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Geometric Abstraction: The Art Portfolio of Graham Hall


A geometric painting with large planes of whiteElections, acrylic on canvas

Graham Hall is an artist who, in recent years, has been producing works of geometric abstraction. The artist tends to use acrylic paint to create his images, though his technique embraces every facet of the acrylic media, sometimes with hard, clean edges and other times with textured, painterly strokes.


An abstract geometric composition made with repeating shapesProvincial Wonder Place, acrylic on canvas

I really enjoy the works in Graham’s 2017 series Secret Work.…

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Studio Sunday: Jesse Darling


A photo of Jesse Darling working in their studio

 

This week we take a look inside the studio of Jesse Darling. Darling is a U.K.-based artist who works in a range of ephemeral media including performance and film, as well as sculpture and installation. Darling’s work addresses intersecting ideas of gender, identity, and physicality.

 

Darling’s studio looks quite bright in this photo. Various art materials are strewn throughout the space and there’s not much furniture to…

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Whimsical and Technical: The Art Portfolio of John Brickels


A clay sculpture of a strange machineHortsmann Machine

John Brickels is a sculptor who works with slab and extruded stoneware clay to create intricate figures of buildings, machines, cars, and robots. The artist’s works sometimes combine clay with found objects for a look that’s both whimsical and technical.


A sculpture of a robot holding two dollsAu Pair Bot

 

In our previous feature of John’s artworks, we looked at the artist’s cartoonish Americana aesthetic. I enjoy the way that John offsets his…

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A Portfolio of Photographs and Paintings by Joseph Peter Sullivan


A manipulated abstract photographic imageyou are my constant 2

Joseph Peter Sullivan has lived throughout the United States and continues to travel, though he is currently based in Minneapolis. The artist creates photographs and paintings that express an interest in abstraction through light, shadow, and texture.


An abstracted photo of a stairwellUntitled

 

I really enjoy Joseph’s photographs. These works play with the viewer’s expectations of what a photograph can be, and what information it can reveal or…

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Canada's Prairies: The Art Portfolio of David B. Scott


A painting of an abandoned barn in a fieldLast Giant Standing, oil on canvas

Painter David B. Scott was born in New Zealand and spent time throughout Europe and North America before coming to Canada. The artist’s current body of work focuses on the natural landscape of Canada’s prairies, with occasional architectural and animal figures.


A painting of a squat structure in a fieldLooking Through, oil on canvas

 

I really appreciate the level of detail in David’s paintings. The artist’s recent works in particular…

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Energy and Heart: The Art Portfolio of Angela R. Green


A painting of a trumpet playerUptown Jazz Funk, mixed media

Angela R. Green is an artist and poet who explores a variety of subjects in her paintings and visual art. The artist often draws inspiration from music and other forms of expression, resulting in visual pieces that are imbued with a great sense of energy and heart.


A painting of Adam LevineGuys With Guitars #2

 

I like the way Angela explores different styles of painting as she switches between different subjects. In her series The…

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Forms and Figures: The Art Portfolio of Aleksander Hardashnakov


A mixed media artwork with fragmented figuresWomen In The Zone, Aquarelle, chalk pastel, latex primer, matte fixative on lamb skin

Aleksander Hardashnakov is an artist who utilizes forms and figures that borrow image-making tropes from cubism and surrealism, while at other times inventing an entirely new visual language. The artist’s works encompasses, drawing and painting, as well as sculptural installation.


A painting with panels of different colours and imageryDesperate, oil and gesso on canvas

I enjoy the fragmented style of…

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A Naturalist Approach: The Art Portfolio of Jan Pearson


A painting of a sunset over waterher path, acrylic on wrapped canvas

 

Jan Pearson takes a naturalist approach to painting, rendering her subjects in a gestural, almost abstracted quality that suggests movement and ethereality. Growing up in rural Missouri, the artist has been inspired by nature, an inspiration that’s reflected in both her subject matter and style.


