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Inside the Art Studio of Jia Aili

A photo of Jia Aili in his studio

 

Jia Aili was born in Liaoning, China, and studied oil painting at the Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts in Shenyang. In his current practice, Aili creates large-scale paintings that borrow forms and techniques from classic Western painting styles while maintaining an overall aesthetic that’s thoroughly contemporary.

 

The artist’s studio, pictured above, has a very industrial look to it -- though there are no windows to speak of, the…

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Inside the Art Studio of Peter Saul


A photograph of Peter Saul's studio in Germantown, New York

 

This week we’re taking a look inside the art studio of Peter Saul. Saul was born in San Francisco in the 1930s, and studied at the California School of Fine Arts in the early 1950s. During and following this artistic education, Saul became known for his wildly colourful, pop-surrealist paintings that have situated him as one of the pioneers of modern pop art.

 

Saul’s studio looks rather austere in this image -- or it would,…

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Inside the Art Studio of Joan Jonas


A photo of Joan Jonas' loft studio in SoHo, New York

 

This Sunday, let’s take a step into the studio space of Joan Jonas! The artist was born in 1936 in New York, NY, and studied art history, sculpture, drawing, and choreography. Throughout her career, Jonas has been combining these disciplines and more, producing works of performance, film, installation, and large-scale sculpture.

 

Jonas’ studio space is also her home -- a loft space in SoHo, New York. The space overall looks…

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Inside the Textile Art Studio of Diedrick Brackens


A photo of textile artist Diedrick Brackens working on his loom

 

This Sunday, we’re looking at the art studio of Diedrick Brackens. Brackens is a textile artist who draws on traditional methods of weaving and fabric-making to comment on issues of sociopolitics, black history, and cultural identity. Through his work with the traditionally “feminine” craft of textile weaving, Brackens addresses ideas of masculinity through the lens of his identity as a queer man, as well as challenging notions…

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Inside the Painting Studio of Robert S. Neuman

A photo of Robert S. Neuman at work in his studio

 

This Sunday, let’s look back at the studio space of American painter Robert S. Neuman. Neuman was known for expressive works of abstraction that utilized bright colours and, often, rounded geometric elements. The artist studied in California and taught at the California School of Fine Arts while working on his practice.

 

The artist’s studio is filled with a kind of chaotic energy in this image. It’s fun to see Neuman lurking…

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Inside the Illustration Studio of David Macaulay

A photo of David Macaulay working in his studio

 

It’s Sunday, so let’s take a look inside the studio of illustrator David Macaulay. Macaulay was born in the UK and is now based in Vermont, USA. In his artistic practice Macaulay produces illustration for non-fiction subject matter as well as children’s books and other literature.

 

Macaulay’s studio appears bright and airy -- it has the overall aesthetic that one might associate with a classic, academic-type illustration…

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Inside the Art Studio of Austin Lee

A photo of Austin Lee in his art studio

 

Austin Lee lives and works in New York, where he creates bright airbrushed paintings of figures that often carry a mask of childlike innocence while hinting at darker themes. The artist often works with digital media to sketch and plan his paintings -- recently he’s moved to using VR technology to augment his studio practice and visualize future paintings.

 

Lee’s studio is bombastically colourful -- it reminds me a bit of the…

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Inside the Art Studio of Stanley Whitney

A photo of artist Stanley Whitney in his studio

 

Stanley Whitney was born in Philadelphia in the 1940s and began producing artwork in the 70s. The artist is best known for his colourful grid paintings, in which square or slightly rectangular planes of bright colour are painted in orderly bands across the entire surface of a canvas.

 

Whitney’s studio looks clean, but not stark. There’s enough going on to maintain an inviting overall aesthetic for the place, though it seems…

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Inside the Art Studio of Hans Hofmann

A photo of Hans Hoffman working in his studio

 

Hans Hofmann was born in Germany in the late 1800s, and became involved in the European avant-garde art scene before coming to the United States in the early 1930s. The artist was based in New York during the latter half of his career, and enjoyed notoriety as part of the inception of the American Abstract Expressionism movement.

 

The artist himself looks quite energetic in this photograph, even in a relatively small studio space.…

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Studio Sunday: Annie Morris


A photo of Annie Morris at work in her artist studio

 

Our studio artist feature this week is Annie Morris. Morris is known in the UK and abroad for her “stack sculptures” -- tall, totem-pole esque abstract works like the ones pictured in the above image. The artist’s studio is located in East London.

 

Morris’ studio space looks incredibly bright and bubbly in this photograph. Quite literally, the studio space is packed with large, bubble-esque sculptures that remind me of…

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Studio Sunday: Idris Kahn

A photo of Idris Kahn working in his studio in 2017

 

Today’ studio feature is London-based artist Idris Kahn. Kahn is known for abstracted artworks that exist between media, blending techniques of photography, sculpture, and painting to form art objects that are both technical fascinating and emotionally captivating.

 

The artist often works with elements of found imagery and text, scanning, photographing, and otherwise manipulating well-known paintings, sheet music, and texts and…

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Studio Sunday: Ann Wood

A photo of the artist Ann Wood in her home studio

 

Our studio Sunday artist this week is Brooklyn-based textile artist Ann Wood. The artist is currently based in a home studio space, where she produces works that are as much fine art as they are craft. The artist’s practice encompasses small patchwork textile pieces -- dolls, sewn and stuffed animals, and botanical specimens -- and Wood also teachers others the techniques for producing similar works.

 

Wood’s studio is based in…

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Art Studio: John Phillip Osborne

The artist John Phillip Osborne at work in his studio

 

This week’s studio Sunday artist is John Phillip Osborne. Osborne was born in New Jersey in the 1950s and has produced a far-reaching body of classical oil paintings throughout his long artistic career. The artist is best known for sweeping landscapes and paintings that capture historical subject matter.

 

John Phillip Osborne’s studio space looks ornate and pleasantly cluttered, like an antique library or study. The numerous…

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Studio Sunday: Nicolas de Stael

A photo of Nicolas de Stael in his art studio

 

Nicolas De Stael was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia, in 1914, to a high-ranking military family. The artist’s family was forced to flee Russia in 1919, and as an adult De Stael later relocated to Nice, France, where he began to produce art alongside numerous contemporaries. The artist is best known for his heavy application of paint and highly abstracted landscapes, though he worked in a variety of media.

 

De Stael’s studio…

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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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