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A Portfolio of Dense Mixed-Media Abstraction by Mohab Elghaffar

An abstracted artwork with an ancient Egyptian-style figureUntitled

Mohab Elghaffar creates paintings that are inspired by the mythology and culture of ancient Egypt. The artist disseminates this inspiration through a lense of layered, dense mixed media abstraction, producing paintings that suggest a multitude of possible interpretations. 


An abstract artwork with splashes of colourUntitled

 

We looked at Mohab’s intense abstract compositions and the way the artist uses saturated colours and mixed media elements to evoke a sense of…

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The Acrylic and Watercolour Portfolio of Donna Howard

A painting of an owl-like figure on an abstract geometric backgroundThe Owl Dreams of Mondrian, acrylic on canvas

Donna Howard is a painter who works in acrylic and watercolour, creating artworks that combine abstract and figurative elements with a poppy, cartoonish aesthetic. Though Donna’s artworks capitalize on contemporary pop aesthetics, many carry hints of deeper (and sometimes darker) conceptual intent. 


A painting of yellow bird figures on a geometric backgroundMy Plummet, acrylic on canvas

 

I like how Donna creates paintings with layered aesthetics…

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Saskatchewan Wildlife: The Art of Belinda Harrow

A photo of an art installation in downtown ReginaThe 11th Avenue Gophers (installation view)

Belinda Harrow is a Saskatchewan-based artist who works in a variety of media, from sculpture to painting. The artist’s works often incorporate Saskatchewan wildlife as subject and motif. 


A textile sculpture of a gopherMeunster

 

I’m really enjoying browsing the images of Belinda’s recent project The 11th Avenue Gophers, a pop-up exhibition in downtown Regina. The project consists of a group of gophers, each…

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Lush Abstract Images: The Art of Donna Bruni

A painting composed of cool blue and grey coloursWalking on Water Series, #2, oil on canvas

Donna Bruni is a painter who works primarily in oil, building lush abstract images with a focus on a single base hue. In her paintings, Donna layers shades and tints to create volume and the suggestion of vast seascapes or cloudy expanses of sky. 


An abstract image suggesting a dock floating on still waterFloating Dock, oil on canvas

The artist often paints on a large scale, with planes of a single colour sometimes taking up a space several feet wide…

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The Art Portfolio of Zara Spence

A drawing of a character from a fantasy seriesNight King Slayer

Zara Spence is an artist who creates portraits and other custom artwork on a commission basis. The artist’s style is cartoonish, allowing the artist to capture and exaggerate recognizable characteristics of her subjects to great effect. 


A drawing of a couple with two golden retrieversGift

 

I really enjoy the way Zara composes her images. Some recent works of the artists take on a kind of emblematic aesthetic, with a central figure and a text banner positioned…

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Pet and Person Portraits by John Langeveld

A black and white portrait of a girlUntitled

John Langeveld is a Calgary-based artist who specializes in portraiture. The artist’s current portfolio features both pet and person portraits, both black and white sketches and polished, full-colour paintings. 


A portrait of a dog in the back seat of a convertibleUntitled

 

I like the consistency of style in which John renders his subjects. The artist specializes in portraits of young children, and the slightly softened, rough-edged approach that he takes seems fitting to…

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A Stained Glass Mosaic Art Portfolio by Suzanne Coverett Earls

A mosaic portrait of a young boyFresh Faces Forward #1, glass on glass

Suzanne Coverett Earls is a mosaic artist and painter. In her practice, Suzanne creates images both abstract and figurative, often drawing inspiration from nature, animals, and the unique properties of the stained glass mosaic medium. 


A stained glass mosaic of a black catSally, layered glass mosaic

 

I’m really impressed by the amount of detail that Suzanne is able to pack into her mosaic artworks. The artist is adept at using…

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A Portfolio of Bean-Based Artworks by Betsi Shelffo

An image of a tiger made using coffee beans glued to a surfaceTamped the Tiger

Betsi Shelffo is an artist who began experimenting with drawing and painting in her childhood, and later became enamoured with an unusual medium: coffee beans. In her current practice, Betsi creates bean-based artworks in a high-contrast, graphic style. 


A portrait of Janet Leigh in Psycho made in coffee beansPsycho Without my Coffee

 

Betsi’s current practice focuses mostly on portraiture -- the artist’s portfolio is organized by portrait category. The artist often…

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The Art Portfolio of Cameron McLellan

An artwork consisting of dampened watercolour shavings on paperStudio Weather I, February 15, 2017, watercolour shavings, ingress studio water, graphite on Rives BFK

Cameron McLellan is a Vancouver-based artist who works primarily in painting, drawing, and mixed media. The artist’s works addresses man-made materials and architecture, and the ways in which constructed spaces interact with weather and the natural environment. 


A minimalist artwork made with a point of watercolour on paperStudio Weather 7, March 28, 2017, watercolour shavings, ingress studio…

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The Portfolio of Music Producer, DJ, and Journalist Robert Shea

The cover of a book of collected articles from Discotext MagazineDiscotext Magazine: Vancouver Club Culture & the History of EDM 1988 - 1990, self-published book

Robert Shea is a Montreal-based music producer, DJ, and journalist. Robert’s current portfolio features examples of both writing and music, all imbued with a sense of appreciation for a wide variety of music. 


A scanned page from a magazine write up about a techno producerA write-up about Eat Static

 

Throughout his career, Robert has worked on all sides of the music industry, from promotion and…

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Wildly Colourful Landscapes: The Art of Marty Husted

A painting of a vibrant landscape with blue coloursVibrant Renewal, acrylic and mixed media on gallery-wrapped canvas

Marty Husted is a painter and mixed media artist currently based in Columbus, Ohio. The artist’s current portfolio covers abstraction, plein air painting, and imaginative, wildly colourful landscapes


An abstract painting with primarily blue tonesDancing on the Edge, mixed media

 

I love the layered, complex appearance of Marty’s paintings -- whether it’s abstract shapes or mottled, vibrantly hued tree…

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The Art Portfolio of Woodworker and Sculptor Derek Bencomo

A wood sculpture made using dynamic abstract shapesTwist and Shout, Hawaiian Milo wood

Derek Bencomo is a woodworker and sculptor based in Maui, Hawaii. In his practice, the artist takes the natural textures and forms of wood, emphasizing these qualities to create smooth, flowing shapes in rich, warm hues. 


A series of sculptures with tall vertical linesFamily

Derek’s works comprise both functional objects and pure sculpture, with many pieces taking on both roles. Sometimes the way the artist follows the natural grain of the wood…

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Reclaimed Wood: Woodwork by Steve Sziklai

A set of three fir charcuterie boardsCharcuterie boards, fir

Steve Sziklai is a woodworker who uses reclaimed wood -- cast off from from commercial manufacturers, found on beaches, or rescued from backyards and basements -- to produce everything from small household objects to furniture. 


A handmade cutting board with strips of different woodMulti-species board, primarily maple and black walnut

 

Much of the work that Steve produces evokes a warm sense of home -- many simple cutting boards and serving platters are minimally…

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Human and Animal Figures: The Bronze Sculpture of Roy Paul Madsen

A bronze sculpture of a sparrow perched on a human handNot a Sparrow Falls, bronze

Roy Paul Madsen is an accomplished American sculptor who works in a realist style, producing works of art that capture the fine features of human and animal figures. The artist works primarily in bronze, rendering his subjects with a regal and appropriately “statuesque” air. 


A bronze statue of shakespeareShakespeare, bronze

 

Roy’s sculptures do a beautiful job of taking advantage of the bronze medium, capitalizing on the warmth,…

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