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Exploring Imagination: Art by Stephanie Cormier


A sculpture made from discarded cardboard, plastic, and other materialsUntitled

Stephanie Cormier is a Toronto-based artist who works with various media, including found objects and unexpected construction materials, to create strange assemblages exploring imagination. The artist’s works take on an appearance that’s at once alien and vaguely familiar, like an object from a dream.


A wall-hanging installtion with textile elementsUntitled

 

The artist’s recent series Something From Nothing is made up of works that express imaginary objects. As…

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Music and Social Justice: An Art Portfolio by Marilyn Nelson


A painting made up of intersecting vertical linesEast to the West, oil on canvas

Marilyn Nelson’s artistic practice is inspired by music and social justice, both significant interests for the artist herself. The artist’s paintings tend to be abstract, though in recent works, Marilyn has experimented with the addition of text.


A painting incorporating elements of abstraction and textWhere is the love?, oil on canvas

 

I her ongoing series Subliminal Reflections, Marilyn uses a musical lens to explore concepts of not only abstract…

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Textural Mixed Media: An Art Portfolio by Mary Chalmers Main


A colourful mixed media work with abstracted planes of colourBrilliance 4

Mary Chalmers Main is an artist who works in paint and textiles, creating colourful abstract and figurative works. Mary paints a variety of subjects with a painterly, gestural hand, sometimes incorporating textural mixed media details.


A painting of a sunflower with a faceVincent's model, acrylic on canvas

The works in Mary’s Acrylic Paintings gallery evoke peaceful, almost pastoral natural scenes. While the artist sometimes incorporates elements of…

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A Portfolio of Vibrant Artworks by Vesa Peltonen


A colourful image of a highway running through a hilly areaHighway North #2

Vesa Peltonen is an artist based on Ontario. In his practice, Vesa utilizes bright colour and a digital aesthetic, often blending photography and forms of digital manipulation and painting to create intensely vibrant artworks.


An artwork made with horizontal coloured lines representing the skyNorthern Skyline

 

Vesa’s art portfolio spans a wide range of subjects, from musicians, to landscapes, to more bizarre, experimental abstract imagery. The artist’s recent abstract works are a…

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Spirituality and Connection: The Art Portfolio of Chía Ortegón


A mixed media portrait of a womanCandice, coloured pencils, gold leaf, acrylic paint on wood

Chía Ortegón is an artist originally from Bogota, Colombia. Chía’s artworks span a range of media and styles, though the artist imbues every work with a sense of spirituality and connection.


A painting on a round disc expressing a theme of loveThe Chalice of Love

In our previous feature of Chía’s transcendental art, we looked at the artist’s abstract paintings and portraiture, and the way that she sometimes combines…

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Calling Attention: The Art Portfolio of Barry Scanlan


A painting on newspaper expressing a warning about extinctionThe Road to Extinction, acrylic on newspaper

Barry Scanlan is a mixed media artist who often uses his practice as a method of calling attention to social, political, and environmental issues. Barry’s works tend to be colourful and stylized, incorporating text that lends each piece a punk or DIY-esque aesthetic.


A colourful image with a figure of a skeletonProfits. Wealth. Money. Nothing Else Matters, acrylic and paint pens on newspaper

 

Barry’s recent series of work,

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Geometric Abstraction: The Art Portfolio of Graham Hall


A geometric painting with large planes of whiteElections, acrylic on canvas

Graham Hall is an artist who, in recent years, has been producing works of geometric abstraction. The artist tends to use acrylic paint to create his images, though his technique embraces every facet of the acrylic media, sometimes with hard, clean edges and other times with textured, painterly strokes.


An abstract geometric composition made with repeating shapesProvincial Wonder Place, acrylic on canvas

I really enjoy the works in Graham’s 2017 series Secret Work.…

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Whimsical and Technical: The Art Portfolio of John Brickels


A clay sculpture of a strange machineHortsmann Machine

John Brickels is a sculptor who works with slab and extruded stoneware clay to create intricate figures of buildings, machines, cars, and robots. The artist’s works sometimes combine clay with found objects for a look that’s both whimsical and technical.


