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Studio Sunday: Allen Jones

A photo of painting supplies in Allen Jones' studio


It’s Studio Sunday – let’s take a look inside the studio of sculptor and pop artist Allen Jones. Jones is mostly known for his sculptural works, though he spent much of his early career creating paintings. The artist’s best-known work features female mannequins, sometimes appropriated into furniture with a nod toward fetishization and objectification.


Jones’ studio, pictured here, is located in England. The building that…

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Studio Sunday: Angela Dufresne

A photo of a group of people visiting Angela Dufresne's studio


Today we’re featuring the studio of Angela Dufresne. The above photo captures a group of students during a studio visit with the artist. As faculty at the Rhode Island School of Design, I wonder if Dufresne doesn’t often entertain such groups in her studio.  


Based in New York, Dufresne is a painter whose works are representational and reference obtuse and mysterious narratives, though they tend not to reveal much about their…

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Studio Sunday: Tomory Dodge

A photograph of Tomory Dodge's studio

Happy Sunday! It’s a great day to check out the studio of painter Tomory Dodge. Dodge works primarily in abstraction, creating forms with heavy, thick brush marks that suggest the forms of windblown detritus and other objects and scenarios seen from afar. There is a great sense of movement in all of Dodge’s works. The artist was born in Denver, Colorado and now lives and works in Los Angeles.


Dodge’s studio looks like a pretty…

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Studio Sunday: Kehinde Wiley

A photo of Kehinde Wiley in his Beijing studio


This week’s Studio Sunday featured artist is Kehinde Wiley. Wiley was born in Los Angeles and now lives part-time in Beijing, having said that he likes to paint in China as it’s a place where he can be free of distractions. Wiley also has studios in New York and Senegal.


The studio in the above photo looks spacious but packed with paintings.  I really love the ornate table that Wiley seems to be using as a painting trolley or…

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Studio Sunday: Ugo Rondinone

A photo of Ugo Rondinone working in his studio


This week’s studio Sunday artist is Ugo Rondinone! Born in Switzerland, Rondinone came to New York in 1998 and lives and works there currently. The artist is known for his colourful mixed-media artworks that blur the line between reality and imagination.


Rondinone’s studio looks suitably fun and playful in this photo. The artist often works on a larger scale, creating sculptural installations in large, choppy or bulbous forms.…

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Studio Sunday: Piotr Kowalski

A photo of Piotr Kowalski working on a sculpture in his studio


Our Studio Sunday artist this week is Polish-born sculptor and conceptual artist Piotr Kowalski. Kowalski was born in Lviv, Ukraine in 1927, at which point the city was still part of Poland. The artist fled the violence of WWII and lived in Brazil for a short time before studying architecture at MIT from 1947 to 1952.


The above photo, taken in the late 1960’s, depicts Kowalski in the process of creating his 1967 work Cube V.…

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Studio Sunday: Robert Rauschenberg

A photograph of Robert Rauschenberg working in his studio


This Sunday let’s visit the studio of Robert Rauschenberg at the height of the artist’s career. Rauschenberg was a well-known American artist who produced work around the abstract expressionism movement and contributed to the later pop-art movement.


Rauschenberg’s studio looks crowded in this photo as it’s stuffed with art objects, possible works in progress and other unique pieces. Around the time the photograph was…

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Studio Sunday: Robert Ryman

A photo of Robert Ryman at work in his studio


This Studio Sunday let’s take a look inside the workshop of painter and conceptual artist Robert Ryman. Ryman is known for his white-on-white paintings that force the viewer to pay attention to composition, material and lighting rather than colour or subject.


Ryman’s studio almost seems to mimic the look of his paintings in the above image! The artist seems to be working on a fairly large work, while two similarly sized white…

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Studio Sunday: Christy Rupp

A photo of Christy Rupp in her studio in the 1980's.


It’s Studio Sunday, so let’s check out the studio of Christy Rupp! Rupp is an American artist who specializes in artworks dealing with themes of environmentalism and social activism.


The artist’s subject matter really comes to the forefront in this photo of her studio, taken in the 1980’s. The walls of the space are covered in what looks like sculptural salmon, appearing to swim upstream across her walls. Rupp was working…

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Studio Sunday: Jessica Abel

A photo of Jessica Abel in her studio


Comic book illustrator Jessica Abel is pictured above at an artist’s residency studio at La Maison des Auteurs in Angoulême, France. The artist creates fictional comic book series as well as non-fictional explorations of storytelling within a comic form. Abel is also active with workshops and creating systems through which other artists and storytellers can express their creative ideas.


It looks like Jessica has a pretty neat…

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Studio Sunday: Barbara Kruger

A photo of Barbara Kruger in her studio


Here’s a great photograph of Barbara Kruger in her work space for Studio Sunday. Kruger is an American artist best known for her photo and text collage works that she began producing in the late 80’s. The works tend to deal with political and social issues including the rights of women and minorities.


In this image, the artist’s studio looks somewhat stark, but very much like the classic New York art studio that I tend to…

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Studio Sunday: Ted Harrison

A photograph of Ted Harrison in his studio in 1993


Ted Harrison, this week’s Studio Sunday artist, is best known for his bright and colourful paintings of the Yukon and the Canadian Arctic. While it’s a landscape that most people tend to think of as white and barren, Harrison’s paintings are incredibly vibrant and showcase the deep blues of glacier ice, contrasted with the bright reds, yellows and greens of the sunsets and the northern lights.


In this photo taken in 1993,…

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Studio Sunday: Tom Thomson

A photo of Tom Thomson working at the Grip studio in Toronto


Today let’s take a look inside Tom Thomson’s studio! Thomson was a member of the Group of Seven, a collective of Canadian painters who were active in the early 20th century.


Thomson got his start working with some of the other members of the group at the Grip, a design studio in Toronto, Ontario. In the above photo, the artist is pictured creating some of his graphic design work at a desk in this studio. A few of his fellow…

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Studio Sunday: Jack Whitten

A photo of Jack Whitten in his studio


Alabama-born and New York-based painter Jack Whitten is our Studio artist this Sunday. Whitten is known for his gestural abstract paintings that are often classified as abstract expressionism. In the wake of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950’s, Whitten moved to New York in 1960 in an attempt to surround himself with more progressive ideals. He currently works out of his home studio above a pizza parlor in Queens.


I’d never…

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Studio Sunday: Jada Pinkett-Smith

A photo of Jada Pinkett Smith at work in her art studio


Our Studio Sunday artist for the week is Jada Pinkett-Smith. While she is best known as an actor, staring in films such as The Nutty Professor with Eddit Murphie, and the Matrix and Madagascar franchises. Pinkett-Smith also keeps up a studio practice, reportedly spending time each Saturday working on her paintings. According to news sources, her paintings are generally abstract, featuring large splashes of color. The one pictured in…

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