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The Prolific Drawing Practice of Susan Te Kahurangi King


An abstract drawing with bright colours and dense line artUntitled

Susan Te Kahurangi King was born in New Zealand, and began drawing as a child in the 1950s. Early in her childhood, the artist lost the ability to speak. Since then, her prolific drawing practice has served not only as an artistic outlet, but a creative mode of communication.


A drawing made using bright colours and abstracted figurative formsUntitled

 

I really enjoy the kaleidoscopic colours and equally wild compositions that the artist utilizes in her works. Te Kahurangi King packs an…

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The Art Portfolio of Amie T. Rangel

A triptych depicting an apparatus at the top of a large buildingCROSSING, charcoal, chalk pastel, and gesso on linen

Amie T. Rangel’s artistic practice investigates architectural spaces and constructions, and the intersection between built systems and organic bodies. The artist is based in Visalia, California, where she also works as an adjunct professor and gallery director at the College of the Sequoia.


A diptych depicting an empty room where livestock would be housedNARTHEX, charcoal, chalk pastel, gesso, and gel medium on linen

 

I really enjoy the drawing…

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Studio Sunday: Bill Traylor

A photo of Bill Traylor surrounded by paintings in an outdoor space

 

William “Bill” Traylor was an American artist who was born into slavery in Alabama in the mid 19th century. Traylor spent most of his life working on plantations, and didn’t begin producing art until he was in his 80s. He was an incredibly prolific artist, producing well over 1,000 drawings and paintings during his short artistic career.

 

Given the time period in which Traylor was working, it’s unsurprising that the artist…

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The Art Portfolio of David Robilliard

A painting with hand-painted text reading "Get Off My Back Will You"Get Off My Back Will You, acrylic on canvas

David Robilliard is an artist based in London. A self-taught artist and poet, Robilliard often combines image and text in his works, with each language informing the other.


A painting with a small figure and a hand-painted poemNature of the Beast, acrylic on canvas

 

I like the way the artist gives equal weight to image and text in his pieces. The artist uses a lot of negative space and tends to draw in a kind of naive style, scrawling text…

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The Art Portfolio of Jordan Dunlop

An abstract painting with highly saturated colours on plexiglassPt-1. pull lightly

Artist Jordan Dunlop explores abstraction through wildly colourful compositions, using different brush marks, textural qualities, and substrates to push the envelope of painting. Jordan’s current portfolio features drawings and paintings, both of which are representative of different facets of the artist’s style.


An abstract painting with bright colours and circular forms overlappingYantra of Synchonicity

 

In our previous feature of Jordan’s work, we looked at the way the…

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Portraits of Houses: The Art Portfolio of Joel David Abramson

A watercolour painting of a house in MinneapolisNorth Minneapolis House, watercolour

Joel David Abramson is an artist and illustrator trained in both fine arts and graphic design. In his professional artistic practice, Joel specializes in portraits of houses and other real-estate properties, often creating the works on commission.


A black and white drawing of a houseRamsey Hill

 

I’m quite charmed by Joel’s architectural illustrations. The artist works in watercolour, graphite, and ink, creating portraits both in…

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The Portrait Art Portfolio of Judith Elsasser

A painting of two women embracingPassionate Heart: Suzette Sherman and Michele Green, oil on canvas

Judith Elsasser is an oil painter who specializes in detailed, photo-realistic portraits. In her artistic practice the artist skillfully captures the faces and expressions of her subjects, as well as objects and spaces that are important to them.


A painting of three women sitting on a dockSummer Days, oil on canvas

 

I’m impressed by Judith’s ability to capture not only faces, but a sense of movement and life…

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The Art Portfolio of Thea Yabut


A wall sculpture in pink with a natural horn shapepalmate snag, paper, pencil shavings, graphite, chalk pastel, clay, glue, joint compound, pins

Thea Yabut works in a variety of media, creating layered images that often emulate textiles in their construction. Thea’s portfolio features complex, patterned abstract drawings that layer coloured lines like thread, and wall-based mixed media sculptures.


