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Saturated Ink Designs by Brian Joubert


A tattoo of a butterfly with one wing on each thumbButterfly, tattoo

Today we’re featuring tattoo artist Brian Joubert! Brian works at Gas Pedals Tattoos in Kelowna, BC, where he creates colorful, saturated ink designs for his clients.

 

The subject matter of Brian’s tattoo s varies from client to client, but florals and animals seem to be among his favorites. The tattoos often feature vibrant blues and greens and seem stylistically influenced by traditional Japanese tattoo designs.…

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Fragmented Bodies: Film Art by Alexander Headley


A film still of a woman dancingStill from "Tiny Dancer #2"

Our featured artist of the day, Alexander Headley, works primarily in film. Alexander’s recent works frequently feature washed out white lighting and fragmented bodies that seem reduced to objects rather than people. His recent short film Shaved explores themes of masculinity and identity by looking at the practice and meaning of shaving.

 

Shaved 

 

The artist has also worked as a director, costumer…

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Beautiful and Grimy: Painting by David Tycho


A nearly black and white painting of an abstracted city streetUrban Rhapsody #14, acrylic on canvas

David’s deep, grainy paintings are frequently hover just on the edge of abstraction. He frequently works with urban subject matter, portraying sprawling city streets and tall buildings in a way that is both beautiful and grimy, something like a real city.

 

An abstract painting with large planes of colour separated by a dark brush strokeVital Gesture #15, acrylic on canvas

In older works, David explored larger, more gestural brush strokes, combining them with planes of…

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Depth on a Flat Plane: Painting by Trevor Pye


A tabletop painting with references to historical art(Tabletop) Art Is A Lie, acrylic and mixed media on gessoed paper

Today for our artist feature, let’s take a look at the paintings of Trevor Pye! Based in New Zealand, the artist experiments with a many different styles. In his most recent works, stylized human figures seem to overlap with bright shapes and background textures in a delightfully awkward dance. I love the way Trevor plays with the relationship between background and…

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Complex, Obsessive Abstracts by Leif Timber


An abstract painting composed primarily of blues and redsFreedom of Violence, oil on canvas

Today’s featured artist is Leif Timber. Leif is a painter who specializes in complex, obsessive abstracts.

 

Leif’s paintings use varied splashes of colour and texture, sometimes combining to form figures, frequently of women, and other times remaining utterly abstract. The element of obsession that runs through Leif’s body of work presents itself in a number of ways – whether through the…

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Celebratory and Colourful Illustration by Brian Farnham


The cover of Dirty, Sexy, Funny, Astrology written by Jenny McCarthy and Sabra RicciDirty, Sexy, Funny, Astrology book cover

Today’s featured artist is Brian Farnham. Brian is a painter, sculptor and illustrator. His celebratory and colourful illustration has appeared on a number of books and CD covers. Most recently, Brian illustrated the book Dirty, Sexy, Funny Astrology, written by Sabra Ricci and Jenny McCarthy.

 

For this project, Brian produced all of the interior and cover illustrations for the book, while…

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Delicate Sculptural Installations by Troy Nickle


An installation view of an artwork composed of wood and arrowsNature as Culture, installation view at Trianon Gallery, Lethbridge, Alberta

Today’s featured artist, Troy Nickle, is an artist currently located in Lethbridge, Alberta. His work attempts to explore and unravel the connections between natural processes and phenomena. In practice, he utilizes found natural formations as well as the human form.

 

An outdoor installation with a rock suspended between two narrow pine treesSuspend II, limber pines, stone and branches

I really enjoy Troy’s delicate sculptural…

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Growth and Change: Art by Bill Hayner


A mixed-media painting with strange growths on a green backgroundThirty-sixth Month, First Day, mixed media on birch wood panel

Today we’re featuring the artwork of Bill Hayner. This artist’s bizarre, bulbous abstractions have a clear organic quality to them, inspired by the growth and change of life forms. The backgrounds of Bill’s paintings vary, often using bright, monochromatic colours, but the positive shapes are all quite similar, fitting in with an overarching series and an obsession with…

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Friendly, Playful Illustrations by Denise Tonner


An intaglio and ink illustration of different types of seeds and a cartoon personThings in the Seed, intaglio, Chine-colle, ink

Our featured artist today is Denise Tonner. Denise is an illustrator and printmaker based in Vancouver, BC. Denise’s illustrations are relatively simple and yet seem to open endless avenues for storytelling.

