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Kaleidoscopic Imagery: The Art Portfolio of Amber MacGregor

A drawing of a young girl with an overlay of leaf shapesFlowering (detail), graphite on archival paper

Amber MacGregor was born in Edmonton, AB, and now lives and works in Victoria, BC. In her artistic practice, Amber often utilizes kaleidoscopic imagery, lending a surreal, abstracted edge to traditional portraiture.


A self-portrait made using a kaleidoscope effectKaleidoscoped Self Portrait, acrylic on wood panel

 

In some of Amber’s recent works, the artist has been exploring themes of digital technology and how its use relates to and…

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The Art Portfolio of Jeffrey Fine

An abstracted painting of a city with a dancing figureDancing City

Jeffrey Fine is an artist who works in paint and mixed media, building landscapes, city scenes, and abstract compositions out of wildly colourful, overlapping, curving forms. The artist is mainly self-taught, and his current portfolio represents multiple decades of prolific work and visual exploration.


An abstract painting of a city made with blue tonesCity

 

It’s interesting to note that Jeffrey’s artistic practice has, for much of the artist’s life, sat alongside a…

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The Distinctive Style of Yvonne Vander Kooi

A mural of figures and faces, layered over one anotherSacred & Forgotten

Yvonna Vander Kooi is a painter based on Vancouver Island. In her artistic practice, Yvonne produces works that oscillate between figuration and soft abstraction, often combining the two methods into wildly colourful compositions that invite personal reflection and connection.


A painting of a childlike figure on a bright orange backgroundBecoming 3, acrylic on canvas

 

I really enjoy Yvonne’s distinctive painting style. In recent years, the artist has been leaning more into a…

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The Encaustic Media Art Portfolio of Lisa Printz

An abstract composition made with wax and collaged elementsUntitled, encaustic collage on cradle board

Artist Lisa Printz works in painting, pastel, and encaustic media, creating works ranging from impressionistic landscapes to animal portraits to textured abstractions. Lisa has a background in art education, and made the transition to being a full-time artist in 2015.


An artwork made with encaustic and collaged elementsUntitled, encaustic collage on board

 

I’m really enjoying Lisa’s recent works in encaustic. Combining the wax medium with…

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The Art Portfolio of Pierre-Luc Deziel

A detail of a sculptural painting made with black projectionsLes Dividus (detail), mixed media

Pierre-Luc Deziel is an artist who explores the boundary between painting and sculpture, often using methods and philosophies native to both approaches in an individual work. Pierre’s current oeuvre uses the notion of social constructions as a jumping-off point.


A photo of a sculptural painting taken from the side to show volumeThe Saberwings (perspective), mixed media

 

As we saw in our previous feature of Pierre-Luc’s exploration of social constructions, the…

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Studio Sunday: Kenturah Davis

A photo of Kenturah Davis at work in her studio

 

Our Studio Sunday feature this week is Kenturah Davis. The artist current lives and works between Los Angeles, New Haven, and Accra, Ghana. Davis’ works, often made in striking black and white gradients, toe the line between traditional portraiture and graphic design.

 

It’s always interesting to see an artist’s studio that’s equipped for such a wide variety of different techniques and methods of production. Davis’ studio…

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Print Techniques: The Art Portfolio of Tim Van Ginkel

An abstract print with subdued shades of greyIWF-10, serial monoprint, lithography

Tim Van Ginkel is an artist currently based in Rhode Island. In his practice, Tim specializes in printmaking, using various print techniques to build images that focus on layered, abstracted figures, subdued earth tones, and negative space.


An artwork with small abstract marks on a pale backgroundUntitled

 

I really enjoy the sense of cohesion in Tim’s art portfolio. Though each work is distinct, and the artist has produced several series, each focusing…

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Texture and Negative Space: Art by Jill Tompkins


A grey painting with flecks and planes of blueSt. Remy, oil on canvas

Artist Jill Tompkins creates subdued pastel images that often have a focus on texture and negative space. Though her images are mostly figurative, the figure never seems to be the focus – rather, the viewer is drawn to the materiality of the paint, and the abstracted formal elements of each work.