An art installation with a grey shape made from mixed sculptural mediaspicule, paper, pencil shavings, graphite, pigment, glue, joint compound, pins, clay…

 

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The Art Portfolio of Leah Biggs

A charcoal drawing of a person with a nose ring answering the phoneNose Ring, charcoal on paper

Leah Biggs is a Vancouver-based artist who is interested in the aesthetics and moods of noir films from the 1940s and 50s. In her artistic practice, Leah emulates and explores these aesthetics, putting her own unique spin on motifs of deep shadows, old-fashioned telephones, and beautiful women.


A charcoal drawing of a person sitting on a suitcaseSuitcase, charcoal on paper

 

I really enjoy the overall mood that’s infused into Leah’s portfolio. Looking…

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A Portfolio of Pen and Ink Drawings by Isis Fisher

A detailed pen and ink drawing of a mythical goddessEternal Goddess (detail)

Isis Fisher creates intricate pen and ink drawings that explore repeating patterns, while resolving those patterns into figures both recognizable and alien. Many of the artist’s works incorporate spiritual or mythological imagery, lending a sense of meditative reverence to the dizzying patterns.


An abstracted drawing of a figure emerging from a celestial doorwayShadow Walking, ink on paper

 

I’m really impressed by the level of detail in each of Isis’ works. The artist…

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A Portfolio of Baseball Art by Vincent Bova


A painting of a baseball player in actionUntitled

Vincent Bova has a varied background in art-related fields, and has had commercial success as a sketch artist for Topps baseball cards and memorabilia. The artist’s current portfolio showcases some of this baseball art, as well as some of the artist’s recent forays into other painted subject matter.


A painting of koi fish swimming in a pondUntitled, acrylic on canvas

 

It’s interesting to see the artist’s baseball paintings next to his Koi fish paintings.…

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Studio Sunday: Jenny Saville


A photo of Jenny Saville at work in her studio

 

Jenny Saville is a British artist known for large-scale drawings and paintings, often featuring nude female figures, using the traditional subject of the female form as a launching pad for addressing issues of gender and beauty expectations. Saville is based in Oxford, England, where she creates her works in a large personal studio space.

 

The artist is often grouped together with the Young British Artists, a movement which also…

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Paint and Pencil Photorealism: The Art Portfolio of Jeffrey M. Green


A painting of a birdhouse with white blossomsBirdhouse and Blossoms, oil on canvas

Jeffrey M. Green draws images with an eye for paint and pencil photorealism, creating still-life and floral works that look like they could jump right off the canvas – along with landscapes that seem to stretch out into real space.


A pencil crayon drawing of a book and some household objectsIllumination, coloured pencils

 

For Jeffrey, the practice and process of art-making are both ways of working through personal anxieties and connecting to higher…

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Discordant Elements: The Art Portfolio of Ellen Cornett


A drawing of three figures with heads from ancient Egyptian mythologyWalk Like an Egyptian, Carbon Pencil

Ellen Cornett’s artworks live in an uncanny space between dreams and reality. The artist’s compositions combine discordant elements rendered in a detailed, realistic style, incorporating human figures, animal faces, and surreal collections of objects.


A pastel drawing of a mad hatter characterThe Mad Hatter, pastel

 

I love the sense of rich symbolism that I get from looking at Ellen’s artworks. In our previous feature, we looked at…

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Visual Depth: The Art Portfolio of Kyla Slobodin


A photograph of an imperfection in a concrete wallConcrete, fujifilm fp 3000 instant black and white film, taken with a Polaroid camera

Kyla Slobodin works in a variety of traditional media, combining and layering representational images to create images that deepen as the viewer looks on. In photographic works, the artist takes a different approach to creating visual depth, capturing eerie and isolated spaces.


A photograph of three chairs sitting outdoorsthe three chairs, black and white 35mm film

 

In our previous feature, we…

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