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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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Leaving Childhood: Sculpture by Clementine de Chabaneix


A ceramic polar bear holding a neon light rainbowMETEOR, ceramic

French artist Clementine de Chabaneix works in sculpture, drawing, and installation. Her artworks often deal with the pain of metamorphosis and of leaving childhood behind. De Chabaneix expresses these themes with a subdued color palette and quiet symbolism.


A sculpture of a strange creatureDOGŪ CÉLESTE, ceramic

On her own website, de Chabaneix describes her work as “romantic, [and] a bit gothic…” This idea does seem to perfectly encapsulate the…

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Studio Sunday: Edward Gorey


A photo of Edward Gorey in his studio

 

This week’s Studio Sunday artist is Edward Gorey. Gorey was an American artist who specialized in pen-and-ink drawings and was best known for his illustrated books. The artist often approach his work with a sense of macabre humour, and many of his drawings depicted children and other figures in Victorian or Edwardian styles.

 

The first thing I notice in the above photo of Gorey at his desk is all the cats! I love to see an artist…

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Ghostly Images: The Art Portfolio of Felix Dolah


A charcoal drawing of some odd, simplified figures

Unerträglicher Lärm in absoluter Stille

Felix Dolah is an artist based in Mainz, Germany who works in diluted charcoal, creating ghostly images that play with simple figures and negative space. The artist’s works embrace sharp contrast and are devoid of color.


A drawing of several elongated figures clustered togetherAccattone

 

My first impression of Dolah’s works is that they’re slightly creepy – the elongated limbs and slightly off-kilter silhouettes of these maybe-human figures…

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Headlines: Canwood, Hirshhorn, North Korean Artists

1) 1960s Art by Native American Schoolchildren gets First Exhibit


One of the drawings from the Chinle Boarding School

 

A small collection of artwork made by students at the Chinle Boarding School in Many Farms, Arizona, will be returning home to be exhibited for the first time ever. The artworks, produced by Native American students at the boarding school in the 1960’s, were discovered at a garage sale in Shreveport, Louisiana almost 20 years ago. Antiques dealer Ray Stevenson, who…

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Everyday Moments: Art by Tony Ziegler


A portrait of a woman in a straw hatLynn Stein

Tony Ziegler works in a variety of traditional media, creating artworks that capture everyday moments, including portraits of friends, still-life imagery, and shopfronts. The artist’s style has a carefree, naïve-style edge to it, and seem imbued with a sense of joy in the act of art-making.


A portrait of an older woman in sunglassesMaria W.

 

In our previous feature of Tony’s slice-of-life paintings, we looked at the artist’s paintings of New York shopfronts.…

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The Human Figure: Art by Michael Lightsey


A portrait of a man wearing a sly smileAidan, pencil on paper

Michael Lightsey is originally from Ohio and now lives and works in Los Angeles. The artist works in a range of media from photography to painting and drawing. Michael’s current body of work focuses on the human figure, rendering it in many iterations and in varying styles.


An abstract image of markings on urban pavementSoul Vestige 233, digital giclee print

 

I’m really impressed by Michael’s most recent pencil portraits. Drawn in black and white, these…

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