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Activism and Performance: The Art Portfolio of Leenda Bonilla

A visual detail from an installation artwork addressing Puerto Rican identitySofa-Seat detail #1 (from Atraversa)

Leenda Bonilla is an interdisciplinary artist who incorporates elements of activism and performance into each work. Born in New York City and raised between the Bronx and Puerto Rico, the artist’s activist work focuses on building relationships between immigrant communities, businesses, and officials through arts activities. 


A wall-hanging artwork with abstract forms and sculpted lipsUntitled 1

 

Leenda notes in her artist statement that her artistic…

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Vitality and Decay: An Art Portfolio by Rachel Lambert

A soft sculpture with cylinders of fibre connected into a "rug" shapeAspen Rug, faux fur, embroidery, floss, wire

Rachel Lambert’s artistic practice encompasses a wide range of media and techniques, from land art and interventions in nature, to photography, to soft sculpture, to two-dimensional media. Much of the artist’s work deals with nature, embracing both vitality and decay; elements of beauty where one might not expect to find them. 


A photo of the moon during an eclipseHarvest Moon Eclipse, photograph

 

Looking through…

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The Art Portfolio of Oil Painter Beverly Parson White

A painting of a barn with autumnal trees in the foregroundFall Barn (triptych), oil on canvas

Beverly Parson White is an oil painter and artist based in Texas. In her practice, Beverly creates portrait and landscape paintings, as well as a variety of crocheted crafts. 


A set of hand-crocheted pot holders and dish cloths2 Pot Holders and 1 Wash/Dish Cloth, crocheted cotton

 

I like the textured, painterly atmosphere of the artist’s canvases -- the artist is adept at varying her brush marks and using specific methods of mark-making to evoke…

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Memory Formation and Recollection: Art by Jeannie Polisuk

A painting of a stuffed rabbit come to life dressed in a leopard print dressHunter, oil on canvas

Jeannie Polisuk is a painter and sculptor based in eastern Canada. In her artistic practice, Jeannie creates two and three-dimensional artworks that use a symbolic visual language to address themes of memory formation and recollection through sentimental objects. 


A sculpture consisting of stuffed toys in an elongated glass containerSoap as a Yardstick of Civilization, stuffed toys, yardstick

 

As we saw in our previous feature of Jeannie’s darkly iconographic artwork, an image of…

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Movement and Vibration: The Art Portfolio of Michael Lightsey

A drawing of a male figure with wild hairEnoch, pencil sketch on paper

Michael Lightsey was born in Ohio and is currently based in California. The artist creates graphite sketches and drawings as well as photographs and abstract paintings, often focusing his artistic attention on a sense of rapid movement and vibration


A graphite portrait of a womanJohanna, pencil on paper

 

I really enjoy the artist’s recent sketches in his Dancer series and portraiture gallery. The way the artist draws hair is quite…

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Life and Vitality: Painting and Portraiture by Katherine Bennett

A print of a woman wearing a head scarf and sunglassesJosie, graphic print on metal

Katherine Bennett is a painter and illustrator currently based in Ontario. In her artistic practice, Katherine paints and draws female figures engaged in everyday activities, or looking out at the viewer with a certain sense of life and vitality


A drawing of a woman smoking next to another woman in beduntitled (eight), pencil on tinted paper

 

I really like the way Katherine’s style varies according to medium. The artist’s Faces series comprises graphic…

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The Watercolour and Pencil Crayon Portfolio of Geneviève Désy

A print of a drawing of two cardinalsReproduction d'un dessin de couple de cardinaux / drawing of cardinal couple (print), Polychromos pencil crayons

Geneviève Désy is an artisan and illustrator based in Quebec who creates original drawings and prints, as well as handmade accessories. The artist is skilled at photo-realism in a range of media including watercolour and pencil crayon


A watercolour painting of a cat in a top hat and bowtieChat Festif / Festive Cat, watercolour

 

Many of Geneviève’s drawings feature…

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Gestural Sculptures: The Art Portfolio of Ario Mashayekhi

A sculpture based on a tree rootShakti, tree root, wood, fabric, acrylics

Ario Mashayekhi is a creator involved in both visual and performing arts. In his visual art practice, Ario works in both two and three-dimensional media, producing paintings, sketches, and gestural sculptures that explore the human figure as a motif, often pushing the envelope in terms of how figures are rendered. 


