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Physicality and the Body: Art by Caroline Boileau

A watercolour illustration with a frog and a skeletonFrom the series Hors d'elle, watercolour on paper

 

Caroline Boileau is an artist who works with drawing, performance, and installation, often combining disciplines to create holistic explorations of the human body and its relationship to a given environment. Much of Caroline’s work examines the subject of physicality and the body through a distinctly feminine lens. 


A watercolour painting with mysterious, abstracted figuresFrom the series Pharmacopée, watercolour on paper

 

I love…

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An Art Therapy Praxis and Portfolio by Angela Scalisi

A sculpture of a small house with syringes making up the roofShelter

Angela Scalisi’s artistic practice involves both personal artworks, and works created as part of an art therapy praxis, with the collaboration and participation of others. Following studies in Chicago and Boston, the artist has worked as a care partner for those with Alzheimer’s, cancer, and other illnesses. 


A mixed media artwork with an abstracted photoHunchedfigure

 

Understanding the artist’s background and work in the medical field, the aesthetics of Angela’s…

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Flower Blossoms: A Painting Portfolio by Linda Wagner

A painting of the italian countrysideOrvieto, Italy, oil on canvas

Linda Wagner is a watercolour and oil painter based in British Columbia. In her practice, Linda paints detailed, figurative landscapes as well as working in a more abstracted style, rendering flower blossoms in dreamy, softly curving brush strokes. 


A close-up of flower pods in green and yellow tonesSpring Pods, oil on canvas

 

I really love the works in Linda’s Pods & Florals series -- the artworks here are occasionally reminiscent of Georgia O’Keeffe…

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Behind the Visible: The Photography Portfolio of Paul Thomann

A chemically manipulated piece of photographic filmChemical 8A, direct chemically manipulated photographic paper

Paul Thomann is a Swiss artist currently based in Chicago. In his practice, Paul is a photographer and filmmaker, blending slice-of-life, documentary-style images with a slight leaning toward abstraction, conceptualism, and a deeper meaning behind the visible


An antique photo of a woman standing outsideMore family 001

 

It’s interesting to see the varied ways in which Paul presents the photographic image,…

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A Portfolio of Landscapes, Portraits, and Nudes by David Quinlan

A painting of waves crashing on a beachEndlesss as a mighty ocean, oil on canvas

David Quilan is an oil painter born and raised in the UK and later based in New Zealand. The artist has a background in architecture, though his paintings are primarily focused around landscapes, portraiture, and nudes


A painting of three white rams in a meadowLast Years Wiltshire Rams, oil on canvas

 

David’s painting style has a gestural quality about it that suggests a carefree attitude and approach to painting -- knowing of the…

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Activism and Performance: The Art Portfolio of Leenda Bonilla

A visual detail from an installation artwork addressing Puerto Rican identitySofa-Seat detail #1 (from Atraversa)

Leenda Bonilla is an interdisciplinary artist who incorporates elements of activism and performance into each work. Born in New York City and raised between the Bronx and Puerto Rico, the artist’s activist work focuses on building relationships between immigrant communities, businesses, and officials through arts activities. 


A wall-hanging artwork with abstract forms and sculpted lipsUntitled 1

 

Leenda notes in her artist statement that her artistic…

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Vitality and Decay: An Art Portfolio by Rachel Lambert

A soft sculpture with cylinders of fibre connected into a "rug" shapeAspen Rug, faux fur, embroidery, floss, wire

Rachel Lambert’s artistic practice encompasses a wide range of media and techniques, from land art and interventions in nature, to photography, to soft sculpture, to two-dimensional media. Much of the artist’s work deals with nature, embracing both vitality and decay; elements of beauty where one might not expect to find them. 


A photo of the moon during an eclipseHarvest Moon Eclipse, photograph

 

Looking through…

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The Art Portfolio of Oil Painter Beverly Parson White

A painting of a barn with autumnal trees in the foregroundFall Barn (triptych), oil on canvas

Beverly Parson White is an oil painter and artist based in Texas. In her practice, Beverly creates portrait and landscape paintings, as well as a variety of crocheted crafts. 


