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The Art Portfolio of Lek Chan

A painting of a female bust with glitched-out detailsGlitch 03

Lek Chan is an illustrator and painter based in Taiwan. In addition to an illustration practice, Lek also produces work with other digital media, including games. The artist’s illustrative works frequently feature detailed human figures and faces, interrupted and interacting with abstract geometric planes.


A portrait of a young woman with geometric shapes intersecting the faceVertices 02

 

The first thing I notice about Lek’s works is that the artist paints digitally, yet the resulting works…

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The Art Portfolio of Tania Willard

A diptych image of two faces wearing 3-D glassesUntitled (from series Disparity)

Tania Willard is an artist from the Secwepemc Nation of south central British Columbia. In her artistic practice, Tania probes the ways in which Aboriginal and other cultures are interconnected, often utilizing public and outdoor spaces, as well as human participants in her works.


A photo of a fast food meal sculpted using traditional Secwepemc basket weaving techniquesThe Combo (from series Disparity), cedar root, birchbark, coloured transparency, plastic tray

 

I like the physical presence…

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The Art Portfolio of Kelly Leichert

A painting with bright colours and heavy outlinesThe Return

Kelly Leichert is a Saskatchewan-based artist who works in a variety of media, including acrylic, pencil, ink, charcoal, and even some digital media. The artist has a background in the architectural field, having worked as a draftsman.


A painting of a chokecherry plant seen up closeChokecherry Mosaic, oil on canvas

 

I appreciate the mosaic, stained-glass aesthetic of many of Kelly’s paintings. Plant life seems to be a subject that the artist is drawn toward, and…

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Pueblo Pottery: The Portfolio of Madeline E. Naranjo

A fired clay pot carved with imagery of people and objectsUntitled

Madeline E. Naranjo is a ceramic artist based in Santa Clara, New Mexico. In her practice, Madeline creates works in the Pueblo pottery style, building up a variety of vessels by hand-shaping and carving clay, before firing and painting.


A hand-carved ceramic vessel with curved lines and a polished black surfaceMelonball

 

The artist’s finished pottery works are beautifully smooth and shiny. Each vessel has a strong presence, and the artist’s hand-carved detailing and monochromatic paints and…

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The Art Portfolio of Karen Rovner

An abstracted painting with a ghostly figureCourage To, pumice, oil, oil stick, paper, wax medium

Karen Rovner currently works in a studio in North Andover, Massachusetts. Her artwork represents an intuitive style of painting, with the artist often beginning her works without a plan, and using her aesthetic instincts to produce each composition.


An abstract painting made with blocks in dark neutral tonesAfter the Election, oil, cold wax

I find the mixture of abstraction and figuration in Karen’s portfolio quite interesting. The artist…

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Studio Sunday: Jane Freilicher

 

A photo of Jane Freilicher at work in her studio

 

Jane Freilicher was born in Brooklyn in 1924 and spent most of her life in New York. The artist was active during the height of the American abstract expressionist period in the 1950s and 60s, though she was best known for her figurative works depicting city and farm landscapes.

 

I love the huge windows in Freilicher’s studio space. It looks like the artist is working on a fairly high floor of the building, as the windows…

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Fujiwara Art Inc.: The Art Portfolio of Kim Fujiwara

A painting of a family of Native American people in the American old westPainting Faces, oil

Kim Fujiwara has been honing his painting and illustration skills for decades at his personal studio, Fujiwara Art Inc. In his practice, Kim creates beautifully realistic, painterly images of human figures and landscapes.


A painting of a woman in a corset standing in front of a mirrorBianca's Saloon, oil

 

As we saw in our previous feature of Kim’s work, we looked at the artist’s penchant for smooth, skillful portraiture. The conventions that the artist employs in his…

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The Art Portfolio of Ceramic Sculptor Leanne Schnepp

A bust sculpture of a figure with flowers growing from their headRenewal, stoneware clay, glazed and stained, with stucco and steel

Leanne Schnepp is a ceramic sculptor currently based in Michigan. In her practice, Leanne produces figurative artworks, often centering around the human body, animals, myths, and legends.


