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A Text and Paper Collage Portfolio by Emma Lehto

A cut-paper sculpture made using an art book1, page after

Emma Lehto is an artist who works with text and paper collage, often manipulating books, magazines, and other printed media to create artworks that utilize the materiality of the medium to express new meanings.


A cut-paper artwork made from an art bookKRAZY! Page 51

 

In our previous feature of Emma’s work with novel meanings, we looked at the artist’s method of cutting into existing multi-page volumes to create layered, colourful contour images or portions…

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Fantastic Favourites: Craig Brumwell, Frédérick Wolfe, Ronan Boyle

Let’s take a look at some of our favourite works from three different artists. Working in a range of very different styles and media, Craig, Frédérick, and Ronan have built equally enthralling artistic portfolios. 

 

Craig Brumwell

 

Craig Brumwell is a Canadian artist who has worked mainly in the media of charcoal drawing and sculptural installation, combining these two disciplines to explore the material nature of a railroad,…

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A Portfolio of 35mm Photography by Gilly Russell

A photo of a street in New York CityUntitled

Gilly Russell is a photographer who divides her time between France, Canada, and Australia. Specializing in 35mm photography, the artist uses a photographic lense to capture images of landscapes, cities, and people. 


A photo of two trash bins with bright compositionUntitled

 

I enjoy the overall subdued colour palette that runs across Gilly’s personal artworks. Though the subject matter varies quite widely, the artist maintains a cohesive look using a similar hazy,…

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The Portfolio of Costume Designer Kathryn Burton Cover

A handmade women's coat for a theatrical costumeLady Bracknel, "Importance of Being Earnest" flat patterned

Kathryn Burton Cover is a costume designer, tailor, and fiber artist who produces wearable works with an intricate eye for detail. Based in Weeping Water, Nebraska, the artist creates custom costumes while maintaining her own costume rental shop, Grandpa Snazzy’s. 


A pirate coat with hand-cast gold buttonsPirate King coat with hand cast buttons

Looking through Kathryn’s online art portfolio, it’s easy to see the…

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A Portfolio of Crisp, Cute Artworks by Cindy Scaife

A painting of a cute version of Little Red Riding HoodLittle Red Riding Hood, acrylic on canvas

Cindy Scaife is an illustrator and painter who works on both a private and commission basis, producing crisp, cute artworks that often feature food. The artist has created a series of works in which beloved foods and beverages are personified and turned into adorable cartoons. 


A painting of a personified telescope on an electric boxBell Box Public Mural Project (detail)

 

I like how consistent Cindy’s style is, even throughout very different…

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The Conceptual Art Portfolio of Prav Pillay

A photo of an outdoor installation with large stonesTransformations, collaborative community-based public art work (collaboration with Aaron Nelson-Moody - Squamish Nation)

 

Prav Pillay is a Canadian artist, researcher, and educator who produces artworks in a wide variety of media and styles. The artist’s works are often collaborative in their construction, or seek to engage their audiences through more than passive viewership. 


A photo of a 4-channel video installation projectafraid of what I could become, 4-channel video with 28…

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The Portfolio of Artist and Cartoonist Chris Gill

A single-panel comic drawn with digital mediaultimate truth

Chris Gill is a watercolour artist and cartoonist currently based in Nova Scotia. The artist creates single-panel cartoons as a way of distilling his experiences with, and knowledge of, current events into a relatable yet still often visceral format. 


A single-panel comic referencing philosophywhopee

 

As we saw in our previous feature of Chris’ single-panel political cartoons, the artist often combines a philosophical approach with imagery ranging from…

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A Portfolio of Ceramic Artworks by Crain Art Studio

A ceramic artwork with shapes stacked on top of each otherLarge Totem, ceramic

Crain Art Studio is a trio of three generations of the Crain family producing artworks in ceramic and paint media. Cathy, along with her daughter Carie, and granddaughter Sharae, work to produce ceramic artworks with intricate and colourful patterns, as well as textural paintings that borrow aesthetics from sculpture and other media. 


