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Whimsical Murals and Powerful Paintings by Grace Ann Piano


A painting of a Sudanese woman holding a babySudanese, oil on canvas

Grace-Anne Piano came to art after a previous career in engineering and business. Her whimsical murals and powerful paintings can be found in a variety of public and private spaces.

 


A wall mural in a hair salon, depicting a woman with long, flowing hairUntitled wall mural

Grace’s style produces colourful paintings, full of movement themselves, as well as sculptural and large-scale public installations – for example, a parade float. There is something about Grace’s work that…

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Text, Choreography and Performance by Tanya Lukin Linklater


PhotodocumentaA photo of a woman dancing while another woman plays cello in the backgroundGrain(s), documentation of live performance

Tanya Lukin Linklater is an artist who uses text, choreography and performance to address both personal and social concepts. Tanya often employs two or more of the aforementioned disciplines in a single piece, resulting in multilayered performances that are both aesthetically

pleasing and thought provoking.

 


A screen capture of Tanya Lukin Linklater's websitewww.tanyalukinlinklater.com

 


A photo of a man looking at a banner draped over a rock jettySlow Scrape, site-specific installation

Tanya’s…

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Moody Abstract Works: Skai Fowler


An abstract painting with overlapping lines of orange and blue tonesConvergence 1, acrylic on canvas

Skai Fowler is based in Vancouver, British Columbia but her art exhibits internationally. Her paintings combine powerful, almost monochromatic planes of colour with smaller shapes and thin, spider-like dark lines, creating an effect that I find slightly reminiscent of the works of Kandinsky.

 


A screen capture of Skai Fowler's websiteDown This Crazy River series on Skai Fowler's website


An abstracted painting of salmon swimming upstream on a deep blue backgroundSalmon River, acrylic on canvas

Skai’s works are…

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Colourful, Dreamlike Paintings by Timothy Innamorato

 
An oil painting of a blue parrot next to a bowl of fruitFruit with Blue Parrot, oil on canvas

 

Timothy Innamorato is an artist born in Brooklyn, New York, who uses a vibrant palette and deeply layered images to create his colourful, dreamlike paintings. I enjoy the range of imagery and style that Timothy employs, and the wonderful amount of variety that this creates in his body of work. While he often uses a technique of partial abstraction – occasionally overlaying representational…

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Works by Women Artists: N.A.W.A. Massachsetts Chapter


An abstract oil painting mainly composed of blue tonesFeelings...#47, oil on canvas, Liana Moonie

Today we are featuring not a single artist, but an organization of them.  The National Association of Women Artists (Massachusetts Chapter, Inc.) is only one chapter of an organization that was started in 1889 by five women who were unjustly barred from participation in important but extremely male-dominated art societies at the time.

 


A very loose oil painting of a grove of bare trees, using blue and yellow tonesEnchanted, oil on linen, Lully Schwartz

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Digital Collage Illustrations by Valerie Lesiak


A cartoonish image of two birds perched atop a stack of teacupsI Was Here First

Valerie Lesak is an illustrator living and working in Rocky River, Ohio. She has worked for a greeting card company and as such her illustrations are clear, fun and communicative.

 

While she does work digitally her style might be more accurately described as collage. Many different shapes, colours and patterns come together in each image to form objects and animals – birds, teacups and flowers being popular motifs. I…

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Classical and Contemporary Portraiture: Greg MacNair


A realistic portrait of a youngUntitled

Greg MacNair, our featured artist for today, is an oil painter who uses techniques of classical realism to portray modern subjects.

 

I love seeing the attention to detail in each of Greg’s works. With his particular method of painting he manages to capture the exact image of his subject – be that a person, landscape, or pet – with both incredible accuracy and a loose, playful aspect. His images are never photorealistic…

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Sculpture Utilizing Found Objects: Susan Parrish



a small humanoid figure composed of various household objectsMr. Twinings, Always on Time for Work, found objects

Susan Parrish is our featured artist for the day! Trained as a potter, Susan created functional pieces of ceramic work for many years before deciding use her skills for pure art. She now creates eclectic works of sculpture utilizing found objects and a diverse range of materials.

 


A sculpture made of found objects, shaped like a cartoonish human headThe Politicians: Crockpot, mixed media

Her charming series of abstracted busts use the form and shape of…

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Collage and Paper-Cut artwork: Mark M. Garrett


collage of organic shapesTrapezius 5, cut paper and collage

Mark M. Garrett traces the uneven, sloping lines of a landscape across his images, using maps as both an inspiration and a medium. Found on his website - www.markmgarrett.com - are many examples of different categories of work – some that is collaged from and based on cartography, some anatomical work that also echoes the shapes of land masses and bodies of water, and some that is bizarre and…

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Stylized Trees: Mixed-Media Works by Mindy Harrell


Four large paintings of trees with orange and brown coloursTree Series grouping of 4

Mindy Harrell is an artist from Georgia who focuses on trees as a motif and subject in much of her work. These works are of heavily stylized trees, but keep the basic upright form of tree trunks, which I find lends them the feeling of forests seen through thick mist or fog.

 


An abstracted painting of birch trees in neutral coloursTree Series 020613

While the basis of her artwork is paint, sometimes Mindy incorporates other materials and objects into the works,…

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Comic Book Artwork by Chad Hardin


illustration of woman in a graveyardCreepy (Promotional)

Chad Hardin, our featured artist for the day, was born in Las Vegas, Nevada, and now lives in Utah. He spent some time as an illustrator for a video game company, before deciding to start pursuing a career as a comic artist. His portfolio is filled with gorgeous comic book artwork – images that are incredibly and realistically detailed, but with the action-packed, dramatically lit style of modern superhero comics…

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Narrative Photography by Ted Diamond


sunset photography with man and suitcaseSunset Cape May

Photographer Ted Diamond talks a lot about the American Flag in his artist’s statement, however to focus only on that would be to overlook some of the other interesting work that he has produced.

 

I am quite taken with Ted’s series “A Man and His Bag” – which, at a glance is fairly self-explanatory, but upon a longer look is a great exercise in narrative photography, and tells an open-ended story that is up to…

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Layers of Colour: Painting by Timothy J. Sullivan


abstract painting with white and yellow paintsLeaping Into Freedom, acrylic on wood panel

Timothy J. Sullivan is an artist who works in a less traditional manner than simple brushstrokes. His technique of scraping away layers of media to reveal the colours and patterns beneath creates images that are at once grounded by grid-like lines, and made up of ethereal notions of colour.

 

Timothy’s arsenal of tools includes palette knives, brushes and even painting rags, all of which…

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Wildly Energetic Work by Franck De Las Mercedes


collage art of man surrounded by colourful shapesInstruction Guide for Self-Fathering (Indifference Not Included), acrylic and collage

Franck De Las Mercedes was born in Nicaragua and emigrated to the US as a child, growing up in New York.  His work could be described as psychedelic, frenetic, and at times even anxious. While the bright, garish colours of his paintings may not immediately invite the viewer in, a closer look at these artworks has great rewards.

 


artwork of circles lines and shapes with textNature Interrupted…

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Collaborative Public Art: M. Simon Levin


man and woman in front of gold disccode.lab

M. Simon Levin, our featured artist for today, often works collaboratively and in public spaces. Looking through Simon’s online gallery I find many examples of spatial, scultptural and technological concepts in installation art. Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Simon teaches at Emily Carr University.


close photograph of a sculptureC4SALTX

Because of the spatial nature of Simon’s work, much of his documentation is provided in the form of a description…


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