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Patterns of Human Experience: Art by Olga de Klein

A mixed media assemblage with a small piece of textOf an Old King, mixed media on wood panel

Olga de Klein is an artist based in Chattanooga, Tennessee. In her artistic practice, Olga produces works in a range of mixed media, seeking to explore and define the numerous overlapping patterns of human experience.


A mixed media assemblage with elements of metal, wood, and textileRhizome 2, mixed media on wood panel

 

In our previous feature of Olga’s artworks, we looked at the artist’s mixed media assemblages. These make up a good chunk of the…

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A Narrative From the Fragments: Art by Amanda D.

A close-up view of a sculptural artwork depicting offeringsMi Ofrenda (detail)

 

Artist Amanda D. works in photography, mixed media, painting, ceramic, and more, using her artistic practice to explore themes of personal belonging, memory, and mental illness. Though the artist’s portfolio is widely varied in its content, recurring motifs help the viewer draw together a narrative from the fragments.


An abstract painting with warm earthy tonesLife, oil on canvas

I’m intrigued by Amanda’s repeated use of a baby or child figure in her…

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Conscious and Unconscious: Art by Mandira Bhaduri

An artwork consisting of a pattern in earthy tones on acrylic paperWall2, acrylic, gesso, stencils on acrylic paper

Mandira Bhaduri was born in Kolkata, India, and spent many years living in the United States before returning to Kolkata in 2016. The artist’s practice takes many different forms, though Mandira often explores the ideas of and connections between conscious and unconscious communication.


A small painting and collage with fiery red coloursA colour-washed life 14, mixed media and collage on watercolour paper

 

Mandira’s current portfolio…

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Real Wall Art by Corliss R. and Donald Wall

A painting featuring tones of bright orange, red, and blueColorado Dreams, oil on canvas (Corliss R. Wall)

Real Wall Art is an art duo consisting of Donald and Corliss R. Wall. The pair also work together with more artists at Different Dimensions Art Studio, producing work for their personal portfolios, as well as for customer commissions.


A black and white drawing of a skeleton in a hatSmokem, digital art

 

The types of artworks produced at the Different Dimensions Art Studio and by Donald and Corliss range from sculpture to painting to…

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A Sense of the Supernatural: Art by Tracy Dunbar

A pen and ink drawing of green worms on a green backgroundCritter, pen and ink

Tracy Dunbar is an artist originally from Dallas, Texas. In her artistic practice, Tracy addresses new ways of viewing the world, creating paintings, drawings, mixed media works, and photographs with a sense of the supernatural and spiritual.

 

A photograph of a flare from the sun over hillsLight Experiment

 

I like how intensely colourful the majority of Tracy’s artworks are. Even in photos of relatively subdued subjects, Tracy dials up the saturation until…

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The Art Portfolio of Gordon Sellen

A painting of two dancing skeletons with abstract elementsPlan Ahead

Gordon Sellen’s artistic career has included a variety of pursuits -- from painting, to glass blowing, to pastry. The artist’s current portfolio features mainly painting, in a colourful array of styles from strictly abstract to cartoonish pop-art.


A painting in blue and grey with planes of texture and colour dividing the canvas surfaceBlue & Grey Interference

 

I’m enjoying the paintings in Gordon’s Just for Laughs series -- the works in this portfolio gallery are partly abstract but also incorporate…

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Studio Sunday: Annie Morris


A photo of Annie Morris at work in her artist studio

 

Our studio artist feature this week is Annie Morris. Morris is known in the UK and abroad for her “stack sculptures” -- tall, totem-pole esque abstract works like the ones pictured in the above image. The artist’s studio is located in East London.

 

Morris’ studio space looks incredibly bright and bubbly in this photograph. Quite literally, the studio space is packed with large, bubble-esque sculptures that remind me of…

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Blocky Wall-Hanging Pieces by Mary Obering

A geometric optical illusion paintingPA III - PS3, egg tempera and gold leaf on gessoed panel

Mary Obering is an American mixed media artist and painter. The artist’s works walk the line between painting and sculpture, usually taking the form of heavy, blocky wall-hanging pieces that combine elements of minimalist painting and geometric abstraction.


