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Inside the Art Studio of Huguette Caland

A photo of Huguette Caland in her studio

 

This Sunday, let’s take a look inside the studio of Huguette Caland. Born in Lebanon, Caland later moved to Los Angeles, where she lived and worked for almost three decades. The artist is best known for abstract-figurative works that often build landscapes out of the female body, and examine beauty, eroticism, and other sometimes-taboo subjects. 

 

In the above photo, I think I’m most struck by how happy the artist looks. She…

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Introspective Narratives: Art by Armando Sebastian

A painting of a woman in a black dress in front of a landscapeRayo de Luna/Under the Moonlight, oil on canvas

Armando Sebastian is an artist from Mexico City, who creates figurative paintings that extoll surreal, autobiographical, and introspective narratives. The artist’s style is inspired by Mexican folk art, as well as contemporary poets, musicians, and other pop-cultural detritus. 


A painting of a person with an extremely long spiraling ponytailWhen I have long hair, oil on canvas

 

I like the almost illustrative style that Armando employs in his…

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An Impressionist Approach: The Art of Yvonne Foster

A painting of a Ferris Wheel lit up at nightBetty Danger's At Night, oil on canvas

Yvonne Foster is a painter based in Wisconsin. Inspired by the landscapes of Lake Superior and Ireland, as well as the urban atmosphere of Minneapolis, Yvonna creates paintings in acrylic and oil that take an impressionist approach to a wide range of subjects. 


A painting of a stone arch bridge in sunlightStone Arch Bridge, oil on canvas

 

I enjoy the variation in subject matter in Yvonne’s 2018 Exhibit gallery. This selection of…

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Saturated Abstract Artworks by Imi Knoebel

A bright geometric painting with coloured rectangles on a yellow backgroundGelbe Fahne, serigraph

Imi Knoebel is a German artist who produces bright, saturated abstract artworks that reference minimalism and geometric abstraction while devising a new and unique visual language.


A layered geometric artwork with bright yellow huesFace 85, acrylic on plastic foil

 

Knoebel points to Kazimir Malevich as a major influence, and it’s clear to see where the latter’s Suprematist painting style -- consisting largely of simple shapes and flat planes of colour --…

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High-Contrast Illustrations: The Art of Danielle J. Scott

An ink drawing of a tree in patterened black and whiteTree on a Hillside, ink on Strathmore paper

Danielle J. Scott works in ink and mixed media, producing striking high-contrast illustrations as well as dense coloured paintings that combine heavy black line art with intricate details and jarringly soft, pastel colour palettes. 


A drawing of an abstract seascape with densely patterned shapesSeascape, ink on Strathmore paper

I really like the drama and impact of Danielle’s black and white ink drawings. Though many of these works are abstract, the…

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Doofus Media: The Art of Evan Fowler

A block of text presented on a coloured backgroundUntitled

Doofus Media is the portfolio of Evan Fowler. In his practice, Evan produces writing, drawing, photography, and collage, using a conceptual approach that is at times deeply introspective, and at times political. 


An abstracted sketch of a face with words surrounding itUntitled (from series JOLLY DOOM WORLD)

 

Though the artist’s works are varied in terms of media and technique, there’s an undeniable overarching aesthetic that ties all the works together. It’s an aesthetic…

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High-Contrast Colour: The Art of Mary Maguire

A painting of Audrey Hepburn in blue tonesAudrey Hepburn Blue

Mary Maguire is an artist who currently lives and works in Shelby Township, Michigan. In her artistic practice, Mary paints on large canvases, using vivid, expressive brush marks and high-contrast colour palettes to bring a variety of subjects to life. 


An abstracted painting of a colourful cityscapeCity Vibes

 

I really enjoy the works in Mary’s portrait gallery -- the artist combines a skill for realistic detail with an eye for interesting colour schemes and…

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Inside the Art Studio of Carlos Cruz-Diez

A photo of a studio assistant working at the atelier of Carlos Cruz-Diez

 

Carlos Cruz-Diez was born in Caracas, Venezuela, before relocating to Paris, France to pursue his artistic career. He opened studio spaces in both Venezuela and Paris, remaining in the latter city after 1960. The artist’s works took colours and simplified forms and elevated them to a visual space that vibrates with energy. 

