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Aesthetic Beauty and Inherent Value: The Art of Hunter Madsen

A photo of a carnival ride called AbductionUse Me

Hunter Madsen is an artist currently based near Vancouver, British Columbia. In his current practice, Hunter uses photography to dissect connections between aesthetic beauty and inherent value, capturing images of unexpected subjects that might be forgotten or overlooked in the broader canon of photography.


A photo of a wooden sculpture of a figure shot through with arrowsOn Suffering (Old Wounds Fresh Daily)

 

It’s through this exploration of aesthetically non-traditional subject matter that…

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Various Outputs: The Art Portfolio of Krasimira Dimtchevska

A digital image made using software that transforms language patternsFreedom_equation7

Krasimira Dimtchevska, also known as Krasi Dimtch, is a digital artist who uses language as a basis for the production of abstract images, text, and sound. The artist's practice has led to the creation of patented software that transforms language into various outputs


An excerpt from a text written with the help of software outputsAttempt the impossible (excerpt)

 

I really like the overall aesthetic of Krasi's art practice. The images in her visual art series appear at first to…

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Artworks as Reflections: The Portfolio of Todd Scott Anderson

A painting of a meadow with green and yellow tonesMOUNTAIN MEADOW 29 M, limited edition print

Todd Scott Anderson is an artist who grew up in Kansas City, Missouri, and who now spends his time between Mexico and the United States. In his practice, Todd produces artworks as reflections of experiences and viewpoints had while travelling the world. 


A painting of a tropical plant with saturated hues on a dark backgroundTROPIC FLORA 16 T, limited edition print

 

Todd divides his current artistic portfolio by biosphere -- gallery titles like Tropic, Mountain,…

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Underlying Patterns: Pastel Drawings by Jess Kilgore

A pastel drawing of a farm in Vermont with black sheepGrand View Farm, Washington, Vermont, pastel

Jess Kilgore is a former architect turned painter currently based in Vermont. In his practice, Kilgore is inspired by the Vermont landscape, producing artworks that address the underlying patterns and mysteries in nature, using soft blended planes of oil pastel.


A pastel drawing of a sunrise breaking over a hillSunrise, pastel

 

I really enjoy the way Jess approaches the classic landscape painting. The artist uses pastel expertly, blending…

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Art Instruction and Teaching by Green Palette

A painting of blue flowersby Ann Patton

Green Palette is an art instructional academy based in northwestern Calgary, Alberta. Instructors at Green Palette offer students a unique opportunity to pursue their own personal artistic goals and ideas, in a space where support from peers and skilled instructors is readily available.


A painting of colourful fishby Brent Ciccone

 

I really appreciate the overall mission of Green Palette -- more than teaching students the precise technical skill set…

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Plain Bizarre: Surreal Sculpture by Matthew Dercole

A wall-hanging sculpture using elements of livestock animals and plantsanatomy of self medication (strategy number 1), ceramic, wood, plastic grass, polymer clay, glaze, glass, ink, resin, underglaze

Matthew Dercole is a sculptor who works in a variety of materials including polymer clay, resin, wood, ceramic, and fibre. The artist’s works often explore mundane or everyday objects and experiences through a skewed lens, creating sculpted images that are at sometimes surreal, sometimes disturbing, and…

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Geometric Compositions: The Photography Portfolio of Lisa Kane

A photo of a city hall roof reflected in a puddleSyracuse city hall

Lisa Kane is a photographer based in the eastern United States. In her art practice, Lisa captures everyday life in New York State, New England, and the surrounding area, with a focus on architecture and geometric compositions


A photo of a building reflected in a still body of wateraloft

 

I really enjoy the way that Lisa photographs cities -- her images are usually devoid of human life, though they never feel impersonal. Something about the artist’s focus on…

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Space Bat Killer: The Art Portfolio of Sean Bernhardt

A drawing of a skeletal mermaid holding a spearUntitled

Sean Bernhardt is an artist and illustrator who currently works under the nickname Space Bat Killer. In his drawings and collages, Sean embraces a high-contrast, retro-contemporary style infused with themes of consumerism, substance use, sex, and death.


