Merz

A photo of Marisa Merz' art studio

 

Marisa Merz was an Italian artist, born in Turin. Merz had a long and prolific career, beginning in the 1950s and 60s during which time she was the only female member of the Arte Povera movement. Arte Povera (translated to English as “poor art”) was a radical artistic movement that stood in opposition to the hierarchical, capitalist nature of the art industry of the era.

 

Throughout her career, Merz worked in a variety of…

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Inside the Art Studio of Karel Appel

A photo of Dutch artist Karel Appel in his studio

 

Today’s Studio Sunday artist is Karel Appel. Appel was born in Amsterdam in 1921, and started painting at the age of 14, before studying at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten. The artist was known for his avant-garde paintings and sculptures that combined vivid primary colours with strong, wild line art and abstracted figures.  

 

Appel’s studio here looks slightly chaotic, which seems suitable for the overall tone of his…

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Urban Spaces: The Art of Lori Sokoluk

An abstracted mixed media artwork made with architectural elementsMany Arrive Destination Unknown, mixed media and collage on wood panel

Lori Sokoluk is a Vancouver-based artist who uses a range of mixed media to build artworks examining the atmosphere and physical elements of urban spaces. Lori’s works are dense with detail and often quite abstracted, though the artist’s strategic use of recognizable figures draws the viewer in for a closer look. 


A collaged image with visuals of buildingsCity Grid Power Grid, mixed media and collage on…

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A Portfolio of Expressive Illustration by Ashley Nitkin

A coloured pencil drawing of a catCat, coloured pencil and watercolour pencil

Ashley Nitkin is a Toronto-based illustrator, artist, and designer. In his artistic portfolio, Ashley shows off his skill with expressive illustration, and his eye for stylized detail. 


A gouache painting of a colourful, stylized catChinese Cat, gouache on paper

 

I’m enjoying browsing through Ashley’s catalogue of illustrations. The works, produced in combinations of watercolour, airbrush, ink, gouache, and other traditional media,…

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Paintings of Faces: The Art of Joa Korhonen

A painting of a grey face on a purple backgroundMONSIEUR, acrylic on canvas

Joa Korhonen is a musician and artist whose dual practices inform one another. The artist’s current visual practice revolves around paintings of faces, often abstracted to some degree and with expressions that seem to shift and reflect the viewer’s mindset as much as the artist’s. 


A painting of a bluish face on a natural backgroundIDENTITY 2.0, acrylic on cardboard

 

Korhonen works via an intuitive process, starting each with work with a…

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Plein Air Paradise: The Art of Susette Billedeaux Gertsch

A plein air painting of dense flowers in a gardenMaster's Garden -- White and Yellow Daisies, oil

Susette Billedeaux Gertsch creates masterful plein air paintings under her studio name, Plein Air Paradise. The artist uses a skilled, gestural approach to paint a range of subject matter, with landscapes and architectural features from many different climates and settings.


A painting of a church in the European countrysideEglise de Caux -- Church of de Caux, oil

 

I really enjoy the overall atmosphere that Susette builds up in her…

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The Art Portfolio of Svetlana Barker

A painting of a crow on a striking red backgroundBlue Crow, oil on canvas

Svetlana Barker lives in Colorado, where she produces works of painting. The artist’s background in fashion shines through in her well-composed and colour-coordinated pieces that often evoke a specific mood or atmosphere through carefully-chosen hues. 


A painting of flowers with bright colours and small brush marksExpression, oil on canvas

 

I really enjoy Svetlana’s floral paintings -- the way that she differentiates between different blooms, and utilizes a deeply…

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The Art Portfolio of Deborah Gorman

An abstract painting with a curved horizon lineNature Nurture Series 7, acrylic on stretched canvas

Deborah Gorman is a painter who produces heavily textured, deeply coloured artworks. The artist’s subjects are often abstract, though she occasionally works with figures as well, approaching familiar subjects with a style all her own. 


A painting with a golden fishKrishna's Fish

 

I really like the weight of Deborah’s paintings -- though many of the works are acrylic, there’s a thickness and presence to…

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Abstract Sensibilities: The Art Portfolio of Alan Disparte

An abstract painting made using brightly coloured spray paintRoan, acrylic and spray paint on canvas

Alan Disparte combines abstract sensibilities in his artwork, merging flowing, dynamic paint splashes with calculated geometric forms. The resulting paintings are enticingly dynamic, imbued with a sense of life and movement.


A painting with abstract forms in a sort of patternSapphire Brew, acrylic and spray paint on wood panel

I’m really drawn to the works in Alan’s Nature Culture series – we looked at some of these paintings in our previous…

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Inside the Art Studio of Jay DeFeo

A photo of painter Jay Defeo in her studio

 

Our Studio Sunday feature today is California artist Jay DeFeo. DeFeo was associated with the beat generation, and was connected to the literary and musical aspects of the time period, as well as visual arts. DeFeo studied at the University of California, Berkeley, and later in Europe, before moving back to California and working in a studio space in Oakland. 

 

The space pictured above seems almost sparse -- the artist’s…

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An Observant Eye: The Art of Jasmine J. Calix

A painting of flowers on a red backgroundFire Flowers, oil on canvas

Jasmine J. Calix is a painter and photographer who produces works on a wide variety of subjects. Jasmine has been painting since childhood, developing a style that shows off an observant eye and a sense of exploration in her chosen media. 


A painting of upside-down trees in the skyForest in the Sky, acrylic on canvas

 

The artist’s paintings tend toward loose and gestural mark-making, with an impressive colour palette. I enjoy the way that Jasmine…

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Artefacts of Los Angeles: The Art Portfolio of Michel Bourquard

A photo of the top of the world after sunsetthe top of the world after sunset

Michel Bourquard is a Los Angeles-based artist and photographer. In his practice, Michel produces works that distort reality in wild and interesting ways. The artist’s range of photographic subjects includes portraits, landscapes, and specific artefacts of Los Angeles


A digitally edited photo of the Hollywood signHollywood by the sea

 

I like the way that Michel brings digital manipulation techniques into his practice -- he has a knack for…

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Spirituality and Awe: The Art of David G. Taylor

A painting of foliage surrounding waterNaiades

David G. Taylor was an artist and art writer who spent most of his career working in Montreal and Toronto. In his painting practice, David produced dense, textural images evoking an esoteric sense of spirituality and awe


A painting of a dense grassy fieldWe are Alive, We are Growing

 

I really enjoy the colour palettes that David used throughout his decades-long artistic career. These deep, decisive collections of hue, combined with the artist’s unique…

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Environmental Change: The Art of Jude Hotchkiss

A bright abstract painting with white and pink brush marksWrong Way, acrylic and spray on canvas

Jude Hotchkiss works primarily in paint, building abstract works that focus on the texture and materiality of the medium, and on evoking emotional reactions in the viewer. Jude’s recent works address the current climate of rapid socio-political and environmental change.


A painting with large overlapping brush marksThe Edge, acrylic and spray on canvas

 

I love the way Jude’s fluid brush marks look like waves crashing against some alien…

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