 

An illustrated map of the Oyama region of British ColumbiaIllustrated Map of Oyama, BC, digital
 
A screen capture of Denise Tonner's online sketchbookDenise's Sketchbook gallery on her website

The artist favours sketchy lines and not-quite-opaque colouring and like other mixed-media

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Intricate Symbolism: Paintings by Howard Hastie


A painting of two surreal grey figures in a winter landscapeInside Shadow, oil on canvas

Our featured artist Howard Hastie’s paintings express intricate symbolism, whether through the repetition of actual symbols in his abstract works, or through the use of his strange, bulbous, humanoid shapes in the backgrounds of his more figurative paintings.

 

An oil painting in a pattern similar to a carpetLa Carrotte, et Le Baton, oil on canvas

I’m fascinated by Howard’s abstractions – they seem to toe the line between genuine abstraction and…

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Cartoonish Exuberance: Art by Alejandro Leon


An abstracted painting of a small animal in a forestIn The Woods, oil and acrylic on canvas

Our featured artist today is Alejandro Leon. Alejandro’s body of work features painted canvases bursting with different styles and textures.

 

A primarily blue painting with abstracted raftsRafts, oil and acrylic on canvas


A screen capture of the front page of Alejandro Leon's websitewww.alejandroleonart.com

I love the cartoonish exuberance that Alejandro brings to his paintings! Even artworks that seem to explode with complex detail are consistently approachable. I like the way he combines different…

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Dramatic Fragments: Photography by Michael Matthew Woodlee


A photo of a man standing in his bedroomJayce's bed room 2011, photograph

Today we’re featuring the photography of Michael Matthew Woodlee. Michael’s photographs are often of mundane scenarios that seem to have a deeper and in some cases darker story behind them.

 

A photo of a man standing inside a cabin in YosemiteGary 2013, photograph

Michael’s series Jayce follows the titular individual over a number of years, photographing him, for instance, standing in his bedroom or lighting a cigarette in his parent’s house.…

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Deep, Moody Artworks by Marie Suprenant


An abstract painting using thin brush marks of oil on paperReel.24, oil on paper

Marie Suprenant is our featured artist today! Marie’s deep, moody artworks often use dark blots of ink or washes of oil paint to call familiar images to mind, or let the viewer contemplate the unknown.

 

An abstract image composed of grey charcoal and inkGRIS (Hiver 2015) no. 14, ink and pastel on Canal paper

Many of Marie’s works have the feeling of ink blots, with titles that stir a recognition of an indescribable form. I quite enjoy Marie’s black and white…

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Crashing Waves: Paintings by Grace Clark


A simple painting of a birch tree on a blue backgroundBirch 1, acrylic on canvas

Grace Clark is a Calgary artist who has a colourful and varied body of work. As a painter, Grace experiments with many different styles, from abstract, to simplified figurative subjects.

 

A simple painting of an orange coffee cup5 Cups 022, acrylic on canvas

Grace’s works explore the tactility of her media, and the different ways in which acrylic paint behaves depending on the substrate and the way it is applied. Some of the artist’s favourite…

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Frescos in Mixed Media by Nella Lush


An abstracted painting of a figure in oil and enncausticFeeling Blessed @ Cortile, P-Town, oil, cold wax, marble, oil sticks on canvas

Nella Lush is our featured artist today! Nella creates abstracted paintings and frescos in mixed media and encaustic. Her paintings, layered thickly with various media, are reminiscent of ancient and weathered wall-based artworks.

 

A main page screen capture of Nella Lush's art website

Nella's art website front page

 

In her paintings and frescos, flowers and scenery are slightly blurred at the edges, obscured…

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