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Studio Sunday: Rana Begum

A photo of Rana Begum at work in her studio

 

Rana Begum was born in Bangladesh and now lives and works in London, England. The artist is known for her colourful geometric artworks that draw on patterns and shapes found in traditional Islamic art and architecture.

 

Rana’s studio looks like a very productive space -- It also looks beautifully clean. The artist’s style of working seems to lend itself to a kind of mass production, like the small pieces pictured here that use…

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Studio Sunday: Michael Arntz


A photo of Michael Arntz working on a pottery piece in his studio

 

Ceramic sculptor Michael Arntz is our Studio Sunday feature this week! Arntz is best known for creating ceramic artworks on a monumental scale, building artistic compositions from massive amounts of clay. The artist is best known for his monumental artworks that combine architectural forms with those more organically-inspired.   

 

Arntz shares a studio space with Penny Arntz, though it looks like the space pictured above is…

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Studio Sunday: Milla Eastwood


A photo of Milla Eastwood working in her studio

 

This week’s Studio Sunday artist is Milla Eastwood. Eastwood is an artist based in Brixton, London, known for abstract paintings that use a bright and varied colour palette. The artist’s works often incorporate not only planes of bright colour and occasional line-art, but pieces of painted canvas that have been cut and pasted in a collage-like fashion.

 

Seeing the artist sitting on the floor like this gives me the impression…

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Studio Sunday: Joel Shapiro


A photo of sculptor Joel Shapiro in his studio

 

This week’s Studio Sunday feature is Sculptor Joel Shapiro. Shapiro, an American artist, is best known for his works that utilize relatively uniform rectangular shapes to build up dynamic figures and compositions.

 

Shapiro began to receive critical acclaim for his works in the 1970s and 80s, and much of his work reflects the aesthetics of minimalism, an art movement that came to prominence in the mid 20th century in America, and…

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Studio Sunday: Elijah Burgher


A photo of artist Elijah Burgher in his studio

 

American artist Elijah Burgher addresses themes of queer identity and sexuality through the lens of appropriated occult imagery. The artist’s works often take the form of small drawings and prints, but Burgher is also known for his larger-scale paintings made on drop-cloth material.

 

Burgher’s studio is dramatically lit – dark and shadowed -- in this photo. The painting behind the artist (one of the aforementioned drop-cloth…

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Studio Sunday: Jesse Darling


A photo of Jesse Darling working in their studio

 

This week we take a look inside the studio of Jesse Darling. Darling is a U.K.-based artist who works in a range of ephemeral media including performance and film, as well as sculpture and installation. Darling’s work addresses intersecting ideas of gender, identity, and physicality.

 

Darling’s studio looks quite bright in this photo. Various art materials are strewn throughout the space and there’s not much furniture to…

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Studio Sunday: Misaki Kawai


A photo of Misaki Kawai's art studio

 

It’s Studio Sunday, so let’s take a look inside the studio of Misaki Kawai. Kawai is a Japanese artist originally from Kagawa Prefecture. The artist is known for her bright, cartoonish artwork that utilizes elements of what could be called naive style or heta-uma, a style of manga art that appears simplistic or “poorly drawn” but focuses on evoking emotion and expression more than realistic detail.

 

Kawai’s studio appears…

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Studio Sunday: Joan Brown


A photo of Joan Brown with friends in her studio

 

Our Studio Sunday artist for the week is Joan Brown. Joan Brown was a painter and sculptor based in Northern California. While the artist began her career experimenting with abstraction in the early 1960s, she quickly moved on to a largely figurative practice though she would continue to vary her style over the years.  

 

Brown is pictured here in her studio with a group of friends. (Brown is in a white shirt on the far right.)…

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Studio Sunday: Valérie Blass

 


A photo of the studio of Valerie Blass

 

Today’s Studio artist, Valérie Blass, was born in Montreal and still lives there, producing works of loosely figurative sculpture. Blass uses her sculpture to explore both the physical, formal aspects of her subjects, and the nature of the various art historical moments that she touches on and references in her practice. Her works use negative space in an interesting and very present manner – the artist tends to build her…

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Studio Sunday: Sharyl Boyle


A photo of Sharyl Boyle in her studio

 

This week’s Studio Sunday artist is Sharyl Boyle. Boyle was born in Scarborough, Ontario, and currently lives and works in Toronto. The artist is known for her work in a range of media, including sculpture, painting, drawing, and even performance art. The artist’s sculptures are figurative in a surreal way, with Boyle using vividly painted ceramics to bring her imagination to life.

 

Boyle’s studio is wonderfully bright, and…

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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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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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Studio Sunday: Ellen Kozak


A photograph of Ellen Kozak's art studio

 

Ellen Kozak is a painter and multimedia artist who currently lives and works in New York state. In her artwork, Kozak explores themes of perception and impression, creating artworks that visually express many different facets of perception, from light and colour, to sound and texture.

 

The first thing I notice, looking at this picture of Kozak’s studio, is the view. The artist’s New York studio looks right out onto the Hudson…

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Studio Sunday: Jeffrey Gibson


A photo of Jeffrey Gibson at work in his studio

 

Jeffrey Gibson is a painter and sculptor who currently lives and works in New York. The artist was born in Colorado and spent time living in both Germany and Korea in his youth, leading to an interesting blend of cultural influences in his artwork. A frequent motif in the artist’s work is also Gibson’s Choctaw-Cherokee heritage.

 

Gibson’s dog appears to be keeping him company in the studio in this photo – it’s an image…

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