A geometric painting with planes of warm colour and gold leafBlocks V, egg tempera and white gold leaf on gessoed panel

 

Obering’s portfolio is very cohesive even across multiple…

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Between the Natural and the Supernatural: Art by Frederica Hall

A painting of a mountain lion on a red backgroundEastern Mountain Lion, oil

Frederica Hall works in a variety of media, from performance, to painting, and in-between. The artist often draws inspiration from the intersection between the natural and the supernatural, with her works addressing subjects from both ends of the spectrum.


A painting of a bee on a background emulating an insect's visionBEE 2

 

I really enjoy Frederica’s recent series of paintings The Red List, Endangered & Extinct. In this series, Frederica takes recently extinct or…

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Set Pieces and Props: Art by Andrea Buckle

A photo of a painted bluejay carvingUntitled

Andrea Buckle has combined her own distinct visual art practice with a career in film and television, using her artistic skills to build set pieces and props for a range of productions. Andrea’s portfolio also extends into decor, renovations, and photography.


A photo of a public artwork in the form of a carved eagle in a treeUntitled

 

I like how the artist is able to maintain a distinct style through such a varied and far-reaching portfolio. In our previous feature of Andrea’s assemblages…

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An Art Portfolio of Colour and Texture by Boudewijn Korsmit


A mixed media artwork with collaged and painted elementsUntitled

Boudewijn Korsmit produces artworks using watercolour and mixed media with an emphasis on layered colour and texture. Working with a variety of subjects, the artist explores both the immediacy of his medium, and more conceptual, introspective ideas.


A heavily abstracted portrait made with a gradient of dripped paintS 4

 

I really like how Boudewijn is able to combine a splattered application of pigment with a rather smooth gradient over the entirety of the substrate. In many works, the artist…

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Studio Sunday: Idris Kahn

A photo of Idris Kahn working in his studio in 2017

 

Today’ studio feature is London-based artist Idris Kahn. Kahn is known for abstracted artworks that exist between media, blending techniques of photography, sculpture, and painting to form art objects that are both technical fascinating and emotionally captivating.

 

The artist often works with elements of found imagery and text, scanning, photographing, and otherwise manipulating well-known paintings, sheet music, and texts and…

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Motifs From Nature: The Art Portfolio of Claudia Stewart

A mixed media artwork depicting a tree on fireFire Tree, acrylic, technical pen, and cheesecloth on cradled board

Claudia Stewart is an artist who works in a realistic yet slightly whimsical style, using primarily acrylic paints. The artist often utilizes motifs from nature, including crows, trees, and insects.


A painting of a butterfly transforming into a leafbutterfly leaf, acrylic on linen

 

I enjoy the bright colour palette that Claudia uses -- the subject matter of the artist’s works lends itself well to a kind of dreamy,…

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The Art Portfolio of Amie T. Rangel

A triptych depicting an apparatus at the top of a large buildingCROSSING, charcoal, chalk pastel, and gesso on linen

Amie T. Rangel’s artistic practice investigates architectural spaces and constructions, and the intersection between built systems and organic bodies. The artist is based in Visalia, California, where she also works as an adjunct professor and gallery director at the College of the Sequoia.


A diptych depicting an empty room where livestock would be housedNARTHEX, charcoal, chalk pastel, gesso, and gel medium on linen

 

I really enjoy the drawing…

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Spatial Interventions: Art by Olivier Ratsi


An installation view of a light-based artwork with deep red tonesFRAME PERSPECTIVE (Echolyse project), wood, LED, computer, software (installation view at Dostyk Plaza, Almaty, Kazakhstan)

Olivier Ratsi is a French visual artist who lives and works in Paris. In his artistic practice, Ratsi uses a combination of sound, video projection, painting, and other media to create installations that play off of the physical space of their location while creating new spatial interventions.


An installation view of a geometric light work projected onto a screenPELE-MELE (Echolyse…

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