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Exploring Imagination: Art by Stephanie Cormier


A sculpture made from discarded cardboard, plastic, and other materialsUntitled

Stephanie Cormier is a Toronto-based artist who works with various media, including found objects and unexpected construction materials, to create strange assemblages exploring imagination. The artist’s works take on an appearance that’s at once alien and vaguely familiar, like an object from a dream.


A wall-hanging installtion with textile elementsUntitled

 

The artist’s recent series Something From Nothing is made up of works that express imaginary objects. As…

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Textural Mixed Media: An Art Portfolio by Mary Chalmers Main


A colourful mixed media work with abstracted planes of colourBrilliance 4

Mary Chalmers Main is an artist who works in paint and textiles, creating colourful abstract and figurative works. Mary paints a variety of subjects with a painterly, gestural hand, sometimes incorporating textural mixed media details.


A painting of a sunflower with a faceVincent's model, acrylic on canvas

The works in Mary’s Acrylic Paintings gallery evoke peaceful, almost pastoral natural scenes. While the artist sometimes incorporates elements of…

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Spaces and Identities: The Art Portfolio of Mickalene Thomas


A portrait of a woman reclining on a sofaRacquel Reclining Wearing Purple Jumpsuit

Mickalene Thomas is an American artist who works in a variety of media including painting, photography, and installation. The artist’s works are often dense with patterned detail, overlapping textures, and colour, all of which come together into striking compositions, painting portraits of defined spaces and identities.


An installation of a home interior in a gallery spaceI Was Born to Do Great Things (installation view at Kavi Gupta Gallery,…

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A Portfolio of Vibrant Artworks by Vesa Peltonen


A colourful image of a highway running through a hilly areaHighway North #2

Vesa Peltonen is an artist based on Ontario. In his practice, Vesa utilizes bright colour and a digital aesthetic, often blending photography and forms of digital manipulation and painting to create intensely vibrant artworks.


An artwork made with horizontal coloured lines representing the skyNorthern Skyline

 

Vesa’s art portfolio spans a wide range of subjects, from musicians, to landscapes, to more bizarre, experimental abstract imagery. The artist’s recent abstract works are a…

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Spirituality and Connection: The Art Portfolio of Chía Ortegón


A mixed media portrait of a womanCandice, coloured pencils, gold leaf, acrylic paint on wood

Chía Ortegón is an artist originally from Bogota, Colombia. Chía’s artworks span a range of media and styles, though the artist imbues every work with a sense of spirituality and connection.


A painting on a round disc expressing a theme of loveThe Chalice of Love

In our previous feature of Chía’s transcendental art, we looked at the artist’s abstract paintings and portraiture, and the way that she sometimes combines…

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Calling Attention: The Art Portfolio of Barry Scanlan


A painting on newspaper expressing a warning about extinctionThe Road to Extinction, acrylic on newspaper

Barry Scanlan is a mixed media artist who often uses his practice as a method of calling attention to social, political, and environmental issues. Barry’s works tend to be colourful and stylized, incorporating text that lends each piece a punk or DIY-esque aesthetic.


A colourful image with a figure of a skeletonProfits. Wealth. Money. Nothing Else Matters, acrylic and paint pens on newspaper

 

Barry’s recent series of work,

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Studio Sunday: Jesse Darling


A photo of Jesse Darling working in their studio

 

This week we take a look inside the studio of Jesse Darling. Darling is a U.K.-based artist who works in a range of ephemeral media including performance and film, as well as sculpture and installation. Darling’s work addresses intersecting ideas of gender, identity, and physicality.

 

Darling’s studio looks quite bright in this photo. Various art materials are strewn throughout the space and there’s not much furniture to…

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Energy and Heart: The Art Portfolio of Angela R. Green


A painting of a trumpet playerUptown Jazz Funk, mixed media

Angela R. Green is an artist and poet who explores a variety of subjects in her paintings and visual art. The artist often draws inspiration from music and other forms of expression, resulting in visual pieces that are imbued with a great sense of energy and heart.


