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Constructive and Destructive Artworks by Kenn Raaf


An abstract black and white paintingDeeper

Our featured artist for the day is Kenn Raaf, a multidisciplinary artist located in California. Kenn originally started working in paint and sculpture, and more recently has added metalwork and printmaking to his resume in the process of creating his constructive and destructive artworks.

 


An abstracted sculpture of a torsoTorso 1

The first thing I notice about Kenn’s body of work as a whole is the intensely dark mood that comes with it. The colours and tones…

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Digitally Nostalgic art by Hollis Brown Thornton


An image-transfer piece of a young boy standing in front of a nintendo arcade gameNintendo Fun Club, pigment transfer on paper

The contemporary world and its focus on digital interaction is one of the primary focuses of Hollis Brown Thornton’s artworks. Born in Aiken, South Carolina, received his BFA from the University of South Carolina, before working for a number of years as a gallery director and preparatory. He now works as a full-time professional artist and is still located in Aiken.

 


A painting of a pixellated VHS tapeVHS, acrylic on canvas…

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Softly Stylized Drawings by Greg Dugan


A watercolour painting of palm trees at the beachLaguna Palms, watercolour

Greg Dugan uses watercolour, ink, pencil, and sometimes a mixture of these to create his realistic, yet softly stylized drawings. His subject matter is varied though he seems to have an affinity for florals – even in his few landscape images the sensibility for large, blooming petals comes out in palm trees instead.

 

I like Greg’s use of watercolour, I’ve always found it a difficult medium to work with…

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Surreal, Mythical Artworks by Monique Blom


A mixed media painting of a girl reading a book to some rabbitsBut We Know Our Place, mixed media

Monique Blom, our artist of the day, has exhibited all over the world, and spent years working in the creative sector. Before becoming a full-time artist, Monique Blom studied sculpture at the Alberta College of Art and Design, and she has now branched off, developing a practice that includes sculpture as well as painting and design.

 


A gallery of current works on the art website of Monique BlomCurrent works on www.moniqueblom.ca

 


A tryptich of paintings featuring a young girl interacting with animalsStory of She Tryptich, mixed…

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Stylized Trees: Mixed-Media Works by Mindy Harrell


Four large paintings of trees with orange and brown coloursTree Series grouping of 4

Mindy Harrell is an artist from Georgia who focuses on trees as a motif and subject in much of her work. These works are of heavily stylized trees, but keep the basic upright form of tree trunks, which I find lends them the feeling of forests seen through thick mist or fog.

 


An abstracted painting of birch trees in neutral coloursTree Series 020613

While the basis of her artwork is paint, sometimes Mindy incorporates other materials and objects into the works,…

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Wildly Energetic Work by Franck De Las Mercedes


collage art of man surrounded by colourful shapesInstruction Guide for Self-Fathering (Indifference Not Included), acrylic and collage

Franck De Las Mercedes was born in Nicaragua and emigrated to the US as a child, growing up in New York.  His work could be described as psychedelic, frenetic, and at times even anxious. While the bright, garish colours of his paintings may not immediately invite the viewer in, a closer look at these artworks has great rewards.

 


artwork of circles lines and shapes with textNature Interrupted…

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Psychedelic Artworks by Paul DEO


drawing of african american couple getting marriedMartin Loves Coretta

This day’s featured artist is Paul Deo – his psychedelic artworks often use a combination of digital and traditional media, revealing a skewed and somehow magical vision of reality that seems to contain countless possible narratives.  

 


mural of a three with symbolic characters1 World Unity, mural

Paul’s works often come from a place of mythology, combining motifs and styles of almost religious art, with new, dreamlike scenarios rife with…

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Humans and Natural Spaces by Caro Wilson


ring of tree trunk made with inkUntitled, bitmapped ink and graphite

Caro Wilson, our featured artist for today, was born in Calgary, Albert, and is now located in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Caro’s work brings together images of people and images of nature.

 

I am particularly taken by the motif of the rings of a tree trunk that appears consistently in Caro’s work. In her For[face]ests series,  she has created portraits in which the face is obscured, and almost merged…

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Macabre Mementos: Art by Julie Dives

A painting of a deer that blends into the grain of the wood panel it is painted onAn Apology, wood burning with mixed-media

Julie Dives, our featured artist for the day, is a graduate of Vancouver’s Emily Carr University and is now based in Kelowna. In her current practice she is working on a series of macabre mementos, a collection of works in various mediums that share a fondness for cabin aesthetics and taxidermy.

 


An etching of an old van parked in the wildernessCamp Mikala, etching

I find a lot of interest in the way that Julie combines realistic paintings…

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