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Psychedelic Abstraction: The Art Portfolio of Mark Jungmeyer

A painting of a sweeping seascape with cliffsGrand Seascape

Mark Jungmeyer is based in Springfield, Illinois, where he creates works of art spanning a variety of subjects and styles, including landscape, abstraction, and portraiture. The artist’s style moves easily between detailed realism and wild, psychedelic abstraction.


An abstract painting in deep red huesBlack #2 Nebula

 

I really enjoy the works in Mark’s gallery of abstract works. The pieces in this series are all packed with such intensely saturated hues…

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The Art Portfolio of Leah Biggs

A charcoal drawing of a person with a nose ring answering the phoneNose Ring, charcoal on paper

Leah Biggs is a Vancouver-based artist who is interested in the aesthetics and moods of noir films from the 1940s and 50s. In her artistic practice, Leah emulates and explores these aesthetics, putting her own unique spin on motifs of deep shadows, old-fashioned telephones, and beautiful women.


A charcoal drawing of a person sitting on a suitcaseSuitcase, charcoal on paper

 

I really enjoy the overall mood that’s infused into Leah’s portfolio. Looking…

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Cultural Meanings: The Art Portfolio of Morgan Wedderspoon

An image from a scanned and printed book of found objectsSurface Reader 5, woodcut, digital print

Morgan Wedderspoon is an artist who works in installation, assemblage, printmaking, and other media. In her practice, Morgan explores the nature of, and connections between, various found objects, applying these objects and their cultural meanings to the greater sphere of human existence.


A print of found objects on a black backgroundGIVE UP AND PARTY, inkjet print, screenprint

 

I like the way that Morgan combines various disciplines in her…

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Textural Scenes: The Art Portfolio of Sandra Martin

A painting of a wave crashing on the beachWavewatch 12, mixed media on canvas

Sandra Martin is a painter and mixed media artist from Ontario. In her practice, the artist creates dramatic, textural scenes often focusing on water, sky, and the intersection of the two.


A mixed media painting of a cloudscapeSmoky Blue Sunset, mixed media on canvas

In our previous features of Sandra’s paintings, we looked at the artist’s paintings of ocean and wave formations, and water lilies. It’s interesting to see the…

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The Puzzle Art Portfolio of Tim Klein

A an artwork made from two puzzles, one of a truck and the other of King TutankhamunKing of the Road, constructed from two puzzles published in the 1970s

Tim Klein works in the unusual medium of machine-cut jigsaw puzzles, creating surreal works that are half collage, half assemblage, and always with an undertone of off-kilter humour. The artist’s works combine pieces from two or more separate puzzles, leading to unexpected and bizarre imagery.


A puzzle artwork made from pieces of two cat-themed puzzlesWhite Elephant (Present and Future), constructured from two puzzles…

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Studio Sunday: Sara Cwynar


The artist Sara Cwynar posing in her art studio

 

Studio Sunday artist Sara Cwynar was born in Vancouver, BC, and is now based in Brooklyn, New York. In her practice, the artist works in a variety of media including photography, collage, and bookmaking. The artist studied photography at Yale University.

 

Cwynar’s studio in the above photograph looks lived-in, with a comfortable level of clutter. Knowing Cwyanr’s proclivity for working in a variety of media, it’s interesting…

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The Paint and Mixed Media Portfolio of Erik Thorkildson


An acrylic painting of jellyfish on a black backgroundNocturnal Jellyfish, acrylic on canvas

Erik Thorkildson is an artist based in Los Angeles. In his portfolio, Erik uses acrylic paint and mixed media to explore the possibilities of colour, texture, and line.  


An abstract acrylic painting with a white background and blue-green shapesuntitled, acrylic on canvas

I enjoy the combination of abstraction and figuration in Erik’s works. In many paintings, the artist seems to utilize abstraction as a method of creating form. Elongated, many-tendrilled shapes…

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The Art Portfolio of Ashley Longshore


A painting of Audrey Hepburn with a Ringpop on her headAudrey With Ring Pop, acrylic and mixed media on canvas, heavy resin

Ashley Longshore is a painter and mixed media artist inspired by contemporary pop culture. The artist’s works take a playful, sometimes vulgar, often feminine-oriented approach to the concerns of young people navigating today’s culture.


