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The Art Portfolio of Kumiko Buller


A pastel portrait of a seated male figureCharlie Colwell, pastel on paper

Kumiko Buller is a pastel artist who works primarily in portraiture. Born and raised in Japan and now based in New York, Kumiko’s artworks are informed as much by elements of her own artistic upbringing as the personalities of her individual subjects. 


A drawing of a face with a lot of negative spaceUntitled, Sumi ink and charcoal on pumice board

I love the way that each of Kumiko’s drawings seems imbued with a sense of energy, even in…

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Inside the Art Studio of Bernard Frize

A photo of Bernard Frize's art studio

 

This week, let’s take a look inside the studio of French artist Bernard Frize. A painter by trade, Frize is known for paintings that explore new and interesting techniques in applying paint to substrate, while focusing on painting more as an industrial process than as a pursuit of an end product or aesthetic. 

 

Frize’s Paris studio looks quite airy in this photo. There’s one large window visible to the left side of the…

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The Art Portfolio of Bruno Hernani

A photo of a sky over a traffic light in ReginaRegina, Canada, photograph

Bruno Hernani is an artist and engineer who currently lives and works in Regina, Saskatechewan. In his artistic practice, Bruno works with a variety of media including paint, photography, and sculpture, occasionally drawing inspiration from engineering practices as well as from music. 


A work of art using a deconstructed violinExtended Violin

 

I really like the works in which Bruno combines multiple disciplines -- like in his artworks that utilize…

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Expressionist Aesthetics: Art by Trevor Pye

A mixed media artwork with still life objects in front of a mountainStill Life With Small Mountain, acrylic and graphite on Arches paper

Trevor Pye is an artist who works in mixed media, building images that draw on cubist and expressionist aesthetics while maintaining a contemporary atmosphere. The artist is currently based in New Zealand, where he works with acrylic, graphite, and other traditional art materials. 


A still life painting with a layered, transparent lookStill Life With Modernist Leanings 1, acrylic and graphite on paper

 

I really enjoy…

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Fanciful Cities: The Art of Bodys Isek Kingelez

A whimsical sculpture of the UN buildingU.N., paper, paperboard, mixed media

Bodys Isek Kingelez was a Congolese artist who built colourful models of fanciful cities. The artist’s maquettes were often made with the intent of imagining harmonious, almost utopian alternative futures for the cities of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, including Kingelez’ hometown of Kinshasa.


A diorama of a complex city made with discarded paper and materialskimbembele ihunga

 

In his practice, Kingelez employed a wide variety of materials including…

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Painting, Textiles, Jewelry, and More from Blackberry Gift Shop

A pair of silver earrings in the shape of leavesargentium sterling-foldform-leaf earrings (by Linda Chow)

Blackberry Gift Shop is a shop and artist’s co-op based in Port Moody, British Columbia. The co-op includes artists working in a variety of disciplines, including painting, textiles, jewelry, and ceramics. 


A handwoven shawl with purple fibresShawl, handwoven with Tencel and marino wool (by Beryl Hickinbottom)

While the work of the individual artists is quite different, there’s an overarching atmosphere and…

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A Geometric Edge: The Art of Robert Porazinski

A painting with stripes of colour overlapping and moving off the canvasLuna #2, acrylic on panel

Artist Robert Porazinski produces abstract paintings and artworks, often with a geometric edge, but sometimes veering into more experimental, materially-concerned structures. The artist has a background in commercial art and design, disciplines which inform many of his personal artworks. 


A sculptural painting with geometric shapes and monochromatic coloursTerrain #5, acrylic and spray paint on wood

 

It’s interesting to see just how much variation Robert is able to coax out…

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Inside the Art Studio of Marisa Merz

A photo of Marisa Merz' art studio

 

Marisa Merz was an Italian artist, born in Turin. Merz had a long and prolific career, beginning in the 1950s and 60s during which time she was the only female member of the Arte Povera movement. Arte Povera (translated to English as “poor art”) was a radical artistic movement that stood in opposition to the hierarchical, capitalist nature of the art industry of the era.

 

Throughout her career, Merz worked in a variety of…

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Inside the Art Studio of Karel Appel

A photo of Dutch artist Karel Appel in his studio

 

Today’s Studio Sunday artist is Karel Appel. Appel was born in Amsterdam in 1921, and started painting at the age of 14, before studying at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten. The artist was known for his avant-garde paintings and sculptures that combined vivid primary colours with strong, wild line art and abstracted figures.  

 

Appel’s studio here looks slightly chaotic, which seems suitable for the overall tone of his…

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Urban Spaces: The Art of Lori Sokoluk

An abstracted mixed media artwork made with architectural elementsMany Arrive Destination Unknown, mixed media and collage on wood panel

Lori Sokoluk is a Vancouver-based artist who uses a range of mixed media to build artworks examining the atmosphere and physical elements of urban spaces. Lori’s works are dense with detail and often quite abstracted, though the artist’s strategic use of recognizable figures draws the viewer in for a closer look. 


A collaged image with visuals of buildingsCity Grid Power Grid, mixed media and collage on…

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A Portfolio of Expressive Illustration by Ashley Nitkin

A coloured pencil drawing of a catCat, coloured pencil and watercolour pencil

Ashley Nitkin is a Toronto-based illustrator, artist, and designer. In his artistic portfolio, Ashley shows off his skill with expressive illustration, and his eye for stylized detail. 


A gouache painting of a colourful, stylized catChinese Cat, gouache on paper

 

I’m enjoying browsing through Ashley’s catalogue of illustrations. The works, produced in combinations of watercolour, airbrush, ink, gouache, and other traditional media,…

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Paintings of Faces: The Art of Joa Korhonen

A painting of a grey face on a purple backgroundMONSIEUR, acrylic on canvas

Joa Korhonen is a musician and artist whose dual practices inform one another. The artist’s current visual practice revolves around paintings of faces, often abstracted to some degree and with expressions that seem to shift and reflect the viewer’s mindset as much as the artist’s. 


A painting of a bluish face on a natural backgroundIDENTITY 2.0, acrylic on cardboard

 

Korhonen works via an intuitive process, starting each with work with a…

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Plein Air Paradise: The Art of Susette Billedeaux Gertsch

A plein air painting of dense flowers in a gardenMaster's Garden -- White and Yellow Daisies, oil

Susette Billedeaux Gertsch creates masterful plein air paintings under her studio name, Plein Air Paradise. The artist uses a skilled, gestural approach to paint a range of subject matter, with landscapes and architectural features from many different climates and settings.


A painting of a church in the European countrysideEglise de Caux -- Church of de Caux, oil

 

I really enjoy the overall atmosphere that Susette builds up in her…

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The Art Portfolio of Svetlana Barker

A painting of a crow on a striking red backgroundBlue Crow, oil on canvas

Svetlana Barker lives in Colorado, where she produces works of painting. The artist’s background in fashion shines through in her well-composed and colour-coordinated pieces that often evoke a specific mood or atmosphere through carefully-chosen hues. 


A painting of flowers with bright colours and small brush marksExpression, oil on canvas

 

I really enjoy Svetlana’s floral paintings -- the way that she differentiates between different blooms, and utilizes a deeply…

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