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Inside the Art Studio of Amy Sherald

A photo of artist Amy Sherald at work in her studio

 

Amy Sherald is a painter based in Baltimore, Maryland. The artist specializes in portraiture, and has become well-known in recent years for her official portrait of Michelle Obama. The artist tends to work from photographs, often photos that she has taken herself, of various people including friends, strangers, and, in the case of the former First Lady, public figures. 

 

Sherald’s studio looks very spacious in this photo, and…

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Inside the Art Studio of Joan Mitchell

A photo of Joan Mitchell standing in her painting studio

 

Joan Mitchell was born in Chicago, Illinois, and studied at the Chicago Art Institute, honing her skills for abstract painting and printmaking. Mitchell is widely remembered as a member of the American abstract expressionist movement of the mid 20th century, despite the fact that for much of her career she lived in France. 

 

Mitchell’s studio space looks basic in this photo; almost utilitarian. I don’t see much else in the…

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Inside the Art Studio of Ron Nagle

A photo of sculptor Ron Nagle in his studio

 

Our Studio Sunday feature this week is Ron Nagle. Nagle is an American ceramic sculptor, as well as a musician. In his artistic practice, Nagle is known for small-scale ceramic works that boast a significant amount of detail and a wide palette of bright, saturated colours. The artist has been based in California for much of his life and career, and his works are influenced by West Coast surf and hotrod culture. 

 

From the looks of…

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Inside the Art Studio of Anthony Caro

A photograph of Anthony Caro working in his studio

 

Anthony Caro was an English sculptor who worked primarily with metal, using both fabricated pieces and industrial scrap to produce large-scale artworks. Though Caro got his start in modernist sculpture studying under Henry Moore in the 1950s, he quickly moved into producing his own abstract sculptures, for which he was lauded during his career. 

 

Caro’s sculpture studio was made for the production of large-scale works, like,…

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Inside the Art Studio of Simone Leigh

A photo of artist Simone Leigh in a sculpture studio

 

Our Studio Sunday feature this week is Simone Leigh. Leigh is a multimedia artist and sculptor originally from Chicago who now lives and works primarily in New York. The artist’s practice deals with themes of ethnic and personal identity, combining elements of feminism with a focus on African art and performance.

 

The artist is pictured here at Stratton Sculpture Studios, a Philadelphia foundry where she was producing works in…

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Inside the Art Studio of Tschabalala Self

A photo of artist Schabalala Self in her art studio

 

Tschabalala Self is an American artist who uses a variety of materials -- including re-worked sections of previous paintings -- to create her works. Self is known for stylized depictions of black female figures, combining a sense of symbolism with slice-of-life realism. 

 

Self’s studio pictured above looks pleasantly chaotic. Everywhere you look in this photo, there are multiple details and hints at the sort of work that’s…

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Inside the Art Studio of Inka Essenhigh

A photo of artist Inka Essenhigh in her studio

 

This week’s studio feature is Inka Essenhigh, an American painter currently based in New York. The artist is known for surrealist paintings that blend rich, voluminous abstraction with pop-art-esque suggestions of figures. 

 

I like the way that Essenhigh’s studio mimics a gallery space -- the white walls jut into the space, holding one painting each, the works hung with geometric expertise. I wonder if these paintings are…

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Inside the Art Studio of Friends With You

A photo of art duo Friends With You in their studio

 

Today we’re taking a look inside the studio of Friends With You, a collaborative art project that is the brainchild of Samuel Borkson and Arturo Sandoval III. The duo have been collaborating since 2002, producing artworks in a range of media and styles under the mission of bringing “magic, luck, and friendship™” to the masses. 

 

The Friends With You studio looks like an appropriately fun place. Though it is a large, grey…

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Inside the Art Studio of Curtis "Talwst" Santiago

A photo of Curtis Tawst Santiago at work in his studio

 

This week’s Studio Sunday artist is Curtis “Talwst” Santiago. Santiago is originally from Vancouver, BC, where he originally began making his artworks as a diversion from his music career. The artist has become known for his sculptural dioramas built inside of ring boxes, often depicting complex, multi-figure scenes and tableaux. 

 

Santiago’s studio has the look of a hobby space -- the artist could easily be painting a…

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Inside the Art Studio of Keith Sonnier

A photo of Keith Sonnier's art studio

 

This week, let’s take a look inside the studio of Keith Sonnier. Sonnier was born in Louisiana and began experimenting with novel art methods and materials in the 1960s. The artist quickly became enamored with the medium of neon, and has since produced countless works that place neon in new and fascinating configurations and contexts. 

 

Sonnier’s studio looks like an art installation in its own right here -- the space is…

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Inside the Art Studio of Torey Thornton

A photo of Torey Thornton at work in their Brooklyn studio

 

This week’s Studio Sunday feature is Torey Thornton. Thornton is an artist based in Brooklyn who works in a variety of media including paint, industrial materials, and sometimes found objects, blending layers of philosophy and political thinking with relatively simple, often striking and sometimes darkly humorous visual manifestations. 

 

Thornton’s studio space looks spacious and brightly lit here. It reminds me of the New…

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Inside the Art Studio of Paul Klee

A photo of Paul Klee's studio in Germany

 

This week’s Studio Sunday artist is Paul Klee. Klee was a Swiss-born German artist whose work has been categorized as part of the Expressionist, Surrealist, and Cubist movements. The artist was noted for works that reflected a certain sense of dry humour and playfulness, even framed in the context of the Bauhaus school and its strict ideals for design and architecture. 

 

The studio pictured above was located at the Bauhaus,…

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Inside the Studio of Mike Cloud

A photo of painter Mike Cloud in his art studio

 

Mike Cloud is a Chicago-based artist who works in painting, sculpture, collage, and mixed media. The artist's works, though primarily abstract, are often bluntly political and critical of traditionally Western styles modes of representation that are pervasive in the fine art world. 

 

There's not too much to see of the artist's studio in this image. Cloud is pictured sitting among several paintings, close to them, as though the…

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Inside the Art Studio of Chiharu Shiota

A photo of artist Chiharu Shiota working in her Berlin studio

 

Chiharu Shiota is a Japanese artist currently based in Berlin. The artist's current body of work comprises sculptural installations that combine complex, woven abstract forms with found and collected household objects such as keys, suitcases, bits of metal hardware. The artist's vast works seem to suggest threads of memory, or the invisible forces that bind time, place, and space.  

 

The artist’s choice of media comes into play…

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Inside the Art Studio of Cressida Campbell

A photo of painter Cressida Campbell in her studio

 

Cressida Campbell is an Australian artist known for artworks that combine techniques from and printmaking and that use a meticulous and rigorous process. Currently based in Bronte, a suburb of Sydney, Australia, Campbell draws artistic inspiration from her environment -- both outdoor, and the studio environment that she has developed for herself.

 

The artist's studio looks dreamy, even romantic in a way, with all the cut flowers…

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