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The Art Portfolio of Watercolour Painter Jane Crosby


A watercolour painting of a purple rhododendron flowerPurple Rhoddie, watercolour on cold-pressed paper

Jane Crosby is a watercolour painter based in British Columbia. The artist’s preferred subject matter encompasses flowers and plants from both the coastal landscape and the prairies, as well as still-life imagery, teacups, and other objects.


A watercolour painting of an oregano flowerOregano "Kent Beauty," watercolour on cold-pressed paper

Jane began painting full time after many years spent working in the healthcare sector.…

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Textured Mixed Media: The Art Portfolio of Kenn Raaf


A painting of an empty spot in a cityIn Memoriam, oil paint and New York Times clippings from 09/11/2001 on panel

Kenn Raaf creates dark, heavily textured mixed media works with subject matter ranging from the abstract to the macabre. The artist sometimes incorporates novel materials into his compositions, such as newspaper clippings, found objects, and elements of sculpture.


A three-dimensional portrait made with found objectsTeddy's Psalm, found items and mixed media

 

The gallery on Kenn’s art portfolio website…

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Ghostly Forms: The Art Portfolio of Theodora Allen


A painting of three candlesThe Triad, oil on linen

Theodora Allen is a Los Angeles-based artist who paints in oil on linen, creating subtle, ghostly forms that appear at once calculated and playful. The artist favors figurative subjects in her paintings, though she tends to avoid the human form, focusing instead on plant life, objects, and transient forms like fire and light.


A faded painting of a snake in dark huesThe Snake, No. 1, oil on linen

I find Allen’s use of colour in her works quite…

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Esoteric and Visceral: The Art Portfolio of John Douglas


A digitized image of light shining behind an oak treeVolumeric Light OAK

Filmmaker and mixed media artist John Douglas has built up a portfolio that spans decades and is packed with work both esoteric and visceral. John’s works often focus on social and economic issues sometimes in a frank way and other times with undercurrents of meaning that leave the exact message up for interpretation.


AUTO_WARMING

 

I find John’s work with computer imaging and digital modelling rather…

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The Portfolio of Interdisciplinary Artist Sonny Assu


A mixed media painting incorporating comic book fragmentsSNIKT, acrylic paint, acrylic ink, acrylic medium, Marvel comic book pages on panel

Sonny Assu is an interdisciplinary artist based in British Columbia. Sonny’s works combine motifs of west coast First Nations artwork with the contemporary imagery of video games, pop art, comic books, and branded packaging.


A mixed media artwork with elements of a Marvel comic bookGiant Sized Spectacular, #4, acrylic ink, Marvel comic book pages on Stonehenge paper

 

The artist’s recent series The…

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The Art Portfolio of Charles Gaines


A pixellated tree in complementary coloursNumbers and Trees, Central Park, Series I: Tree #7, Katelyn, acrylic, inkjet print and plexiglass

Charles Gaines is a California artist who has spent much of his life producing drawings, installations, and media artworks that deliberately remove evidence of the artist’s hand. Gaines’ works are firmly conceptual, and unconcerned with era-specific political or social implications.


An acrylic and inkjet work depicting a treeNumbers and Trees, Central Park, Series 1: Tree #8,…

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Paintings of Animals: The Portfolio of Jennifer Sparacino


A painting of a black bear in a treeLittle Blue Bear, acrylic on canvas

Jennifer Sparacino creates intensely vibrant paintings of animals. Based in Chilliwack, BC, Jennifer’s subject matter includes local animals like rabbits and bears, as well as inhabitants of tropical locales like tigers and colourful birds.


A long painting of a tiger in the jungleJungle With Tiger, acrylic on canvas

 

I really enjoy the sense of focus in Jennifer’s artworks. The artist’s paintings manage to look wildly energetic even…

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Studio Sunday: Ralph Steadman


A photograph of Ralph Steadman's art studio

 

British artist Ralph Steadman is perhaps best known for his illustrations made to accompany several volumes of writing by Hunter S. Thompson, including the critically acclaimed novel Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Steadman is a prolific artist, however, and has been making work in a variety of realms for decades.