A stoneware clay bust of Frida KahloFrida Kahlo, stoneware clay, glazed and stained

 

I really enjoy looking through Leanne’s portfolio and observing the coherent, unique style that she’s developed. Though the…

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The Art Portfolio of Mareo Rodriguez


A sculpture made up of a sculpted panel on a wallUntitled

Mareo Rodriguez is an artist based in Barcelona, Spain. In his current artistic practice, Rodriguez seeks to explore, define, and push the boundaries of natural formations, borrowing aesthetics and compositional themes from mountains and rocks.


A sculpture made up of several square bricks sculpted like rocksUntitled

 

I really enjoy the way that the artist translates the look and feel of a rock formation into a gallery artwork. Rodrigues produces sculptures, paintings, and installations,…

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Human Experience: The Art Portfolio of Shawn Olin Jordan

A still from a conceptual art video exploring an alien caveCaves of Detritus (video still)

Shawn Olin Jordan is an interdisciplinary artist whose work seeks to unravel and examine the vast and varied nature of human experience. Shawn’s portfolio is, as such, multi-faceted, including performance, painting, installation, and everything in between.


A digital photo close-up of painted, crumpled paperSubterranean Circus V, digital photograph

 

I’m intrigued by Shawn’s recent project Caves of Detritus -- in this five minute video, the viewer is…

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The Art Portfolio of Mernet Larsen

A painting of two adult figures looking down at a babyAw, acrylic, tracing paper, and oil on canvas

Mernet Larsen is a painter based in both Jackson Heights, New York, and Tampa, Florida. In Florida, Larsen is a Professor Emeritus at the University of South Florida. Larsen’s decades-spanning painting practice centers on depictions of the human figure with a distinctly narrative and highly stylized aesthetic.


A painting of several black-clad figures carrying a body wrapped in red clothIcon, acrylic, tracing paper, and oil on canvas

 

I really enjoy the way that…

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The Art Portfolio of Jeff Grassie


An artwork made with carved found wood and other materialsTempest, mixed media

Jeff Grassie is an artist based in Haverhill, Massachusetts. A self-taught artist, Jeff utilizes a range of highly tactile materials including wood and metal in his artworks, creating assemblages, sculptures, and wall-hanging pieces that are as much about their subjects as they are about the materiality of the artist’s media.


A sculpture of a fish made from salvaged wood and metalSomething Fishy, salvaged wood and metal

 

I really like the look and feel of Jeff’s…

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Volume and Shadow: The Art Portfolio of Laurie J. Cochrane

A painting of a path to the oceanPath to the Ocean

Laurie J. Cochrane is a painter, photographer, and ceramicist who captures landscapes and abstracted natural views. The artist paints with a focus on colour and form, utilizing the natural texture of oil paint as a way to build up volume and shadow in an image.


A painting of the moon rising over the outbackSuper moon over outback

The artist herself cites Tom Thomson and other Group of Seven artists as an influence to her painting style. I think this influence is…

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Studio Sunday: Georges Braque

A photo of Georges Braque in his art studio

 

Georges Braque was a French painter, sculptor, and artist in various other media who was active in the first half of the 20th century. Braque is often credited with being a part of the Fauvist movement, and is noted for his later paintings that helped popularize the cubist art style.

 

I like the look of Braque’s studio here. The first thing my eye is drawn to is the set of paintbrushes lined up on the floor in front of the…

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Studio Sunday: Heather Dewey-Hagborg

A photo of Heather Dewey-Hagborg at work in her studio

 

Heather Dewey-Hagborg is a New York-based artist who works with human DNA. The artist extracts genetic material from discarded cigarette butts and chewing gum on the streets of the city and uses the resulting data to approximate the faces of the gum-chewers and smokers.

 

Dewey-Hagborg has a background in science, and the nature of her practice means that much of her work is done in a lab. The actual extraction and sequencing of the…

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