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The Art of Graphic Designer and Sculptor Nancy Fouts

A sculptural artwork with a bird serving as the needle on a record playerBird on record player, taxidermy kingfisher, record player, vinyl record

Nancy Fouts was a graphic designer and sculptor known for her surreal and subversive images and sculptures. Based in London for the majority of her career, Fouts was a key figure in the London art scene as co-founder of Fouts and Fowler gallery. 


A baby doll coated in black tar-like resinTarred Baby, resin-dipped fabric baby doll, black acrylic paint

 

The artist’s works draw on Fouts' background as a…

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Fantastic Favourites: Ronnie Spiewak, Douglas Moulden, Jim Holbrook

Let’s take a look at some of our favourite works from three different artists. Though these three artists work in very different media and styles, they share in their well-defined sense of aesthetics and contemporary approach to their subject matter. 

 

Ronnie Spiewak 

 

Ronnie is a Maryland-based artist who works primarily in the medium of collage. Using an exacto knife and various colourful two-dimensional materials, the artist…

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Painting, Illustration, and Sculpture by Carolina Seth

A painting of a female figure with a flower in her mouthBloom, acrylic on wood panel

Carolina Seth is an artist working in painting, illustration, and sculpture. The artist’s style capitalizes on illustrative techniques, often with a focus on feminine and mythological figures and cool colours. 


A surreal painting of a catNekoland, acrylic on wood panel

 

A lot of Carolina’s work reminds me of the likes of Megan Majewski, Rebecca Chaperon, or even Clementine de Chabaneix. The artist’s portfolio is a nice balance…

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Explorations of Physical Space: The Art of Rachel K. Bury

A paper collage artwork with abstract shapesUntitled (#4), paper collage

Rachel K. Bury is an American artist currently based in Austin, Texas. The artist’s portfolio centers on explorations of physical space, and two-dimensional images transformed into three-dimensional objects. 


A paper collage with strange, abstracted figuresUntitled (#8), paper collage

 

It’s interesting to see examples of artworks in both two and three dimensions in Rachel’s portfolio. The artist has perfected an interesting method of working,…

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Inside the Art Studio of Inka Essenhigh

A photo of artist Inka Essenhigh in her studio

 

This week’s studio feature is Inka Essenhigh, an American painter currently based in New York. The artist is known for surrealist paintings that blend rich, voluminous abstraction with pop-art-esque suggestions of figures. 

 

I like the way that Essenhigh’s studio mimics a gallery space -- the white walls jut into the space, holding one painting each, the works hung with geometric expertise. I wonder if these paintings are…

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A Portfolio of Illustrative Pop-Art Portraits by Yume

A painting of Wonder Woman emerging from a loaf of Wonder BreadGreatest Thing Since Sliced Bread, acrylic on illustration board

Yume is a Japanese artist currently based in Orange County, California. The artist’s portfolio is packed with stylized, illustrative pop-art portraits and explorations into everything from TV characters to popular brands. 


A painting of Supergirl coming out of a can of soupSOUPERGIRL, acrylic on illustration board

 

I like the way Yume uses colour throughout her portfolio. The artist tends toward uniform, complementary…

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Avian, Botanical, and Equine Subjects: The Art of Debbie Hart

A painting of a blue grapes on a vineOld Vine Zin

Debbie Hart is an artist originally from southern Wisconsin. The artist’s practice has been informed by the natural landscape of the midwestern United States, as well as her background and training in scientific illustration. Debbie’s art portfolio showcases the artist’s skill with all manner of avian, botanical, and equine subjects


A painting of a jumping horseBuckskin gallop

 

I really appreciate the attention to detail that Debbie devotes…

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A Portfolio of Deep Blue-Hued Images by Casey Roberts

A cyanotype print of a treelarge bush, cyanotype on paper

Casey Roberts is an artist and printmaker currently based in Indianapolis, Indiana. The artist uses a combination of cyanotype printing and gouache to build deep blue-hued images that rely on sharp, simplified forms in stark compositions to build up a sense of narrative intrigue. 


