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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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The Art Portfolio of Ron Buttler

A sculpture of a human figure wearing a shirt with Tutankhamen's mask on itThe Mummy, mixed media

Ron Buttler is an artist based in Aiken, South Carolina. In his practice, Ron works in oil paint and mixed media, creating works that are inspired by art history, sometimes appropriating figures and elements from existing paintings and re-mixing them for a contemporary audience.


A reimagining of the last supper with musiciansLast Supper in B Flat

 

In our previous feature of Ron’s works, we looked at the artist’s three-dimensional portraits. Ron utilizes…

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Fleeting Moments: A Painting Portfolio by Harry Stooshinoff

A painting of a spring rainLittle Shower, October 15, acrylic and collage on archival paper

Harry Stooshinoff is a North Ontario-based artist who documents the landscape in a multitude of simple, gestural paintings, capturing fleeting moments and transient states of being. Harry’s landscape works are a breath of fresh air, one that feels very contemporary while owing something to the ideals of early impressionism. 


A painting of a snowy field under a grey skySecret Field, Dec 18, acrylic and pencil on…

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A Portfolio of Choreography, Dance, and Performance by Brice Noeser

A photo of a dancer performing on a stage

Alphabête (photo by Llamaryon)

 

Brice Noeser is a Quebec-based contemporary dancer who uses the body as his artistic medium, producing works of art and choreography that endeavor to build a new language for dance. The artist’s body of work includes choreography, dance, and performance, with Brice often blending all three. 


A photo of two artists performing a live workRuminant Ruminant 

 

The artist’s chosen medium is naturally collaborative, and as such many of the…

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The Watercolour and Charcoal Art Portfolio of Rayne Tunley

A painting of smoke curling over a body of waterSmoke Lake, watercolour

Rayne Tunley is a Canadian artist who, in her current practice, specializes in watercolour and charcoal. The artist’s works are impressionistic, offering dreamlike, slightly abstracted views inspired by Ontario landscapes and other subject matter. 


A watercolour painting of a sunriseSolar Flare, watercolour

 

I’m really impressed by the delicate skill and attention to detail demonstrated in all of Rayne’s works. Though the pieces may seem…

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A Portfolio of Abstract Sculpture by Serge Mozhnevsky

An abstract aluminum sculpture installed on a beachEmbrace, aluminum

Serge Mozhnevsky is a sculptor originally from Russia and now based in Vancouver, BC. In his practice, Serge favours abstract sculpture, often building large-scale metal works for outdoor, public spaces, as well as gallery-oriented wood sculpture. 


An aluminum sculpture with a rounded shapeSilence, aluminum

 

It’s easy to draw parallels between Serge’s metal sculptures and those of 20th century greats like Richard Serra or Anthony Caro. There’s an equal…

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The Art Portfolio of Abstract Painter James Lutzko

A painting with an expoy topcoat to create a cracked texture"BC-1601" Sliding Doors, oil on canvas with high-gloss epoxy topcoat

James Lutzko is an abstract painter who uses washes of bright pigment, blending them across the surface of a canvas to create planes of colour and texture that are then treated with epoxy. 


A painting with dark abstract pigmentEthereal, acrylic on canvas with high-gloss epoxy topcoat

 

In his recent practice, James has been developing a technique of adding character to his paintings by encouraging the…

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Psychological and Macabre: The Painting Portfolio of Mary Hayes

A painting of a man in a coat smokingSmoking Man, oil on wood panel

Mary Hayes is a Canadian artist who uses oil and watercolour media to explore psychological and macabre concepts. The artist’s works often draw inspiration from Baroque and romantic painting styles, nodding towards figurative tropes from specific paintings and artistic eras. 


A painting of a man with wolf-like facial hair on a deep blue backgroundFull Moon, watercolour

 

The artist’s painting tend to lean into a macabre aesthetic, and as we saw in our previous feature of…

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The Painting Portfolio of Art Carillo

A still life painting of some American foods behind a chain link fenceMexican American I, acrylic on canvas paper

Art Carrillo is a Los Angeles-based artist who works primarily in acrylic paints. Most recently, art has been creating unexpected still-life paintings of common household objects and detritus of modern life -- in particular, signifiers and objects from the artist’s own Chicano background and community. 


A still life painting of sodas and baseball parapheneliaHECHO EN MEXICO, acrylic on canvas

 

I really enjoy the way that Art renders these…

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A Still-Life Painting Portfolio by Robert W. H. McCoy

A still life painting of Texan and Mexican artefactsThe Back Room, oil on linen canvas

Robert W. H. McCoy began studying art as a child in San Antonio, Texas, building up a skill for photo-realistic, illustrative painting while incorporating inspirations from a variety of American and Mexican artists. The artist’s current portfolio encompasses still-life painting with incredible detail and Western as well as South American influences. 


A still life painting of Mexican artefacts posed on a tableGlow, oil on linen panel

 

I really appreciate…

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Hagenclay: The Sculpture Portfolio of Erika Pazmandi Hagen

A sculoture of a female figure with a bronzed finishUntitled, ceramic with cold finish and patina

Erika Pazmandi Hagen is a ceramic artist who works under the studio name Hagenclay. In her sculptures, Erika blends human, often feminine figures with abstracted detail and an appreciation for novel texture. 


An abstracted ceramic sculpture of a figureUntitled

I quite enjoy the artist’s recent sculptural pieces, made using clay with a cold finish and patina. The resulting works have a coppery, metallic sheen, dappled with moments…

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The Painting Portfolio of Laura Spring

A painting with pale negative space and a green hueGone with the Fog, acrylic

Laura Spring is an abstract painter who works primarily in acrylic, occasionally incorporating mixed media to build up texture and colour. The artist’s works are firmly situated in a contemporary moment, and explore extremes of pigment-minimal, textural painting as well as saturated monochromatic works. 


An abstract painting with cool tones of blue and whiteMoving Through the Winter II, oil

 

I really enjoy the way the artist groups her paintings by hue and…

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Natural Spaces and Cultivation: The Art of Bill Basquin

A still from a video of Death ValleyDeath Valley Love Letter (still), 16mm film/digital video silent

Bill Basquin is an artist currently based in San Francisco, California. In his artistic practice, Bill works in film and video, as well as multimedia installation, producing thoughtful works that explore the collision between natural spaces and cultivation through an abstracted lens. 


An installation view of a multimedia artworkSomeone Who Is Not You, mixed media

 

I enjoy the overall atmosphere that Bill’s works…

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