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The Painting Portfolio of Laura Spring

A painting with pale negative space and a green hueGone with the Fog, acrylic

Laura Spring is an abstract painter who works primarily in acrylic, occasionally incorporating mixed media to build up texture and colour. The artist’s works are firmly situated in a contemporary moment, and explore extremes of pigment-minimal, textural painting as well as saturated monochromatic works. 


An abstract painting with cool tones of blue and whiteMoving Through the Winter II, oil

 

I really enjoy the way the artist groups her paintings by hue and…

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Unexpected Aesthetic: The Art of Michael David Kozlowski

A painting made using bleach on raw canvasStill Think About You, bleached raw canvas (unwashed)

Michael David Kozlowski works in a painterly style using nontraditional painted materials such as bleach and plaster. The artist’s works have an unexpected aesthetic that is at times ghostly, and at times laden with heavy texture and suggested figure. 


A painting made using white plasterSomething Else

 

I find Michael’s bleach paintings to be a fascinating reimagining of the traditional paint-on-canvas mode of…

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Inside the Art Studio of Tschabalala Self

A photo of artist Schabalala Self in her art studio

 

Tschabalala Self is an American artist who uses a variety of materials -- including re-worked sections of previous paintings -- to create her works. Self is known for stylized depictions of black female figures, combining a sense of symbolism with slice-of-life realism. 

 

Self’s studio pictured above looks pleasantly chaotic. Everywhere you look in this photo, there are multiple details and hints at the sort of work that’s…

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Aesthetic Possibilities: The Art of Linda Cohen

A sculpture of a gnome made from reclaimed fabricUntitled

Linda Cohen is an artist of many talents, working in a wide variety of media and taking advantage of the unique aesthetic possibilities of each. Throughout her practice, Linda explore texture, colour, figurative work, and abstraction, through a lens of joyful experimentation. 


A sculptural wall-hanging artwork of an artist's paletteArt

Recently, Linda has created a series of gnomes -- sculpted from repurposed clothing and other found materials, these figures have a welcoming…

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Fantastic Favourites: Ronnie Spiewak, Douglas Moulden, Jim Holbrook

Let’s take a look at some of our favourite works from three different artists. Though these three artists work in very different media and styles, they share in their well-defined sense of aesthetics and contemporary approach to their subject matter. 

 

Ronnie Spiewak 

 

Ronnie is a Maryland-based artist who works primarily in the medium of collage. Using an exacto knife and various colourful two-dimensional materials, the artist…

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Explorations of Physical Space: The Art of Rachel K. Bury

A paper collage artwork with abstract shapesUntitled (#4), paper collage

Rachel K. Bury is an American artist currently based in Austin, Texas. The artist’s portfolio centers on explorations of physical space, and two-dimensional images transformed into three-dimensional objects. 


A paper collage with strange, abstracted figuresUntitled (#8), paper collage

 

It’s interesting to see examples of artworks in both two and three dimensions in Rachel’s portfolio. The artist has perfected an interesting method of working,…

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Geometric Forms and Equations: Art by Amarie Bergman

An art installation consisting of a wood board with a hole to a view of a geometric panel001-no.1 (detail), found painted board

Amarie Bergman is originally from Edmonton, Alberta, and now lives and works in Bunbury, Australia. The artist favours a distilled, minimalist, abstract style of working that draws on many different media and addresses the geometric forms and equations that are intrinsic in all spaces. 


An art installation consisting of white fibre pieces and a wood dowelCosmic Bodies no. 1, Tasmanian oak (1.9cm diameter rod), paper, wire, synthetic fabric, metal attachments,…

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Inside the Art Studio of Friends With You

A photo of art duo Friends With You in their studio

 

Today we’re taking a look inside the studio of Friends With You, a collaborative art project that is the brainchild of Samuel Borkson and Arturo Sandoval III. The duo have been collaborating since 2002, producing artworks in a range of media and styles under the mission of bringing “magic, luck, and friendship™” to the masses. 

 

The Friends With You studio looks like an appropriately fun place. Though it is a large, grey…

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Oil, Encaustic, and Watercolour art by Catherine Radix Mansell

An abstracted painting of a deerIn Motion, encaustic

Catherine Radix Mansell is an artist based in Rhode Island. The artist paints in a variety of media, including oil, encaustic, and watercolour, with the latter works employing a style influenced by traditional Asian painting techniques. 


An abstract artwork made in oil and cold wax mediumSail Away, oil and cold wax

 

Even organized into galleries according to very different media and techniques, there’s still a sense of cohesion in Catherine’s portfolio that I…

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A Portfolio of Painting and Photography by Kathleen Gross

A plein air painting of an olive groveOlive Grove 02, oil on canvas paper

Kathleen Gross is an artist who has worked in both painting and photography, moving between the two mediums throughout her decades-long artistic career. In her current practice, the artist focuses mostly on painting, creating plein-air landscape works in oil paint as well as pastels. 


A pastel drawing of a valley in IrelandSally Gap, Ireland, pastels on paper

 

I like the way that Kathleen can vary her style to suit different subjects and…

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Artworks as Reflections: The Portfolio of Todd Scott Anderson

A painting of a meadow with green and yellow tonesMOUNTAIN MEADOW 29 M, limited edition print

Todd Scott Anderson is an artist who grew up in Kansas City, Missouri, and who now spends his time between Mexico and the United States. In his practice, Todd produces artworks as reflections of experiences and viewpoints had while travelling the world. 


A painting of a tropical plant with saturated hues on a dark backgroundTROPIC FLORA 16 T, limited edition print

 

Todd divides his current artistic portfolio by biosphere -- gallery titles like Tropic, Mountain,…

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Fragmented Narratives: The Art Portfolio of Matthew Rangel

An artwork made with a combination of drawing and mapmakingLaliderer Wande, lithograph

Matthew Rangel uses a varied artistic practice to capture American desert backcountry. Using drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, and historical gathering, the artist builds fragmented narratives that emphasize the isolation of the Sierra Nevada landscape. 


A combination of traditional and digital artGossip Rocks, lithograph and digital

 

Though currently based in California, Matthew has produced works for publications in Canada, the United…

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Mythology and Neurology: The Portfolio of Melissa Ann Lambert

An abstract digital artwork with geometric shapesDuat

Melissa Ann Lambert is an artist from Los Angeles, California, who works in mixed media. The artist’s abstract works are influenced by science, mathematics, mythology, and neurology


A digital artwork with three dimensional geometric figuresTesseract

I really appreciate how Melissa explores such a wide variety of different media, often by incorporating as many different media into a single piece as possible. Whether digital or traditional, the artist's works are dense with detail and…

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Inside the Studio of Mike Cloud

A photo of painter Mike Cloud in his art studio

 

Mike Cloud is a Chicago-based artist who works in painting, sculpture, collage, and mixed media. The artist's works, though primarily abstract, are often bluntly political and critical of traditionally Western styles modes of representation that are pervasive in the fine art world. 

 

There's not too much to see of the artist's studio in this image. Cloud is pictured sitting among several paintings, close to them, as though the…

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Reverence and Nostalgia: Art by Linda Finn

A print showing water texture and a pair of stonesMemory of Water #10

Linda Finn is an Ontario-based artist and painter. The artist’s prolific art practice spans printmaking, acrylic painting, bookmaking, and sculptural assemblage, with a sense of reverence and nostalgia for the Ontario landscape running through the works as a common theme. 


An acrylic painting of a swimmerSwimmer #4

 

I really enjoy Linda’s printmaking works -- in her series Memory of Water she takes a quiet, abstracted approach to water…

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