A painting inspired by a hurricane and floodsKatrina, after New Orleans Flood, acrylics

 

I like the stylistic variation in…

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A Unique Impression: Painting by Meghan Sims

A dark painting of a moon in the forestMidnight Moonlight, acrylic on canvas

Meghan Sims is a visual artist from Kitchener, Ontario. The artist’s practice is informed by her own visual perception -- born with achromatopsia, Meghan is colourblind and extremely light-sensitive, two conditions that lend to a unique impression of the world. 


A painting of a woman looking at colourful graffittiNight Shift, oil on canvas

 

The works in Meghan’s portfolio are striking for their heavy use of dark pigment and silhouetted forms,…

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Kenyon Motor Co: The Art Portfolio of Tom Kenyon


A paper collage with a car design375VX, linoleum block print on newspaper

Tom Kenyon is a car and automotive racing enthusiast who is using a combination of collage, paint, sculpture, and other mixed media to weave a fictional narrative surrounding his grandfather’s car parts shop, Kenyon Motor Co. The artist’s body of work can be appreciated from an individual perspective, and as a complete narrative. 


A linoleum print with red and black coloursBustle, linoleum block print

 

It’s really interesting to…

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A Portfolio of Musical Composition by Paul J. Bolger

A painting of a man with a wide stance playing guitarPhilo in Action, acrylic on canvas

Paul J. Bolger is a musician and artist based in Ireland. The artist’s work spans musical composition, songwriting, filmmaking, illustration, and more. In his practice, Paul celebrates his own history and Irish culture as well as exploring a graphic, high-impact illustration style. 

 

Swim (shot and edited by Colin Shanahan)

 

Several of the artist’s songs are available with video on Paul’s…

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Deeper Meanings: The Art of Laura Munteanu

A painting of abstracted colours pouring out of a bottle shapeMessage in a bottle, mixed media on wooden canvas

Laura Munteanu is a Romanian-born artist currently based in Switzerland. The artist works in finance by day, practicing art as a mode of self-expression, and a way of exploring ideas and imagery with deeper meanings


A painting with abstracted, sea-creature-like formsNew Day, mixed media on canvas paper

 

I like the relatively loose, gestural brush strokes and dreamy colour palettes that Laura employs in her paintings. Though the…

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The Traditional and Digital Media Art Portfolio of Nancy Ungar

A digital artwork incorporating abstract forms and silhouetted birdsTOO LATE FOR THE PHOENIX, digital art

Nancy Ungar is an artist who works in traditional and digital media, producing dense abstractions that reflect on the macroscopic and microscopic forms of nature, as well as more esoteric concepts.


A digital artwork incorporating rounded shapes and suggestions of figureThe Tentacles of Time, digital art

 

I really enjoy the way Nancy uses colour -- the artist’s works often feature a wide range of unique hues, unified by an overarching colour palette that suggests cool…

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A Portfolio of Realistic Drawings by Shannon Ann Coyle


A drawing of a boy with a wreath around his headAmon, graphite

Shannon Ann Coyle is an artist based in Newfoundland and Labrador. The artist works primarily in graphite, creating detailed, realistic drawings of people, animals, and the seagulls inhabiting the local landscape. 


A drawing of a dogMoses, graphite

 

The artist’s drawings are produced with a delicate hand, with pencil strokes lightly blended. The resulting images have a soft touch and feel almost nostalgic in a way, as though the artist…

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The Art Portfolio of Sculptor and Painter Larry Scaturro

A geometric painting with planes of blue and blackUntitled 1, acrylic on canvas

Larry Scaturro is a sculptor and painter currently based in Brooklyn, New York. In his practice, Larry creates sculptures that seem inspired by the shapes and aesthetics of mid-20th century contemporary art, as well as paintings that offer a thoroughly contemporary take on geometric abstraction. 


A painting of geometric forms in different coloursUntitled 6, acrylic on board

Larry’s paintings remind me a bit of works by David Wightman, particularly in the…

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