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Paint and Installation: The Art Portfolio of Diana Lynn

 

A view of a table from an installation and performance artworkhelen's table (from installation aunt helen dances at dia de los muertos)

Diana Lynn is a California-based artist who works presently in paint and installation. The artist’s installations are usually site-specific, and often address themes of temporality, death, and rebirth.

 

A photo of a viewer participating in Diana Lynn's Impermanent Marks installationImpermanent Marks (installation view)

 

Diana’s recent installation Impermanent Marks takes an interactive approach, allowing visitors to “paint” on…

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Studio Sunday: Bill Traylor

A photo of Bill Traylor surrounded by paintings in an outdoor space

 

William “Bill” Traylor was an American artist who was born into slavery in Alabama in the mid 19th century. Traylor spent most of his life working on plantations, and didn’t begin producing art until he was in his 80s. He was an incredibly prolific artist, producing well over 1,000 drawings and paintings during his short artistic career.

 

Given the time period in which Traylor was working, it’s unsurprising that the artist…

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The Art Portfolio of Brad Nuorala

An abstracted painting of a cactus against a green wallUntitled

Brad Nuorala is an abstract and figurative painter based in the United States. In his practice, Brad favours the use of acrylic paints, creating images on a variety of surfaces included canvas, board, and paper.


A painting of the legs of a person wearing cowboy bootsJulia, acrylic on board

 

I like the cohesiveness of Brad’s overall portfolio -- though the artist experiments with a wide range of different imagery and subjects, he manages to maintain a pleasantly consistent style…

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The Portfolio of Textile Artist Michael Shyka

A custom silk textile made with hand-painted dyesFeathers, dye on silk

Michael Shyka is a textile artist and fashion designer who creates his own fabric designs by painting directly onto silk. Michael also works in watercolour, creating paintings that bring the artist’s fashion-minded aesthetics into the realm of landscape and portrait painting.


A hand-painted silk textile with a basket-weave patternsbasket weave print, woven

 

I love Michael’s floral designs on silk textiles. As we saw in our previous feature of Michael’s

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The Art Portfolio of Carly Jaye

A painting of the cast of SeinfeldSEINFELD, mixed media on wood canvas

Carly Jaye is a painter who works primarily in acrylic, creating portraits of friends and family as well as athletes, celebrities, and other pop-culture icons. Beyond human subjects, Carly’s portfolio also features examples of pet portraiture, and landscape and architectural painting.


A painting of a sign outside of a clubVELVET

 

In our previous feature of Carly’s pop-culture paintings and portraiture, we looked at the artist’s…

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The Art Portfolio of David Robilliard

A painting with hand-painted text reading "Get Off My Back Will You"Get Off My Back Will You, acrylic on canvas

David Robilliard is an artist based in London. A self-taught artist and poet, Robilliard often combines image and text in his works, with each language informing the other.


A painting with a small figure and a hand-painted poemNature of the Beast, acrylic on canvas

 

I like the way the artist gives equal weight to image and text in his pieces. The artist uses a lot of negative space and tends to draw in a kind of naive style, scrawling text…

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Professional Looks: The Portfolio of Stylist Karen Kleber

An actress styled by Karen Kleber for a magazine spreadTalia Balsam for Angeleno Magazine

Stylist Karen Kleber works with clients in fashion, music, advertising, and other industries all over the world. In her practice, Karen creates polished, professional looks, shifting easily between red-carpet glamour and functional, everyday clothing.


A photo of a woman standing in front of a window in a large red coatUntitled

 

I like the way that Karen tailors her styles to both the context -- whether that be an advertising video, a gala, or a magazine shoot -- and…

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The Art Portfolio of Lynda Benglis

A sculpture made from lead dripped into a corner and allowed to setQuartered Meteor, lead

Lynda Benglis is an American sculptor best known for her large abstract forms, often made from dripped wax, latex, foam, and other materials, that explore texture and material presence by referencing bodily, organic forms.