A set of hand-crocheted pot holders and dish cloths2 Pot Holders and 1 Wash/Dish Cloth, crocheted cotton

 

I like the textured, painterly atmosphere of the artist’s canvases -- the artist is adept at varying her brush marks and using specific methods of mark-making to evoke…

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Memory Formation and Recollection: Art by Jeannie Polisuk

A painting of a stuffed rabbit come to life dressed in a leopard print dressHunter, oil on canvas

Jeannie Polisuk is a painter and sculptor based in eastern Canada. In her artistic practice, Jeannie creates two and three-dimensional artworks that use a symbolic visual language to address themes of memory formation and recollection through sentimental objects. 


A sculpture consisting of stuffed toys in an elongated glass containerSoap as a Yardstick of Civilization, stuffed toys, yardstick

 

As we saw in our previous feature of Jeannie’s darkly iconographic artwork, an image of…

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Movement and Vibration: The Art Portfolio of Michael Lightsey

A drawing of a male figure with wild hairEnoch, pencil sketch on paper

Michael Lightsey was born in Ohio and is currently based in California. The artist creates graphite sketches and drawings as well as photographs and abstract paintings, often focusing his artistic attention on a sense of rapid movement and vibration


A graphite portrait of a womanJohanna, pencil on paper

 

I really enjoy the artist’s recent sketches in his Dancer series and portraiture gallery. The way the artist draws hair is quite…

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Life and Vitality: Painting and Portraiture by Katherine Bennett

A print of a woman wearing a head scarf and sunglassesJosie, graphic print on metal

Katherine Bennett is a painter and illustrator currently based in Ontario. In her artistic practice, Katherine paints and draws female figures engaged in everyday activities, or looking out at the viewer with a certain sense of life and vitality


A drawing of a woman smoking next to another woman in beduntitled (eight), pencil on tinted paper

 

I really like the way Katherine’s style varies according to medium. The artist’s Faces series comprises graphic…

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The Watercolour and Pencil Crayon Portfolio of Geneviève Désy

A print of a drawing of two cardinalsReproduction d'un dessin de couple de cardinaux / drawing of cardinal couple (print), Polychromos pencil crayons

Geneviève Désy is an artisan and illustrator based in Quebec who creates original drawings and prints, as well as handmade accessories. The artist is skilled at photo-realism in a range of media including watercolour and pencil crayon


A watercolour painting of a cat in a top hat and bowtieChat Festif / Festive Cat, watercolour

 

Many of Geneviève’s drawings feature…

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Gestural Sculptures: The Art Portfolio of Ario Mashayekhi

A sculpture based on a tree rootShakti, tree root, wood, fabric, acrylics

Ario Mashayekhi is a creator involved in both visual and performing arts. In his visual art practice, Ario works in both two and three-dimensional media, producing paintings, sketches, and gestural sculptures that explore the human figure as a motif, often pushing the envelope in terms of how figures are rendered. 


A painting inspired by a hurricane and floodsKatrina, after New Orleans Flood, acrylics

 

I like the stylistic variation in…

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A Unique Impression: Painting by Meghan Sims

A dark painting of a moon in the forestMidnight Moonlight, acrylic on canvas

Meghan Sims is a visual artist from Kitchener, Ontario. The artist’s practice is informed by her own visual perception -- born with achromatopsia, Meghan is colourblind and extremely light-sensitive, two conditions that lend to a unique impression of the world. 


A painting of a woman looking at colourful graffittiNight Shift, oil on canvas

 

The works in Meghan’s portfolio are striking for their heavy use of dark pigment and silhouetted forms,…

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Kenyon Motor Co: The Art Portfolio of Tom Kenyon


A paper collage with a car design375VX, linoleum block print on newspaper

Tom Kenyon is a car and automotive racing enthusiast who is using a combination of collage, paint, sculpture, and other mixed media to weave a fictional narrative surrounding his grandfather’s car parts shop, Kenyon Motor Co. The artist’s body of work can be appreciated from an individual perspective, and as a complete narrative. 


A linoleum print with red and black coloursBustle, linoleum block print

 

It’s really interesting to…

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