A painting of three champagne bottles on a floral backgroundBottle Fed with Lavender Floral Background, acrylic and mixed media on canvas, heavy resin

I like the way that Longshore’s…

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The Art Portfolio of Marc Brisson

A stone painted to look like a bust of a manLe gars

Marc Brisson grew up in Ontario and made a career as a teacher, imparting theatre and visual art knowledge to the next generation. In 2014, Marc set up his own private art studio, where he continues to produce artwork in a range of media.


An image with faces digitally imposed on a rocky outcroppingProfile

 

I really enjoy Mark’s work with rocks -- in one series, the artist paints directly on rocks, turning small, rounded stones into almost sculptural busts with faces that take their…

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A Portfolio of Abstract Artworks by Adam Thomas


A painting of a landscape made with oil and a palette knifePeace and Quiet, oil and wax on panel

Adam Thomas is an Chicago-based artist who creates abstract artworks inspired by landscapes. The artist paints in oils, often mixed with wax medium and applied using a palette knife, to build up dense, fields of geometric marks that speak to the colour and tone of a particular sky in a particular place.


A painting made using blue and orange huesAqua

 

I’m really enjoying Adam’s abstract paintings -- the way the artist applies the paint,…

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The Art Portfolio of Kipwani Kawanga

A photo of an art installation consisting of a hallway lit in bright pink and blue tonesA wall is just a wall (installation view at The Power Plant, Toronto)

Kapwani Kiwanga is originally from Hamilton, Ontario, and is now based in Paris. The artist’s practice is multi-faceted, with Kiwanga often utilizing multiple media and formats in a single work, reflecting a diverse perspective on her socially and culturally charged subject matter.


An installation of an artwork with a projection of a plantA wall is just a wall (installation view at The Power Plant, Toronto)

 

Much of the…

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Moody Compositions: The Art Portfolio of Clayton R. Jones


A painting of a stone monolithMonolith

Painter and mixed-media artist Clayton R. Jones creates dark, moody compositions that pack in an impressive amount of detail. Combining a variety of figurative subjects, Clayton creates images that are surreal and moody.


A dark painting of a seated figureHarlequin

 

In recent works, Clayton has been playing with abstraction, paring down his use of figurative elements to create paintings that capture a deep, dark mood. I like the wide, uneven planes of colour…

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Studio Sunday: Anna Maria Maiolino


A photograph of Anna Maria Maiolino in her studio

 

Anna Maria Maiolino was born in Southern Italy and later moved to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In her artistic practice, Maiolino is known for works in a variety of media, including clay, cement, printmaking, film and performance.

 

In her early career, Maiolino was involved in several important Brazilian art movements including the New Brazilian Objectivity Movement in the late 1960s, which sought to re-categorize Brazilian art and…

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Futuristic and Fantastic: The Art Portfolio of Andy Hoyos


A digital painting of a tattooed person with a lizard on their headSYLVIA and SASHA, digital painting, archival quality printing to high-gloss aluminum, acrylic painted birch wood panel and resin

Andy Hoyos was born in Los Angeles and is now based just outside of Seattle. As an artist, Andy favours a combination of digital and traditional media, creating intricate figurative paintings that blend futuristic and fantastic imagery.


A painting of a skeletal figure in a prayer positionFERAL ANGEL, acrylic paint on birch wood panel

 

I’m really impressed by…

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Balance and Harmony: The Art Portfolio of Matt Kantor


An oil painting of an orange tulipDutch Tulip Abstract, oil and acrylic

Matt Kantor was born in Key West, Florida, and grew up in Texas. In his practice, Matt seeks to capture a sense of balance and harmony. He works in a range of media including graphite, charcoal, and oil paint, and often used flowers as a motif.


An oil painting of a pink flowerUntitled, oil painting

With Matt’s consistent use of floral subject matter, it’s easy to observe the subtle (and not-so-subtle) ways in which his style…

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