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Abstract Colour: The Art Portfolio of Edward Bock


A monotype print with acrylic figures pasted over topFebruary Crossing IV, giclee print on canvas with hand-carved acrylic figures

Artist Edward Bock maintains an experimental, exploratory practice that focuses on a wide range of media and subject matter. Edward often combines figurative art styles with abstraction, sometimes rending figures with a loose, abstracted hand, other times inserting detailed figures into planes of abstract colour.


A giclee print with a group of carved figuresFebruary Crossing II, giclee print with…

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Dreams and Fantasies: The Portfolio of Kathleen MacGregor


A painting of some objects in blue on a red groundI Dreamed I Was, acrylic on canvas

Kathleen MacGregor is an artist who utilizes dreams and fantasies as the basis for her subject matter. Kathleen’s paintings and prints often combine abstract colour and composition with human or animal figures.


A painting of two blue-green birds on a dark red groundBrother Love, acrylic and ink on wood board

I enjoy the loose, heavily stylized style that Kathleen employs in the creation of her works. Most of the artworks in Kathleen’s art portfolio are…

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Colour and Composition: The Art Portfolio of Jarmila Kostliva


An abstract painting with a bulbous figural formExposure, oil on canvas

Jarmila Kostliva creates abstracted artworks that focus on texture, colour, and composition, while drawing parallels to human and other biological forms. Jarmila tends to work in a range of mixed media, including both oil and acrylic paint, producing finished products that are striking in their mysteriousness.


An abstract painting with white lineart drawings overlaidAbomey, oil on canvas

In our previous feature of Jarmila’s biomorphic, tactile imagery, we looked at…

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The Jewelry and Bookmaking Portfolio of Char DeRouin


A handmade book in bright coloursUntitled

Char DeRouin is a mixed media artist creates works in paint, costume design, jewelry and bookmaking. The artist’s style is one that blends packed, frenetic compositions with subdued pastel colour schemes for an aesthetic that seems soft and inviting.


A page from a handmade bookUntitled

 

I quite enjoy the tactile look and feel that Char achieves, especially in her bookmaking works. The pieces in her Paper + Stitch gallery evoke a collaged, found-object…

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Textured Mixed Media: The Art Portfolio of Kenn Raaf


A painting of an empty spot in a cityIn Memoriam, oil paint and New York Times clippings from 09/11/2001 on panel

Kenn Raaf creates dark, heavily textured mixed media works with subject matter ranging from the abstract to the macabre. The artist sometimes incorporates novel materials into his compositions, such as newspaper clippings, found objects, and elements of sculpture.


A three-dimensional portrait made with found objectsTeddy's Psalm, found items and mixed media

 

The gallery on Kenn’s art portfolio website…

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The Portfolio of Interdisciplinary Artist Sonny Assu


A mixed media painting incorporating comic book fragmentsSNIKT, acrylic paint, acrylic ink, acrylic medium, Marvel comic book pages on panel

Sonny Assu is an interdisciplinary artist based in British Columbia. Sonny’s works combine motifs of west coast First Nations artwork with the contemporary imagery of video games, pop art, comic books, and branded packaging.


A mixed media artwork with elements of a Marvel comic bookGiant Sized Spectacular, #4, acrylic ink, Marvel comic book pages on Stonehenge paper

 

The artist’s recent series The…

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The Art Portfolio of Charles Gaines


A pixellated tree in complementary coloursNumbers and Trees, Central Park, Series I: Tree #7, Katelyn, acrylic, inkjet print and plexiglass

Charles Gaines is a California artist who has spent much of his life producing drawings, installations, and media artworks that deliberately remove evidence of the artist’s hand. Gaines’ works are firmly conceptual, and unconcerned with era-specific political or social implications.


An acrylic and inkjet work depicting a treeNumbers and Trees, Central Park, Series 1: Tree #8,…

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Abstract Compositions: An Art Portfolio by Allyson Malek


A geometric artwork made with cut strips of painted paperChopstix 1, acrylic on Arches watercolour paper

Allyson Malek explores colour contrast and harmony in her mixed media art portfolio. The artist paints with acrylic and mixed media on paper and canvas, creating abstract compositions that vary from blended and serene, to bright, detailed and poppy.


An abstract painting with bright, confetti-like coloursSplash I, acrylic on canvas

 

In our previous feature of Allyson’s bright, bubbly abstract art, we looked at the artist’s recent works…

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Urban Landscapes: The Art Portfolio of Nicole Richards


A painting of birds on a wire in front of the moonHalf Moon Balance

Nicole Richards’ studio art practice centers on celebrating the wonder and awe that comes with immersing oneself in the natural world. Nicole’s artworks often depict birds and other animals in habitats that intersect with urban landscapes.


A painting of a baby deer on wood panelUntitled

 

I love the way that Nicole incorporates the look and feel of raw wood into her artworks by using uncoated panels as substrate – the occasional wood grain texture…

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An Art Portfolio of Cityscapes and Florals: Allen Wittert


An abstracted painting of a city streetMediterranean

Allen Wittert is a painter who works in a blocky, abstracted style, rendering his subjects in planes of bright colour and heavy, confident lines. The artist’s portfolio features human figures as well as cityscapes and florals.


A painting of an abstracted cityscapeCity of sails, acrylic

 

I really enjoy Allen’s bombastic painting style – the works in his art portfolio are all imbued with a vibrant sense of energy that’s almost contagious. I feel more…

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The Vividly Colourful Art Portfolio of Penny Prior


A colourful painting of two birdsUntitled

Penny Prior is an artist who lives and works on Galiano Island, off the coast of British Columbia. The artist’s works are vividly colourful, and use a simplified style to depict island life, animals, and landscapes.


A painting with the outlines of fish and birds in whiteUntitled

 

In our previous feature of Penny’s portraits of island life, we looked at the way the artist uses her bright palette to create a cohesive image of the island environment, and to explore abstraction.…

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Dense and Painterly: The Art Portfolio of Lully Schwartz


A painting of the Eiffel tower during the dayEiffel by Day, oil on linen

Artist Lully Schwartz is based in Point Shore, Massachusetts. Large, confident brush marks and clear evidence of the artist’s hand rule Lully’s portfolio, and the artist’s overall style is dense and painterly.


A painting of a rocky outcroppingLooking Out, oil on canvas

I really like the look and feel of Lully’s paintings – the works are mostly figurative, but the artist’s style leans into abstraction to create a pleasantly fluid…

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Chloé Surprenant's Mixed Media Art Portfolio


A mixed-media artwork of two figures in a black-and-white sceneUntitled, mixed media

Chloé Surprenant is an artist who lives and works in Montréal and Amsterdam. Chloé’s artworks consist of layered mixed media compositions that explore themes of the “other” – the differences, and hidden similarities, between human experiences and feelings.


A mixed media artwork with several partially obscured figuresUntitled

I enjoy the overall aesthetic that Chloé has built up in her portfolio. The works currently available on her art portfolio website span…

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Folk-Art Tradition: The Art Portfolio of John Caple


A painting of houses by John CapleShady Woods and White Cottages, acrylic on canvas

John Caple is a self-taught artist who creates paintings in a folk-art tradition. The artist tends to work in mixed media, producing scenes of rural and country life that are often infused with memories and figures from his own past.


A painting of a man in a squat white buildingThe Hermitage, acrylic on canvas

 

John Caple’s paintings are the perfect blend of eerie stillness and warm, children’s-book-style illustrations. They…

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