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Malavida: The Art of Alycia Rainaud

A painting made with bright, warm hues and dark shadowsSeptember Switchblade

Alycia Rainaud -- aka Malavida -- is an artist based in Paris, France. In her practice, the artist is a graphic designer and illustrator, and works to create abstract images built out of undulating waves of flowing colour. 


An artwork mimicking the look of holographic fabricTears On Screen

 

Rainaud’s work reminds me of that of J.D. Doria or Luis Pagan, especially in the way that she embraces and emphasizes the unique interactions of coloured media on a surface,…

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Painting with Thread: The Art Portfolio of Anya Doll


A textile artwork with layers of patterned fabricLove

 

Anya Doll is a textile artist whose studio practice involves “painting with thread”. The artist’s works often have a quilt-like aesthetic about them, with individual compositions frequently taking the form of small, square fabric panels. 

 

 
A square of handmade textile artCourage

 

I really enjoy the approach that Anya takes to her artwork -- she seems to expertly toe the line between textile art and traditional painting, merging an equal amount of…

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Inside the Art Studio of Amy Bennett

A photo of Amy Bennett's art studio

 

Our studio Sunday feature this week is Amy Bennett. Bennett is an American artist whose artworks bridge the gap between sculpture and painting, with a conceptual focus on the darkly humorous narratives found in modern suburbia. To create her narrative paintings, Bennett constructs highly detailed dioramas to use as reference for numerous works, changing small elements of scenery and figure to suit the story she wishes to tell.… 

 

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The Art Portfolio of Plein Air Painter Julia Lesnichy

A painting of trees in a fieldThe spring in the mountains, oil on board

Julia Lesnichy is a plein-air painter based in Virginia. The artist works primarily in landscapes, though she also produces works of still life and animal portraiture. Working primarily in oil paint, the artist often works outdoors before putting the finishing touches on a painting back in her studio. 

 
A pastel drawing of trees in the snowrut, pastel

 

I really enjoy the slightly hazy texture and atmosphere that many of…

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A Portfolio of Delicate Watercolour Paintings by Gary R. Huff

A painting of an artist's paletteArtists Palette, watercolour on cotton rag paper

Gary R. Huff Is an artist based in Culpeper, Virginia. In his practice, Gary creates delicate watercolour paintings often focused around a central figure. 


A painting of a bear and a small birdBear Meets Ruby-Throated, watercolour on cotton rag paper

 

Gary has a background in commercial and professional illustration, and has worked with a variety of clients and publishers in his career. This illustrative sensibility really…

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Speculative Tech: The Art of Daniil Alikov

A painting with panels and concentric circles of rainbow colourspectral hub

Daniil Alikov is an abstract artist who uses aesthetics straight out of science fiction and speculative tech to create two and three-dimensional artworks. The pieces are highly structured and textural, and there’s an interesting tension between the artist’s use of traditional media, and the unconventional appearance of his finished pieces.


A painting with the appearance of mechanical or robotic partsIG224+spectral

 

I really love the combination of bright rainbow hues and cold,…

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Pickledog Studio: The Art Portfolio of Sally Adams

A painting of a striped catTiger cat, acrylic on canvas with texture, sealed with gloss varnish

Sally Adams is an artist who works in both Shelby Township, Michigan, and Saratoga Florida. In her Pickledog Studio practice, the artist produces small, pared-down paintings featuring dogs, flowers, landscapes, and other subject matter. 


A painting of red poppies on a grey backgroundPoppy Dance, acrylic on canvas with texture

 

I really enjoy the clean yet warm compositions that Sally produces. The artist is…

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Inside the Art Studio of Ed Clark


A photo of Ed Clark painting in his art studio

 

Our Studio Sunday feature this week is Ed Clark. Clark is an American painter widely associated with the abstract expressionist movement of the 1950s and 60s. The artist has enjoyed a long career -- as of 2019 he has been creating paintings for over 60 years. Clark was born in New Orleans, relocated to Chicago as a child, studied art in Paris, and later moved to New York. 

 

There’s something about this studio photograph that…

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The Art Portfolio of John McAlpine

A digital artwork with bright colours and a repeating patternUntitled, digital

John McAlpine is an artist based in Everett, Washington. In his artistic practice, John works in a variety of media including photography, digital art, and pastel and other traditional media.


A photo of a polished horn in a paradeReflection 2 Pilchuck

 

I like the unique style that John maintains throughout his portfolio, whether he’s producing drawings of landscapes, still-life subject matter, or playful, cartoonish renderings of animals. The artist has…

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The Illustration Portfolio of Denise Tonner

An illustration of two figures on a large teacupIt's a Beautiful Day

Denise Tonner is an artist and illustrator based in Vancouver, BC. In her practice, Denise creates whimsical illustrations for both children and the young-at-heart.


An illustration for the cover of an edition of Wizard of OzWizard of Oz cover, graphite and digital art

 

Denise’s style is striking, and to me speaks to an enjoyment of the process of art-making itself. The visible lines and brush marks in the works, as well as the use of negative space, showcases not only…

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Esoteric and Immediate: The Art Portfolio of Marie Surprenant

An abstract ink drawing with tones of pale redEncre 28, ink on wallpaper

Artist Marie Surprenant creates abstract artworks in a variety of traditional media that meditate on subjects both esoteric and immediate. The works are often subdued at first glance, presented in dense series that facilitate a deeper understanding of the artist’s thought process.


An abstract ink drawing with blue and black tonesencre 03

 

I really enjoy Marie’s recent artworks, such as those in her gallery of Encres sur papier de vie. These quiet…

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The Environment's Omnipresence: The Art Portfolio of Troy Nickle

An outdoor installation of a figure made from junked car partsJunk Man, discarded car frame and parts assembled into a figure

Troy Nickle is a sculptor and installation artist who often works with natural materials and features of the landscape to create his works. The artist’s practice is inspired by the natural environment, but also serves as a pertinent reminder to the viewer of the environment’s omnipresence.


An piece of land art made by packing snow into a circle on a treeSnow Ring, snow packed onto cottonwoods, archival inkjet print

 

I like the way…

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Small Craters: The Art of David Allen Peters

An abstract painting made by scraping away layers of acrylic paintUntitled #4, acrylic paint on panel

David Allen Peters is an artist based in Los Angeles, California. In his practice, Peters is a painter, though his technique is one that often seems more akin to sculpture. The artist produces his paintings by layering paint onto a surface and then gouging out small craters to reveal the coloured layers below.


A painting with numerous small marks in layers of dried acrylic paintUntitled #9, acrylic paint on panel

I’m fascinated by the way that Peters’ process can be…

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The Art Portfolio of Adele Knowler

A painting of a woman with a crown of flowersArtemis, oil and gold leaf on birchwood panel

Adele Knowler is an artist currently living and working in Edmonton, Alberta. In her practice, Adele is inspired by the environment around her, the human figure, and art history.


A painting of a woman made with gold leafIcon series 2, oil, gold leaf, conte on birchwood panel

I’m enjoying browsing the artist’s recent works of portraiture. In her 2019 gallery, Adele uses an interesting combination of pattern and colour to build…

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Inside the Art Studio of Jillian Mayer

A photo of Jillian Mayer in her art studio

 

Miami, Florida-based artist Jillian Mayer works in a range of media, creating everything from static sculptures and installations to video art and online experiences. Mayer’s varied practice demands a studio where a variety of different activities and techniques coexist in a unique space. 

 

The artist’s studio looks wonderfully colourful and bright in this photograph. Mayer herself is hard at work on something -- it’s…

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