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Inside the Art Studio of Amy Sherald

A photo of artist Amy Sherald at work in her studio

 

Amy Sherald is a painter based in Baltimore, Maryland. The artist specializes in portraiture, and has become well-known in recent years for her official portrait of Michelle Obama. The artist tends to work from photographs, often photos that she has taken herself, of various people including friends, strangers, and, in the case of the former First Lady, public figures. 

 

Sherald’s studio looks very spacious in this photo, and…

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A Text and Paper Collage Portfolio by Emma Lehto

A cut-paper sculpture made using an art book1, page after

Emma Lehto is an artist who works with text and paper collage, often manipulating books, magazines, and other printed media to create artworks that utilize the materiality of the medium to express new meanings.


A cut-paper artwork made from an art bookKRAZY! Page 51

 

In our previous feature of Emma’s work with novel meanings, we looked at the artist’s method of cutting into existing multi-page volumes to create layered, colourful contour images or portions…

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The Art Portfolio of Vanderlei Lopes

A bronze sculpture of a pink textile hangingImagem, titatium oxide and iron oxide on bronze

Vanderlei Lopes is a sculptor who uses novel combinations of media and unexpected colour palettes to create sculptural artworks in which everything is not as it seems. The artist uses a wide range of media, often combining wildly different materials in a way that emphasizes and subverts common expectations for certain types of media and art. 


A sculpture of a pair of shoes with golden interiorsPosse (sapatos), shoe polish over bronze and…

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Fantastic Favourites: Craig Brumwell, Frédérick Wolfe, Ronan Boyle

Let’s take a look at some of our favourite works from three different artists. Working in a range of very different styles and media, Craig, Frédérick, and Ronan have built equally enthralling artistic portfolios. 

 

Craig Brumwell

 

Craig Brumwell is a Canadian artist who has worked mainly in the media of charcoal drawing and sculptural installation, combining these two disciplines to explore the material nature of a railroad,…

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A Portfolio of 35mm Photography by Gilly Russell

A photo of a street in New York CityUntitled

Gilly Russell is a photographer who divides her time between France, Canada, and Australia. Specializing in 35mm photography, the artist uses a photographic lense to capture images of landscapes, cities, and people. 


A photo of two trash bins with bright compositionUntitled

 

I enjoy the overall subdued colour palette that runs across Gilly’s personal artworks. Though the subject matter varies quite widely, the artist maintains a cohesive look using a similar hazy,…

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The Portfolio of Costume Designer Kathryn Burton Cover

A handmade women's coat for a theatrical costumeLady Bracknel, "Importance of Being Earnest" flat patterned

Kathryn Burton Cover is a costume designer, tailor, and fiber artist who produces wearable works with an intricate eye for detail. Based in Weeping Water, Nebraska, the artist creates custom costumes while maintaining her own costume rental shop, Grandpa Snazzy’s. 


A pirate coat with hand-cast gold buttonsPirate King coat with hand cast buttons

Looking through Kathryn’s online art portfolio, it’s easy to see the…

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A Portfolio of Crisp, Cute Artworks by Cindy Scaife

A painting of a cute version of Little Red Riding HoodLittle Red Riding Hood, acrylic on canvas

Cindy Scaife is an illustrator and painter who works on both a private and commission basis, producing crisp, cute artworks that often feature food. The artist has created a series of works in which beloved foods and beverages are personified and turned into adorable cartoons. 


A painting of a personified telescope on an electric boxBell Box Public Mural Project (detail)

 

I like how consistent Cindy’s style is, even throughout very different…

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The Conceptual Art Portfolio of Prav Pillay

A photo of an outdoor installation with large stonesTransformations, collaborative community-based public art work (collaboration with Aaron Nelson-Moody - Squamish Nation)

 

Prav Pillay is a Canadian artist, researcher, and educator who produces artworks in a wide variety of media and styles. The artist’s works are often collaborative in their construction, or seek to engage their audiences through more than passive viewership. 


