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All Things Tiki: Art by Ken Ruzic

A drawing of a tiki mask7 (from 100 Tikis series)

Ken Ruzic is a California-based artist who specializes in all things tiki. Drawing on a background in graphic design and commercial art, the artist produces densely detailed two dimensional works as well as designs for mugs and other drinking ware. 


A tiki-style bowl with custom design and ultramarine blue glaze'Eka 'eka bowl with Ultramarine Blue Glaze (collaboration with Tiki Farm)

 

I really enjoy the overall aesthetic of Ken’s art portfolio. The artist is great at…

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Organic Subject Matter: Art by Peter Barron

A dyptich with abstracted painted figuresThe Conversation (diptych), acrylic and oil on panel

Peter Barron is an artist based in Ontario. In his decades-spanning artistic practice, Peter has worked in oil, watercolour, ink, and other traditional media, producing abstracted works that are densely packed with colourful forms, evoking florals, geological features, and other organic subject matter


An abstracted painting with thick, textured brush marksLovers with Green Fish Under a Dark Moon, acrylic and oil on plywood

 

I like the…

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Organic Brush Marks: Art by Ken Herren

An abstract painting with a textured purple overcoatCarioca, acrylic-infused pumice on canvas

Ken Herren is a painter who blends wildly abstract, organic brush marks with strict, geometrically patterned compositions and cohesive colour schemes. The artist’s body of work speaks of contrast and visual reconciliation between the artist’s rural upbringing and his current urban lifestyle. 


A painting with textured, coloured pumice as a top coatDjango, acrylic-infused pumice on canvas

 

I really enjoy the thick, heavy textures of Ken’s…

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Symmetrical Compositions: The Art Portfolio of Carolyn Trotter

A painting of a niche with traditional Indian art stylesIndia niche #2, acrylic on stretched canvas

Carolyn Trotter is a Vancouver-born artist whose work is inspired by natural forms and organic energies. The artist often takes a meditative approach to her work, using symmetrical compositions and repeating patterns to express the unique shape of plants and other biological subjects. 


A painting with a mandala and moon phase imageryMexican Moon, acrylic on canvas

 

The artist’s gallery of sketches provides an interesting insight into…

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Physicality and the Body: Art by Caroline Boileau

A watercolour illustration with a frog and a skeletonFrom the series Hors d'elle, watercolour on paper

 

Caroline Boileau is an artist who works with drawing, performance, and installation, often combining disciplines to create holistic explorations of the human body and its relationship to a given environment. Much of Caroline’s work examines the subject of physicality and the body through a distinctly feminine lens. 


A watercolour painting with mysterious, abstracted figuresFrom the series Pharmacopée, watercolour on paper

 

I love…

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Flower Blossoms: A Painting Portfolio by Linda Wagner

A painting of the italian countrysideOrvieto, Italy, oil on canvas

Linda Wagner is a watercolour and oil painter based in British Columbia. In her practice, Linda paints detailed, figurative landscapes as well as working in a more abstracted style, rendering flower blossoms in dreamy, softly curving brush strokes. 


A close-up of flower pods in green and yellow tonesSpring Pods, oil on canvas

 

I really love the works in Linda’s Pods & Florals series -- the artworks here are occasionally reminiscent of Georgia O’Keeffe…

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A Portfolio of Landscapes, Portraits, and Nudes by David Quinlan

A painting of waves crashing on a beachEndlesss as a mighty ocean, oil on canvas

David Quilan is an oil painter born and raised in the UK and later based in New Zealand. The artist has a background in architecture, though his paintings are primarily focused around landscapes, portraiture, and nudes


A painting of three white rams in a meadowLast Years Wiltshire Rams, oil on canvas

 

David’s painting style has a gestural quality about it that suggests a carefree attitude and approach to painting -- knowing of the…

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The Art Portfolio of Oil Painter Beverly Parson White

A painting of a barn with autumnal trees in the foregroundFall Barn (triptych), oil on canvas

Beverly Parson White is an oil painter and artist based in Texas. In her practice, Beverly creates portrait and landscape paintings, as well as a variety of crocheted crafts. 