A sculpture made from bronze poured and allowed to setEAT MEAT, bronze

The artist’s earlier works, produced in the 1960s and 70s, have a distinctly viscous, liquid-like feeling and aesthetic. The artist produced many of these works by pouring…

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Kaleidoscopic Imagery: The Art Portfolio of Amber MacGregor

A drawing of a young girl with an overlay of leaf shapesFlowering (detail), graphite on archival paper

Amber MacGregor was born in Edmonton, AB, and now lives and works in Victoria, BC. In her artistic practice, Amber often utilizes kaleidoscopic imagery, lending a surreal, abstracted edge to traditional portraiture.


A self-portrait made using a kaleidoscope effectKaleidoscoped Self Portrait, acrylic on wood panel

 

In some of Amber’s recent works, the artist has been exploring themes of digital technology and how its use relates to and…

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The Art Portfolio of Jordan Dunlop

An abstract painting with highly saturated colours on plexiglassPt-1. pull lightly

Artist Jordan Dunlop explores abstraction through wildly colourful compositions, using different brush marks, textural qualities, and substrates to push the envelope of painting. Jordan’s current portfolio features drawings and paintings, both of which are representative of different facets of the artist’s style.


An abstract painting with bright colours and circular forms overlappingYantra of Synchonicity

 

In our previous feature of Jordan’s work, we looked at the way the…

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The Art Portfolio of Vicki Beamish


A painting of a root system sticking out of a body of waterKim's Snag, oil on canvas

Vicki Beamish is a British Columbia-based oil painter. In her practice, the artist enjoys creating paintings that focus on the details of vast landscapes, depicting small bodies of water, fallen trees, and sometimes animals with a sense of reverence.


A long vertical painting of a green landscapeNaramata Falls, oil on canvas

 

Vicki’s paintings are impressively detailed and realistic. As was addressed in our previous feature of Vicki’s sweeping…

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The Painting Portfolio of Robert Devriendt

A painting of a woman embracing a man while looking at the viewerUntitled (from series The Missing Script,) oil on canvas

Robert Devriendt is a painter from Belgium. In his practice, Devriendt creates artworks that borrow visual rhetoric and aesthetics from the medium of film. The artist’s works encourage audience interpretation, while purposefully leaving space for misinterpretation.

 

A painting of a dropped purse with perfume bottles spilling out of itUntitled (from series The Missing Script,) oil on canvas

 

I love the way that Devriendt’s oil paintings act…

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Portraits of Houses: The Art Portfolio of Joel David Abramson

A watercolour painting of a house in MinneapolisNorth Minneapolis House, watercolour

Joel David Abramson is an artist and illustrator trained in both fine arts and graphic design. In his professional artistic practice, Joel specializes in portraits of houses and other real-estate properties, often creating the works on commission.


A black and white drawing of a houseRamsey Hill

 

I’m quite charmed by Joel’s architectural illustrations. The artist works in watercolour, graphite, and ink, creating portraits both in…

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The Art Portfolio of Clayton Samuel King

A painting of an orange butterfly on a blue backgroundMemengwaa (butterfly), ultraviolet luminescent acrylic paint on Stonehenge paper

Ontario-based artist Clayton Samuel King paints primarily in acrylic. The artist tends to focus on animal subjects, using a unique visual language that’s influenced by the local landscape and fauna, and by the Woodland Art Style developed by contemporary First Nations artists in Ontario and the surrounding regions.


A painting of an animal on a small islandEarly Summer Morning, acrylic paint on…

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The Art Portfolio of Jeffrey Fine

An abstracted painting of a city with a dancing figureDancing City

Jeffrey Fine is an artist who works in paint and mixed media, building landscapes, city scenes, and abstract compositions out of wildly colourful, overlapping, curving forms. The artist is mainly self-taught, and his current portfolio represents multiple decades of prolific work and visual exploration.


An abstract painting of a city made with blue tonesCity

 

It’s interesting to note that Jeffrey’s artistic practice has, for much of the artist’s life, sat alongside a…

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