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Nature's Hues: An Art Portfolio by Laurie Flaherty


A painting of a close-up view of a bromeliad plantCurve, oil on panel

Laurie Flaherty is a Connecticut-based artist who uses her artistic practice to capture and immortalize the stunning patterns and colours found in nature. Laurie’s artworks usually take plants and animals as their subjects, showcasing the beauty and variety in nature’s hues.

 

A simplified painting of a bromeliad plantCedar Green Radiant, oil on canvas

I really adore Laurie’s painting series of bromeliads. The plants in this family have thick leaves…

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Texture and Negative Space: Art by Jill Tompkins


A grey painting with flecks and planes of blueSt. Remy, oil on canvas

Artist Jill Tompkins creates subdued pastel images that often have a focus on texture and negative space. Though her images are mostly figurative, the figure never seems to be the focus – rather, the viewer is drawn to the materiality of the paint, and the abstracted formal elements of each work.


A painting in blue and grey of a headless statueAthena, oil on canvas

 

It’s fascinating to be able to see the artist’s recent works contrasted against some of…

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Studio Sunday: Forest Bess

A photo of Forest Bess at work in an outdoor studio of a kind

 

This week’s Studio Sunday artist is Forrest Bess. Bess was an American painter originally from Texas. In his art practice, Bess was best known for eccentric, abstract paintings that expressed a complex philosophy of the artist’s own construction.

 

Bess’ studio pictured here isn’t exactly a traditional painting studio, but it is the space where Bess created many of his artworks. The artist was a noted recluse and spent much…

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Psychedelic Abstraction: The Art Portfolio of Mark Jungmeyer

A painting of a sweeping seascape with cliffsGrand Seascape

Mark Jungmeyer is based in Springfield, Illinois, where he creates works of art spanning a variety of subjects and styles, including landscape, abstraction, and portraiture. The artist’s style moves easily between detailed realism and wild, psychedelic abstraction.


An abstract painting in deep red huesBlack #2 Nebula

 

I really enjoy the works in Mark’s gallery of abstract works. The pieces in this series are all packed with such intensely saturated hues…

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The Art Portfolio of Leah Biggs

A charcoal drawing of a person with a nose ring answering the phoneNose Ring, charcoal on paper

Leah Biggs is a Vancouver-based artist who is interested in the aesthetics and moods of noir films from the 1940s and 50s. In her artistic practice, Leah emulates and explores these aesthetics, putting her own unique spin on motifs of deep shadows, old-fashioned telephones, and beautiful women.


A charcoal drawing of a person sitting on a suitcaseSuitcase, charcoal on paper

 

I really enjoy the overall mood that’s infused into Leah’s portfolio. Looking…

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The Watercolour Art Portfolio of Sophie Blouet


A watercolour portrait of a young manJT, watercolour on paper

Sophie Blouet, also known as BLOUET, is a watercolour painter currently based in California. In her portfolio, Sophie demonstrates great skill and precision with a medium that lends itself to a gestural, impressionistic approach.


A watercolour painting of a man on a horseAux courses, Beaver 1, watercolour on paper

 

As we saw in our previous feature of Sophie’s detailed, gestural watercolours, the artist’s practice spans decades and a wide range of…

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Cultural Meanings: The Art Portfolio of Morgan Wedderspoon

An image from a scanned and printed book of found objectsSurface Reader 5, woodcut, digital print

Morgan Wedderspoon is an artist who works in installation, assemblage, printmaking, and other media. In her practice, Morgan explores the nature of, and connections between, various found objects, applying these objects and their cultural meanings to the greater sphere of human existence.


A print of found objects on a black backgroundGIVE UP AND PARTY, inkjet print, screenprint

 

I like the way that Morgan combines various disciplines in her…

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Processes and Materials: Art by Jacqueline Bell Johnson

A sculpture made up of found materials and hardwareBeauty in the Beast, wood, paint, merino and camel wool, dye, paint, hardware

Jacqueline Bell Johnson is a sculptor and installation artist currently based in the Los Angeles area of California. Jacqueline’s practice explores the processes and materials of art-making, often drawing inspiration from arts and crafts, and utilizing unexpected or “lowbrow” materials.


