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Communicating Experience Through Art: Judy Southerland


artwork with text and characters walking across a lineConveyors, acrylic and watercolour pencil on canvas

Judy Southerland, our featured artist for today, works in mixed media, exploring both materials and methods of expression.

 

In her work, Judy expresses the tension between words and images as ways of communicating experience. Her works are enigmatic, often combining photorealistic painted figures and abstract brush marks, lines and shapes. I also enjoy her occasional deployment of…


Abstract Expressionism at Grolle Fine Art


painting of clouds and the moonJim Corbett

Today’s featured artist is not a single artist but an entire gallery! Grolle Fine Art is located in Winnipeg Manitoba. The gallery’s mission is to bring different styles and cultures together in the making of new masterpieces.

 

Grolle’s built a fine website, www.grollefineart.com, that allows you to view portfolios of work by each of the artists who have shown at the gallery. While I can see some common threads…

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Organic vs. Geometric: the Paintings of Lili Phelouzat


digital illustration of geometric shapes and vibrant colorsFuture, digital illustration

Lili Phelouzat is Artist Run Website's featured artist today! Lili was born in France, and later moved to London. She is currently exhibiting in both France and the UK. Her body of work contains colourful, minimalist geometric illustrations, and complex, abstract paintings which combine the geometric, scientific, almost schematic imagery with more organic, tactile forms.

 


acrylic painting with dripping ink on canvas using bright colorsConscious of Repression, ink and…

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Humans and Natural Spaces by Caro Wilson


ring of tree trunk made with inkUntitled, bitmapped ink and graphite

Caro Wilson, our featured artist for today, was born in Calgary, Albert, and is now located in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Caro’s work brings together images of people and images of nature.

 

I am particularly taken by the motif of the rings of a tree trunk that appears consistently in Caro’s work. In her For[face]ests series,  she has created portraits in which the face is obscured, and almost merged…

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Photomanipulation Works by Joeann Edmonds-Matthew


photograph of skyscraper with red windowsRed Windows

Looking at the photographic works of Joeann Edmonds-Matthew, I see works that are extremely detailed and yet often somehow abstract. Some of the works follow a realistic style while others focus purely on the materials of their making.

 

Joeann lives and works in California, where she uses photography and her own experience working in the film industry, to look closely at the images and expressions around her. Her use of…

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Geometric Monotype Prints: Kristin Leigh Calhoun


mono print of circles in arc shapeZenithal, collographic monoprint

Our featured artist for the day, Kristin Leigh Calhoun, is primarily a printmaker working in monotype prints.

 

I really love the way Kristin uses grids and patterns to her advantage in her abstract works. Some pieces focus on large blocks of shape and colour, while in others there is a recurring pattern of larger shapes filled in with what appears as a writhing mass of abstract line and shape. These…

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Nature and Folk-Art by Dennis Worrel


ink drawing of several people in costumes with color shadingWhitching Hour

Our featured artist of the day, Dennis Worrel, creates very personal works that impress a sense of quiet happiness and appreciation of their subject matter.  Worrel’s style draws from nature and folk-art influences and uses a charming, almost naïve style - one that at times appears almost impressionist.

 

Dennis uses various techniques including drawing, painting and printmaking, and tends to work from memory or…


Soft Realistic Portraits: Claudette Webb


realistic painting of red haired woman holder a black catLisa and Bo, oil

Today we’re looking at the portfolio of Claudette Webb. Claudette is an artist currently living and working in Hunstville, Alabama. In her art she uses oil paints, as well as pencil crayons to create soft realistic portraits of people in their day-to-day lives.

 

The style that Claudette uses lends to her work an interesting tension between photorealism, and a softer, more lenient way of painting. The result is…

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Fluid Watercolour Paintings: Wa Truong


chinese water-colour painting of flowersThree Bees, watercolour

Wa Truong was born in Vietnam and came to the united states with his family in the late 70’s. Having begun to paint at the age of 9, Truong took up the technique of traditional Chinese watercolour painting, and has honed his skills in the art ever since. Truong’s works are beautiful examples of the results that a well-trained artist can produce from a medium that is often tricky to control.


chinese watercolor painting of dark cloudsDark Clouds,…

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Creative Textile Artworks: Anne Garwood Roney


artwork made from green fabricRapids, dowelling and fabric

Today we feature the textile-based works of Anne Garwood Roney. Anne uses a variety of fabrics, as well as rope, twine, and small objects such as buttons and beads in her creative textile artworks. I like the contrast in Anne’s body of work between using highly processed, fine fabrics, and materials taken straight from the great outdoors such as reeds and gourds. Born in Toronto, Anne recently moved back to…

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Natural Forms for Public Art: Katrina Alexy

 

painting of several circle shaped with a chicken on topmixed media

Katrina Alexy produces work that stands in a space between public art, and art for the gallery space – all while asking the viewer what exactly the difference is between public art and “private” art.


two sculptures of birds nests made from woodSuspended Nest, found wood

Katrina employs many different techniques in her work. On her website you can find examples of painting, collage, and sculpture. Much of Katrina’s work focuses on natural forms for public art…

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Typographic Exploration: Emma Lehto


detailed photo of book art with sentences cut outPink & Gold #4, mixed media

Emma Lehto uses her artwork as a typographic exploration into books, everyday objects, and seemingly innocuous materials. Emma’s work has a particular kind of softness to it that comes out in her use of fabrics, floral patterns and delicate sewing techniques. I enjoy how she offsets this quality with overt subject matter and images, such as in her profanity laced pillowcases, and delicate sewn-text works.…

 

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Dark Side of Paradise: Illustration & Collages by Sean Bernhardt


illustration with white ink on black ground of a truck and landscapeDrone Desert, sharpie pen and microns on paper

Artist and illustrator Sean Bernhardt was born in Long Branch, New Jersey. His works reflect a love of beach and surf culture.

 

Sean’s illustrations are at once minimal and intricate – high contrast, black and white line art featuring recurring motifs and text. Images of palm trees, skulls and skeletons create an interesting juxtaposition between lighthearted surf-and-sun imagery and…

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Wildlife Paintings by Cheryl Gilarsky

Cheryl Gilarsky is a painter who focuses on wildlife and landscape scenery in her subject matter. Her painting style is interestingly varied, and can range from very tight, realistic brush work, to a colourful, almost expressionist-like style.

 
oil painting of water lillies. the background is dark blue and takes up most of the image. the lilies are white.Waterlillies, oil on canvas

Looking through Cheryl's online portfolio, I enjoy seeing this range of styles in action - her collection of wildlife paintings features the appearance of a moose in…

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Bombastic Floral Imagery: Agnes Friedlander



artwork of flower mosaicGarden Star Mosaic, digital print

Our featured artist for today is Agnes Friedlander. Agnes works with paint, as well as printmaking and collage. Many of her works feature large, bombastic floral imagery, while some, including most of her print works, simply celebrate colour and texture.

 


purple and red color abstract imageMagenta Gelli, gelli print

Agnes’ floral works are far from quiet. Her painting style is one that brings the subject matter to the forefront of the…

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