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Blended Landscapes and Florals: Art by Frank Kusch

A painting of abstracted, blended flowersCome Find Me, oil on canvas

Frank Kusch is a Canadian painter who works in both oil and acrylic. The artist specializes in abstracted, blended landscapes and florals exploring the limits of perception. 


A painting of flowers with orange and warm tonesYou Think You Know Flowers, oil on canvas

 

I really enjoy the way that Frank combines abstraction with figurative modes of painting. Many of the artist’s images are composed to offer just enough detail to suggest a scene of landscape…

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Simple, Sleek Compositions: Furniture by Enrique Morales

A hand-made console table with wood and glass elementsCurly maple, wenge, and glass console table

Enrique Morales is a woodworker and designer who produces beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture and art through his studio, Madera Fina. The artist’s creations have a modern aesthetic to them, emphasizing simple, sleek compositions and the contrast between natural wood grain and the more uniform textures of glass or metal. 


A bench made from walnut and metalWanut Angle Finger Joint Bench

 

I really like the way that…

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Layers of Pigment: The Art Portfolio of Timothy J. Sullivan

A painting made using splashes of coloured paintBy Day or Night It Is Done, mixed media on paper

Timothy J. Sullivan is a self-taught artist who works in a subtractive method -- that is, he applies thick layers of pigment to a canvas or other substrate, then removes them strategically, scraping away media to reveal new and interesting abstract visuals. 


A painting with warm orange tones and heavy black abstract detailsSurvivors, acrylic on canvas

 

It’s really interesting to look through Timothy’s art portfolio and see the myriad ways that his…

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Inside the Art Studio of William N. Copley

A photo of William N. Copley in his art studio

 

Our Studio Sunday featured artist this week is William N. Copley. The adopted son of a newspaper tycoon, Copley became an artist after returning from combat in World War II. The artist was introduced to surrealism by a family friend in the mid-1940s, and fell in love with the art form, opening a short-lived set of galleries dedicated to surrealism, and collecting many important works. Copley’s own career as a painter lasted through…

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A Portfolio of Abstract Imagery by Nathalie Gribinski

An abstract painting using bright primary coloursAvalanche, acrylic on canvas

Nathalie Gribinski is an artist, draftsman, and graphic designer based in the United States. In her personal artistic practice, Nathalie creates mostly abstract imagery, infusing her works with ideas of generosity, humour, and positive emotion. 


An abstracted painting with suggestions of floral and plant formsBlue Man and Flowers, acrylics on canvas

 

I find Nathalie’s Tourlicoulis works particularly interesting. The artist explains that Tourlicoulis is an invented…

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Emphasizing the Process: The Art of Timothy Innamorato

A painting of a bridge in morning lightmorning light, oil on canvas

Timothy Innamorato is a Brooklyn-based painter who works in a thoughtful, sometimes surreal style, emphasizing the process and emotion of painting more than a specific visual outcome. The artist’s works are realistic, with an eye for softened blending and just enough detail to make a scene feel tangible. 


A painting of a face with an abstract pattern layered over topUntitled

 

I really like the way that Timothy’s painting style carries through his portfolio, in…

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The Performative Portfolio of Tanya Lukin Linklater

A photo of a dance performance held in a space with sculptural objectsA song, a felt structure: We are putting ourselves back together again

Tanya Lukin Linklater is a video and performance artist whose works combine elements of institutional critique and spatial awareness with discussions of sociopolitical issues, particularly issues concerning Indigenous peoples. The artist’s works are often collaborative, and work off of other performers, as well as gallery spaces and the objects therein. 


A photo of a dance performance in a gallery spaceWe wear…

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Abstract Paintings and Drawings by Arjan Janssen

A painting with tones of grey, black, and whiteNimmt, oil on canvas

Arjan Janssen creates abstract paintings and drawings that celebrate colour and large, confident brush marks. The artist was born in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, and has exhibited throughout Europe and the United States.  