A ceramic sculpture of a mahi-mahiMahi Mahi, ceramic

 

I really like the unique style that is represented…

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Movement, Texture, and Life: The Art of Guy Grogan

A mixed media artwork with stripes of colourPaper Tiger #1, mixed media on paper

Guy Grogan is an artist originally from England and now based in the San Francisco Bay Area. In his practice, Guy embraces paint, mixed media, drawing, and sculpture, all with a gestural approach that seeks to capture a sense of movement, texture, and life.


A drawing study of a woman's faceStudy of Fellow Student, charcoal on newsprint

 

Guy’s recent works in mixed media on paper are abstract, and utilize a blend of hard geometry…

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The Art Portfolio of Deirdre Hofer

A painting of falling snow on a black backgroundSnow III, oil on canvas

Deirdre Hofer is a Vancouver-based artist who uses ice cream as a motif throughout her portfolio. The artist’s practice varies in terms of media and subject matter, but maintains a visual consistency that helps guide the viewer toward the bigger ideas therein.


A painting of blue snowflakes on a black backgroundSnow II, oil on canvas

 

I quite enjoy Deirdre’s recent series Falling Snow. This series of oil paintings takes advantage of a high-contrast visual…

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The Art Portfolio of J. Nicole Hatfield

A mural featuring a woman in profile painted in bright colourOKC Contemporary Mural 2019

J. Nicole Hatfield is a Comanche artist who works in paint and other media, creating everything from large-scale wall murals to small canvas portraits. The artist’s portfolio is packed with colour, and blends traditional art styles with a contemporary sensibility. 


A mural featuring bold textDWNTOWN OKC Mural Retouch 2019

 

I love the use of colour throughout J. Nicole’s portfolio. Whether it’s utilized in paintings to build up…

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The Abstract Painting Portfolio of Skai Fowler

An abstract painting incorporating gold leafJumping to Conclusions, acrylic and gold leaf on canvas

Skai Fowler is a vancouver-based visual artist who works primarily in abstract painting, creating artworks that emphasize rich, warm colours and brush work that is at once exuberant and controlled. The artist’s recent paintings combine geometric planes of colour with sweeping, splashy overlaid brush strokes. 


A painting using planes of evolving colour and bright splatter marksNow We Dream, acrylic, gold, and silver leaf on canvas

 

I really…

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The Art and Illustration Portfolio of Valerie Lesiak


A digital artwork of bunnies readingBunnies Reading

Valerie Lesiak is an illustrator who creates images both for her personal portfolio and on a commission basis through her personal Picture Book Studio. Valerie’s digital drawings and illustrations tend towards a simple, bright aesthetic, but represent the artist’s skill with visual balance and composition. 


A digital illustration of a mermaid in the tubA Mermaid Moment

 

Valerie’s style is kid-friendly in the vein of Maria Angela Reyes or Denise Tonner, and…

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A Portfolio of Symmetrical Compositions by Renée Duval

A painting of a face made from flowers on a golden backgroundDivine Gilles, oil on canvas

Renée Duval is an artist who currently lives and works in Montreal. In her artistic practice, Renée has cultivated an interesting technique, using dense, vertically symmetrical compositions of flowers and plants to build images that seem alive with fine detail.


A painting of a face resolving out of yellow flowers and plantsPedrolino, oil on canvas

 

There’s a beautifully lush sense of organic growth that infuses each of these images. Renée’s paintings are…

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States of Being: The Art Portfolio of Franck de las Mercedes

A painting incorporating elements of text and figureImperfect Symmetry, acrylic on canvas

Franck de las Mercedes is a New York-based Latino artist who uses a variety of media -- from traditional paint, to photography and writing -- to build works that address personal emotions and states of being as much as they do contemporary cultural issues. Franck’s works are unapologetically colourful, and packed with detail and meaning. 


A painting of an abstract shape on a black backgroundFor Your Third Eye Only, acrylic on fabric

 

I really like…

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