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The Art of Self-Taught Photographer Mark Essner

A photo of the nose of a plane on a runway917

Mark Essner is a self-taught photographer based in Waterloo, Ontario. In his photographic practice, Essner combines a documentary eye with a unique sense of aesthetics, building images that both tell a story and celebrate the look and feel of their subjects. 

 

A photo of a delapidated fence and fieldNo Love

I like how many of Mark’s photographs emphasize the human side of cities and industry. The artist is great at finding the beauty in spaces that would not normally…

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The Art Portfolio of Painter Noah Verrier

A painting of a slice of cantaloupe on top of a mason jarCantaloupe & Jar of Water

 

Painter Noah Verrier has been creating art since childhood, taking a contemplative, meditative approach to much of his work. The artist has worked on large series spanning numerous pieces, but his painting style also shines in quietly masterful still-life and other works made from observation. 


A painting of a bowl of blackberriesBlackberries

 

In Noah’s gallery of recent works, the artist shows off paintings of food and other common…

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The Egg Tempera Portfolio of Arnout Van Albada

A painting of a raspberry cakeFrambozentaartje, egg tempera and oil on panel

Arnout Van Albada is a Dutch artist who works primarily in egg tempera, creating subdued but detailed paintings of food. The artist’s works present their subjects with a sense of quiet reverence, focusing on the unique textures and colours of various edible and household objects. 


A painting of a pudding on a tableRegout puddingvorm, egg tempera and oil on panel

 

Van Albada’s delicate paintings of pastries, such as…

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Architectural Installation: The Art Portfolio of Stéphane Gilot

A Minecraft reconstruction of Expo 86Reconstitution de l'Expo 87 (for In Search of Expo 67)

Stéphane Gilot is a conceptual artist based in Montreal. In his art practice, Stéphane blends performance with architectural installation and institutional critique, producing artworks that defy easy categorization, and that are often temporal, limited to the spaces and periods in which they are shown. 


An installation view of an auditorium built for an art performanceChapter 2 - L'auditorium (for Le Catalogue des futurs)

 

Many of the…

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The Mixed Media Art Portfolio of Randall Day

A mixed media artwork with stripes of bright colourSugar

Randall Day produces mixed media artworks with a variety of different aesthetics, often combining multiple distinct styles on the surface of a single image. The artist’s currently portfolio encompasses painting, collage, and elements of graphic design.


A mixed media artwork made of scrap materialsUntitled

 

Randall’s recent artworks are deeply concerned with collisions of colour and texture, the layering of form and how certain elements appear to jump out at the viewer…

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The Oil and Watercolour Portfolio of Betty Ann Medeiros

A painting of a young man fishing in a lakeFishing in the Shade, oil on canvas

Betty Ann Medeiros is an artist from Danbury, Connecticut. In her art practice, Betty paints in oil and watercolour, building remarkably detailed figurative works depicting human and animal subjects, as well as landscapes and still life. 


A painting of trees in a snowy fieldWinter on Wanzer Hill, New Fairfield, CT, oil on canvas

 

I love the realism and the level of detail in Betty’s artworks. The artist’s hand leaves a delicate,…

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Inside the Art Studio of Julian Opie

A photo of Julian Opie's redesigned studio

 

Our studio Sunday feature this week is Julian Opie. The artist, currently based in Shoreditch, East London, is known for his bright, stylized figure paintings and is often identified as part of the New British Sculpture Movement -- a circle of British artists who began exhibiting sculpture (among other types of artwork) in the 1980s. 

 

Opie’s studio here was designed by architect Carmody Groarke. The central work table --…

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Inside the Art Studio of Richard Diebenkorn

Painter Richard Diebenkorn in his art studio

 

Our Studio Sunday artist this week is Richard Diebenkorn. Diebenkorn was an American painter, often associated with the abstract expressionist movement of the mid 20th century. Diebenkorn was born in Oregon and based in California for much of his career, becoming well-known in the 1960s for his large-scale geometric abstract paintings. 