A sculpture hung within a metal fencing frameA Solution for a Wall, found gate, safety pins, wire, jack chain,…

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Studio Sunday: Jordan Casteel


A photo of Jordan Casteel in her art studio

 

Jordan Casteel is a New York-based painter who was born in Denver, Colorado. In her practice, Casteel focuses on portraits of people close to her, and the people in her community. Her subjects are usually young black men, and the artist’s paintings serve as a way of opening conversations around issues of racism, social responsibility, and justice.

 

Casteel’s studio looks bright and just the right size. It looks like the space…

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Studio Sunday: Walter Robinson

A photo of Walter Robinson at work in his studio

 

Walter Robinson is an artist currently based in Long Island City, New York. Though he gained significant recognition as a painter in the 1980s, Robinson left painting for a time to focus on art writing and critique, founding the print incarnation of the well-known art magazine Artnet. The artist retired from writing in the early 2000s, and returned to painting.

 

Robinson’s studio here has a kind of warehouse-like feel about it.…

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The Art Portfolio of Photographer G.W. Jones

A photo of nighttime constructionNight Work 1

 

Photographer G.W. Jones uses the photographic medium as a method of seeing the world through a variety of different lenses and viewpoints. From series that are divided both by style and subject, G.W. has created a portfolio that has something for every viewer.


A photo of a neon motel sign at nightMagic Beach Motel

 

I really enjoy the way that G.W. tailors the style of each photograph to suit the subject matter, time of day, angle, and other variables in…

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Textural Scenes: The Art Portfolio of Sandra Martin

A painting of a wave crashing on the beachWavewatch 12, mixed media on canvas

Sandra Martin is a painter and mixed media artist from Ontario. In her practice, the artist creates dramatic, textural scenes often focusing on water, sky, and the intersection of the two.


A mixed media painting of a cloudscapeSmoky Blue Sunset, mixed media on canvas

In our previous features of Sandra’s paintings, we looked at the artist’s paintings of ocean and wave formations, and water lilies. It’s interesting to see the…

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The Puzzle Art Portfolio of Tim Klein

A an artwork made from two puzzles, one of a truck and the other of King TutankhamunKing of the Road, constructed from two puzzles published in the 1970s

Tim Klein works in the unusual medium of machine-cut jigsaw puzzles, creating surreal works that are half collage, half assemblage, and always with an undertone of off-kilter humour. The artist’s works combine pieces from two or more separate puzzles, leading to unexpected and bizarre imagery.


A puzzle artwork made from pieces of two cat-themed puzzlesWhite Elephant (Present and Future), constructured from two puzzles…

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The Art Portfolio of Maria Z. Madacky

A still image of a 2012 art performanceThe SEERious Sideshow (with M.E.D.I.U.M.) (still image), performance at EMEDIA Performative Arts Society, Calgary, 2012

Maria Z. Madacky is an artist who works in a variety of media including painting, printmaking, and multimedia installation. Maria’s works are sometimes self-contained explorations of material tactility, and other times more collaborative endeavors.


An installation view of The Trash TalkThe Trash Talk (collaboration with M.E.D.I.U.M. (installation view at…

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A Portfolio of Logos and Poster Designs by Edward Lum

A logo design for a farm based in CaliforniaLogo design

Edward Lum is a designer and illustrator who specializes in logos and poster designs. The artist’s current portfolio merges modern brands with a classic “Americana” aesthetic and bright, simplified graphics.


A poster design for a brewing companyPoster design

Edward’s gallery of posters has a very cohesive aesthetic -- it’s interesting to browse through this series and see the wide variety of different clients and industries that these works have been…

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