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An Experimental Approach: Art by Erin Burge


An abstract painting using thick splashes of paintUntitled, acrylic on wood panel

Erin Burge is a Kelowna-based tattooer and visual artist. In her visual art practice, Erin takes an experimental approach, combining media and style to create images that range from straightforward black and white portraiture to colorful abstractions.


An artwork combining a portrait with abstracted paintingJess, acrylic and graphite on canvas

In our previous features of Erin’s realistic tattoo portraits we’ve looked mostly at the artist’s ink designs.…

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Positive Emotions: Artwork by Cécile Blanche Bekolo Koe


An artwork depicting two female figures in bright traditional dressUntitled

Cécile Blanche Bekolo Koe creates artworks that evoke positive emotions, and joyful movement. Born in Cameroon, Cécile has travelled around the world and is now based in Brossard, Quebec, where she continues to produce artwork that combines a multitude of styles and disciplines.


A painting of four figures dancingUntitled

 

I love the sense of movement that’s present in the majority of Cécile’s works. The artist studied calligraphy for a period of time,…

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Charcoal and Ink Renderings by Bill Hayner


A charcoal drawing of some wood behind a fenceAmerican Chi #27, charcoal on paper

California-based artist Bill Hayner has been producing artwork and teaching drawing and painting for several decades. In his personal practice, Bill utilizes texture and gesture to great effect, switching easily between realistic charcoal and ink renderings, and pure abstract forms.


A charcoal drawing of something bundled with stringAmerican Chi #12, charcoal on paper

 

While in our previous feature of Bill’s works of growth and change we looked…

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Organic Patterns: Art by Louise McRae


An artwork made with an assembly of painted woodRain Reign

Louise McRae uses her art practice to explore notions of time and space outside the picture plane. In her compositions, McRae utilizes, chunks of found construction wood, placing oddly-shaped pieces together to create organic patterns.


An assemblage of painted found woodSong for Tane

The artist tends to paint first on larger pieces of scrap timber, splitting them into smaller shards after the fact. These shards are then assembled as two and three-dimensional…

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Experience of Time: Art by Liba Labik


An oil painting of a woman with her hair obscured by flowersFragrance of Time I, oil and mixed media on canvas

Alberta-based artist Liba Labik creates mixed media artworks that dwell on the experience of time. Liba is influenced by surrealist and romantic painting styles, and often combines abstraction and figurative work.


An oil painting of some flowers in a fieldBeauty and Time of Weeds I, oil and mixed media on panel with epoxy resin coating

 

Liba’s recent series Fragrance of Time(s) showcases the artist’s skill at both…

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Studio Sunday: Ian Wallace


A photo of a photo: Ian Wallace's studio

 

Our Studio Sunday feature this week is Ian Wallace. Wallace is a Canadian photographer and painter who is known for combining the two disciplines into uniquely conceptual works. One of the artist’s better-known projects is his series of works titled “In the Studio,” which present a unique view of his personal work space.

 

Wallace is somewhat known for creating his own brand of institutional critique, and his studio artworks…

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Intersections of Color: Art by Bruce Meberg


A painting of concentric squares in different huesRectangle Alpha, acrylic on canvas

Artist Bruce Meberg creates colorful abstractions, using intersections of color and media to explore other earthly systems on a micro and macro scale. Bruce allows space for gravity and accident in his process, creating works that are equal parts meticulous and intuitive.


A painting of abstract shapes that seem to form dancing figuresPrimal Dance, acrylic and texture on canvas

 

I enjoy Bruce’s resin compositions on wood – the shiny, glassy quality of the…

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Eggshell Mosaics: Art by Linda Biggers


An eggshell mosaic depicting a sailboat on still waterAfternoon on the Sacandaga, eggshell mosaic

Linda Biggers is a mixed media artist based in New York. Much of Linda’s artwork takes the form of eggshell mosaics, through which the artist renders landscapes and figures in a uniquely textured fashion.


A mosaic artwork of a canoe on moonlit waterSacandaga Evening, eggshell mosaic

 

I like the way that Linda utilizes her medium to portray a range of textures and lighting in complex scenes. For example, in a few works, the texture of…

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Unpolished and Frank: Art by Ronan Boyle


A mixed media artwork with a concrete-like backgroundConcrete3

Artist Ronan Boyle is a self-taught artist currently based in Vancouver, BC. Ronan’s art style borrows from punk and street art movements, finding an aesthetic that’s deliberately unpolished and frank.


An artwork made with imagery laid over a concrete-like backgroundconcrete4

 

I especially enjoy the aesthetic of Ronan’s series Concrete. The color scheme in these works is subdued or nonexistent, leaning more into black and white monochromes. In our previous feature we looked at the

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Collage and Assemblage: Art by Gary Eleinko


A mixed media artwork depicting a slice of forestInto the Woods 2, oil, wood, branches on bamboo

Mixed-media artist Gary Eleinko utilizes a range of materials in his works, resulting in an aesthetic that references collage and assemblage art forms even in two dimensions. The artist’s recent works tend to focus on warm hues and strong, sometimes-figurative shapes, layered to bring each into sharp focus.


A triptych artwork featuring textured plant life and paintJungle Fever (triptych), oil, wood, mixed media

A number of Gary’s most recent…

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Imagery of the Mind: Art by Hisham Akira Baroocha


A piece of hand-dyed fabric with a loud patternDrowning Flamingo, hand-dyed found fabric on panel

American musician and visual artist Hisham Akira Baroocha creates works in photography, collage, and gallery installation. Much of Baroocha’s work revolves around themes of memory and emotion, with a focus on the transience and chaos that is inherent in the imagery of the mind.


A collage composition with abstracted imageryUnforeseen Conversations 2, collage and ink on paper

 

I really enjoy the way Baroocha weaves collage pieces…

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Studio Sunday: Shirin Neshat


A photo of Shirin Neshat at work in her studio

 

In today’s Studio Sunday, we’ll look at the studio of Shirin Neshat. Neshat was born in Iran and later moved to the United States to study at UC Berkeley, before relocating to New York, where she is now based. The artist’s work explores themes of Iranian and western identity, the Muslim faith, and public versus private through photography and video.

 

The artist’s studio is located in her home, a loft in New York’s SOHO…

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Weighty, Tactile Abstractions: Art by David Ferguson


An abstract mixed media artwork with strong textureBRANCH WATER, cast cotton, gold leaf, acrylic on board

Painter and choreographer David Ferguson creates weighty, tactile abstractions and equally expressive patterns of movement. Often working in collaboration with other dancers and choreographers, David participates in both the behind-the-scenes production and the performance of his dances.

 


RUSH OF WATER/ RUSH OF AIR (working draft 2012), collaboration with Jung ah Chung, Robb…

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Gestural Works and Abstractions by Guy Grogan


A painting of greenish stripes of color with an interesting textureShowing My Stripes #1, mixed media on gesso board

Artist Guy Grogan creates gestural works and abstractions that seem infused with deep feeling. Working in paint, drawing, and sculpture techniques, Guy uses a distinctive color palette and a talent for building volumes to evoke mysterious concepts.


A painting with black and pale glossy stripesShowing My Stripes #10

 

I’m really enjoying looking through the works in Guy’s Showing My Stripes series. The works here are easily…

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