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Possibilities of Composition: Art by Elaine Lauzon


An oil painting with overlapping blue and red tonesFriday, oil on canvas

Elaine Lauzon works in a range of media both digital and traditional, creating artworks that explore the possibilities of composition and color. In her current practice, Elaine favours bright hues and heavy, confident brush strokes, creating artworks that are bursting with energy.


A painting composed of many large colorful brush strokesFloating, acrylic on canvas

Many of Elaine’s traditional abstractions remind me of work by David Tycho, or Bruce Meberg. The artist’s…

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Studio Sunday: Betye Saar


A photo of Betye Saar in her art studio in the 1970's

 

This week’s Studio Sunday feature, Betye Saar, is a California-based assemblage artist and printmaker whose work has long been focused on challenging racial stereotypes. Saar was trained in design and began her career producing enamel jewelry and greeting cards. After taking a class in printmaking, Saar was convinced to turn her focus to a full-time art career.

 

In the photo above, Saar’s studio is packed with various objects…

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Built-Up Abstracts: Art by Timothy J. Sullivan


A painting with primary colors layered over a mixed backgroundEarth Abides, acrylic on canvas

Timothy J. Sullivan is an artist currently based in North Vancouver, British Columbia. In his art practice, Timothy produces bright abstractions, large and small, using mixed media and a range of artistic tool. The resulting works are built-up abstracts with layers of style and color.


An abstract painting with large, dry brush marksDecorum Denied, acrylic on paper

I rather enjoy the way that Timothy combines planes of rough, mottled and textured paint…

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The Power of Forms: Art by Nathalie Gribinski


A pointillist image on a dark backgroundEiffel Tower, oil markers and acrylic on canvas

Self-taught artist Nathalie Gribinski creates colorful compositions in order to explore the power of forms, color, and lines within an image. While Nathalie’s works are abstract, they often aim to express a specific mood, and occasionally even a narrative.


A series of paintings on small canvas blocksBaching Ball, mixed media on canvas

 

Many of Nathalie’s works are packed with color and most interestingly, numerous variations on…

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Open, Welcoming Painting by Grace Ann Piano


A portrait combined with an abstract imageUntitled

Painter and illustrator Grace Ann Piano works in a range of media, creating everything from wall murals to pet portraiture. Grace’s current online art portfolio is packed with examples of the artist’s open, welcoming painting style.


A painting of two identical figures facing one anotherTwins

 

The artist doesn’t shy away from using bright colors – I really enjoy the way Grace embraces lighting and shadow in her works. In many cases, she’ll use bright strips of tropical…

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Studio Sunday: Olek


A photo of the artist Olek in her studio

 

It’s Studio Sunday so let’s take a look at the art studio of Olek. Polish-born artist Agata Oleksiak, better known by her artistic moniker Olek is now based in New York, where she creates works of fiber art, performance, and installation. These different media tend to blend together in Olek’s practice, like in her works of public crochet installation.

 

In the above photo, Olek’s studio looks slightly haphazard but spacious.…

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Windblown Beauty: Artwork by Thomas Kero


A photo of an acrylic wall mural depicting an aboriginal canoe

Canoe Mural, acrylic paint (collaboration with one of Thomas' students)

 

Thomas Kero is a Canadian artist who works in a variety of media. The artist’s current portfolio focuses heavily on coastal landscapes, in which Thomas works to capture the windblown beauty of BC’s central coast.


An artwork depicting a forest in the windUntitled

 

Originally from Vancouver, Thomas currently lives and works in Bella Bella. I can see influences in his work both from the local…

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Studio Sunday: Judy Chicago


A photo of Judy Chicago in her ceramic painting studio

 

Studio Sunday featured artist Judy Chicago is a mixed media installation artist and writer originally from Chicago, Illinois. Chicago was born Judith Sylvia Cohen and later took on the name Chicago after beginning her artistic career. The artist is perhaps best known for her sculptural work The Dinner Party, and for coining the term Feminist Art in the 1970s.

 

This is an interesting photo of the artist – it seems very candid, and…

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Elegant, Referential Forms: Art by Anne Garwood Roney


A photo of two decorative gourdsTwo "pottery" gourds

Anne Garwood Roney uses her artistic practice to explore appearances found in nature, distilling the shapes of plant life and natural phenomena into elegant, referential forms. Using found fabric and a wide range of other unconventional materials, Anne reframes familiar objects, allowing viewers to see them in a new light.


An assembled work with fragments of a grapevineGrapevine Calligraphy I, grapevine segments, found display box

 

While in our previous feature…

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An Experimental Approach: Art by Erin Burge


An abstract painting using thick splashes of paintUntitled, acrylic on wood panel

Erin Burge is a Kelowna-based tattooer and visual artist. In her visual art practice, Erin takes an experimental approach, combining media and style to create images that range from straightforward black and white portraiture to colorful abstractions.


An artwork combining a portrait with abstracted paintingJess, acrylic and graphite on canvas

In our previous features of Erin’s realistic tattoo portraits we’ve looked mostly at the artist’s ink designs.…

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Positive Emotions: Artwork by Cécile Blanche Bekolo Koe


An artwork depicting two female figures in bright traditional dressUntitled

Cécile Blanche Bekolo Koe creates artworks that evoke positive emotions, and joyful movement. Born in Cameroon, Cécile has travelled around the world and is now based in Brossard, Quebec, where she continues to produce artwork that combines a multitude of styles and disciplines.


A painting of four figures dancingUntitled

 

I love the sense of movement that’s present in the majority of Cécile’s works. The artist studied calligraphy for a period of time,…

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Charcoal and Ink Renderings by Bill Hayner


A charcoal drawing of some wood behind a fenceAmerican Chi #27, charcoal on paper

California-based artist Bill Hayner has been producing artwork and teaching drawing and painting for several decades. In his personal practice, Bill utilizes texture and gesture to great effect, switching easily between realistic charcoal and ink renderings, and pure abstract forms.


A charcoal drawing of something bundled with stringAmerican Chi #12, charcoal on paper

 

While in our previous feature of Bill’s works of growth and change we looked…

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Organic Patterns: Art by Louise McRae


An artwork made with an assembly of painted woodRain Reign

Louise McRae uses her art practice to explore notions of time and space outside the picture plane. In her compositions, McRae utilizes, chunks of found construction wood, placing oddly-shaped pieces together to create organic patterns.


An assemblage of painted found woodSong for Tane

The artist tends to paint first on larger pieces of scrap timber, splitting them into smaller shards after the fact. These shards are then assembled as two and three-dimensional…

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Experience of Time: Art by Liba Labik


An oil painting of a woman with her hair obscured by flowersFragrance of Time I, oil and mixed media on canvas

Alberta-based artist Liba Labik creates mixed media artworks that dwell on the experience of time. Liba is influenced by surrealist and romantic painting styles, and often combines abstraction and figurative work.


An oil painting of some flowers in a fieldBeauty and Time of Weeds I, oil and mixed media on panel with epoxy resin coating

 

Liba’s recent series Fragrance of Time(s) showcases the artist’s skill at both…

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