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Strange, Surreal Portraiture by Rachael Siminovitch


A watercolour painting of an eyeless fox dressed in grandmother's clothingUntitled, watercolour on paper

Today’s featured artist is Rachael Siminovitch. I'm really enjoying Rachael’s paintings and drawings, where strange, surreal portraiture meet memento mori.  

 


A pencil drawing of a bear walking over a pile of stones, with a cow's skull in the foregroundBear Creek, pencil on paper

The shadow of death seems to feature in a lot of these images – bones, skulls and other signs of decay frequently appear in the backgrounds of her portraits. The portraits themselves are often drawn in a simple,…

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Barns, Pets and Bright Colours: Paintings by Lesli Devito


A painting of a barn using bright colours and flat planesHollylane

Our featured artist today is Lesli Devito! Lesli currently lives in Virginia in a country house- a house which has become inspirational to many of her paintings of barns, pets, and bright colours.  

 


A painting of a sad-looking dalmatianPatches

I really like Lesli’s unique painting style, and the ultra-clean treatment of her subjects. She places stylized images of buildings, farm animals, cats and dogs against flat, brightly coloured backgrounds. Lesli uses…

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Combining Disciplines: Art by Adrian Molina


A sculpture made of an object with strands of dried paint attached in three dimensionsDescarga

Adrian Molina lists his works as “sculptural paintings” and “painterly sculptures” – and the artist certainly enjoys combining disciplines in his work. Adrian attacks his works from a philosophical, and even scientific standpoint.

 

A screen capture of the "sculptural paintings" gallery on Adrian Molina's websiteAdrian's Sculptural Paintings gallery on his art webpage


A painting of a man thinking, with the thought bubble made three dimensionalConsider Not Becoming

True, his sculptures are about as painterly as possible without being actual paintings. It looks as though the…

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Stunning Geographic Scenes: Photography by Ivan Petrov


A photograph of lighting over a city skyline in AlbertaUrban Chaos

Photographer Ivan Petrov uses his camera to capture stunning geographic scenes, showcasing the wildly different landscapes and unique beauty of each of the many destinations that he travels to.

 


A photograph of a sunset over water in NewfoundlandSunset in Rocky Harbour

I like the way Ivan categorizes his photos by place – each gallery on www.ivanpetrov.ca is like a travel book, allowing the viewer to get a feel for the region through many different photos. Ivan captures…

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Ghostly Fairytales: Art by Paige Moore


A mixed-media artwork with the figure of a woman flying over housesShe flew with torches lit..., acrylic, charcoal and watercolour pencil on masonite panel

Artist Paige Moore’s love of the dark, mysterious and fantastic is palpable in each of her works. These paintings and drawings, or “stories,” are ghostly fairytales that make it easy for the viewer to fill in the whole narrative. I love the way Paige uses her brush, creating images that are very loosely structured, and yet form perfectly real…

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Portals, Altars and Mythological Figures: Art by Chía Ortegón


A contour-line painting of a woman with blue skin in a yellow dressBlank Mood

Today we’re featuring the artwork of Chía Ortegón.  Chía is a prolific artist with her own practice and several collaborative projects on the go.

 

Many of Chía’s works are self portraits, and the female figure appears in a vast majority of them. Her technique celebrates line, with brightly-coloured figures that are built up using contour lines. Sometimes these lines are echoed in her backgrounds as well, or become…

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Custom Art Prints by Vesa Peltonen


A digital print image of a woman floating in calm waterUnder the Water, artist print 

Vesa Peltonen is a an artist of many talents, working in many different areas of the arts including education, design, writing, and of course, visual arts. For today’s artist feature let’s take a look at his custom art prints!

 

A digital print image of red and purple clouds over a morning landscapeSky Forms in the Morning, artist print 

Vesa uses a unique and interesting style to create his artworks. What looks like photographic images form the basis for his images…

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Musical Paintings by Marilyn Nelson


An abstract painting with swirls of purple, yellow and blue"Octopus's Garden" - The Beatles, oil and acrylic on canvas

Marilyn Nelson, is our featured artist today! Marilyn is currently working mainly in abstract painting, taking the inspiration for her images from music. These musical paintings vary widely in colour and tone, but all are painted with swirling, carefree brush strokes that seem to mimic the movements of dance.


