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Colour and Contrast: The Art of Pieter Vermeersch

A photo of an installation featuring wall paintings and chunks of marbleUntitled, oil paint on wall and marble (Exhibition view at Artissima 2017, represented by Galerie Greta Meert, Turin, Italy)

Pieter Vermeersch is an artist currently based in Brussels, Belgium. In his practice, Vermeersch capitalizes on colour and contrast, juxtaposing smooth gradients with more organic or geological textures and hues. 


An installation with a red gradient painted on a wall next to brickworkUntitled, acrylic paint on wall, bricks (exhibition view at Blueproject Foundation, Barcelona, Spain)…

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A Portfolio of Art and Community Projects by Katrina Alexy

A mixed media collage with imagery of an eggWomen's Work

Katrina Alexy is a mixed media artist who produces everything from small-scale collage works to public art. Based in Los Angeles, the artist focuses her practice on community projects and the utilization of found and discarded materials. 


A collage of Franciscan tiles procured for a mosaic artworkFranciscan tiles, unused salvaged tiles diverted from landfill

I’m enjoying the works in Katrina’s gallery of mixed media and collage work. The pieces here are varied in terms of…

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Ideas and Emotions: The Art of Judy Southerland

A dark painting with earth tones and elements of textRed Dirt, Fast Cars, acrylic on canvas

Judy Southerland is an artist who works across disciplines, creating figurative and abstract works in two and three dimensions, expressing ideas and emotions from everyday life and translating them into higher experiences. The artist’s recent works combine saturated, monochromatic colour palettes with half-obscured text. 


A mixed media artwork combining portraiture with abstractionChorus (Pre-Translation)

 

I really enjoy the way Judy uses colour to…

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Emotional and Exuberant: The Art Portfolio of Susan Harmon

An abstract image with a pinkish hueglows gently pink-ish

 

Susan Harmon is an abstract expressionist painter who works with with accounts of trauma and hope, forming colourful, gestural compositions -- often on raw, unstretched canvas. The artist’s works are both emotional and exuberant, introspective and extroverted. 


An abstract artwork with bright blue huesshe felt daughterless

 

Throughout her practice, Susan takes an artistic approach that’s informed and inspired by both her own experiences and the…

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Acceptance of the Inevitable: Art by Nicola Samorì

A painting made by corroding copper with sulphurInterno assoluto, oil and sulphur on copper (photo by Rolando Paolo Guerzoni)

Italian artist Nicola Samorì creates rich mixed media artworks that deal with themes of death, decay, and loss. Though macabre in appearance, Samorì’s works take an attitude of fascination and exploration, eschewing depression in favour of a meditative acceptance of the inevitable.


A distressed fresco depicting a kneeling womanBabette, fresco

 

I like the way that Samorì combines classical aesthetics…

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The Oil and Soft Pastel Portfolio of Kev Harris

A painting of a woman playing the standing bassDon't sweat the technique, oil on canvas

Kev Harris is an artist based in Charlotte, North Carolina. In his practice, Kev works primarily in oil and soft pastels, creating packed figurative and still-life scenes, based on contemporary life and the artist’s surroundings.


A portrait of a woman holding a lit matchPlaying with fire - I, oil on canvas

I love the texture that Kev injects into most of his works -- though oil and pastel are two media that lend themselves well to soft…

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Inside the Art Studio of Mark Flood

A photo of Mark Flood at work in his art studio

 

Mark Flood is an American artist, originally from Texas. In his practice, Flood is known for artworks that combine painting and printmaking techniques, often using mixed media and elements of text to produce abstract images that are dense with meaning, subtext, and humour.

 

Flood's studio looks delightfully chaotic in this photograph. The artist himself is pictured holding a rolled-up artwork, wearing a shirt that almost seems to…

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A Portfolio of Dense Mixed-Media Abstraction by Mohab Elghaffar

An abstracted artwork with an ancient Egyptian-style figureUntitled

Mohab Elghaffar creates paintings that are inspired by the mythology and culture of ancient Egypt. The artist disseminates this inspiration through a lense of layered, dense mixed media abstraction, producing paintings that suggest a multitude of possible interpretations. 