A painting of Adam LevineGuys With Guitars #2

 

I like the way Angela explores different styles of painting as she switches between different subjects. In her series The…

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Forms and Figures: The Art Portfolio of Aleksander Hardashnakov


A mixed media artwork with fragmented figuresWomen In The Zone, Aquarelle, chalk pastel, latex primer, matte fixative on lamb skin

Aleksander Hardashnakov is an artist who utilizes forms and figures that borrow image-making tropes from cubism and surrealism, while at other times inventing an entirely new visual language. The artist’s works encompasses, drawing and painting, as well as sculptural installation.


A painting with panels of different colours and imageryDesperate, oil and gesso on canvas

I enjoy the fragmented style of…

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Studio Sunday: Misaki Kawai


A photo of Misaki Kawai's art studio

 

It’s Studio Sunday, so let’s take a look inside the studio of Misaki Kawai. Kawai is a Japanese artist originally from Kagawa Prefecture. The artist is known for her bright, cartoonish artwork that utilizes elements of what could be called naive style or heta-uma, a style of manga art that appears simplistic or “poorly drawn” but focuses on evoking emotion and expression more than realistic detail.

 

Kawai’s studio appears…

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A Present Lens: The Art Portfolio of Edgar Arceneaux


A sugar-coated book in a display boxThe Crystal Paradox

Edgar Arceneaux is an artist originally from Los Angeles. In his current practice, Arceneaux works in performance and media, as well as drawing and sculpture, exploring events of the recent past through a present lens that’s sometimes political and sometimes personal.


A document partly covered in sugar crystalsThe Crystal Paradox

 

Arceneaux’s recent work The Crystal Paradox is a good example of the way that the artist looks at history. In this…

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Figures and Bodies: The Art Portfolio of Jon Duci


A painting with overlapping, fragmented human formsLiving Daylights, acrylic on canvas

Long Island, NY artist Jon Duci creates works of painting, drawing, and collage that explore human forms. In his work, Jon stretches the conventional depictions of figures and bodies to a point of near abstraction, creating works that are fascinating blend of figurative painting, abstract art, and body horror.


A painting of human body parts with a large earEar Op, acrylic on canvas (album art for Los Doggies)

 

I find Jon’s paintings and…

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Placement and Installation: The Art Portfolio of Polly Apfelbaum


An installation with a spiral shape on a gallery floorBlossom, (installation view at D'Amelio Terras, NY)

Artist Polly Apfelbaum creates works that tend to defy categorization. Working in a range of media, the artist explores the physicality and materiality of art – both her own, and in general – often pushing the envelope of placement and installation.


An installation view of some tabletop abstract artworkColor Revolts

 

I enjoy the way Apfelbaum’s website portfolio is organized not by series, but by the physical placement of her…

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The Art Portfolio of Radhika Matthews


An abstract painting with wide stripes of colourBalancingAct

Radhika Matthews is an artist who currently lives and works in Newton, Massachusetts. In her artistic practice, Radhika explores relationships and interactions. By expressing the interaction between substrate and medium, and between different forms on a canvas, Radhika’s works become a microcosmic representation of human and environmental interactions.


A horizontal painting with thick painted textureNewWorldMap

 

I enjoy the way that Radhika brings different stylistic…

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Graphic Portraits: The Art Portfolio of The Queen of Tape


A custom tape portrait for Dylan's Candy BarDylan's Candy Bar

Chicago artist Anna Dominguez is better known as the Queen of Tape. Using the novel medium of tape, Anna creates brightly coloured, graphic portraits of athletes, celebrities, and other pop-culture symbols. The artist’s body of work takes a fun and playful approach to playing with a new medium.


A tape portrait of Gigi HadidGolden Olympics (Gigi Hadid)

 

In our last feature of the Queen of Tape’s artworks, we looked at the way the artist…

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