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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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Excitement of Driving: Art by Tom Kenyon


A lino print of car partsNight, linoleum block print

Tom Kenyon has a need for speed – Tom’s art practice has evolved around the artist’s love of classic cars and racing. Utilizing a variety of artistic media including photography and printmaking, the artist captures the look and feel of the machines, as well as the excitement of driving them.


A lino print in blue of two cars racingK Bucket V, linoleum block print

 

I like the somewhat abstracted approach that Tom takes to depicting cars and…

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Enigmatic Style: Art by Laura Munteanu


A painting using blended cool coloursWinters, acrylic on canvas

Laura Munteanu is a painter and mixed media artist who employs an enigmatic style to approach a wide range of different subjects. Laura’s artworks tend to be darkly colorful and gestural, with a slightly surreal sensibility.


An abstract painting with ribbons of colorSpring, oil on canvas

 

In our previous feature of Laura’s varied, experimental painting practice, we looked at a few of the different techniques that the artist employs to create her…

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Functional Yet Sculptural Ceramics by Kathryn Ruckman


A ceramic object designed to hold flowersFlower Brick

Kathryn Ruckman’s artistic practice spans the media of ceramics, painting, and outdoor sculpture. Based in Edmonton, the artist’s focus is on functional yet sculptural ceramics, made with an intuitive approach.


Two sets of ceramic candle sticksTwo sets of candlesticks

 

We looked at some of Kathryn’s rustic, functional vessels in our previous feature of the artist’s work. I enjoy the sturdy look and feel of each of these pieces, and the way that…

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Gesture as An Object: Art by Kiki McGrath


A painting using cool green and purple tonesSeika, acrylic on canvas

Mixed-media artist and painter Kiki McGrath creates colorful works with a focus on gesture as an object. In many of Kiki’s most recent works, swirling, tangled lines of paint take on the role of a central figure, blending with backgrounds both analogous and contrastive.


A painting with gestural strokes of deep greenWaterfall, acrylic on canvas

 

I appreciate the way Kiki is using her current practice to explore the material of paint – not just what…

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