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Studio Sunday: Sheila Hicks


A photograph of a young Sheila Hicks in her studio

 

Our Studio Sunday artist this weekend is Sheila Hicks. Born in Nebraska, Hicks worked in Guerrero, Mexico from 1959 to 1963 before relocating to Paris, France, where she is still based. The artist has spent the majority of her career working in textiles, using sculpting, weaving, and assemblage techniques to create unique objects.

 

The photo above shows Hicks at work in her studio several decades ago, possibly in Mexico. Here, the…

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Excitement of Driving: Art by Tom Kenyon


A lino print of car partsNight, linoleum block print

Tom Kenyon has a need for speed – Tom’s art practice has evolved around the artist’s love of classic cars and racing. Utilizing a variety of artistic media including photography and printmaking, the artist captures the look and feel of the machines, as well as the excitement of driving them.


A lino print in blue of two cars racingK Bucket V, linoleum block print

 

I like the somewhat abstracted approach that Tom takes to depicting cars and…

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Enigmatic Style: Art by Laura Munteanu


A painting using blended cool coloursWinters, acrylic on canvas

Laura Munteanu is a painter and mixed media artist who employs an enigmatic style to approach a wide range of different subjects. Laura’s artworks tend to be darkly colorful and gestural, with a slightly surreal sensibility.


An abstract painting with ribbons of colorSpring, oil on canvas

 

In our previous feature of Laura’s varied, experimental painting practice, we looked at a few of the different techniques that the artist employs to create her…

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Functional Yet Sculptural Ceramics by Kathryn Ruckman


A ceramic object designed to hold flowersFlower Brick

Kathryn Ruckman’s artistic practice spans the media of ceramics, painting, and outdoor sculpture. Based in Edmonton, the artist’s focus is on functional yet sculptural ceramics, made with an intuitive approach.


Two sets of ceramic candle sticksTwo sets of candlesticks

 

We looked at some of Kathryn’s rustic, functional vessels in our previous feature of the artist’s work. I enjoy the sturdy look and feel of each of these pieces, and the way that…

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Gesture as An Object: Art by Kiki McGrath


A painting using cool green and purple tonesSeika, acrylic on canvas

Mixed-media artist and painter Kiki McGrath creates colorful works with a focus on gesture as an object. In many of Kiki’s most recent works, swirling, tangled lines of paint take on the role of a central figure, blending with backgrounds both analogous and contrastive.


A painting with gestural strokes of deep greenWaterfall, acrylic on canvas

 

I appreciate the way Kiki is using her current practice to explore the material of paint – not just what…

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Vast Abstract Cosmos: Art by Nancy Ungar


A digital artwork with human figurative elementsThe God Spot

Nancy Ungar creates psychedelic artworks in both digital and traditional media. The artist combines abstract forms with frenetic line art and overlapping planes of texture and color to build up a vast abstract cosmos in each work.


An abstract digital artwork with a repeating patternMedusa's Domain

 

The works in Nancy’s current portfolio are all complex and layered, and seem designed to pull the viewer in for a deeper look. It’s quite fascinating to explore the abstract…

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Many Forms: Art by Susan Parrish


A sculpture made with a variety of found objectsCall for Entry

Susan Parrish is an artist and craftsperson based near Raleigh, North Carolina. The artist’s works take many forms, though the theme of sculpture and assemblage always comes through, often with a playful edge.  


A TEABOT made from a variety of old tins and found materialsMrs. Johnson is Always Fixed Up for Tea

 

In our previous feature of Susan’s artworks, we looked at her use of mixed media and found objects. Though she has moved away from the medium of ceramics, I can still…

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Hard-Edged Forms: Art by Linda Henningson


A text-based artwork with the words "come closer"come closer, acrylic and resin on panel

Texada Island-based artist Linda Henningson works in mixed media, collage and paint, creating works that range from abstractions and landscapes to typographical designs. Linda’s artistic style favors overlapping, hard-edged forms and bright colors.