A photo of a 4-channel video installation projectafraid of what I could become, 4-channel video with 28…

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Inside the Art Studio of Joan Mitchell

A photo of Joan Mitchell standing in her painting studio

 

Joan Mitchell was born in Chicago, Illinois, and studied at the Chicago Art Institute, honing her skills for abstract painting and printmaking. Mitchell is widely remembered as a member of the American abstract expressionist movement of the mid 20th century, despite the fact that for much of her career she lived in France. 

 

Mitchell’s studio space looks basic in this photo; almost utilitarian. I don’t see much else in the…

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The Portfolio of Artist and Cartoonist Chris Gill

A single-panel comic drawn with digital mediaultimate truth

Chris Gill is a watercolour artist and cartoonist currently based in Nova Scotia. The artist creates single-panel cartoons as a way of distilling his experiences with, and knowledge of, current events into a relatable yet still often visceral format. 


A single-panel comic referencing philosophywhopee

 

As we saw in our previous feature of Chris’ single-panel political cartoons, the artist often combines a philosophical approach with imagery ranging from…

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A Portfolio of Ceramic Artworks by Crain Art Studio

A ceramic artwork with shapes stacked on top of each otherLarge Totem, ceramic

Crain Art Studio is a trio of three generations of the Crain family producing artworks in ceramic and paint media. Cathy, along with her daughter Carie, and granddaughter Sharae, work to produce ceramic artworks with intricate and colourful patterns, as well as textural paintings that borrow aesthetics from sculpture and other media. 


A ceramic sculpture of a mahi-mahiMahi Mahi, ceramic

 

I really like the unique style that is represented…

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Movement, Texture, and Life: The Art of Guy Grogan

A mixed media artwork with stripes of colourPaper Tiger #1, mixed media on paper

Guy Grogan is an artist originally from England and now based in the San Francisco Bay Area. In his practice, Guy embraces paint, mixed media, drawing, and sculpture, all with a gestural approach that seeks to capture a sense of movement, texture, and life.


A drawing study of a woman's faceStudy of Fellow Student, charcoal on newsprint

 

Guy’s recent works in mixed media on paper are abstract, and utilize a blend of hard geometry…

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A Portfolio of Mixed Media Artworks by Crystal Liu

A mixed media artwork depicting fog rolling into a valleythe fog, "rolling in", gouache, watercolour, ink, and collage on paper

Crystal Liu is an artist who works in gouache, watercolour, ink, and other traditional media, producing detailed mixed media artworks that draw on both traditional Chinese and contemporary art styles. The artist also works in photography, using a similar aesthetic language applied to a very different medium.


A collaged, abstract painting of a sunI always meant to love you, "lean in", gouache, watercolour,…

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The Art Portfolio of Deirdre Hofer

A painting of falling snow on a black backgroundSnow III, oil on canvas

Deirdre Hofer is a Vancouver-based artist who uses ice cream as a motif throughout her portfolio. The artist’s practice varies in terms of media and subject matter, but maintains a visual consistency that helps guide the viewer toward the bigger ideas therein.


A painting of blue snowflakes on a black backgroundSnow II, oil on canvas

 

I quite enjoy Deirdre’s recent series Falling Snow. This series of oil paintings takes advantage of a high-contrast visual…

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The Art Portfolio of J. Nicole Hatfield

A mural featuring a woman in profile painted in bright colourOKC Contemporary Mural 2019

J. Nicole Hatfield is a Comanche artist who works in paint and other media, creating everything from large-scale wall murals to small canvas portraits. The artist’s portfolio is packed with colour, and blends traditional art styles with a contemporary sensibility. 


A mural featuring bold textDWNTOWN OKC Mural Retouch 2019

 

I love the use of colour throughout J. Nicole’s portfolio. Whether it’s utilized in paintings to build up…

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