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Studio Sunday: Ralph Steadman


A photograph of Ralph Steadman's art studio

 

British artist Ralph Steadman is perhaps best known for his illustrations made to accompany several volumes of writing by Hunter S. Thompson, including the critically acclaimed novel Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Steadman is a prolific artist, however, and has been making work in a variety of realms for decades.

 

The artist apparently tends to work by splashing paint randomly on a piece of art paper, then drawing lines over the…

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Studio Sunday: Song-Ming Ang


A photo of Song-Ming Ang in his studio

 

Singaporean conceptual artist Song-Ming Ang is known for his work with music. Ang often utilizes actual music instruments in his practice, deconstructing and rebuilding them or forcing them into different configurations. The artist also frequently incorporates video, performance, and multimedia elements into his work.

 

Ang’s studio looks bright and clean, something like the studio spaces of other artists like Margaret Lee or

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Studio Sunday: Trenton Doyle Hancock


A photo of Trenton Doyle Hancock in his studio

 

Trenton Doyle Hancock is an American artist who works primarily in acrylic paint and mixed media, creating two-dimensional artworks that have an abstracted, collaged aesthetic. Born in Oklahoma and raised in Texas, the artist draws on his own personal history, as well as elements of pop culture and art history, in the making of his artworks.

 

The exuberant colours present in Hancock’s studio present a great overall picture of the…

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Studio Sunday: Stephen Appleby-Barr


A portrait of Stephen Appleby-Barr's art studio

 

Toronto-based artist Stephen Appleby-Barr is our Studio Sunday feature this week. Appleby-Barr has become known for his detailed, realistic oil paintings that immortalize fictional characters and figures from the artist’s own imagination. A combination of regal, anachronistic aesthetics and a surreal use of figure and symbolism creates a wonderfully unique aesthetic for the artist’s works.  

 

Appleby-Barr’s studio looks airy…

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Studio Sunday: Gustav Klimt


A photograph of Gustav Klimt's atelier

 

Austrian painter Gustav Klimt got his start in the late 19th century as a decorative painter, creating embellishments for architectural constructions. The artist is well-known for his figurative paintings, many of which depict romantic or erotic subject matter and incorporate gold-leaf accents.

 

Klimt’s studio is quite spacious – having never seen his paintings in person, I didn’t realize that they were so large. The studio…

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Studio Sunday: Tamara de Lempicka


A photo of Tamara de Lempicka's home studio

 

This week’s Studio Sunday artist is Tamara de Lempicka. Lempicka was born in Poland and was active as a painter during the 1920s and 30s, during which time she lived in Paris, France. The artist was best known for her highly stylized portraits of upper-class people, created for fashion magazines, and art deco exhibitions.

 

Lempicka’s studio is certainly in keeping with the art deco aesthetic. I can imagine the artist throwing…

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Studio Sunday: Alberto Giacometti


A photo of Alberto Giacometti working in his studio

 

Alberto Giacometti was born in Borgonovo, Switzerland, and spent most of his working life in Paris. The artist worked in many media including painting, printmaking, and sculpture, drawing inspiration from surrealism and cubism, but is mainly remembered for his small-scale sculptural works.

 

Giacometti’s studio looks like a space of well-ordered chaos. The artist, pictured sitting and contemplating one of his sculptures, looks…

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Studio Sunday: Edward Gorey


A photo of Edward Gorey in his studio

 

This week’s Studio Sunday artist is Edward Gorey. Gorey was an American artist who specialized in pen-and-ink drawings and was best known for his illustrated books. The artist often approach his work with a sense of macabre humour, and many of his drawings depicted children and other figures in Victorian or Edwardian styles.

 

The first thing I notice in the above photo of Gorey at his desk is all the cats! I love to see an artist…

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Studio Sunday: Per Kirkeby


A photo of Per Kirkeby's art studio

 

Per Kirkeby was a Danish artist who worked in painting and sculpture. The artist was especially well-known for abstract paintings that focused on structure and composition, even occasionally incorporating an architectural sensibility. The artist had a formal education in geology which tended to inform his practice.

 

Kirkeby’s studio is messy, paint-splattered, and has the slightly dark, crowded atmosphere of studios like those of…

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Studio Sunday: Dorothy Cross


A photo of Dorothy Cross in her art studio

 

Dorothy Cross was born in Cork, Ireland, and today is considered one of Irelands foremost internationally-recognized artists. Cross works in a variety of media including sculpture, photography, and film, addressing themes of cultural and sexual identity, as well as the subconscious.

 

Cross’ studio has a beautifully open and natural feel to it – the planks of what looks like driftwood stacked against the wall in the back right…

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Studio Sunday: Ellen Birkenblit


A photograph of Ellen Birkenblit's art studio

 

Ellen Birkenblit was born in New Jersey and studied painting at Cooper Union, graduating in 1980. The artist is known for her abstracted paintings that reference the aesthetics of hastily-drawn cartoon panels. Her paintings often include partial or suggested figures and a strong sense of fragmented narrative.

 

Berkenblit’s studio space is dense – packed with materials on top of and underneath tables, artworks both finished, and…

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Studio Sunday: Izumi Kato


A photo of Izumi Kato at work in his studio

 

Izumi Kato currently lives and works in Tokyo, Japan. The artist was trained in oil painting, but has since developed a novel approach to painting, often applying pigment directly with his hands. Izumi is known for his artworks depicting humanoid yet bizarrely distorted and alien figures, using an interesting array of sometimes-incongruous colors to create the works.

 

Izumi’s studio looks very clean in this photo. Astonishingly…

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Studio Sunday: Julie Payne


A photo of Julie Payne drawing in her studio

 

Julie Payne is an artist who works primarily in drawing media, creating figurative and abstract compositions that have a subdued and delicate bearing. The artist has academic training in architecture and sculpture, and many of her drawing works incorporate elements or references to three-dimensional constructions.

 

Payne’s studio, pictured above looks like a bright and clean drawing studio – from this perspective I can’t see…

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Studio Sunday: Sheila Hicks


A photograph of a young Sheila Hicks in her studio

 

Our Studio Sunday artist this weekend is Sheila Hicks. Born in Nebraska, Hicks worked in Guerrero, Mexico from 1959 to 1963 before relocating to Paris, France, where she is still based. The artist has spent the majority of her career working in textiles, using sculpting, weaving, and assemblage techniques to create unique objects.

 

The photo above shows Hicks at work in her studio several decades ago, possibly in Mexico. Here, the…

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Studio Sunday: Katherine Westphal


A photograph of the late Katherine Westphal in her studio

 

Today in Studio Sunday we’re remembering Katherine Westphal. The artist was a pioneer of American Arts and Crafts, part of a movement that helped legitimize traditionally feminine art forms like quilting and crochet as fine art media. Westphal herself was known for her work with quilts. Westphal studied art from a young age and worked as an art professor in California universities and colleges for many years.

 

Though Westphal was…

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