An abstract mixed media drawingAprutino uno, mixed media on paper

 

Some of the artist’s paintings remind me of works by Gerhard Richter -- Janssen’s works appear similarly layered with massive brush marks and a kind of…

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Surreal, Narrative Installations by Christina A. West

A photo of an installation featuring abstract forms and realistic human sculpturesUnscene, installation view at Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, Birmingham, AL

Christina A. West is an Atlanta-based sculptor. In her current practice, the artist uses highly realistic, life-sized sculptures of human figures to build surreal, narrative installations. The combination of lifelike sculpture and minimalist abstract elements creates striking visuals that draw the viewer in for a closer look. 


A view of an art installation with green walls and realistic figuresScreen, installation…

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Sculptural Assemblages: The Art Portfolio of Gary Eleinko

A sculptural assemblage featuring branches, stones, and other natural elementsRemnants, oil on wood, rock, branches

Gary Eleinko is a Detroit-based artist who works in a mixture of two and three-dimensional media, producing works that are as much paintings as they are constructed, sculptural assemblages


A painting of trees with a spring atmosphereSpring Awakening, oil on paper

 

I really enjoy the artist’s use of plants and floral motifs. There’s a lush, almost tropical atmosphere running throughout Gary’s prolific body of work, enforced by shades…

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Inside the Art Studio of Nayland Blake

A photo of Nayland Blake at his apartment turned museum and studio

 

Nayland Blake is a New York-based artist and educator whose work is performative and multifaceted, usually centering on conversations around queer identity and politics. The artist also frequently deals with themes of a taboo nature, including hedonism, masochism, and other facets of kink. 

 

Blake’s “studio”, pictured above, is also the apartment that they have lived in for many years. Blake is not only an artist, but a…

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Coastal British Columbia: Painting by Thomas Kero

A pencil drawing of a treeCoastal Giant, pencil and india ink on paper

Thomas Kero is an artist originally from Vancouver, and now based in the Heiltsuk village of Bella Bella, on BC’s westernmost coastline. In his practice, Thomas is primarily a painter, capturing the landscape of coastal British Columbia with an aesthetic that hearkens to the Group of Seven.


A painting of a raven sitting in a treeRaven's Call, oil on canvas
 

I really love Thomas’ series of Crows and Ravens. The works in this…

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Large-Scale Sculptural Installations by Baptiste Debombourg

A photo of a sculptural installation featuring rocks and glass fragmentsRheology

Baptiste Debombourg is a French artist who works in a variety of media, specializing in large-scale sculptural installations that alter the gallery space, or outdoor venues. In his work, Debombourg seeks to understand human actions, successful and unsuccessful, as well as exploring the place and purpose of art in today’s world. 


An installation view of a room-filling glass sculpturemaitère noir

 

I really enjoy the monumental, epic quality to the artist’s installations, many…

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Gesturally Figurative: The Art Portfolio of Dick Roberts

An oil painting with an abstracted, ladder-like formThe Ladder, oil and mixed media on canvas

Dick Roberts is an artist from Durham and now based in Wilmington, North Carolina. In his artistic practice, Dick works in a style that ranges from totally abstract to gesturally figurative. The artist adapts his style expertly to different media and subjects. 


A collage made with a body-print paintingTorso or So III, collage

 

It’s really interesting to see an artist with such a wide range of media in their portfolio. Though it…

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Collaboration and Interactivity: The Art of M. Simon Levin

A photo of an installation using a cart of booksWhispering Volumes (installation view at Surrey Public Library)

M. Simon Levin is an artist based in Vancouver, BC. In his practice, Simon interrogates public and social systems through a lens of collaboration and interactivity. Many of the artists works have a performative aspect to them, and utilize shared spaces to ask and answer conceptual questions. 


An installation view of a collaborative conceptual artworkMappings and Musings

 

Many of Simon’s works involve collectives of individuals…

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