 

Cruz-Diez, who passed away in July of 2019, employed studio assistants and in fact had multiple studio…

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Inside the Art Studio of Jonathan Monk


A photo of Jonthon Monk's art studio by the artist

 

Our featured artist this Studio Sunday is Jonathan Monk. Born in Leicester, UK, the artist is currently based in Berlin. In his studio practice, Monk frequently takes existing contemporary artworks and remixes or reimagines, them using a kind of appropriative visual language to encourage viewers to look at familiar objects in new ways. 

 

I like the homey feel of Monk’s studio in this photo. The space is a jumble of various…

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The Portfolio of Artist and Graphic Designer Stephen Plunkett


A photo of the Walter Scott memorial in ScotlandWalter Scott Memorial

Stephen Plunkett is an artist and graphic designer who works in commercial communication design as well as maintaining his own artistic portfolio. The artist works in illustration, photography, and digital art techniques, using a striking, graphic visual language. 


A black and white photo of a crow sculpturecrow

 

I’m a fan of Stephen’s black and white photography -- his current art portfolio contains a gallery of numerous photographs, each composed…

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Thought-Provoking Art Installations by Forensic Architecture

A coloured map showing loss of vegetation due to herbicidal warfare in GazaAn NDVI analysis showing losses of vegetation between 5 days and 15 days after herbicidal spraying in Gaza

Forensic Architecture, a group based out of the University of London, is a multidisciplinary art collective and research organization that gathers data about issues concerning human rights and governmental abuses of power, spinning that data into thought-provoking art installations


A video still of a documentary film about the murder of a human rights lawyerThe Killing of Tahir Elçi (video still)

The…

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The Sound Design Portfolio of Aaron Gallant

Demon's Souls video

 

Aaron Gallant is a sound designer, engineer and editor currently based in Cary, Illinois. In his practice, Aaron produces and refines sounds for video productions as well as video games. 

 

Today's Equine

 

The artist’s portfolio is packed with examples of his editing and sound design talents. Short clips of video gameplay, including Aaron’s work with the “Saints Row” franchise, capture the way the…

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Flying Cow Creations: Art by Valerie Johnson


A felted image of two sheep in a fieldblack sheep in the family, wet felting and needle felting

Valerie Johnson creates work under her studio name, Flying Cow Creations. The artist works in felt, building pieces in both sculptural and two-dimensional formats, and capitalizing on the soft texture of her fiber medium to produce truly unique works. 


A hand-felted stool with a blue bubble patternHand felted stool

I really enjoy the amount of variation in the artist’s portfolio. Though she tends to stick to a single…

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A Portfolio of Striking Abstract Paintings by David Tycho

An abstract painting with heavy red and black stripesUntitled No. 6, acrylic on canvas

David Tycho is an abstract painter based in Vancouver, British Columbia. In his practice, David creates large, striking abstract paintings with bold colours and confident brush marks. 


An abstract painting with rough, textured areas of colourUntitled No. 8, acrylic on canvas

 

I really like the energy that’s present in David’s paintings -- the artist’s method of laying down paint, scraping and dragging it across the surface of the work gives the viewer…

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The Oil and Watercolour Art Portfolio of Edith Dora Rey

A painting of a yellow goldfinch on a blue backgroundVale Perkins Goldfinch #3, acrylic on wood

Edith Dora Rey was born in Switzerland and later moved to Canada, studying art in Vancouver and Halifax before settling in Montreal. In her practice, the artist produces paintings in oil and watercolour, as well as photographs. 


A watercolour painting of autumnal treesA Tree Grows in Vancouver, watercolour on Caruthers paper

 

Edith has an eye for shape and colour, often combining the two in a highly focused, complementary and…

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