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The Art Portfolio of Figurative Painter Richard Mountford


A painting of a male dancer in dark clothingDance Practice, oil on canvas

Richard Mountford is a figurative painter based in Wales. The artist’s works encompass a range of subject matter from classic portraiture to still life and contemporary themes. Richard’s style is painterly, with thick layers of pigment creating smooth volumes and a beautiful sense of depth in his works.


A series of portraits of a young girl in a pink wigThe Pink Wig, oil on canvas

 

I find Richard’s Shoe Series quite interesting to look at as a whole.…

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Sculptures and Installations: The Art Portfolio of Hollis Roberts


A soft sculpture made from a thick woven fabricStep around #1, fabric

Hollis Roberts is a sculptor who works with textiles and various found materials, creating artworks that find the intersection between the ordinary and the unexpected. Hollis’ sculptures and installations invite viewers to investigate the true nature of seemingly familiar forms.


A sculpture made from fabirc on a square frameSometimes, things are hard

 

I really enjoy the heavy, woven textiles that Hollis creates and uses as the basis for many of her…

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Studio Sunday: Mary Pratt


A photo of the late Mary Pratt at work in her studio

 

New Brunswick-born artist Mary Pratt was a figurative painter who was best known for her incredibly detailed, photo-realistic paintings of household objects and still-life scenes. Throughout her artistic career, Pratt’s work tended to focus on domestic subject matter; frequently, her paintings featured food and kitchen implements, and familiar household objects.

 

Pratt’s studio looks like a warm, if slightly cramped space,…

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A Portfolio of Exploratory Artworks by Anastasia O'Melveny


A painting of bright white blossoms on branchesWinter Blossoms

Anastasia O’Melveny is a painter and mixed media artist who expresses her love of animals, nature, and psychology through her work. Based in Massachusetts, Anastasia builds her practice around observational, exploratory artworks.


A heavily textured painting of rain in the mountainsRain in the Mountains

 

I love the heavily layered, painterly aesthetic of Anastasia’s recent paintings – in many, the artist’s brush marks are confidently visible, creating a painting…

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Striking Abstractions by Diane Lounsberry-Williams


An abstract painting with tones of silver and redAura, acrylic on canvas

Artist Diane Lounsberry-Williams creates striking abstractions in acrylic, oil, and cold wax medium. Using these different media in a variety of combinations, the artist blends a sense of subtlety with great visual impact.

 


An abstract diptych made with oil and cold wax mediumChauvet, oil and cold wax medium on panels

 

Diane’s compositions have a heavy weight and presence to them, a presence due in part to the often dark or layered neutral colours and the…

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Geometric Forms: The Art Portfolio of Jorge Puron


A painting of geometric forms on a dark groundRecuerdos #6, acrylic on canvas

Jorge Puron’s artworks are monolithic, minimalist images that celebrate pure, focused colour, negative space, and geometric forms. Born in Mexico and now based in Texas, Jorge spends time collaborating with other artists living around the Mexico-U.S. border as well as working on his personal practice.


A stylized geometric painting of a mountainSierra Madre #1, acrylic on canvas

 

I adore the unapologetically bright colours that Jorge employs in…

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Architecture and Design: The Art Portfolio of Nadia Secreto


A drawing of a train stationSunalta Station, Calgary, AB, Prismacolor markers and Adobe Photoshop

Nadia Secreto is an artist who explores space and architecture, and how people relate to or are influenced by their environments. Nadia’s work often borrows from architecture and design, showcasing existing structures and imagining new ones.


A photo of an alley in VancouverIn between here and there, photograph

 

I quite enjoy the way that Nadia’s work blend sculptural or photographic…

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Adaptable Style: The Art Portfolio of Jeanne Kollée


A painting of a field of purple flowersWhen Lavender Whispers, oil on canvas

Jeanne Kollée paints and creates artworks in an impressively adaptable style. In her art portfolio, Jeanne explores visual aesthetics including impressionism, abstraction, and mythology, treating each with an enthusiastic, experimental approach.


A painting of some flowers spilling out of a large vaseFloral Portico, oil on canvas

In our previous feature of Jeanne’s colourful, changeable style, we looked at some of the artist’s impressionist and…

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Monolithic Abstract Forms: The Portfolio of Hiroyuki Hamada


A sculpture made from painted plaster#74, painted plaster

Hiroyuki Hamada was born in Tokyo and currently lives and works in East Hampton, New York. The artist produces works of sculpture, painting, and print that focus on monolithic abstract forms in black and white or neutral colour palettes.


A circular sculpture in black and white#64, enamel, oil, plaster, tar, and wax

 

Some of the artist’s sculptures remind me of large scale works by Martin Puryear. Like Puryear’s works, many of Hamada’s sculptures…

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The Photography Portfolio of Eric Deis


A photograph of a lone tree in a barren landscapeSpared, archival pigment print mounted on aluminum

Today’s feature is our very own Eric Deis. Eric’s photography portfolio is packed with bright, expansive photographs that capture multitudinous detail in refreshing clarity.


A photograph of a rotting boatRot, archival pigment print, mounted on aluminum

Looking through Eric’s portfolio, the artist’s cityscapes and nighttime scenes stand out. In our previous feature of Eric’s photography, we focused on these…

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Studio Sunday: Street Artist JR


A photo of street artist JR in his studio

 

This week’s Studio Sunday featured artist is JR. JR is a French photographer who’s become associated with street art and graffiti art movements by his large, blown-up black and white photographs that are often installed outdoors, in public spaces. The artist is very private about his real identity and is known only by his pseudonym.

 

JR’s studio looks quite sleek – I love the big bookshelf behind the artist, that looks like…

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Studio Sunday: April Gornik


A photo of April Gornik in her New York studio

 

April Gornik is a painter originally from Cleveland, Ohio. Gornik’s artworks focus on depictions of the American landscape, seen through a dreamlike lens that sometimes obscures or skews real-world views and appearances. The artist’s body of work addresses her country’s fraught history with and relationship to nature and the wilderness.  

 

Gornik’s studio space looks large and bright. The hardwood floors lend a beautiful…

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The Commission-Only Art Portfolio of Carmen Estrada


A painting of numerous figures congregating around an outdoor stagePergola

 

Carmen Estrada is an artist living and working in Mazatlan, Mexico. Carmen currently works on a commission-only basis, creating her artworks to the specifications of clients. The resulting paintings draw inspiration from art history, as well as the combined imaginations of Carmen and her clients.


A painting emulating Monet's water liliesNympheas

 

In our previous feature we looked at the way that many of Carmen’s works express the artist’s Latin heritage. Though…

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Abstract Colour: The Art Portfolio of Edward Bock


A monotype print with acrylic figures pasted over topFebruary Crossing IV, giclee print on canvas with hand-carved acrylic figures

Artist Edward Bock maintains an experimental, exploratory practice that focuses on a wide range of media and subject matter. Edward often combines figurative art styles with abstraction, sometimes rending figures with a loose, abstracted hand, other times inserting detailed figures into planes of abstract colour.


A giclee print with a group of carved figuresFebruary Crossing II, giclee print with…

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