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Minimalist Paintings by John Zurier

A monochromatic abstract painting made using deep green tonesStapi, oil on linen

John Zurier was born in Santa Monica, California, and now lives and works between Berkeley, California, and Reykjavik, Iceland. The artist is known for his minimalist paintings that tend toward a monochromatic colour scheme, focusing on the texture and arrangement of brush marks across the canvas.


An abstract painting on linen using Earthy, natural tonesAt Havalsnes, distemper on linen

 

Some of Zurier’s paintings, and the way he emphasizes the texture and materiality of…

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The Art Portfolio of Lynne Stewart

An oil painting of a rushing riverRushing Water, oil on canvas

Lynne Stewart is an artist based in Riverside, California. Throughout her decades-spanning artistic practice, Lynne has used artwork as a way of working through struggles with mental health, and connecting not only with herself but with others.


A pastel drawing of an elderly figureDisappearing Wise Woman, pastel on paper

 

There’s a wonderful sense of play and experimentation throughout the works in Lynne’s portfolio. It’s interesting to…

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The Art Portfolio of Eloise Shelton-Mayo

An artwork featuring paper-collaged elementsArches & Angles IV

U.K.-born artist Eloise Shelton-Mayo creates works with a focus on layering paper and encaustic media, borrowing aesthetics from both traditional oil painting and collage to create a fascinatingly diverse array of abstract compositions. The artist’s works range from heavily textural and geometric, to soft, quiet, and delicate.


An artwork made from oil paint and cold wax mediumWinding 1, oil and cold wax on paper

I’m quite taken by the works in Eloise’s Paper…

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The Art Portfolio of Douglas Zest

A painting made by pouring warm hues of paint onto a surfaceEclipse

Artist Douglas Zest creates complex, layered abstract paintings using a technique called a “dirty pour,” in which different colours of acrylic paint are layered and mixed in a cup or vessel before being poured onto the canvas. The resulting pieces are firmly abstract but often call to mind aerial views of distant planets, or microscopic vistas.


An abstract pour painting with blue, black and white huesDelight

 

I like seeing the way Douglas brings his own unique style to the…

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The Art Portfolio of Anne Popperwell

A small acrylic painting of a horizon line at sunsetGolden Afternoon, acrylic on cradled wood panel

Painter Anne Popperwell creates beautifully soft, creamy, dreamy paintings featuring landscapes and other natural subject matter. The artist is currently based in the Gulf Islands off the coast of British Columbia, and many of her works express scenes from in and around the islands.


A painting of a cloudy sky over a tropical islandIsland Sky #2, acrylic on canvas

 

I really enjoy the colour palette that Anne employs in many of her…

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Art Studio: John Phillip Osborne

The artist John Phillip Osborne at work in his studio

 

This week’s studio Sunday artist is John Phillip Osborne. Osborne was born in New Jersey in the 1950s and has produced a far-reaching body of classical oil paintings throughout his long artistic career. The artist is best known for sweeping landscapes and paintings that capture historical subject matter.

 

John Phillip Osborne’s studio space looks ornate and pleasantly cluttered, like an antique library or study. The numerous…

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The Kinetic Art Portfolio of Len Millward

Purple Maze

 

Len Millward is a kinetic sculptor who works with a Kinetic Lenz of his own creation, producing works of video and still images that capture brightly coloured patterns of refracted light. The artist’s works represent a pure exploration into the quality of light and colour.

 

Extremely Slow Lightning

 

It’s interesting to browse through all the different short videos on Len’s art portfolio website. Each piece,…

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The Art Portfolio of Michele Ridgeway

A photo of a dying leaf with white thread sewn into itattachments, digital image

Michele Ridgeway is an artist based in Hancock, Massachusetts. In her artistic practice, Michele works in a wide range of innovative media including animation, performance, video, and even edible items.


A digital photograph of light reflecting off flowing watermirror studies, digital image

 

As we saw in our previous feature of Michele’s work, the artist often uses her artwork to explore themes of identity and self-image. In particular, the artist’s work lingers…

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The Art Portfolio of Jose Londono


A painting in red and white on a chunk of slateWithin Iciness, #14 in the series, acrylic on slate

Jose Londono is a New York-based artist who works in a variety of media including paint and photography. The artist’s paintings on slate represent an interesting exploration into the limits of the painted surface.


A painting on slate inspired by a crack in a glacierBreaking Free... #4 in the series, acrylic on slate

 

The heavy textures of Jose’s works on slate invite closer inspection and lend each painting a fascinatingly tactile…

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The Art Portfolio of Mikael Christian Strøbek

A sculpture made with brightly coloured shapesPC/BT/GS

Mikael Christian Strøbek is a Berlin-based artist who works primarily in sculpture, painting, and installation. The artist’s works are produced with an incredible sense of geometric precision, and seem to shed light on the mathematical and geometric principles present in each space they are installed.


A photo of a geometric sculpture in a gallery spaceThree/50/C.Black

 

I really enjoy Strøbek’s sculptural works, especially those made with narrow, coloured metal bars.…

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The Painting Portfolio of Gary Doll

A painting of a pathway through a meadowMission Creek #2, oil on canvas board

Gary Doll is a painter based in Kelowna, BC. In his studio practice, Gary produces gestural, impressionistic paintings of the landscape around his home and throughout British Columbia, with many of the works depicting mountains, trees, and bodies of water.


A painting of a treed peninsula in a lakeMaligne Lake -- Alberta, oil on canvas

 

I like the way Gary employs highly visible brush marks to lend each work a unique, distinctive style.…

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The Art Portfolio of M. Charles and Lavetta Rhinehart

A painting of a hazy, mountainous landscapeGreen River (by Lavetta Rhinehart)

M. Charles and Lavetta Rhinehart are husband-and-wife artists based in Missouri. The pair are both skilled at painting in lavish realism, depicting scenes and landscapes that could be taken straight from the pages of a fantasy or science fiction novel.


A painting of a forested field under an orange skyBellem Fields, oil on board (by M. Charles Rhinehart)

 

I’m really intrigued by the similarities between each of the artist’s styles. While M.…

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Studio Sunday: Nicolas de Stael

A photo of Nicolas de Stael in his art studio

 

Nicolas De Stael was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia, in 1914, to a high-ranking military family. The artist’s family was forced to flee Russia in 1919, and as an adult De Stael later relocated to Nice, France, where he began to produce art alongside numerous contemporaries. The artist is best known for his heavy application of paint and highly abstracted landscapes, though he worked in a variety of media.

 

De Stael’s studio…

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A Portfolio of Plein Air Paintings by Bryan Coombes

A painting of several figures riding an old-fashioned carSpirits of the West, acrylic on canvas

Painter Bryan Coombes is inspired by the world around him, whether it’s a vast forested landscape, or rusting antique car. The artist’s body of work focuses on plein air paintings, with subject matter inspired by Bryan’s previous work as a pilot, mountaineer, and photographer.


A painting of a mountainous section of the Coquihalla highwayCoquihalla Vahlhalla, oil

 

Bryan’s figurative paintings, especially those of familiar outdoor spaces -- roads,…

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The Art Portfolio of Mike Salcido

An abstract mixed media painting with bright blue tonesMidnight Dreams, mixed media on panel with high-gloss finish

Mike Salcido was born in New Mexico, and has spent time travelling all over the world. The artist’s painting practice began as a method of relaxation. In his current practice, Mike produces works of wild abstraction in a range of mixed media, often drawing out strong moods and emotions with his use of saturated colour.


An abstract painting made with splashes of paintCosmic Dance, acrylic on canvas

I really enjoy the works…

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