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The Art Portfolio of Tania Willard

A diptych image of two faces wearing 3-D glassesUntitled (from series Disparity)

Tania Willard is an artist from the Secwepemc Nation of south central British Columbia. In her artistic practice, Tania probes the ways in which Aboriginal and other cultures are interconnected, often utilizing public and outdoor spaces, as well as human participants in her works.


A photo of a fast food meal sculpted using traditional Secwepemc basket weaving techniquesThe Combo (from series Disparity), cedar root, birchbark, coloured transparency, plastic tray

 

I like the physical presence…

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The Art Portfolio of Kelly Leichert

A painting with bright colours and heavy outlinesThe Return

Kelly Leichert is a Saskatchewan-based artist who works in a variety of media, including acrylic, pencil, ink, charcoal, and even some digital media. The artist has a background in the architectural field, having worked as a draftsman.


A painting of a chokecherry plant seen up closeChokecherry Mosaic, oil on canvas

 

I appreciate the mosaic, stained-glass aesthetic of many of Kelly’s paintings. Plant life seems to be a subject that the artist is drawn toward, and…

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The Art Portfolio of Karen Rovner

An abstracted painting with a ghostly figureCourage To, pumice, oil, oil stick, paper, wax medium

Karen Rovner currently works in a studio in North Andover, Massachusetts. Her artwork represents an intuitive style of painting, with the artist often beginning her works without a plan, and using her aesthetic instincts to produce each composition.


An abstract painting made with blocks in dark neutral tonesAfter the Election, oil, cold wax

I find the mixture of abstraction and figuration in Karen’s portfolio quite interesting. The artist…

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Human Experience: The Art Portfolio of Shawn Olin Jordan

A still from a conceptual art video exploring an alien caveCaves of Detritus (video still)

Shawn Olin Jordan is an interdisciplinary artist whose work seeks to unravel and examine the vast and varied nature of human experience. Shawn’s portfolio is, as such, multi-faceted, including performance, painting, installation, and everything in between.


A digital photo close-up of painted, crumpled paperSubterranean Circus V, digital photograph

 

I’m intrigued by Shawn’s recent project Caves of Detritus -- in this five minute video, the viewer is…

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The Art Portfolio of Jeff Grassie


An artwork made with carved found wood and other materialsTempest, mixed media

Jeff Grassie is an artist based in Haverhill, Massachusetts. A self-taught artist, Jeff utilizes a range of highly tactile materials including wood and metal in his artworks, creating assemblages, sculptures, and wall-hanging pieces that are as much about their subjects as they are about the materiality of the artist’s media.


A sculpture of a fish made from salvaged wood and metalSomething Fishy, salvaged wood and metal

 

I really like the look and feel of Jeff’s…

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The Art Portfolio of Karen Muntean

A mixed media artwork made in a quilt-like pattern with distinct square sectionsDia de los Muertos/War is $$, mixed media on canvas

Karen Muntean is an artist currently based in Victoria, BC. In her practice, Karen works primarily in abstraction, creating works in a variety of experimental styles that combine bright colour and organic form to produce an otherworldly aesthetic.


A mixed media artwork with pastel tones made in a quilted patternsWashi Quilt for Ella, mixed media on canvas

 

I’m really enjoying Karen’s recent series of Washi Quilts. These works combine a variety…

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The Art Portfolio of Lynda Benglis

A sculpture made from lead dripped into a corner and allowed to setQuartered Meteor, lead

Lynda Benglis is an American sculptor best known for her large abstract forms, often made from dripped wax, latex, foam, and other materials, that explore texture and material presence by referencing bodily, organic forms.


A sculpture made from bronze poured and allowed to setEAT MEAT, bronze

The artist’s earlier works, produced in the 1960s and 70s, have a distinctly viscous, liquid-like feeling and aesthetic. The artist produced many of these works by pouring…

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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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