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A Portfolio of Striking Abstract Paintings by David Tycho

An abstract painting with heavy red and black stripesUntitled No. 6, acrylic on canvas

David Tycho is an abstract painter based in Vancouver, British Columbia. In his practice, David creates large, striking abstract paintings with bold colours and confident brush marks. 


An abstract painting with rough, textured areas of colourUntitled No. 8, acrylic on canvas

 

I really like the energy that’s present in David’s paintings -- the artist’s method of laying down paint, scraping and dragging it across the surface of the work gives the viewer…

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The Oil and Watercolour Art Portfolio of Edith Dora Rey

A painting of a yellow goldfinch on a blue backgroundVale Perkins Goldfinch #3, acrylic on wood

Edith Dora Rey was born in Switzerland and later moved to Canada, studying art in Vancouver and Halifax before settling in Montreal. In her practice, the artist produces paintings in oil and watercolour, as well as photographs. 


A watercolour painting of autumnal treesA Tree Grows in Vancouver, watercolour on Caruthers paper

 

Edith has an eye for shape and colour, often combining the two in a highly focused, complementary and…

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Inside the Art Studio of Bernard Frize

A photo of Bernard Frize's art studio

 

This week, let’s take a look inside the studio of French artist Bernard Frize. A painter by trade, Frize is known for paintings that explore new and interesting techniques in applying paint to substrate, while focusing on painting more as an industrial process than as a pursuit of an end product or aesthetic. 

 

Frize’s Paris studio looks quite airy in this photo. There’s one large window visible to the left side of the…

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A Geometric Edge: The Art of Robert Porazinski

A painting with stripes of colour overlapping and moving off the canvasLuna #2, acrylic on panel

Artist Robert Porazinski produces abstract paintings and artworks, often with a geometric edge, but sometimes veering into more experimental, materially-concerned structures. The artist has a background in commercial art and design, disciplines which inform many of his personal artworks. 


A sculptural painting with geometric shapes and monochromatic coloursTerrain #5, acrylic and spray paint on wood

 

It’s interesting to see just how much variation Robert is able to coax out…

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Inside the Art Studio of Marisa Merz

A photo of Marisa Merz' art studio

 

Marisa Merz was an Italian artist, born in Turin. Merz had a long and prolific career, beginning in the 1950s and 60s during which time she was the only female member of the Arte Povera movement. Arte Povera (translated to English as “poor art”) was a radical artistic movement that stood in opposition to the hierarchical, capitalist nature of the art industry of the era.

 

Throughout her career, Merz worked in a variety of…

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Inside the Art Studio of Karel Appel

A photo of Dutch artist Karel Appel in his studio

 

Today’s Studio Sunday artist is Karel Appel. Appel was born in Amsterdam in 1921, and started painting at the age of 14, before studying at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten. The artist was known for his avant-garde paintings and sculptures that combined vivid primary colours with strong, wild line art and abstracted figures.  

 

Appel’s studio here looks slightly chaotic, which seems suitable for the overall tone of his…

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A Portfolio of Expressive Illustration by Ashley Nitkin

A coloured pencil drawing of a catCat, coloured pencil and watercolour pencil

Ashley Nitkin is a Toronto-based illustrator, artist, and designer. In his artistic portfolio, Ashley shows off his skill with expressive illustration, and his eye for stylized detail. 


A gouache painting of a colourful, stylized catChinese Cat, gouache on paper

 

I’m enjoying browsing through Ashley’s catalogue of illustrations. The works, produced in combinations of watercolour, airbrush, ink, gouache, and other traditional media,…

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Paintings of Faces: The Art of Joa Korhonen

A painting of a grey face on a purple backgroundMONSIEUR, acrylic on canvas

Joa Korhonen is a musician and artist whose dual practices inform one another. The artist’s current visual practice revolves around paintings of faces, often abstracted to some degree and with expressions that seem to shift and reflect the viewer’s mindset as much as the artist’s. 


A painting of a bluish face on a natural backgroundIDENTITY 2.0, acrylic on cardboard

 

Korhonen works via an intuitive process, starting each with work with a…

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Plein Air Paradise: The Art of Susette Billedeaux Gertsch

A plein air painting of dense flowers in a gardenMaster's Garden -- White and Yellow Daisies, oil

Susette Billedeaux Gertsch creates masterful plein air paintings under her studio name, Plein Air Paradise. The artist uses a skilled, gestural approach to paint a range of subject matter, with landscapes and architectural features from many different climates and settings.


A painting of a church in the European countrysideEglise de Caux -- Church of de Caux, oil

 

I really enjoy the overall atmosphere that Susette builds up in her…

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The Art Portfolio of Svetlana Barker

A painting of a crow on a striking red backgroundBlue Crow, oil on canvas

Svetlana Barker lives in Colorado, where she produces works of painting. The artist’s background in fashion shines through in her well-composed and colour-coordinated pieces that often evoke a specific mood or atmosphere through carefully-chosen hues. 


A painting of flowers with bright colours and small brush marksExpression, oil on canvas

 

I really enjoy Svetlana’s floral paintings -- the way that she differentiates between different blooms, and utilizes a deeply…

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Inside the Art Studio of Jay DeFeo

A photo of painter Jay Defeo in her studio

 

Our Studio Sunday feature today is California artist Jay DeFeo. DeFeo was associated with the beat generation, and was connected to the literary and musical aspects of the time period, as well as visual arts. DeFeo studied at the University of California, Berkeley, and later in Europe, before moving back to California and working in a studio space in Oakland. 

 

The space pictured above seems almost sparse -- the artist’s…

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An Observant Eye: The Art of Jasmine J. Calix

A painting of flowers on a red backgroundFire Flowers, oil on canvas

Jasmine J. Calix is a painter and photographer who produces works on a wide variety of subjects. Jasmine has been painting since childhood, developing a style that shows off an observant eye and a sense of exploration in her chosen media. 


A painting of upside-down trees in the skyForest in the Sky, acrylic on canvas

 

The artist’s paintings tend toward loose and gestural mark-making, with an impressive colour palette. I enjoy the way that Jasmine…

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Spirituality and Awe: The Art of David G. Taylor

A painting of foliage surrounding waterNaiades

David G. Taylor was an artist and art writer who spent most of his career working in Montreal and Toronto. In his painting practice, David produced dense, textural images evoking an esoteric sense of spirituality and awe


A painting of a dense grassy fieldWe are Alive, We are Growing

 

I really enjoy the colour palettes that David used throughout his decades-long artistic career. These deep, decisive collections of hue, combined with the artist’s unique…

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Environmental Change: The Art of Jude Hotchkiss

A bright abstract painting with white and pink brush marksWrong Way, acrylic and spray on canvas

Jude Hotchkiss works primarily in paint, building abstract works that focus on the texture and materiality of the medium, and on evoking emotional reactions in the viewer. Jude’s recent works address the current climate of rapid socio-political and environmental change.


A painting with large overlapping brush marksThe Edge, acrylic and spray on canvas

 

I love the way Jude’s fluid brush marks look like waves crashing against some alien…

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Malavida: The Art of Alycia Rainaud

A painting made with bright, warm hues and dark shadowsSeptember Switchblade

Alycia Rainaud -- aka Malavida -- is an artist based in Paris, France. In her practice, the artist is a graphic designer and illustrator, and works to create abstract images built out of undulating waves of flowing colour. 


An artwork mimicking the look of holographic fabricTears On Screen

 

Rainaud’s work reminds me of that of J.D. Doria or Luis Pagan, especially in the way that she embraces and emphasizes the unique interactions of coloured media on a surface,…

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