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Studio Sunday: Daniel Clowes

 


A photo of Daniel Clowes in his home studio

 

This Sunday we’re taking a glance inside the studio of acclaimed comic artist and graphic novelist, Daniel Clowes. Born in Chicago in 1961, Clowes received his BFA from the Pratt institute in New York, and went on to produce some of the most well-known and well-loved graphic novels in the contemporary era.

 

Clowes’ studio in his home in Oakland, California (pictured above), is where he produces most of his work. The studio…

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Studio Sunday: Julie Mehretu

 


 

Today’s Studio Sunday will focus on the art studio of Julie Mehretu. Julie Mehretu is known for her extremely large-scale paintings that feature abstract, geometric motifs and lines that give a strong sense of movement.

 

Mehretu’s studio must be quite spacious to accommodate the large size of many of her paintings. One painting that was commissioned for an office building in Manhattan was 80 feet long and 23 feet wide. In…

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Studio Sunday: Tran Nguyen

 


An image of Tran Nguyen working at her drawing table

 

This Sunday, let’s take a look at the studio of artist and illustrator Tran Nguyen. Nguyen’s style shows her skill at drawing people and object’s realistically, but she makes it more interesting by creating surreal and psychological images of people and places, incorporating geometry and symbolism.

 

As an illustrator, the most important part of Nguyen’s studio space is her drawing table. She works mainly on paper, and in…

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Studio Sunday: Josef-Peter Roemer

 


A photo of several paintings in the home studio of Josef-Peter Roemer

 

Josef-Peter Roemer was born in Germany, and today lives and works from the state of Wisconsin. Looking at his work, it is easy to see the natural talent that would have made him a skilled artist even in his youth. Roemer’s work is representational, using a realistic style that is reminiscent of the soft, glowing faces and shining fabrics of paintings in the renaissance.

 

Roemer’s studio space in Readstown, Wisconsin is a…

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Studio Sunday: Wangechi Mutu

 


A photo of artist Wangechi Mutu in her studio

 

Today on Studio Sunday, join us for a look into the studio of Wangechi Mutu. Mutu is well known for her large, sometimes quirky, sometimes grotesque collaged images.

 

Despite their almost alien appearance, Mutu’s works often address issues that are pertinent to the world today, including feminist dialogues and the representation of women and minority groups. She gleans a lot of her material from contemporary media, and cutouts…

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Studio Sunday: Ai Weiwei


A photograph of the home studio of Ai Wei Wei

 

Today on Studio Sunday we’ll take a look at the home studio space of Ai Weiwei. Ai Weiwei has long been known for his politically charged and controversial artworks, many of them in protest against the policies of the Chinese government.

 

The artist’s home and studio in Beijing is an expansive compound, almost like a guarded fortress. Inside, the décor is simplistic, with the textures of hardwood, brick and concrete, high…

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Studio Sunday: Douglas Coupland


A studio space with several buckets filled with legos, and on the opposite side, a lego sculpture

 

Our artist for this Studio Sunday is Douglas Coupland, an artist based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Despite the bright, clean colours present in many of his artworks, Coupland’s studio space is fairly simple, less a fancy artist’s loft than a humble basement studio. It is, however, spacious, and well equipped for working in a wide variety of materials, from paint, to sculpture to Lego, as seen above. The visual excitement in…

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Studio Sunday: Thomas Houseago


A picture of Thomas Houseago sculpting a large lump of clay on the floor of his studio

 

This Studio Sunday, we take a peek inside the Los Angeles studio of Thomas Houseago, a sculptor who works in materials like plaster, iron and bronze. His sculptures tend to be figurative, and draw from classical sculpting tropes, but are more like the sculptural equivalent of gesture drawings than they are realistic.

 

Houseago owns an entire studio building in Los Angeles, which itself takes up an entire city block. The building is…

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Studio Sundays: Mark Rothko

 


A black and white photo of Mark Rothko standing next to a large monochrome in his studio

 

Our Studio Sunday this week focuses on Mark Rothko, one of the big names in American abstract expressionism in the mid 20th century. Rothko is known for his large monochromatic paintings, a couple of which are seen here.

 

The above photo is of Rothko’s studio on 69th street in New York, in 1964. The paintings pictured are a series of large-scale monochromatic murals that were commissioned for the Rothko Chapel. In his studio,…

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Studio Sunday: Pierre Huyghe


Artist Pierre Huyghe looks up at a camera in his white, brightly lit studio

Pierre Huyghe, the focus of this week’s Studio Sunday, is a French artist who uses his practice to build environments and stage situations. Huyghe’s Paris studio appears large, and naturally lit – a typical example of a modern artist’s studio, with a large table in the centre, buckets of paint and sketchbooks strewn in every corner. The source for the above image even mentions a bubbling aquarium, a smaller version of one of the…

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Studio Sunday: Wassily Kandinsky


An old black and white photo of Wassily Kandinsky working on a painting


It’s Studio Sunday! Today we’re taking a look inside the personal studio of Wassily Kandinsky. Kandinsky is best known as one of the pioneers of abstract art, using impressionism as a starting point and eventually finding a way of working that allowed him to compose images entirely from his own imagination. 

 

Kandinsky’s studio space, seen in the images, was a rather tight space, packed with books and bottles of pigment, with…

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Studio Sundays: Sculptor Aaron Curry


artist studio with large red paintings on the walls
Aaron Curry is a sculptor from Texas who uses plywood, metal, spray paint and other materials to create large, anthropomorphic forms that seem to change depending on the angle they are seen from.  His studio space, located in a large warehouse in Los Angeles, California, must be big enough to accommodate many of these forms along the walls, as well as work tables stuffed full of paint and other supplies.

 

A recent motif in Curry’s…

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Studio Sundays: Installation Artist Yayoi Kusama


woman with stuffed animals and dots

This Studio Sunday we explore the creative space of Yayoi Kusama, a Japanese installation artist most well known for her large scale pieces featuring many circular or spherical components laid out on a plane or surface.

 

The photo above was taken in 1963 or ‘64, and features Kusama in her New York studio, working on components of Accumulation. Because of the sculptural, environmental nature of much of Kusama’s work, her studio…

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Studio Sundays: Photographer Jeff Wall


artist jeff wall on a ladder while looking down at a table in his art studio

On this Studio Sunday we are featuring the workspace of Canadian photographer Jeff Wall. Wall is most well known for his extremely large scale photographs, often featuring complex scenes of everyday life with multiple subjects and focal points – almost like wide shots from a film, suspended in freeze-frame.

 

Wall’s studio, in this photo, appears clean and stark – a contrast to many of the painter’s studios that I’ve written…

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