A painting in blue and grey of a headless statueAthena, oil on canvas

 

It’s fascinating to be able to see the artist’s recent works contrasted against some of…

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Psychedelic Abstraction: The Art Portfolio of Mark Jungmeyer

A painting of a sweeping seascape with cliffsGrand Seascape

Mark Jungmeyer is based in Springfield, Illinois, where he creates works of art spanning a variety of subjects and styles, including landscape, abstraction, and portraiture. The artist’s style moves easily between detailed realism and wild, psychedelic abstraction.


An abstract painting in deep red huesBlack #2 Nebula

 

I really enjoy the works in Mark’s gallery of abstract works. The pieces in this series are all packed with such intensely saturated hues…

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The Art Portfolio of Leah Biggs

A charcoal drawing of a person with a nose ring answering the phoneNose Ring, charcoal on paper

Leah Biggs is a Vancouver-based artist who is interested in the aesthetics and moods of noir films from the 1940s and 50s. In her artistic practice, Leah emulates and explores these aesthetics, putting her own unique spin on motifs of deep shadows, old-fashioned telephones, and beautiful women.


A charcoal drawing of a person sitting on a suitcaseSuitcase, charcoal on paper

 

I really enjoy the overall mood that’s infused into Leah’s portfolio. Looking…

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Cultural Meanings: The Art Portfolio of Morgan Wedderspoon

An image from a scanned and printed book of found objectsSurface Reader 5, woodcut, digital print

Morgan Wedderspoon is an artist who works in installation, assemblage, printmaking, and other media. In her practice, Morgan explores the nature of, and connections between, various found objects, applying these objects and their cultural meanings to the greater sphere of human existence.


A print of found objects on a black backgroundGIVE UP AND PARTY, inkjet print, screenprint

 

I like the way that Morgan combines various disciplines in her…

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Textural Scenes: The Art Portfolio of Sandra Martin

A painting of a wave crashing on the beachWavewatch 12, mixed media on canvas

Sandra Martin is a painter and mixed media artist from Ontario. In her practice, the artist creates dramatic, textural scenes often focusing on water, sky, and the intersection of the two.


A mixed media painting of a cloudscapeSmoky Blue Sunset, mixed media on canvas

In our previous features of Sandra’s paintings, we looked at the artist’s paintings of ocean and wave formations, and water lilies. It’s interesting to see the…

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The Puzzle Art Portfolio of Tim Klein

A an artwork made from two puzzles, one of a truck and the other of King TutankhamunKing of the Road, constructed from two puzzles published in the 1970s

Tim Klein works in the unusual medium of machine-cut jigsaw puzzles, creating surreal works that are half collage, half assemblage, and always with an undertone of off-kilter humour. The artist’s works combine pieces from two or more separate puzzles, leading to unexpected and bizarre imagery.


A puzzle artwork made from pieces of two cat-themed puzzlesWhite Elephant (Present and Future), constructured from two puzzles…

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Studio Sunday: Sara Cwynar


The artist Sara Cwynar posing in her art studio

 

Studio Sunday artist Sara Cwynar was born in Vancouver, BC, and is now based in Brooklyn, New York. In her practice, the artist works in a variety of media including photography, collage, and bookmaking. The artist studied photography at Yale University.

 

Cwynar’s studio in the above photograph looks lived-in, with a comfortable level of clutter. Knowing Cwyanr’s proclivity for working in a variety of media, it’s interesting…

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The Paint and Mixed Media Portfolio of Erik Thorkildson


An acrylic painting of jellyfish on a black backgroundNocturnal Jellyfish, acrylic on canvas

Erik Thorkildson is an artist based in Los Angeles. In his portfolio, Erik uses acrylic paint and mixed media to explore the possibilities of colour, texture, and line.  


An abstract acrylic painting with a white background and blue-green shapesuntitled, acrylic on canvas

I enjoy the combination of abstraction and figuration in Erik’s works. In many paintings, the artist seems to utilize abstraction as a method of creating form. Elongated, many-tendrilled shapes…

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