A painting of a table with a drawing of a bird on itdrawing birds at breakfast (dining room table), cyanotype on paper with gouache

 

I really love the consistency of the cyan…

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Geometric Forms and Equations: Art by Amarie Bergman

An art installation consisting of a wood board with a hole to a view of a geometric panel001-no.1 (detail), found painted board

Amarie Bergman is originally from Edmonton, Alberta, and now lives and works in Bunbury, Australia. The artist favours a distilled, minimalist, abstract style of working that draws on many different media and addresses the geometric forms and equations that are intrinsic in all spaces. 


An art installation consisting of white fibre pieces and a wood dowelCosmic Bodies no. 1, Tasmanian oak (1.9cm diameter rod), paper, wire, synthetic fabric, metal attachments,…

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The Portfolio of Oil Painter Patty Yehle

A painting of a white cloud against a blue backgroundFirst Cloud

Patty Yehle is an oil painter currently based in Boston. The artist’s works straddle the line between straightforward realism and surreal, symbolic painting, often combining elements of both to great effect. 


A painting of a yellow magnolias on a blue sky backgroundRose's Yellow Magnolias 1

 

In some ways, the works Patty’s portfolio remind me of pieces by Kevin Sloan or Armando Sebastian. The artist’s use of lattice patterns recalls the painted-porcelain textures in some…

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Spiritual Wonder: The Art of Ginger Garrett Arthur

A painting of a vast sky and still water landscapePresence of God, oil on canvas

Ginger Garrett Arthur is a Philadelphia-based painter who works frequently with landscape subject matter, creating images that showcase sweeping vistas while imparting an infectious sense of spiritual wonder


A painting of folding beach chairs under the shadow of palm treesPalm Shadows

 

Ginger tends to work in a loose style, working large, confident brush marks over flat planes of colour to build up textural illusions of skies, clouds, and flat fields. In some works,…

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Marketing, Advertising, and Branding by Nathalie Gribinski

A design for a leaflet for a tea shopEasthill | Tea Shop | Hands-out

Nathalie Gribinski is an artist and graphic designer based in Chicago. In her graphic design practice the artist works with a range of clients, producing both digital and print media for marketing, advertising, and branding


A branding design for a musical duoFirm Roots | Duo Pianist Lara Driscoll and Chris White

As we saw in our previous feature of Nathalie’s informative layouts, the artist is skilled at adapting her personal style and…

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Inside the Art Studio of Friends With You

A photo of art duo Friends With You in their studio

 

Today we’re taking a look inside the studio of Friends With You, a collaborative art project that is the brainchild of Samuel Borkson and Arturo Sandoval III. The duo have been collaborating since 2002, producing artworks in a range of media and styles under the mission of bringing “magic, luck, and friendship™” to the masses. 

 

The Friends With You studio looks like an appropriately fun place. Though it is a large, grey…

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Colours and Landscapes: The Art Portfolio of Kathie Selinger

A mixed media artwork depicting green and purple cabbagesCabbage, mixed media on paper

Kathie Selinger is an artist currently based in Chilliwack, BC. In her practice, Kathie is inspired by the colours and landscapes of her travels abroad, as well as local subject matter The artist’s unique style is informed partly by Kathie’s previous work in printmaking media. 


A painting of bright flowers in a vaseFrom a Friend's Garden, acrylic

I really like the texture of Kathie’s artworks -- the artist tends toward a bold colour…

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Energy in All Its Forms: Art by Hooshang Khorasani

A painting of a bouquet of flowers in a blue vaseBouquet in a Blue Vase, acrylic on canvas

Hooshang Khorasani is a primarily Louisiana-based artist who works in acrylic and mixed media, producing artworks that express energy in all its forms. The artist’s subjects range from abstraction, to floral, to equines, to landscape.


A painting of a running horseRoan Runner, acrylic on canvas

 

I love the way that Hooshang employs lighting in his pieces, using gesturally applied strokes of colour to build up volume,…

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