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Studio Sunday: Martin Creed


A photo of Martin Creed in his East London studio

 

It’s studio Sunday! Let’s visit the workplace of British artist Martin Creed. Creed is a multimedia artist whose works are often visually simple but conceptually deep. He won the Turner Prize in 2001 for Work No. 227: The Lights Going On and Off. The piece consisted of an empty room in a gallery in which the lights set to turn on and off every five seconds.

 

Creed’s studio in this photo looks tight and cluttered, but the…

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Studio Sunday: Yinka Shonibare


A photo of the interior of Yinka Shonibare's studio, with the artist and two assistants at work.

 

Today on studio Sunday we’re looking at the studio space of British artist Yinka Shonibare. Shonibare is a mixed media artist whose works often use brightly coloured pieces of fabric. Conceptually, the works explore themes such as colonialism, globalization and identity. Shonibare has a condition which paralyses one side of his body. For this reason he enlists the help of a number of assistants in the production of his artworks.…

 

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Textural and Energetic: Art by Randall Day


A print of Katherine Hepburn's face covered in zigzagging linesI Love Decay

Today’s featured artist is Randall Day. Randall uses a variety of media in his art and often incorporates a number of different styles into a single work, from geometric abstract to referential printmaking to naïve-style accents of drawing. The resulting images are highly textural and energetic.

 

A red and orange painting composed of many sharp linesStella, house paint, acrylic and cherry coke on canvas

Randall’s abstracts frequently feature hard, straight lines in…

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Studio Sunday: Kara Walker


A photo of Kara Walker working in the studio

 

Today’s Studio Sunday feature is Kara Walker. Walker was born in Stockton California. She attended the Rhode Island School of Design and the Atlanta College of Art.

 

The artist is known for her works that explore difficult concepts and issues surrounding race, sexuality, identity and the violence found therein. She most frequently does this through black paper silhouette cut-outs of human, animal and environmental figures. The…

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Striking Texture: Art by Liba Labik


A highly saturated blue painting of leaves floating in water

Reflection of Changes VII, mixed media on canvas

 

Today’s featured artist, Liba Labik, is a painter and mixed media artist who uses her work to explore the in-between. Working frequently in encaustic and other media, she creates artworks with striking texture and highly saturated colour.

 

An abstract encaustic work with the appearance of a nautilusDimensions II, encaustic on panel

A screen capture of a recent painting series on Liba Labik's websiteLiba's Reflections of Chang(es) series on her website

Liba’s most recent series of work, Reflections of…

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Advertising and the Body: Art by Elizabeth Zvonar


A wall-mounted sculpture using mannequin handsHands Across the Universe, 4 adult-sized mannequin hands, custom mount

Elizabeth Zvonar’s works frequently use isolated fingers, feet and eyes as well as references to high fashion to explore advertising and the body. The Canadian artist uses a vast array of media in her work, ranging from hand-cut collage to cast sculptures and found objects.

 

A close-up detail of a collage work held up by plaster cast high-heelsThe Spectre, The Serpent, The Ghost, The Thing, aluminum-mounted photo print, gold-plated…

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Deep, Moody Artworks by Marie Suprenant


An abstract painting using thin brush marks of oil on paperReel.24, oil on paper

Marie Suprenant is our featured artist today! Marie’s deep, moody artworks often use dark blots of ink or washes of oil paint to call familiar images to mind, or let the viewer contemplate the unknown.

 

An abstract image composed of grey charcoal and inkGRIS (Hiver 2015) no. 14, ink and pastel on Canal paper

Many of Marie’s works have the feeling of ink blots, with titles that stir a recognition of an indescribable form. I quite enjoy Marie’s black and white…

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Intense Moodiness: Art by Patrick Bjorsrud


A painting in black and white of a strange robed figureUntitled

Patrick Bjorsrud is a Norwegian artist who uses a deconstructed style to express human experiences and behaviour. His style is often very loose and rough, using overlapping sketches and heavy, quick brushstrokes to form an image - or several images on top of one another.

