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Bodily Metamorphosis: Art by Caroline Boileau


A painting of a human figure and a large abstracted formLa peau de crapaud

Caroline Boileau maintains a multifaceted art practice that explores ideas of bodily metamorphosis, feeling, sensation, and space. Working in installation, drawing, performance, and other media, Caroline herself often becomes an integral part of her artworks.


A watercolor painting of an abstracted figureLa fée du lac, hier

 

I’m enjoying browsing through Caroline’s art portfolio at some of the artist’s recent two-dimensional work. In her drawings, the…

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Bright and Frantic Tiki Art by Ken Ruzic


A painting of a few tiki figures drinking at a barLast Call at the Kahuna Room, acrylic on wood

Ken Ruzic creates fantastically bright and frantic tiki art, merging pop-art and cartoon aesthetics Polynesian mythology. The artist’s portfolio is packed with densely detailed figurative imagery made in a range of traditional media.


A sculpted tiki ceramic glassCannibal King open line edition, ceramic

 

I love the amount of color that Ken packs into his works – even in drawings and paintings that are relatively…

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Fiercely Colorful Artworks by Helen Vokatý


An acrylic artwork with a bright honeycomb patternUntitled, acrylic on canvas

Helen Vokatý works in mixed media and collage, creating artworks that combine a precise, architectural framework with spontaneous abstraction and novel materials. The artist’s works are fiercely colorful, and often feature a combination of geometric planes and painterly mark-making.


An abstract artwork made with sketched lines and subdued colorWP 12, mixed media on canvas

 

I really enjoy the collaged aesthetic that Helen works with in many of her artworks. Whether…

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Eye-Catching Lines: Art by Jonathan McCree


An installation of brightly colored abstract formsDo Be Do Be Do, installation view

Jonathan McCree creates paintings, sculptures, and installation works in a contemporary style, drawing aesthetic inspiration from a wide range of sources. McCree’s artworks are frenetic and bombastic, never shying away from bright color and bold, eye-catching lines.


An abstract artwork with oil stick and acrylic paintsUntitled, oil stick, acrylic, and spray paint on collaged paper

 

I find that some of McCree’s works are reminiscent of paintings by

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Cubism and African Tribal: Art by Michael Kilgore


An artwork featuring an abstracted female figureSOUL DANCE #3

Artist Michael Kilgore takes a spiritual and deeply personal approach to artwork. Influenced by contemporary art history as well as his own life and cultural experiences, the artist’s portfolio combines fashion, cubism and African tribal aesthetics.


A cubist interpretation of an African faceKUNTA KINTE, mixed media on textured bristol

 

Influenced by artists ranging from Rene Magritte to Pablo Picasso to Jean-Michel Basquiat, Michael’s artworks are an…

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Kaleidoscopic Colour: Art by Peter Barron


An abstract painting with numerous coloured forms overlappingHead

Painter and printmaker Peter Barron creates artworks that are equally impactful in black and white, and in kaleidoscopic colour. The artist uses a similarly gestural, painterly approach in his abstractions and in his figure drawings and prints.


A painting of an orange rock emerging from waterOrange Rock, oil

 

Where in our previous feature of Peter’s artworks we looked at his textural, celebratory abstracts, I’m also quite impressed by the artist’s approach to figures. The…

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Worlds Collide: Art by Ken Herren


A painting made in pumice-infused textural paintFlagon, acrylic infused pumice on canvas

Mixed media artist Ken Herren creates dense, layered works that utilize contrasting color and texture to create a very specific visual narrative. Growing up in a rural environment and later moving to a city, Ken uses his art practice to explore the spaces where those two worlds collide.


A painting in black and white made with pumiceResonance, acrylic infused pumice on canvas

 

I’m really drawn in by Ken’s use of color in his artworks.…

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Practice of Meditation: Art by Carolyn Trotter


An abstract mixed media work with floral forms on a beige backgroundUntitled, acrylic and mixed media on stretched canvas

Carolyn Trotter creates her artwork both as a form of meditation, and as a way of encouraging others to explore the practice of meditation. The artist’s works tend to feature floral forms, laid out as patterns or mandalas that draw the viewer’s eye around an entire space rather than focusing on a central figure.


A hazy blue painting with the text "let life happen"Let Life Happen, acrylic and mixed media on canvas

 

I rather like…

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Floral, Female, and Animal: Art by Allison Vince


A watercolor painting of a woman on a dark backgroundMarienbad, watercolor and gauche on bristol

 

Painter, illustrator, and mixed media artist Allison Vince creates delicate figurative images that emphasize simple forms and negative space. The artist’s style occasionally takes on a vintage look, with a subdued color palette and floral, female, and animal subject matter.


A painting of two abstracted handsRing Fingers, cosmetics on canvas

 

In our previous feature of Allison’s sketchy, ethereal style, we looked at the…

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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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Urban and Social Landscape: Art by Cui Jie


A painting made with overlapping architectural visualsOverpass at Shuang Jing Qiao, oil on canvas

Cui Jie is a Chinese artist who combines painting techniques with the aesthetics of collage and photo-manipulation. In her studio practice, Cui creates artworks that explore changes in China’s urban and social landscape through visual markers that call to mind a double-exposed photograph.


A painting of several changing, overlapping buildingsZhao Wei Building, oil on canvas

 

I really enjoy the way that Cui combines realistic architectural…

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Peaceful Gradients: Art by Lisa Tomczeszyn


A watercolor painting with the colors of a sunsetSunset Mojave, watercolor on paper

Painter Lisa Tomczeszyn works in oil, watercolor, and pastel, creating peaceful gradients that vary in intensity and sharpness, but always come back to the theme and composition of landscape. Lisa utilizes a bright, saturated range of colors in her work, creating novel combinations that evoke memory and emotion.


A painting with bright red and pale blue elementsThe Unfathomable Agents of Darkness #2, watercolor on paper

 

I really enjoy looking…

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People and Places: Art by Beverly Parson White


A painting of a purple cowPurple Cow, acrylic on wrapped canvas

Texas-based artist Beverly Parson White works in a variety of media, including oil, acrylic, and pencil. The artist’s works often feature the people and places of the southern states as subject matter, with the artist taking a slightly stylized, painterly approach.


A painting of two horsesFriends, oil on canvas

 

I really enjoy Beverly’s paintings of cow, horses and other local domestic animals – sometimes using…

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Cultural Experiences: Art by Leenda Bonilla


A photograph of an installtion in the shape of a sofaSofa Entre Dos Mundos

In her multidisciplinary practice, artist Leenda Bonilla draws on experience growing up in both New York, and Puerto Rico, using her artworks to explore and unite disparate cultural experiences. Outside of her personal practice, Leenda also works as an arts advocate and organizer of non-profit and community-oriented arts programs.


A detail photo of an installation centered on a sofaSofa (seat detail #1)

 

As we discussed in our previous feature of Leenda’s work…

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Studio Sunday: Sheila Hicks


A photograph of a young Sheila Hicks in her studio

 

Our Studio Sunday artist this weekend is Sheila Hicks. Born in Nebraska, Hicks worked in Guerrero, Mexico from 1959 to 1963 before relocating to Paris, France, where she is still based. The artist has spent the majority of her career working in textiles, using sculpting, weaving, and assemblage techniques to create unique objects.

 

The photo above shows Hicks at work in her studio several decades ago, possibly in Mexico. Here, the…

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