A set of hand-crocheted pot holders and dish cloths2 Pot Holders and 1 Wash/Dish Cloth, crocheted cotton

 

I like the textured, painterly atmosphere of the artist’s canvases -- the artist is adept at varying her brush marks and using specific methods of mark-making to evoke…

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Memory Formation and Recollection: Art by Jeannie Polisuk

A painting of a stuffed rabbit come to life dressed in a leopard print dressHunter, oil on canvas

Jeannie Polisuk is a painter and sculptor based in eastern Canada. In her artistic practice, Jeannie creates two and three-dimensional artworks that use a symbolic visual language to address themes of memory formation and recollection through sentimental objects. 


A sculpture consisting of stuffed toys in an elongated glass containerSoap as a Yardstick of Civilization, stuffed toys, yardstick

 

As we saw in our previous feature of Jeannie’s darkly iconographic artwork, an image of…

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Movement and Vibration: The Art Portfolio of Michael Lightsey

A drawing of a male figure with wild hairEnoch, pencil sketch on paper

Michael Lightsey was born in Ohio and is currently based in California. The artist creates graphite sketches and drawings as well as photographs and abstract paintings, often focusing his artistic attention on a sense of rapid movement and vibration


A graphite portrait of a womanJohanna, pencil on paper

 

I really enjoy the artist’s recent sketches in his Dancer series and portraiture gallery. The way the artist draws hair is quite…

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Life and Vitality: Painting and Portraiture by Katherine Bennett

A print of a woman wearing a head scarf and sunglassesJosie, graphic print on metal

Katherine Bennett is a painter and illustrator currently based in Ontario. In her artistic practice, Katherine paints and draws female figures engaged in everyday activities, or looking out at the viewer with a certain sense of life and vitality


A drawing of a woman smoking next to another woman in beduntitled (eight), pencil on tinted paper

 

I really like the way Katherine’s style varies according to medium. The artist’s Faces series comprises graphic…

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Gestural Sculptures: The Art Portfolio of Ario Mashayekhi

A sculpture based on a tree rootShakti, tree root, wood, fabric, acrylics

Ario Mashayekhi is a creator involved in both visual and performing arts. In his visual art practice, Ario works in both two and three-dimensional media, producing paintings, sketches, and gestural sculptures that explore the human figure as a motif, often pushing the envelope in terms of how figures are rendered. 


A painting inspired by a hurricane and floodsKatrina, after New Orleans Flood, acrylics

 

I like the stylistic variation in…

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A Unique Impression: Painting by Meghan Sims

A dark painting of a moon in the forestMidnight Moonlight, acrylic on canvas

Meghan Sims is a visual artist from Kitchener, Ontario. The artist’s practice is informed by her own visual perception -- born with achromatopsia, Meghan is colourblind and extremely light-sensitive, two conditions that lend to a unique impression of the world. 


A painting of a woman looking at colourful graffittiNight Shift, oil on canvas

 

The works in Meghan’s portfolio are striking for their heavy use of dark pigment and silhouetted forms,…

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Deeper Meanings: The Art of Laura Munteanu

A painting of abstracted colours pouring out of a bottle shapeMessage in a bottle, mixed media on wooden canvas

Laura Munteanu is a Romanian-born artist currently based in Switzerland. The artist works in finance by day, practicing art as a mode of self-expression, and a way of exploring ideas and imagery with deeper meanings


A painting with abstracted, sea-creature-like formsNew Day, mixed media on canvas paper

 

I like the relatively loose, gestural brush strokes and dreamy colour palettes that Laura employs in her paintings. Though the…

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The Art Portfolio of Sculptor and Painter Larry Scaturro

A geometric painting with planes of blue and blackUntitled 1, acrylic on canvas

Larry Scaturro is a sculptor and painter currently based in Brooklyn, New York. In his practice, Larry creates sculptures that seem inspired by the shapes and aesthetics of mid-20th century contemporary art, as well as paintings that offer a thoroughly contemporary take on geometric abstraction. 


A painting of geometric forms in different coloursUntitled 6, acrylic on board

Larry’s paintings remind me a bit of works by David Wightman, particularly in the…

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