 

A layered figurative drawing in coloured crayon on paperTerry Hawkins: Sadistic Snuff Man 25, crayon on paper

Bjorsrud works in a variety of media including drawing, painting and sculpture. I really enjoy…

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Controlled Yet Casual: Art by Adele Knowler


A painting of a Northern Saskatchewan lakeNorth Saskatchewan Blue, oil on canvas

Our featured artist today is Alberta-based artist Adele Knowler. Adele works in mixed media to create paintings of figures and landscapes that have a controlled yet casual air about them.


A painting of a woman wrapped in a Hudson's Bay Company blanket on a beachHudson's Bay Series - Big Lake, oil on canvas

The work currently available on Adele’s website seems uniformly thematic – figures and faces that appear prominently in one series are seemingly echoed or…

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Studio Sunday: Roy Arden


A photograph of Roy Arden's art studio

 

Roy Arden is a Canadian artist currently based in Vancouver, BC. For today’s Studio Sunday, take a look at Arden’s studio!

 

Arden was originally known for his photography, but has more recently branched out into multiple mediums including film, sculpture and painting. The artist’s photographs frequently concern the urban environment, and the changing landscape of the city over time. A more recent work involved compiling…

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Nostalgic Collections: Art by Olga de Klein


A mixed media work on wood panel with a strand  of yarn trailing below itRhizome 1, mixed media on wood panel

Today we’re featuring the artwork of Olga de Klein! Olga frequently works in collage and mixed media, creating nostalgic collections of detritus, small trinkets and photographs.

 

A photo of two young women laughing incorporated into a mixed media workBloemendaal, mixed media on wood panel

These collage works have a delicate beauty and mystery to them, which is in fitting with the rest of Olga’s body of work. The artist also paints, working in both oil and acrylic.…

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Physical and Emotional Spaces: Art by Amie T. Rangel


A drawing of a run-down cottage dwelling on a hillDown Below and Around the Corner, graphite, charcoal, chalk, pastel, ink and acrylic paint on paper

Amie T. Rangel, our featured artist for today, creates artworks that explore physical and emotional spaces though drawing, mixed media, and occasionally text.

 

A hand coloured lithograph featuring pig's feet as a comment on agricultural industryWhat Orkney Abandoned Alberta Endures, hand-coloured lithograph

Amie is particularly fascinated by apartments and agricultural and research facilities. Her drawings of buildings…

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Studio Sunday: Fred Tomaselli


A photo of Fred Tomaselli working on a painting in his studio

 

Fred Tomaselli is known for his mixed media works on wood board. When viewed from afar, the artworks appear to be paintings but in fact often have bits of trash, scrap papers, plants and medicinal products adhered to their surface under a layer of shining epoxy gloss.

 

Tomaselli’s studio is located in Brooklyn, NY. In this studio photo it is clear the amount of work and detail that goes into each of Tomaselli’s paintings –…

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Sharp, Sculptural Paintings by Pierre-Luc Deziel


A side view of a painting with sculptural elements on the surfaceThe Saberwings (Perspective), mixed media

Pierre-Luc Deziel is interested in exposing the constructed nature of reality, and he does this through sharp, sculptural paintings that are part of the canvas and yet seem bent on escaping it.


A painting made up of schematic-style lines that jut out from the canvas in a sculptureFlowship Flips the Fool, mixed media

I find that Pierre-Luc’s three-dimensional works have an almost street-art, graffiti-like aesthetic. The sharp lines of material have the look and feel of a steel…

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Studio Sunday: Damien Hirst


A photo of Damien Hirst in his studio in England

 

Our studio Sunday artist today is Damien Hirst. Hirst is currently well known for being the highest-paid living artist. Some of his works are made with such valuable materials as precious metals and preserved animals.

 

Hirst’s main studio is located in Stroud, Gloucester, in the rural English countryside. The entire studio building takes up 9000 square feet! Most of the action happens in a large or warehouse-like space, pictured…

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