An abstract work meant to emulate the feeling of K.D. Lang's Hallelujah"Hallelujah" - K.D. Lang, oil on canvas

It’s easy to see where the…

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"Anthropocentric Specimens": Art by Stephanie Cormier


A bulbous, doughy sculpture made from pink polyurethane foam with bread ties stuck in itAnthropocentric Specimen 033, polyurethane foam, found objects 

Today let’s look at Toronto-based artist Stephanie Cormier. Stephanie uses many different techniques and materials to make her work, which is often sculptural or project-based.

 

Stephanie’s "Anthropocentric Specimens" are lovely – they are all very obviously constructed from found and non-organic materials, and yet they do have a biological feeling to them, like…

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Delicately Layered Images by Sandra Sugimoto


A collaged image of several baby birds in a nest

Untitled


Sandra Sugimoto is a children’s book illustrator and art teacher, who creates delicately layered images of paper and fabric scraps.

 

Sandra’s professional illustrations feature children and animals in scenes both fantastic and calm, using bright colours and simple shapes, overlaid to form more complex forms. I find Sandra’s illustrations so adorable and relaxing to look at! The subtle repetition of shapes and the…

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Loving Portraiture by Graham Hall


A realistic portrait of a woman with blonde hair and glasses on wood panelJohanna Heldebro, acrylic on wood panel

Montreal artist Graham Hall is an accomplished painter and illustrator, jumping between styles and subjects with apparent ease. Graham’s style ranges from cartoonish, quickly done line art in his drawings, to very smooth realistic portraits and clean, geometric lines.

 


An abstract geometric painting with a honeycomb pattern covering the substrateMorpeheon, acrylic on wood panel

All of Graham’s work is wonderfully expressive, and it’s nice that it doesn’t lose…

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Deep Colours and Wild Brushstrokes: Painting by Ella Sandow


A painting of a red, bulbous flowerFire in the Desert, oil on canvas

These deep colours and wild brushstrokes are the work of Ella Sandow, our featured artist for today. Ella finds much of her inspiration in nature, with many of her paintings focusing specifically on flowers and plants.

 


A gallery screen capture on the art website of Ella SandowDeviant Nature gallery on Ella's website

I find Ella’s use of black backgrounds interesting – it isn’t a tone I’d normally associate with floral paintings, however it does seem…

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Inviting, Naive-Style Paintings by Barry Scanlan


A loose portrait of a woman wearing a colourful sweater and smoking a cigarWoman with a Cigar

Barry Scanlan is our featured artist for today! Barry creates inviting, naïve-style paintings that may look simplistic, but often have complex ideas behind them, and are painted using many different materials including acrylic, pumice, sand, clay, oil, and latex. Such a complex mixture creates paintings that demand to be seen up close.

 


A painting of a gray house on a wildly abstracted backgroundGray House

 
A screen capture of the front page of Barry Scanlan's art websitewww.barryscanlanart.com 

Large, heavy brushstrokes and bright…

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Joyful, Positive Artworks by Cecile Blanche Bekolo Koe


A painting of two African masks by Cecile Blanche Bekolo KoeMask 02

Today’s featured artist hails from Brossard, Quebec – though she was born in Cameroon and has lived all over the world. Cecile Blanche Bekolo Koe creates joyful, positive artworks that utilize clean lines and bright colours to create a great sense of exuberance in her subject matter.

 

"On The Road" painting series on the website of Cecile Blanche Bekolo KoeCecile's gallery, "On The Road", on her website

I really enjoy the way that Cecile combines bright, splashy patterns and washes of paint with…

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Intricate Stoneware by John Brickels


A standing clay sculpture of a robot dressed for the beachLil' Nemo

Today let’s look at featured artist John Brickels and his intricate stoneware works. John uses both slab and extruded stoneware clay to produce his works which range from small-scale, stylized replicas of buildings, to complex car parts mounted into the gutted bodies of real automobiles.

 


A sculpture composed of a gutted Mustang car body with replacement parts made of clayMustang


John Brickels' website of his vehicle sculpturesVehicle sculptures on www.brickels.com

I’m a big fan of John’s robot sculptures, life-sized clay sculptures made to look like…

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