An abstracted painting of a woman in a yellow hoodieChill'n

 

There’s a wonderful sense of movement in almost all of Jan’s paintings – though an…

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Studio Sunday: Misaki Kawai


A photo of Misaki Kawai's art studio

 

It’s Studio Sunday, so let’s take a look inside the studio of Misaki Kawai. Kawai is a Japanese artist originally from Kagawa Prefecture. The artist is known for her bright, cartoonish artwork that utilizes elements of what could be called naive style or heta-uma, a style of manga art that appears simplistic or “poorly drawn” but focuses on evoking emotion and expression more than realistic detail.

 

Kawai’s studio appears…

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Dramatic Portraits: The Painting Portfolio of Nocona Burgess


A painting of a native American man in traditional clothingModern Warrior

Nocona Burgess is an artist and a member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma. In his artistic practice, Nocona paints powerful, often dramatic portraits of native American people from different nations around North America.


A painting of a woman from the Hopi tribeHopi 2

 

The artist’s paintings are made all the more striking by his use of monochromatic backgrounds, sometimes incorporating geometric elements. There’s a contrast at play here between the…

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A Present Lens: The Art Portfolio of Edgar Arceneaux


A sugar-coated book in a display boxThe Crystal Paradox

Edgar Arceneaux is an artist originally from Los Angeles. In his current practice, Arceneaux works in performance and media, as well as drawing and sculpture, exploring events of the recent past through a present lens that’s sometimes political and sometimes personal.


A document partly covered in sugar crystalsThe Crystal Paradox

 

Arceneaux’s recent work The Crystal Paradox is a good example of the way that the artist looks at history. In this…

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Figures and Bodies: The Art Portfolio of Jon Duci


A painting with overlapping, fragmented human formsLiving Daylights, acrylic on canvas

Long Island, NY artist Jon Duci creates works of painting, drawing, and collage that explore human forms. In his work, Jon stretches the conventional depictions of figures and bodies to a point of near abstraction, creating works that are fascinating blend of figurative painting, abstract art, and body horror.


A painting of human body parts with a large earEar Op, acrylic on canvas (album art for Los Doggies)

 

I find Jon’s paintings and…

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Gothic Scenes: The Art Portfolio of Rebecca Chaperon


A painting of a fantasy scene with a pool of waterSpellwork, acrylic on canvas

Rebecca Chaperon is an artist based in Vancouver, BC, who specializes in dreamy, gothic scenes and narrative illustrations. The artist works in a lush, painterly style with deeply saturated hues of green, blue, and pink.


A painting of a lone woman with snakesSnake Lake, acrylic on canvas

 

I really enjoy the somewhat gestural quality of Rebecca’s painting style, and the way the artist adjusts her technique to be more -- or less -- detailed…

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New Forms: The Art Portfolio of Ashleigh Bartlett


A watercolour painting of a piece of cut silkIsland Time, watercolour on cut silk suspended from bamboo

Ashleigh Bartlett is an abstract artist and painter based in Calgary, Alberta. In her art portfolio, Ashleigh pushes the envelope of painting, exploring new forms outside of the traditional rectangular, stretched-canvas model.


An artwork made from painted silk over a plantShade Pockets, watercolour on cut silk over plant

In her recent series Alive with the Sun, the artist paints in watercolour on cut pieces of silk, hanging…

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A Sculpture Portfolio by Sarah Martin aka Fallingmoss


An artwork consisting of dyed and balled-up textilesAnimal Fibers: Mound Series, shibori-dyed wool and silk

Sarah Martin, a.k.a. Fallingmoss, creates works of sculpture and installation using found materials, wood, clay, textiles, and more. The overall aesthetic of Sarah’s sculpture portfolio is natural and rugged, with works that embrace the rough edges and imperfections of nature.


A sculpture made from green feltI Can Hear The Tree's Siing, felted, shibori, merino, silk

 

I really enjoy Sarah’s textile work. The…

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