A collage based on the form of a shorelineIsland Sea Sky #16, collage on shaped panel

 

I find it really interesting to look through Linda’s abstract and collage works, and see the way the…

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Talent for Typography: Art by Rose Jackson Taylor


A rubber stamp carved into the shape of a giraffeIris the Giraffe

Rose Jackson Taylor is based in South London, England, where she creates typographical art and design, including custom rubber stamps. The artist’s talent for typography carries through poetry, chalk signs, and more permanent inked or stamped lettering.


A custom stamp with tags made using the stampNNT Alumni Dinner

 

I really enjoy the fresh, modern aesthetic of the works in Rose’s portfolio. Though her stamps may be intricately carved, the imagery seems very…

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Studio Sunday: Bharti Kher


A photograph of Bharti Kher's art studio

 

Today’s studio Sunday artist Bharti Kher. Based in India, Kher works in a variety of media including painting, sculpture, and large-scale installation. She is known for her incorporation of Indian cultural motifs such as the bindi into her artworks and figures.

 

Kher’s studio, as seen in the above photo, is jam-packed with figures, large and small – it almost looks like the artist is putting on some sort of bizarre stage…

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Expressive Nature: Art by Kaylee Dalton


An abstracted artwork with plant-like aestheticsDark Lush (landscape), encaustic monotype and mixed media on Stonehenge black

Kaylee Dalton’s uses a combination of printmaking, collage, painting, and encaustic to address the expressive nature of, well --- nature. Dalton’s layered, gestural approach to image-making results in artworks that are as lush as the plant growths that they reference.


A print and collage artwork with leaf-like formsLush No. 12 (landscape), encaustic monotype and mixed media on Rives BFK

 

For all the…

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Scientific Curiosity: Art by Tina Tavolacci


A painting of a small bird on earth-toned paperUntitled

Tina Tavolacci is a mixed media artist and jewelry designer. Her works often feature raised or textured elements, and the imagery of insects and animals found therein speaks to a sense of scientific curiosity.


A necklace with an enamel pendantUntitled

 

I enjoy the earthy brown and sepia tones that the artist favors in her works. Working in combination with weathered and rusted metallic elements that are sometimes glued to the paintings, these hues create a…

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Dense Detail Work: Art by Edward Bear Miller


A detail of a painting featuring American flag imageryFlag for Sandy (detail), oil on sewn and embroidered canvas

Edward Bear Miller previously studied sculpture and taught social studies – both experiences which seem to inform his current painting practice. The artist’s paintings feature heavy, earthy tones and a curious blend of gestural brush marks and dense detail work, leading to figurative landscapes that transform into abstract textural explorations when viewed up close.


An american flag embroidered onto a canvas and painted whiteTitanium…

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Swirling, Undefined Forms: Sculpture by Jonathan Hertzel

 
A photo of an abstract sculpture with dramatic lightingTraveler

Jonathan Hertzel is a sculptor and mixed media artist based in the United States. Jonathan’s sculptures are half-abstract, half-figural, often built up out of masses of swirling, undefined forms. The artist’s works, many cast in bronze, are imbued with a sense of movement and emotional intensity.


A series of sculptures by Jonathan HertzelNehushatan, First Step, Falling Man, and Signs of Life

 

It’s interesting to look through the works on Jonathan’s portfolio…

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Characters and Memes: Art by Amber Petersen


A mash-up of super mario and little shop of horrorsPlant Love II, acrylic on canvas

Amber Petersen works as a mixed media artist as well as an actor, producer, and photographer. In her visual art practice, Amber utilizes neon-bright color schemes and thick, hard outlines to depict elements of pop culture, characters and memes in a recognizable yet unique format.


A painting of Cole Sprouse as JugheadJughead, acrylic on canvas

 

I like the way that Amber combines detailed renderings of characters -- both live-action and…

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