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Creativity and Social Change: The Art of Pamela Schuller

A handmade mask painted in bright red with patterningShadow Mask -- Shaman 2

Pamela Schuller is an Ontario-based artist who works in a range of creative media, using her artistic skill and experience to connect with others and teach art in a way that fosters both creativity and social change. The artist’s portfolio includes works of papier-maché, sculpture, and mural art. 


A paper-mache doorway made as part of an art workshopDoorway Workshop 2

 

The artworks in Pamela’s current portfolio represent a blend of technical skill and wild…

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Sculptural Mixed Media Constructions by John Turner

A painting with bright prink stripes over a textured white ground#5, Radiant Pink, acrylic paint, Radiant Animation paint, canvas, string, polyester ribbon on canvas

John Turner is an artist originally from Montreal, who now lives and works in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In his practice, John expresses an affinity for bright colours, large, confident marks, and sculptural mixed media constructions


A painting with colourful canvas scraps layered over a textured white backgroundUntitled, acrylic paint, rocks, sand, canvas on canvas

 

I really like the energy that’s expressed…

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The Art Portfolio of Brónagh Corr

A photo of a rope pulled across a red landscape1 GAIL BorderLINE (with CAAKE Collaborative Artists Group)

Brónagh Corr is an artist currently based in Derry, Northern Ireland. The artist works in a variety of media, including photography, and multimedia collaborations. Brónagh’s photographic works often centre on candid shots of people and places. 


A photo of an indoor photo installation on a wallBringing Nature Inside

 

I really enjoy the works in Brónagh’s recent series of photographs, both black and white and colour.…

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Fantastic Favourites: Craig Brumwell, Frédérick Wolfe, Ronan Boyle

Let’s take a look at some of our favourite works from three different artists. Working in a range of very different styles and media, Craig, Frédérick, and Ronan have built equally enthralling artistic portfolios. 

 

Craig Brumwell

 

Craig Brumwell is a Canadian artist who has worked mainly in the media of charcoal drawing and sculptural installation, combining these two disciplines to explore the material nature of a railroad,…

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A Portfolio of Crisp, Cute Artworks by Cindy Scaife

A painting of a cute version of Little Red Riding HoodLittle Red Riding Hood, acrylic on canvas

Cindy Scaife is an illustrator and painter who works on both a private and commission basis, producing crisp, cute artworks that often feature food. The artist has created a series of works in which beloved foods and beverages are personified and turned into adorable cartoons. 


A painting of a personified telescope on an electric boxBell Box Public Mural Project (detail)

 

I like how consistent Cindy’s style is, even throughout very different…

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Movement, Texture, and Life: The Art of Guy Grogan

A mixed media artwork with stripes of colourPaper Tiger #1, mixed media on paper

Guy Grogan is an artist originally from England and now based in the San Francisco Bay Area. In his practice, Guy embraces paint, mixed media, drawing, and sculpture, all with a gestural approach that seeks to capture a sense of movement, texture, and life.


A drawing study of a woman's faceStudy of Fellow Student, charcoal on newsprint

 

Guy’s recent works in mixed media on paper are abstract, and utilize a blend of hard geometry…

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A Portfolio of Mixed Media Artworks by Crystal Liu

A mixed media artwork depicting fog rolling into a valleythe fog, "rolling in", gouache, watercolour, ink, and collage on paper

Crystal Liu is an artist who works in gouache, watercolour, ink, and other traditional media, producing detailed mixed media artworks that draw on both traditional Chinese and contemporary art styles. The artist also works in photography, using a similar aesthetic language applied to a very different medium.


A collaged, abstract painting of a sunI always meant to love you, "lean in", gouache, watercolour,…

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The Art Portfolio of Deirdre Hofer

A painting of falling snow on a black backgroundSnow III, oil on canvas

Deirdre Hofer is a Vancouver-based artist who uses ice cream as a motif throughout her portfolio. The artist’s practice varies in terms of media and subject matter, but maintains a visual consistency that helps guide the viewer toward the bigger ideas therein.


