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The Art Portfolio of Mikael Christian Strøbek

A sculpture made with brightly coloured shapesPC/BT/GS

Mikael Christian Strøbek is a Berlin-based artist who works primarily in sculpture, painting, and installation. The artist’s works are produced with an incredible sense of geometric precision, and seem to shed light on the mathematical and geometric principles present in each space they are installed.


A photo of a geometric sculpture in a gallery spaceThree/50/C.Black

 

I really enjoy Strøbek’s sculptural works, especially those made with narrow, coloured metal bars.…

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The Painting Portfolio of Gary Doll

A painting of a pathway through a meadowMission Creek #2, oil on canvas board

Gary Doll is a painter based in Kelowna, BC. In his studio practice, Gary produces gestural, impressionistic paintings of the landscape around his home and throughout British Columbia, with many of the works depicting mountains, trees, and bodies of water.


A painting of a treed peninsula in a lakeMaligne Lake -- Alberta, oil on canvas

 

I like the way Gary employs highly visible brush marks to lend each work a unique, distinctive style.…

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The Art Portfolio of M. Charles and Lavetta Rhinehart

A painting of a hazy, mountainous landscapeGreen River (by Lavetta Rhinehart)

M. Charles and Lavetta Rhinehart are husband-and-wife artists based in Missouri. The pair are both skilled at painting in lavish realism, depicting scenes and landscapes that could be taken straight from the pages of a fantasy or science fiction novel.


A painting of a forested field under an orange skyBellem Fields, oil on board (by M. Charles Rhinehart)

 

I’m really intrigued by the similarities between each of the artist’s styles. While M.…

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Studio Sunday: Nicolas de Stael

A photo of Nicolas de Stael in his art studio

 

Nicolas De Stael was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia, in 1914, to a high-ranking military family. The artist’s family was forced to flee Russia in 1919, and as an adult De Stael later relocated to Nice, France, where he began to produce art alongside numerous contemporaries. The artist is best known for his heavy application of paint and highly abstracted landscapes, though he worked in a variety of media.

 

De Stael’s studio…

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A Portfolio of Plein Air Paintings by Bryan Coombes

A painting of several figures riding an old-fashioned carSpirits of the West, acrylic on canvas

Painter Bryan Coombes is inspired by the world around him, whether it’s a vast forested landscape, or rusting antique car. The artist’s body of work focuses on plein air paintings, with subject matter inspired by Bryan’s previous work as a pilot, mountaineer, and photographer.


A painting of a mountainous section of the Coquihalla highwayCoquihalla Vahlhalla, oil

 

Bryan’s figurative paintings, especially those of familiar outdoor spaces -- roads,…

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Studio Sunday: Jane Freilicher

 

A photo of Jane Freilicher at work in her studio

 

Jane Freilicher was born in Brooklyn in 1924 and spent most of her life in New York. The artist was active during the height of the American abstract expressionist period in the 1950s and 60s, though she was best known for her figurative works depicting city and farm landscapes.

 

I love the huge windows in Freilicher’s studio space. It looks like the artist is working on a fairly high floor of the building, as the windows…

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Fujiwara Art Inc.: The Art Portfolio of Kim Fujiwara

A painting of a family of Native American people in the American old westPainting Faces, oil

Kim Fujiwara has been honing his painting and illustration skills for decades at his personal studio, Fujiwara Art Inc. In his practice, Kim creates beautifully realistic, painterly images of human figures and landscapes.


A painting of a woman in a corset standing in front of a mirrorBianca's Saloon, oil

 

As we saw in our previous feature of Kim’s work, we looked at the artist’s penchant for smooth, skillful portraiture. The conventions that the artist employs in his…

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The Art Portfolio of Mareo Rodriguez


A sculpture made up of a sculpted panel on a wallUntitled

Mareo Rodriguez is an artist based in Barcelona, Spain. In his current artistic practice, Rodriguez seeks to explore, define, and push the boundaries of natural formations, borrowing aesthetics and compositional themes from mountains and rocks.


A sculpture made up of several square bricks sculpted like rocksUntitled

 

I really enjoy the way that the artist translates the look and feel of a rock formation into a gallery artwork. Rodrigues produces sculptures, paintings, and installations,…

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The Art Portfolio of Mernet Larsen

A painting of two adult figures looking down at a babyAw, acrylic, tracing paper, and oil on canvas

Mernet Larsen is a painter based in both Jackson Heights, New York, and Tampa, Florida. In Florida, Larsen is a Professor Emeritus at the University of South Florida. Larsen’s decades-spanning painting practice centers on depictions of the human figure with a distinctly narrative and highly stylized aesthetic.


A painting of several black-clad figures carrying a body wrapped in red clothIcon, acrylic, tracing paper, and oil on canvas

 

I really enjoy the way that…

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Volume and Shadow: The Art Portfolio of Laurie J. Cochrane

A painting of a path to the oceanPath to the Ocean

Laurie J. Cochrane is a painter, photographer, and ceramicist who captures landscapes and abstracted natural views. The artist paints with a focus on colour and form, utilizing the natural texture of oil paint as a way to build up volume and shadow in an image.


A painting of the moon rising over the outbackSuper moon over outback

The artist herself cites Tom Thomson and other Group of Seven artists as an influence to her painting style. I think this influence is…

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Studio Sunday: Georges Braque

A photo of Georges Braque in his art studio

 

Georges Braque was a French painter, sculptor, and artist in various other media who was active in the first half of the 20th century. Braque is often credited with being a part of the Fauvist movement, and is noted for his later paintings that helped popularize the cubist art style.

 

I like the look of Braque’s studio here. The first thing my eye is drawn to is the set of paintbrushes lined up on the floor in front of the…

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The Art Portfolio of Painter Susan Horn

A gestural painting of a bridge over a riverPrescott Bridge II, oil on canvas

Painter Susan Horn captures abstract, landscape, and still-life subjects in a confident, impressionistic style. The artist’s current portfolio represents a prolific artistic career and is packed with paintings that consistently display the artist’s style.


An impressionistic painting of a barn surrounded by greeneryIvan's Barn, oil on canvas

In our previous feature of Susan’s delightfully impressionistic works, we looked at the way the artist utilizes…

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The Art Portfolio of Andràs Böröcz

An assemblage sculpture featuring tree branchesCopse, carved mahogany, aluminum, twigs, plungers

Hungarian artist Andràs Böröcz works in drawing, sculpture, and performance, creating pieces that explore the human condition through humour, awkwardness, and symbolism. The artist frequently utilizes visual motifs in his artworks, creating pieces that are both uniquely recognizable and totally personal.


A sculptural installation with wood and carved handsYad

I really like the artworks in Böröcz’ sculpture gallery. These pieces tend…

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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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Sweeping Landscapes: The Art Portfolio of Cecilia Lea

A painting of a mountain range with a snowy tree in the foregroundHungabee After the Storm -- Lake O'Hara -- Yoho National Park, oil on canvas

Cecilia Lea is an artist based in Radium Hot Springs, BC. In her creative practice, Cecilia captures the sweeping landscapes of the local region in oil and acrylic paint.


A painting of a mountain range with green grass in the foregroundSpring Comes to Mount Nelson, acrylic on canvas

 

The artist’s gallery of recent paintings showcases a series of plein-air landscape paintings that render alpine and forest views in…

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