A sculpture of a robot holding two dollsAu Pair Bot

 

In our previous feature of John’s artworks, we looked at the artist’s cartoonish Americana aesthetic. I enjoy the way that John offsets his…

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A Portfolio of Photographs and Paintings by Joseph Peter Sullivan


A manipulated abstract photographic imageyou are my constant 2

Joseph Peter Sullivan has lived throughout the United States and continues to travel, though he is currently based in Minneapolis. The artist creates photographs and paintings that express an interest in abstraction through light, shadow, and texture.


An abstracted photo of a stairwellUntitled

 

I really enjoy Joseph’s photographs. These works play with the viewer’s expectations of what a photograph can be, and what information it can reveal or…

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Canada's Prairies: The Art Portfolio of David B. Scott


A painting of an abandoned barn in a fieldLast Giant Standing, oil on canvas

Painter David B. Scott was born in New Zealand and spent time throughout Europe and North America before coming to Canada. The artist’s current body of work focuses on the natural landscape of Canada’s prairies, with occasional architectural and animal figures.


A painting of a squat structure in a fieldLooking Through, oil on canvas

 

I really appreciate the level of detail in David’s paintings. The artist’s recent works in particular…

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Energy and Heart: The Art Portfolio of Angela R. Green


A painting of a trumpet playerUptown Jazz Funk, mixed media

Angela R. Green is an artist and poet who explores a variety of subjects in her paintings and visual art. The artist often draws inspiration from music and other forms of expression, resulting in visual pieces that are imbued with a great sense of energy and heart.


A painting of Adam LevineGuys With Guitars #2

 

I like the way Angela explores different styles of painting as she switches between different subjects. In her series The…

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A Naturalist Approach: The Art Portfolio of Jan Pearson


A painting of a sunset over waterher path, acrylic on wrapped canvas

 

Jan Pearson takes a naturalist approach to painting, rendering her subjects in a gestural, almost abstracted quality that suggests movement and ethereality. Growing up in rural Missouri, the artist has been inspired by nature, an inspiration that’s reflected in both her subject matter and style.


An abstracted painting of a woman in a yellow hoodieChill'n

 

There’s a wonderful sense of movement in almost all of Jan’s paintings – though an…

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Dramatic Portraits: The Painting Portfolio of Nocona Burgess


A painting of a native American man in traditional clothingModern Warrior

Nocona Burgess is an artist and a member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma. In his artistic practice, Nocona paints powerful, often dramatic portraits of native American people from different nations around North America.


A painting of a woman from the Hopi tribeHopi 2

 

The artist’s paintings are made all the more striking by his use of monochromatic backgrounds, sometimes incorporating geometric elements. There’s a contrast at play here between the…

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Figures and Bodies: The Art Portfolio of Jon Duci


A painting with overlapping, fragmented human formsLiving Daylights, acrylic on canvas

Long Island, NY artist Jon Duci creates works of painting, drawing, and collage that explore human forms. In his work, Jon stretches the conventional depictions of figures and bodies to a point of near abstraction, creating works that are fascinating blend of figurative painting, abstract art, and body horror.


A painting of human body parts with a large earEar Op, acrylic on canvas (album art for Los Doggies)

 

I find Jon’s paintings and…

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Gothic Scenes: The Art Portfolio of Rebecca Chaperon


A painting of a fantasy scene with a pool of waterSpellwork, acrylic on canvas

Rebecca Chaperon is an artist based in Vancouver, BC, who specializes in dreamy, gothic scenes and narrative illustrations. The artist works in a lush, painterly style with deeply saturated hues of green, blue, and pink.


A painting of a lone woman with snakesSnake Lake, acrylic on canvas

 

I really enjoy the somewhat gestural quality of Rebecca’s painting style, and the way the artist adjusts her technique to be more -- or less -- detailed…

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