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Combining Visual Languages: The Portfolio of Darien A-Johnson


A ceramic and mixed-media abstract sculptureAbraaaasion (alternate view), porcelain, mixed media

Darien A-Johnson is originally from Minnesota. The artist has lived throughout the US and in Copenhagen, Denmark -- spending a few years there as a full-time studio artist. After moving to Atlanta, Georgia, Darien now teaches as an assistant professor at Atlanta State University, while maintaining a studio practice in which he plays with combining visual languages.


A detail photo of a porcelain abstract sculptureJust in the is…

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The Spark of Life: Art by Marion Krahn


A painting depicting crashing waves and a dark figureOmnia Vincit Amor III The Mermaid and The Sailor, acrylic on canvas

Marion Krahn is a BC artist currently based in Kelowna, where she works out of The Spark of Life Studio. Marion’s art practice is focused on acrylic, watercolor and mixed-media paintings of sea and sky, with the artist taking an abstracted approach to conjuring dramatic images.


A painting of a warm-toned, violent seascapeUndo Amor, acrylic and mixed media

 

I really enjoy the way that Marion evokes a sense of…

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Painted Cityscapes: Art by Scott Ivey


A painting of a beach with a city in the distanceBackyard beach, oil on canvas

Scott Ivey was born in North Carolina and later moved to Washington D.C., the architecture of which has come to influence his drawn and painted cityscapes. Scott’s works capture the familiar yet otherworldly beauty of buildings and city streets in subdued light.


A pastel drawing of a city with a concrete clearingP Street beach, pastel and colored pencil

 

I really enjoy the color palette that Scott chooses for many of his artworks. As we discussed in our…

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Local Landscapes: Art by Sharon Hunter


An abstract painting in blue huesBlue City -- Wolf, oil on canvas

Muralist and community artist Sharon Hunter collaborates with the public and fellow artists to create works that everyone can enjoy. The artist’s painterly style lends itself to large works celebrating local landscapes and populations.


A photo of a composite mural painted by grade 7 and 8 studentsWhite Pines Intermediate Mural Project - ADSB

 

Based in Ontario, Sharon has created several large mural works in the Attawapiskat First Nation, and along Highway 17 on…

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A Playful Approach: Art by Sara Kaltwasser


A participatory painting with a game of X's and O'sTIX, mixed media participatory painting

Sara Kaltwasser takes a playful approach to her artistic practice, blending toys, games, and other forms of entertainment with fine art sensibility. The artist’s works span a variety of media, and sometimes include interactive elements.


A mobile play table with a chess or checkers boardMobile Play Table, participatory sculpture, mixed media

 

Sara’s recent series Play Works is an interesting meditation, blurring the line between art,…

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Studio Sunday: Dorothy Cross


A photo of Dorothy Cross in her art studio

 

Dorothy Cross was born in Cork, Ireland, and today is considered one of Irelands foremost internationally-recognized artists. Cross works in a variety of media including sculpture, photography, and film, addressing themes of cultural and sexual identity, as well as the subconscious.

 

Cross’ studio has a beautifully open and natural feel to it – the planks of what looks like driftwood stacked against the wall in the back right…

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An Emotional Journey: Art by Angela Scalisi


An artwork combining text with the idea of hidingHide & Seek

Angela Scalisi is an artist and art therapist who also works as a care partner for patients with illnesses including cancer and Alzheimer’s. Angela tends to use her artistic practice as a method of self-reflection, and a tool for expressing an emotional journey.


An artwork depicting a blurred figure in a round frameHunchedfigure

 

I enjoy the wide range of materials and media that Angela uses in her artworks. Using art as a therapeutic tool often means that Angela tends to…

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Bodily Metamorphosis: Art by Caroline Boileau


A painting of a human figure and a large abstracted formLa peau de crapaud

Caroline Boileau maintains a multifaceted art practice that explores ideas of bodily metamorphosis, feeling, sensation, and space. Working in installation, drawing, performance, and other media, Caroline herself often becomes an integral part of her artworks.


