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An Explorative Eye: Art by Mark M. Garrett

A painting of a tree branches overlapping and intersectingSolitude (diptych), ink wash on canvas

Mark M. Garrett is a San Francisco-based artist who employs abstraction and an explorative eye across various media. The artist often combines collage and painted media, such as in his map paintings where cut-out sections are filled in with paint. This paint-and-papercut combination informs both the media and the aesthetics of much of Mark’s portfolio. 


An artwork made up of textured paper pulp in a frameUntitled

Browsing through Mark’s…

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The Mixed Media Art Portfolio of David Maxim

A wall-hanging artwork with two canvas panels in different sizesicebergs, oil and hinge on canvas

David Maxim is a mixed media artist currently living and working in San Francisco, California. Over the course of a decades-spanning practice, David has produced works that are equal parts painting and sculpture, fusing an eye for detail with a bombastic approach to pigment and composition. 


A multi-panel artwork combining monochrome painting with a painting of cloudsMoment #44, oil, acrylic, and hinge on canvas

 

I really enjoy David’s recent Moments series. Like Jude…

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Enigmatic Abstract Paintings by Franco Paisio

A painting with warm yellow tones and small black abstract shapesTo a Lost Summer, acrylic and oil on poly-cotton

Franco Paisio was born in Milan, Italy, and now lives and works primarily in Sydney, Australia. In his artistic practice, Franco creates enigmatic abstract paintings, combining large planes of warm, earthy colour with flashes of darkened line art. 


A study for a painting made in abstract mixed mediaStage Setting 3, mixed media on paper

 

Franco’s current art portfolio showcases the artist’s works on both paper and canvas. Some of…

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The Art Portfolio of Addison Paige

An artwork made with abstract marks of acrylic and charcoalThe Elegance of Nature and Chaos, acrylic and charcoal on canvas

Addison Paige is a traditional artist working a combination of traditional painting and drawing materials. The artist’s works are abstract, and utilize the unique line-making qualities of charcoal and acrylic paint to draw the viewer’s eye across the canvas. 


An acrylic and charcoal painting depicting an abstracted windy dayWhen The Wind Takes Things Away From Us, acrylic, ink, and charcoal on canvas

 

As we saw in our previous…

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Spiritual, Esoteric, and Introspective Art by John Keaton

An abstract painting with pastel colours and a female figureThe Understanding

John Keaton is a New York based artist, painter, and illustrator. John produces both figurative and abstract works, often taking inspiration from spiritual, esoteric, and introspective ways of thinking. 


A painting with deep purple tones and organic linesThe Lavender Moon

 

It’s interesting to see how John’s style varies across different media and subject matter. In his recent series See No Evil (No Ver El Mal), the artist takes on a loose, painterly approach,…

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Organic Randomness: The Art of Steven Graubart

A mixed media artwork with organic, abstracted shapesUntitled, acrylic and ink on paper

Steven Graubart produces abstract images in a variety of media, blending an eye for pattern with a sense of organic randomness in each piece. The artist’s portfolio covers a wide range of media and colour but maintains a sense of consistency in form. 


A painting made of layers of colour in earth tonesUntitled, acrylic

 

The artist’s works take the form of multicoloured abstractions, with organic shapes and lines joined together in layers and…

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Inside the Art Studio of Tony Berlant

A photo of Tony Berlant working in his studio

 

This Sunday, let’s take a look inside the art studio of Tony Berlant. Berlant was born in New York City and studied at the University of California. The artist now lives and works in Santa Monica, California, where he creates mixed media artworks using a wide range of materials for a complex, collage-like visual effect. 

 

The artist’s particular style of working is quite visible in this studio photo. The space looks like a…

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The Mixed Media Art Portfolio of Randall Day

A mixed media artwork with stripes of bright colourSugar

Randall Day produces mixed media artworks with a variety of different aesthetics, often combining multiple distinct styles on the surface of a single image. The artist’s currently portfolio encompasses painting, collage, and elements of graphic design.


A mixed media artwork made of scrap materialsUntitled

 

Randall’s recent artworks are deeply concerned with collisions of colour and texture, the layering of form and how certain elements appear to jump out at the viewer…

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The Mixed Media Abstraction Portfolio of Edward Welch


An abstract drawing with overlapping coloured lines and shapesUntitled

Artist Edward Welch lives and works in upstate New York, where he produces abstract artworks in a variety of media. The artist uses traditional drawing media such as pastel, ink, and marker, building up saturated images that celebrate the application of line on paper. 


A drawing made in neon ink on paperUntitled

 

It’s easy to draw comparisons between Edward’s work and that of Bridget Riley or even Richard Pousette-Dart. The artist’s compositions are rich…

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The Abstraction and Realism Portfolio of Beatriz Gomez Anzaldua

An abstract painting made with heavy, confident brush strokesPHASES AND CYCLES, acrylic on canvas

Beatriz Gomez Anzaldua works in paint and mixed media, with a portfolio of work that leans equally into both abstraction and realism. Beatriz was born in Brownsville, Texas, along the Texas/Mexico border and now lives and works in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.  


A painting of a man in a suit with a bandage on his faceUncle of no regrets, oil on canvas

 

It’s interesting to see the way that Beatriz shifts between abstraction and figurative painting…

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Doofus Media: The Art of Evan Fowler

A block of text presented on a coloured backgroundUntitled

Doofus Media is the portfolio of Evan Fowler. In his practice, Evan produces writing, drawing, photography, and collage, using a conceptual approach that is at times deeply introspective, and at times political. 


An abstracted sketch of a face with words surrounding itUntitled (from series JOLLY DOOM WORLD)

 

Though the artist’s works are varied in terms of media and technique, there’s an undeniable overarching aesthetic that ties all the works together. It’s an aesthetic…

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Flying Cow Creations: Art by Valerie Johnson


A felted image of two sheep in a fieldblack sheep in the family, wet felting and needle felting

Valerie Johnson creates work under her studio name, Flying Cow Creations. The artist works in felt, building pieces in both sculptural and two-dimensional formats, and capitalizing on the soft texture of her fiber medium to produce truly unique works. 


A hand-felted stool with a blue bubble patternHand felted stool

I really enjoy the amount of variation in the artist’s portfolio. Though she tends to stick to a single…

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The Art Portfolio of Bruno Hernani

A photo of a sky over a traffic light in ReginaRegina, Canada, photograph

Bruno Hernani is an artist and engineer who currently lives and works in Regina, Saskatechewan. In his artistic practice, Bruno works with a variety of media including paint, photography, and sculpture, occasionally drawing inspiration from engineering practices as well as from music. 


A work of art using a deconstructed violinExtended Violin

 

I really like the works in which Bruno combines multiple disciplines -- like in his artworks that utilize…

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Expressionist Aesthetics: Art by Trevor Pye

A mixed media artwork with still life objects in front of a mountainStill Life With Small Mountain, acrylic and graphite on Arches paper

Trevor Pye is an artist who works in mixed media, building images that draw on cubist and expressionist aesthetics while maintaining a contemporary atmosphere. The artist is currently based in New Zealand, where he works with acrylic, graphite, and other traditional art materials. 


A still life painting with a layered, transparent lookStill Life With Modernist Leanings 1, acrylic and graphite on paper

 

I really enjoy…

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