 

The artist apparently tends to work by splashing paint randomly on a piece of art paper, then drawing lines over the…

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Photographic Abstractions: The Portfolio of Richard R. Ashby


A close-up photograph of a mineral formationUntitled

 

Artist Richard R. Ashby uses the world around him to create bright photographs and photographic abstractions. The artist’s work explores colour and composition, and often utilizes floral forms.


A photograph of white orchids close upLycaste -- Concentration

 

Richard’s series of rock and mineral abstractions are beautiful – and fascinating. In extreme close-ups, the veins and planes of colour in mineral formations appear as flowing, splashy abstractions.…

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Headlines: Glasgow, Salvator Mundi, Shell

1) Glasgow School of Art Still Gutted Months After Fire


A photo of the 2018 fire at the Glasgow School of Art

 

Local residents are still displaced and undergraduate students are facing an uncertain start to the semester a few months after a large fire did significant damage to the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland. The fire, which originated in the school’s Mackintosh building, caused extensive destruction, casting debris and flames over a space of several blocks. With the start of the…

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Abstract Compositions: An Art Portfolio by Allyson Malek


A geometric artwork made with cut strips of painted paperChopstix 1, acrylic on Arches watercolour paper

Allyson Malek explores colour contrast and harmony in her mixed media art portfolio. The artist paints with acrylic and mixed media on paper and canvas, creating abstract compositions that vary from blended and serene, to bright, detailed and poppy.


An abstract painting with bright, confetti-like coloursSplash I, acrylic on canvas

 

In our previous feature of Allyson’s bright, bubbly abstract art, we looked at the artist’s recent works…

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Angels and Mythology: An Art Portfolio by Peter Mohrbacher


A digital painting of an angel with an obscured faceThe Lament of Sathariel

Peter Mohrbacher is a Chicago-based artist and designer who creates beautiful digital paintings and prints based on the idea of angels and mythology.


A digital painting of a plantlike figureSuchlaph, Angel of Verdency

Mohrbacher’s series of angels offer a fascinating update on classical subject matter. The artist infuses each digital painting with elements that seem straight from classical paintings, along with the cybernetic, the futuristic, and the…

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Minimal Lines: The Design Portfolio of Joel Yatscoff


A product design for a sleek burn kitTokyo Smoke Burn Kit (collaboration with Hiku brands)

Joel Yatscoff is a product designer who lives and works in Toronto. As a designer Joel favours sleek, minimal lines, sparing use of colour, and an approachable overall aesthetic.


A product design for a freshening mistTokyo Smoke Cloud Mist (collaboration with Hiku Brands)

 

Joel’s recent designs for products in a medical and cosmetic vein are pleasantly modern and impactful. Recently, the artist worked with Hiku to…

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Urban Landscapes: The Art Portfolio of Nicole Richards


A painting of birds on a wire in front of the moonHalf Moon Balance

Nicole Richards’ studio art practice centers on celebrating the wonder and awe that comes with immersing oneself in the natural world. Nicole’s artworks often depict birds and other animals in habitats that intersect with urban landscapes.


A painting of a baby deer on wood panelUntitled

 

I love the way that Nicole incorporates the look and feel of raw wood into her artworks by using uncoated panels as substrate – the occasional wood grain texture…

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An Art Portfolio of Cityscapes and Florals: Allen Wittert


An abstracted painting of a city streetMediterranean

Allen Wittert is a painter who works in a blocky, abstracted style, rendering his subjects in planes of bright colour and heavy, confident lines. The artist’s portfolio features human figures as well as cityscapes and florals.


A painting of an abstracted cityscapeCity of sails, acrylic

 

I really enjoy Allen’s bombastic painting style – the works in his art portfolio are all imbued with a vibrant sense of energy that’s almost contagious. I feel more…

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