A watercolor painting of an abstracted figureLa fée du lac, hier

 

I’m enjoying browsing through Caroline’s art portfolio at some of the artist’s recent two-dimensional work. In her drawings, the…

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Bright and Frantic Tiki Art by Ken Ruzic


A painting of a few tiki figures drinking at a barLast Call at the Kahuna Room, acrylic on wood

Ken Ruzic creates fantastically bright and frantic tiki art, merging pop-art and cartoon aesthetics Polynesian mythology. The artist’s portfolio is packed with densely detailed figurative imagery made in a range of traditional media.


A sculpted tiki ceramic glassCannibal King open line edition, ceramic

 

I love the amount of color that Ken packs into his works – even in drawings and paintings that are relatively…

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Fiercely Colorful Artworks by Helen Vokatý


An acrylic artwork with a bright honeycomb patternUntitled, acrylic on canvas

Helen Vokatý works in mixed media and collage, creating artworks that combine a precise, architectural framework with spontaneous abstraction and novel materials. The artist’s works are fiercely colorful, and often feature a combination of geometric planes and painterly mark-making.


An abstract artwork made with sketched lines and subdued colorWP 12, mixed media on canvas

 

I really enjoy the collaged aesthetic that Helen works with in many of her artworks. Whether…

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Eye-Catching Lines: Art by Jonathan McCree


An installation of brightly colored abstract formsDo Be Do Be Do, installation view

Jonathan McCree creates paintings, sculptures, and installation works in a contemporary style, drawing aesthetic inspiration from a wide range of sources. McCree’s artworks are frenetic and bombastic, never shying away from bright color and bold, eye-catching lines.


An abstract artwork with oil stick and acrylic paintsUntitled, oil stick, acrylic, and spray paint on collaged paper

 

I find that some of McCree’s works are reminiscent of paintings by

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Cubism and African Tribal: Art by Michael Kilgore


An artwork featuring an abstracted female figureSOUL DANCE #3

Artist Michael Kilgore takes a spiritual and deeply personal approach to artwork. Influenced by contemporary art history as well as his own life and cultural experiences, the artist’s portfolio combines fashion, cubism and African tribal aesthetics.


A cubist interpretation of an African faceKUNTA KINTE, mixed media on textured bristol

 

Influenced by artists ranging from Rene Magritte to Pablo Picasso to Jean-Michel Basquiat, Michael’s artworks are an…

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Kaleidoscopic Colour: Art by Peter Barron


An abstract painting with numerous coloured forms overlappingHead

Painter and printmaker Peter Barron creates artworks that are equally impactful in black and white, and in kaleidoscopic colour. The artist uses a similarly gestural, painterly approach in his abstractions and in his figure drawings and prints.


A painting of an orange rock emerging from waterOrange Rock, oil

 

Where in our previous feature of Peter’s artworks we looked at his textural, celebratory abstracts, I’m also quite impressed by the artist’s approach to figures. The…

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Worlds Collide: Art by Ken Herren


A painting made in pumice-infused textural paintFlagon, acrylic infused pumice on canvas

Mixed media artist Ken Herren creates dense, layered works that utilize contrasting color and texture to create a very specific visual narrative. Growing up in a rural environment and later moving to a city, Ken uses his art practice to explore the spaces where those two worlds collide.


A painting in black and white made with pumiceResonance, acrylic infused pumice on canvas

 

I’m really drawn in by Ken’s use of color in his artworks.…

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Practice of Meditation: Art by Carolyn Trotter


An abstract mixed media work with floral forms on a beige backgroundUntitled, acrylic and mixed media on stretched canvas

Carolyn Trotter creates her artwork both as a form of meditation, and as a way of encouraging others to explore the practice of meditation. The artist’s works tend to feature floral forms, laid out as patterns or mandalas that draw the viewer’s eye around an entire space rather than focusing on a central figure.


A hazy blue painting with the text "let life happen"Let Life Happen, acrylic and mixed media on canvas

 

I rather like…

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