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The Art Portfolio of Luis Romero


A painting of an abstract collageUntitled, acrylic on paper

Luis Romero is Mexican-born artist who currently lives and works in Chicago. Romero’s recent works consist of wildly colourful, kaleidoscopic abstractions that form cohesive, alien shapes atop planes of white negative space.


A painting made on torn paper and cardboardGreen Monkey Waiting For You, acrylic on paper and cardboard

 

It’s really interesting to look at Romero’s work as a series, and then to zoom in on each individual piece to observe…

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Studio Sunday: Bart Hess


A photo of the studio of Bart Hess

 

Our studio Sunday artist this week is Bart Hess. Hess is a Dutch artist and designer known for dressing Lady Gaga in her “Born This Way” music video. The artist’s works often weave together elements of fashion, fine art, industrial design, and other tactile and material experiments. Recently, Hess has also been creating works with digital elements.

 

Hess’ studio looks sleek and clean, like a model of a modern designer or…

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Cut-Out Panels: Art by Nippy Blair


An artwork with a carved human figure on a bicycleRhoda Roundtree, mixed media on wood

Nippy Blair is an artist based in the southern United States. In his practice, Nippy creates layered artworks made from cut-out panels of painted wood. Affixed together into wall-hanging images and sculptures, these artworks have a great sense of depth and volume.


A painting of a brightly-coloured catCalico Cat, acrylic and mixed media on canvas

I’m enjoying browsing through Nippy’s online art portfolio and seeing the different ways…

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Marks and Shadows: The Art Portfolio of Karen Smith


An abstracted painting of a landscapeAbstracted Landscape (Long Lake), oil and graphite on cradled birch panel

Karen Smith is an artist based in Westminster, Colorado. In her practice, Karen creates sparse abstractions based on a range of subjects including landscapes, people, and objects. Occasionally, the artist also veers into the figurative realm, building up recognizable objects out of carefully placed marks and shadows.


A painting of a shadowy landscape at sunsetGlory, oil on panel

I really enjoy the works in…

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Impressionist Hand: An Art Portfolio by Karen Dale


A painting of some pink flowersUntitled

Karen Dale lives and works in Long Island, New York. The artist works in watercolour, ink, acrylic, and more, creating artworks that often feature floral forms, with bright colours and a loose, impressionist hand.


A painting of some sunflowers in bright yellowIn the SunLight, watercolour on canvas

 

I enjoy the artist’s use of apparent combinations of media in some of her works. In some floral pieces, for example, it looks as though Karen uses acrylic paint to create…

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The Painting, Drawing, and Mixed Media Portfolio of Eunice Sim


A still-life painting of a vase of flowersMorning Delight

Eunice Sim holds degrees in both Oriental painting and divinity, two fields that seem to intersect and inform each other within the artist’s portfolio. Eunice’s painting, drawing, and mixed media artworks are usually figurative, and showcase the artist’s skill at rendering subjects delicately and with just the right amount of detail.


A painting of some fruit next to a vessel of waterUntitled

 

I love the gestural, momentary quality of many of Eunice’s works. Her…

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Tactile Layers: The Art Portfolio of Pamela Neswald


An artwork with blue painted tones and textural elementsHe Mokupuni, oil on uniquely textured canvas

Pamela Neswald creates artworks with deep jewel tones and highly tactile layers of media and found materials. The artist tends to work in oil paint, layering pigment onto textured canvas or using other materials to build up each artwork.


A textured abstract painting with a sandy colourAt Last, acrylic on uniquely textured canvas

 

The artist is based in Hawaii, and many of her works take inspiration from the local landscape, foliage, and…

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A Contemporary Twist: The Art Portfolio of Ann Marie Vancas

A pastel drawing of a face wearing lipstickxs and os, pastel on paper

Ann Marie Vancas is an artist based in Houston, Texas. The artist’s portfolio is packed with colourful artworks that utilize aesthetics and techniques from Fauvism and early abstraction with a contemporary twist.


An abstract painting with black line art and coloured shapesOne Continuous Line, acrylic on canvas

 

I’m impressed by the variation in different media and substrates that Ann utilizes in her portfolio. Working on paper, canvas, and board as well as on…

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Confounding Categorization: A Portfolio by Laine Godsey


A sculptural artwork made with various found objectsRealistic Model 1, turf, sand, Styrofoam, acrylic, found objects

Laine Godsey is an installation artist and sculptor who produces works confounding categorization. Laine frequently uses found objects and materials in her works, leading to an aesthetic that’s widely varied yet still cohesive.


A plush piece of upholstery with an amorphous formShapewear 1.0, vinyl, nylon, polyfill

 

The works in Laine’s recent series Making Realistic Models consist of both sculpture and photography.…

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Elements and Landscapes: The Art Portfolio of Marilyn Joyce


An abstract artwork made with layered textural papersMorning showers, sunny afternoon, ink stained papers, rainwater, beeswax

Marilyn Joyce creates delicate mixed media assemblages that express her own relationship to, and experience of, different surrounding environments. The artist’s works are abstract, but call to mind elements and landscapes ranging from arid deserts to bodies of water.


A mixed media artwork made from abstract paper layersPlaya conversation (morning), ink, tea, thread and beeswax on paper

 

I really appreciate the…

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Everyday Masks: The Art Portfolio of Liza Montgomery


A painting of a woman on a wood panelEnlightenment: Ella, oil and mixed media on wood

In her artistic practice, Liza Montgomery explores constructed identities and everyday masks. The artist’s painting and mixed media works use faces and figures as their starting point, adding details and elements like cosmetics and jewelry both to obscure and to create an entirely new face for a subject.


A photo collage using a self-portrait of the artistAfterglow I, photo-collage, watercolour on panel

 

In our previous feature of…

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Studio Sunday: Rana Begum

A photo of Rana Begum at work in her studio

 

Rana Begum was born in Bangladesh and now lives and works in London, England. The artist is known for her colourful geometric artworks that draw on patterns and shapes found in traditional Islamic art and architecture.

 

Rana’s studio looks like a very productive space -- It also looks beautifully clean. The artist’s style of working seems to lend itself to a kind of mass production, like the small pieces pictured here that use…

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Intersectional Elements: The Art Portfolio of Wynne Palmer


A photo of a wooded pathUntitled

Wynne Palmer is an interdisciplinary and media artist located in Vancouver, BC. The artist works in a wide variety of media, but tends to incorporate intersectional elements of technology and nature into many of her pieces.


A distorted digital image of Elvis Prestleyelvis has left the building 1.0

 

In our previous feature of Wynne’s works, we looked at the way the artist uses her varied electronic and film-based media to delve into social and psychological…

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Elements of Abstraction: A Portfolio by Amy D Graham


A mixed media artwork with blue and green tonesUntitled

Amy D. Graham is a Massachusetts-based artist who specializes in still-life and figurative paintings, combining these compositional styles with a soft, often pastel colour palette and elements of abstraction and mixed media.


A mixed media artwork with bright, childlike coloursUntitled

I’m impressed by Amy’s ability to widely vary her style. This ability is especially interesting when the artist puts it into practice creating a series of works that focus on the same subject…

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Studio Sunday: Milla Eastwood


A photo of Milla Eastwood working in her studio

 

This week’s Studio Sunday artist is Milla Eastwood. Eastwood is an artist based in Brixton, London, known for abstract paintings that use a bright and varied colour palette. The artist’s works often incorporate not only planes of bright colour and occasional line-art, but pieces of painted canvas that have been cut and pasted in a collage-like fashion.

 

Seeing the artist sitting on the floor like this gives me the impression…

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