 

Diebenkorn’s studio looks like a place of contemplation -- the lighting in this image…

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The Mixed Media Abstraction Portfolio of Edward Welch


An abstract drawing with overlapping coloured lines and shapesUntitled

Artist Edward Welch lives and works in upstate New York, where he produces abstract artworks in a variety of media. The artist uses traditional drawing media such as pastel, ink, and marker, building up saturated images that celebrate the application of line on paper. 


A drawing made in neon ink on paperUntitled

 

It’s easy to draw comparisons between Edward’s work and that of Bridget Riley or even Richard Pousette-Dart. The artist’s compositions are rich…

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The Art Portfolio of Cynthia Consentino

A figure made from a combination or original ceramic and found figurineBirdie IV, altered commercial figurine, sculpted stoneware head and bird, glaze

Cynthia Consentino is a ceramic artist and sculptor currently based in Bucklan, Massachusetts. In her practice, Cynthia uses the sculptural medium to explore and break down expectations and dichotomies related to gender and reality. 


A ceramic figure of a Madonna with the head of a wolfWolf Madonna, porcelain, glaze

 

Much of Cynthia’s work is also inspired by fairy tales -- works in which human figures are…

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Portraits of Houses and Towns by Tom Menard

A complex painting of a county fairCountry Fair 1

Tom Menard has been painting since the late 1960s, and is based in small-town Connecticut. The artist’s surroundings clearly inspire much of his current body of work, with Tom’s detailed, illustrative portraits of houses and towns carrying an undeniable small-town atmosphere. 


A painting of a house on the edge of a lakehouse moosup

I’m always impressed by the level of detail and intricacy that Tom packs into each of his works. The artist’s town portraits…

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A Portfolio of Black or White Photography by Kevin Callahan

A black and white photograph of a flowing riverRiver Flows

Kevin Callahan is a lifelong photographer from Ohio. In his current practice, Kevin produces black or white photography, with a portfolio that spans traditional black and white imagery with digitally processed photos and abstract views of the world around the artist. 


A photo of ferns taken with a blurred effectSoft Ferns

 

I like the amount of variation that’s present and visible in Kevin’s photography. In some series, the artist produces rich, sepia-toned or…

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The Abstraction and Realism Portfolio of Beatriz Gomez Anzaldua

An abstract painting made with heavy, confident brush strokesPHASES AND CYCLES, acrylic on canvas

Beatriz Gomez Anzaldua works in paint and mixed media, with a portfolio of work that leans equally into both abstraction and realism. Beatriz was born in Brownsville, Texas, along the Texas/Mexico border and now lives and works in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.  


A painting of a man in a suit with a bandage on his faceUncle of no regrets, oil on canvas

 

It’s interesting to see the way that Beatriz shifts between abstraction and figurative painting…

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Contemporary Angles: Interior Design by Kolme

A home interior design featuring a transparent glass wall01

Interior design group Kolme creates sleek yet warm arrangements for businesses and homes. The company tailors its designs to both the spaces and existing aesthetics of a given company, creating designs that are highly distinct, but that share a common thread of contemporary angles and attention to detail. 


An interior wall design for a Tesco grocery storeCommercial interior

 

It’s interesting to be able to see all of the different projects the design collective has worked on --…

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Wildlife and Landscapes: Art by Bev Robertson

An oil painting of a log floating on calm watersLittle Madrona, oil on canvas

Bev Robertson is an artist from Vancouver Island. A member of the Canadian Federation of Artists, Bev produces artworks on a variety of subjects, including stunning florals and detailed figure paintings inspired by the wildlife and landscapes of her travels. 


A painting of white flowers in a square vaseEn Blanc

 

I really love Bev’s floral paintings. In our previous feature of Bev’s work we looked at the way the artist captures vivid detail, and…

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