A photo collage of a man skateboarding in front of a galaxyinto the void, paper collage

 

As we've seen in previous features of Sean's spooky surf artwork, the artist's portfolio as a whole is steeped in tropical aesthetics and surf…

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Folk Art and Storytelling: Art by Dennis Worrel

A painting of a crowd of people in a town square

Marcus's Visitors

 

Dennis Worrel is a painter and printmaker currently based on the northern coast of Oregon. In his artistic practice, Dennis utilizes a style that hearkens to folk art and storytelling between old friends. 


A painting of cars in a folk-art styleCommuting

 

I really appreciate the overall aesthetic of Dennis' art portfolio. The artist often works exclusively from memory, though he sometimes creates preliminary sketches or draws inspiration from photos.…

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The Art Portfolio of Wa Truong

A watercolour painting of a white lotusWhite Lotus

Wa Truong is a painter who lives just outside of Atlanta, Georgia. The artist's practice is inspired by childhood years spent learning to paint in South Vietnam, and developed over the course of Truong's experiences as a war refugee in America. 


A painting of a family of ducks on the waterMallard Family

 

I really enjoy Truong's studied yet unique approach to traditional Chinese painting techniques. Some of Truong's most recent works feature animals, and the artist's…

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Fascinating Fantasy Worlds: Art by Joeann Edmonds-Matthew

A composite digital image of a gorilla in a spaceshipG. Rilla Into Space, composite of 4 original photographs

Joeann Edmonds-Matthew is a photographer and digital artist who often works with digital techniques to combine and manipulate photos, creating glimpses into strange and fascinating fantasy worlds.


A digitally manipulated photo of a cityscape seen through an orange link fenceSanctuary City

 

I really appreciate the way Joeann employs colour in her photographs. Recent images like Sanctuary City take relatively mundane imagery -- in this case, a skyline seen…

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Custom Wearables and Props: Art by Angela Dale

A still image from a choreographed dance performanceThe Heart of Ringing 1, costumes (photo by Tim Nguyen -- Citrus Photo)

Angela Dale is a designer who produces custom wearables and props for stage shows and performances. The artist often works on a commission basis, and produces fanciful costumes that bridge the gap between sculptural and functional.


A photo of a model wearing a dress with fibre optic attachmentsGalaxia at Make Fashion 2018 (photo: Juan Rivera, model: Rachel Walsh)

 

I really enjoy the way Angela uses colour, texture, and light to…

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Weather Formations: The Art Portfolio of Ian Fisher

A painting of a cloud formation with purple and yellow huesAtmosphere No. 93 (Peanut Butter & Jelly Albers), oil on canvas

Ian Fisher is a painter who works primarily in oils, creating monolithic, striking portraits of weather formations. The artist’s works with clouds are arresting in their simplicity, and the artist’s singular focus makes for a beautifully cohesive current portfolio. 


A painting of a cloud on a bright blue skyAtmosphere No. 106 (Avalanche), oil on canvas

 

I love the way colours become a prime focal point in…

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Fragmented Narratives: The Art Portfolio of Matthew Rangel

An artwork made with a combination of drawing and mapmakingLaliderer Wande, lithograph

Matthew Rangel uses a varied artistic practice to capture American desert backcountry. Using drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, and historical gathering, the artist builds fragmented narratives that emphasize the isolation of the Sierra Nevada landscape. 


A combination of traditional and digital artGossip Rocks, lithograph and digital

 

Though currently based in California, Matthew has produced works for publications in Canada, the United…

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The Art of Graphic Designer and Concept Artist Hendrik Gericke

A mock-up frame for a paint company commercialStyle frame for Taubman's Paint TVC

Hendrik Gericke is a graphic designer and concept artist who works for a variety of commercial clients. The artist produces storyboards, illustrations, and even wall-sized installations for film and television, books, and various other businesses. 


An illustration created for the TV show The Great Australian Bake-OffDr. Pete's Tiramisu Cake (illustration created with Postproduktiv (Sydney) for the Great Australian Bake Off 2015)

 

It’s interesting to see how Hendrik…

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