An abstract artwork with splashes of colourUntitled

 

We looked at Mohab’s intense abstract compositions and the way the artist uses saturated colours and mixed media elements to evoke a sense of…

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A Portfolio of Bean-Based Artworks by Betsi Shelffo

An image of a tiger made using coffee beans glued to a surfaceTamped the Tiger

Betsi Shelffo is an artist who began experimenting with drawing and painting in her childhood, and later became enamoured with an unusual medium: coffee beans. In her current practice, Betsi creates bean-based artworks in a high-contrast, graphic style. 


A portrait of Janet Leigh in Psycho made in coffee beansPsycho Without my Coffee

 

Betsi’s current practice focuses mostly on portraiture -- the artist’s portfolio is organized by portrait category. The artist often…

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The Art Portfolio of Cameron McLellan

An artwork consisting of dampened watercolour shavings on paperStudio Weather I, February 15, 2017, watercolour shavings, ingress studio water, graphite on Rives BFK

Cameron McLellan is a Vancouver-based artist who works primarily in painting, drawing, and mixed media. The artist’s works addresses man-made materials and architecture, and the ways in which constructed spaces interact with weather and the natural environment. 


A minimalist artwork made with a point of watercolour on paperStudio Weather 7, March 28, 2017, watercolour shavings, ingress studio…

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Wildly Colourful Landscapes: The Art of Marty Husted

A painting of a vibrant landscape with blue coloursVibrant Renewal, acrylic and mixed media on gallery-wrapped canvas

Marty Husted is a painter and mixed media artist currently based in Columbus, Ohio. The artist’s current portfolio covers abstraction, plein air painting, and imaginative, wildly colourful landscapes


An abstract painting with primarily blue tonesDancing on the Edge, mixed media

 

I love the layered, complex appearance of Marty’s paintings -- whether it’s abstract shapes or mottled, vibrantly hued tree…

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Bodily Identity: The Art of Sidi Chen

A mixed media artwork made on reclaimed paperCrossing The Fields To Find Seeds Of Snow (detail), ink on reclaimed cardboard

Sidi Chen is an artist from China who has travelled around the world, and who currently lives and works in British Columbia. In his artistic practice, Sidi takes a conceptual, abstracted approach to themes of bodily identity in different environments. 


A photo looking out across the water of a lakeThe Moment To Come, digital photography

 

There’s a certain sense of quiet, almost solemnity to Sidi’s…

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Inside the Studio of Kristan Kennedy

A photo of Kristan Kennedy's art studio

 

Kristan Kennedy was born in New York and currently lives and works in Portland, Oregon. Kennedy works as both an independent artist and a curator. In her artistic practice, Kennedy produces works of painting, sculpture, printmaking, and other media, while in her curatorial practice Kennedy supports and promotes the work of emerging artists in traditional media, as well as performance and music. 

 

The artist’s studio in the above…

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Bizarre and Provocative: The Art of David Faulk

An artwork made by painting on a found photo of the evergladesSSSSH!, acrylic paint on found photo, mounted on white plastic

David Faulk’s artistic practice covers painting, mixed media, and costume-based sculpture. The artist takes a humorous, sometimes bizarre and provocative approach to his works, combining cartoonish figuration with surrealist narratives and occasionally dark concepts. 


An artwork with the cartoon character Nancy painted on a found photoThe Nancy Tongue, acrylic paint on found photo, mounted on white plastic

 

The artist’s series Travel…

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Jagged, Energetic Drawings by Joey Feldman

A portrait of a person in sunglasses with wild hairgarciahirez

Joey Feldman is a Los Angeles-based illustrator who produces jagged, energetic drawings and paintings on both a personal and commercial basis. The artist’s portfolio includes creative work, portraits, and editorial illustrations. 


A cartoon of Donald Trump as a Nazitrumpler

 

I really like Joey’s distinctive style, and how consistently he maintains it across such a wide range of subject matter. There’s something almost violent about the artist’s…

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