A painting of blue snowflakes on a black backgroundSnow II, oil on canvas

 

I quite enjoy Deirdre’s recent series Falling Snow. This series of oil paintings takes advantage of a high-contrast visual…

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The Art Portfolio of J. Nicole Hatfield

A mural featuring a woman in profile painted in bright colourOKC Contemporary Mural 2019

J. Nicole Hatfield is a Comanche artist who works in paint and other media, creating everything from large-scale wall murals to small canvas portraits. The artist’s portfolio is packed with colour, and blends traditional art styles with a contemporary sensibility. 


A mural featuring bold textDWNTOWN OKC Mural Retouch 2019

 

I love the use of colour throughout J. Nicole’s portfolio. Whether it’s utilized in paintings to build up…

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The Art Portfolio of Kai Althoff

A photo of a painting with two abstracted figuresUntitled, synthetic polymer paint, oil, enamel and poster tempera on fabric on enamel painted wood stretcher frame

Kai Althoff is a German artist working in painting, sculpture, and mixed media. The artist’s works embrace a wildly colourful and sometimes almost childlike aesthetic, blending gestural mark-making with subtly detailed features and figures. 


A painting of several figures around a hospital bedUntitled, oil, lacquer, tempera and poster on cloth

 

I really like Althoff’s…

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States of Being: The Art Portfolio of Franck de las Mercedes

A painting incorporating elements of text and figureImperfect Symmetry, acrylic on canvas

Franck de las Mercedes is a New York-based Latino artist who uses a variety of media -- from traditional paint, to photography and writing -- to build works that address personal emotions and states of being as much as they do contemporary cultural issues. Franck’s works are unapologetically colourful, and packed with detail and meaning. 


A painting of an abstract shape on a black backgroundFor Your Third Eye Only, acrylic on fabric

 

I really like…

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The Art Portfolio of Ron Buttler

A sculpture of a human figure wearing a shirt with Tutankhamen's mask on itThe Mummy, mixed media

Ron Buttler is an artist based in Aiken, South Carolina. In his practice, Ron works in oil paint and mixed media, creating works that are inspired by art history, sometimes appropriating figures and elements from existing paintings and re-mixing them for a contemporary audience.


A reimagining of the last supper with musiciansLast Supper in B Flat

 

In our previous feature of Ron’s works, we looked at the artist’s three-dimensional portraits. Ron utilizes…

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Fleeting Moments: A Painting Portfolio by Harry Stooshinoff

A painting of a spring rainLittle Shower, October 15, acrylic and collage on archival paper

Harry Stooshinoff is a North Ontario-based artist who documents the landscape in a multitude of simple, gestural paintings, capturing fleeting moments and transient states of being. Harry’s landscape works are a breath of fresh air, one that feels very contemporary while owing something to the ideals of early impressionism. 


A painting of a snowy field under a grey skySecret Field, Dec 18, acrylic and pencil on…

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The Art Portfolio of Abstract Painter James Lutzko

A painting with an expoy topcoat to create a cracked texture"BC-1601" Sliding Doors, oil on canvas with high-gloss epoxy topcoat

James Lutzko is an abstract painter who uses washes of bright pigment, blending them across the surface of a canvas to create planes of colour and texture that are then treated with epoxy. 


A painting with dark abstract pigmentEthereal, acrylic on canvas with high-gloss epoxy topcoat

 

In his recent practice, James has been developing a technique of adding character to his paintings by encouraging the…

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New Relevance: Art by Julie Cockburn

An artwork consisting of embroidered thread on a found photoThe Conundrum, hand embroidery on found photograph

Julie Cockburn is a London-based artist whose current body of work explores antique photographs and abstract interventions. The artist often layers colourful geometric compositions over black and white portraits and other found art pieces to bring new relevance to obsolete artefacts. 


An artwork consisting of coloured circled embroidered over an old couple photographHoneymoon Period 7, hand embroidery on found photograph

 

The aesthetics of Cockburn’s recent works…

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