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Fantastic Favourites: Craig Brumwell, Frédérick Wolfe, Ronan Boyle

Let’s take a look at some of our favourite works from three different artists. Working in a range of very different styles and media, Craig, Frédérick, and Ronan have built equally enthralling artistic portfolios. 

 

Craig Brumwell

 

Craig Brumwell is a Canadian artist who has worked mainly in the media of charcoal drawing and sculptural installation, combining these two disciplines to explore the material nature of a railroad,…

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Movement, Texture, and Life: The Art of Guy Grogan

A mixed media artwork with stripes of colourPaper Tiger #1, mixed media on paper

Guy Grogan is an artist originally from England and now based in the San Francisco Bay Area. In his practice, Guy embraces paint, mixed media, drawing, and sculpture, all with a gestural approach that seeks to capture a sense of movement, texture, and life.


A drawing study of a woman's faceStudy of Fellow Student, charcoal on newsprint

 

Guy’s recent works in mixed media on paper are abstract, and utilize a blend of hard geometry…

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The Watercolour and Charcoal Art Portfolio of Rayne Tunley

A painting of smoke curling over a body of waterSmoke Lake, watercolour

Rayne Tunley is a Canadian artist who, in her current practice, specializes in watercolour and charcoal. The artist’s works are impressionistic, offering dreamlike, slightly abstracted views inspired by Ontario landscapes and other subject matter. 


A watercolour painting of a sunriseSolar Flare, watercolour

 

I’m really impressed by the delicate skill and attention to detail demonstrated in all of Rayne’s works. Though the pieces may seem…

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Fantastic Favourites: Brian Joubert, Elaine Clapper, Claudette Webb

Today we’re taking a look at some of our favourite works from three different artists. These artists work in a variety of different media, each showcasing their skills and talent through striking imagery and memorable subject matter.

 

Brian Joubert:

 

Brian Joubert works out of Narrow Waters Tattoo in Kelowna, BC, producing works of attention-grabbing ink for clients. I love how colourful Brian’s work is, and the way the artist…

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The Art Portfolio of Zara Spence

A drawing of a character from a fantasy seriesNight King Slayer

Zara Spence is an artist who creates portraits and other custom artwork on a commission basis. The artist’s style is cartoonish, allowing the artist to capture and exaggerate recognizable characteristics of her subjects to great effect. 


A drawing of a couple with two golden retrieversGift

 

I really enjoy the way Zara composes her images. Some recent works of the artists take on a kind of emblematic aesthetic, with a central figure and a text banner positioned…

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Pet and Person Portraits by John Langeveld

A black and white portrait of a girlUntitled

John Langeveld is a Calgary-based artist who specializes in portraiture. The artist’s current portfolio features both pet and person portraits, both black and white sketches and polished, full-colour paintings. 


A portrait of a dog in the back seat of a convertibleUntitled

 

I like the consistency of style in which John renders his subjects. The artist specializes in portraits of young children, and the slightly softened, rough-edged approach that he takes seems fitting to…

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Inside the Art Studio of Huguette Caland

A photo of Huguette Caland in her studio

 

This Sunday, let’s take a look inside the studio of Huguette Caland. Born in Lebanon, Caland later moved to Los Angeles, where she lived and worked for almost three decades. The artist is best known for abstract-figurative works that often build landscapes out of the female body, and examine beauty, eroticism, and other sometimes-taboo subjects. 

 

In the above photo, I think I’m most struck by how happy the artist looks. She…

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High-Contrast Illustrations: The Art of Danielle J. Scott

An ink drawing of a tree in patterened black and whiteTree on a Hillside, ink on Strathmore paper

Danielle J. Scott works in ink and mixed media, producing striking high-contrast illustrations as well as dense coloured paintings that combine heavy black line art with intricate details and jarringly soft, pastel colour palettes. 


A drawing of an abstract seascape with densely patterned shapesSeascape, ink on Strathmore paper

I really like the drama and impact of Danielle’s black and white ink drawings. Though many of these works are abstract, the…

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Repeated Forms: The Art of RainbowMoon


A bright orange painting made using a variety of circlesUntitled, ink and watercolour pencil on mat board

RainbowMoon is an artist who creates intricate artworks, often in ink on paper, built up of numerous circles and small, repeated forms. Each of RainbowMoon’s artworks seems to have a dual existence, both as a collection of tiny objects and as one larger, cohesive entity.


A drawing made of hundreds of tiny circles in metallic inkUntitled, metallic inks on white paper

I really enjoy the works in RanbowMoon’s Circles Series -- the artworks in…

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The Masterful Coloured Pencil Art Portfolio of David Neace

A pencil crayon drawing of a classic car hood ornamentGoddess of Speed, coloured pencil

Masterful coloured pencil artist David Neace taught himself to draw at a young age by following along with his father, also an artist. David’s current body of work reflects a sense of careful, practiced observation as well as an appreciation for pure experimentation with an artistic medium.


An up-close drawing of a classic carAged Elegance, coloured pencil

 

I really love the way that Neace renders reflective surfaces -- polished cars,…

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The Art Portfolio of Dominique Cheng


An abstract ink drawing with intersecting black linesIsland II, sumi ink on paper

Dominique Cheng is an illustrator and installation artist with a background in architecture. The artist’s current portfolio features quiet, dense artworks made with minimal colour and small, fine marks that intersect and interact to create a larger whole.


An ink drawing featuring numerous fine details of an abstracted landscapeArk, ink on trace

 

I really enjoy the overall monochromatic, black-and-white aesthetic of Cheng’s portfolio. The focus on line art and white space…

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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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