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Biomorphic Expressionism: The Art of Susan Olsen

A painting with trees and abstract shapesNorwegian Water and Wood, oil on linen

Susan Olsen is an artist whose current practice centres on “biomorphic expressionism.” The artist’s works in oil on linen draw on elements of realistic landscapes and flora, building on recognizable features with abstracted, alien forms to create visuals that are truly unique. 


An oil on linen painting with landscape and abstract elementsIt's the Journey, oil on linen

 

I enjoy the tension between the artist’s particular painting style and the…

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A Portfolio of Two-Dimensional Media by Sassicca Bowyer

A photo of a cat on a wooden constructionUntitled

Sassicca Bowyer is an artist originally trained in painting who now works in a variety of traditional, two-dimensional media and styles. The artist’s gallery features examples ranging from highly figurative, documentary photography, to abstract painting. 


An abstract painting with green tonesUntitled

 

Sassicca’s photographs sometimes remind me of work by Emina Kurtagic -- there’s a sense that the artist’s main pursuit here is to simply capture what they…

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Lush Landscapes: The Art Portfolio of Anne French

A painting of a landscape at sunsetAfter Sunset, oil on panel

Anne French learned to paint from her mother and grandmother, along with years of hands-on practice. The artist’s current portfolio centres around lush landscapes painted in oil on wood panels.


A painting of an oceanic landscapeRocky Coastline, oil on panel

 

I really appreciate the way that Anne celebrates the texture and materiality of the oil paint even in figurative works where the texture of the paint is not necessarily the focus.…

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Textural Landscapes: The Painting Portfolio of Leigh Wen

An oil painting of a mountainous landscapeYu Shang #4, oil on canvas

Leigh Wen was born in Taipei, Taiwan, and now lives and works in New York City. The artist uses oil paint to create expansive landscape paintings that use a fascinating combination of planes of colour and tiny, thread-line lines, building dreamlike, textural landscapes


An oil painting of a raging fireFire XI, oil on canvas

 

I really love how Wen’s works feel different depending on the distance from which they are observed. At a…

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A Portfolio of Drawing and Painting by Cary Wyninger

A painting of several owlsIn Dreams We Speak

Cary Wyninger is an artist based in Trempealeau, Wisconsin. In her practice, Cary takes an illustrative approach, combining techniques of drawing and painting to produce works that are sometimes figurative, sometimes abstract, often a combination of both. The artist often works with feminine figures, animals, and plants as subject matter, using these motifs to create spiritual narratives. 


A drawing of a red leaf with watercolour and ink line artRed Leaf, watercolour and…

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Inside the Art Studio of Andy Blank

A photo of the studio of Andy Blank

 

Artist Andy Blank is the founder of a retail art company under the same name -- the artist’s goal in the creation of the company was to create a scalable business based around a product widely thought to be unscalable. Responding to the inflated prices of fine art, caused by high demand and very low supply, the artist’s practice of mass-production and studio delegation is as much a work of institutional critique as the works he…

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Blended Landscapes and Florals: Art by Frank Kusch

A painting of abstracted, blended flowersCome Find Me, oil on canvas

Frank Kusch is a Canadian painter who works in both oil and acrylic. The artist specializes in abstracted, blended landscapes and florals exploring the limits of perception. 


A painting of flowers with orange and warm tonesYou Think You Know Flowers, oil on canvas

 

I really enjoy the way that Frank combines abstraction with figurative modes of painting. Many of the artist’s images are composed to offer just enough detail to suggest a scene of landscape…

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Layers of Pigment: The Art Portfolio of Timothy J. Sullivan

A painting made using splashes of coloured paintBy Day or Night It Is Done, mixed media on paper

Timothy J. Sullivan is a self-taught artist who works in a subtractive method -- that is, he applies thick layers of pigment to a canvas or other substrate, then removes them strategically, scraping away media to reveal new and interesting abstract visuals. 


A painting with warm orange tones and heavy black abstract detailsSurvivors, acrylic on canvas

 

It’s really interesting to look through Timothy’s art portfolio and see the myriad ways that his…

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Inside the Art Studio of William N. Copley

A photo of William N. Copley in his art studio

 

Our Studio Sunday featured artist this week is William N. Copley. The adopted son of a newspaper tycoon, Copley became an artist after returning from combat in World War II. The artist was introduced to surrealism by a family friend in the mid-1940s, and fell in love with the art form, opening a short-lived set of galleries dedicated to surrealism, and collecting many important works. Copley’s own career as a painter lasted through…

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Emphasizing the Process: The Art of Timothy Innamorato

A painting of a bridge in morning lightmorning light, oil on canvas

Timothy Innamorato is a Brooklyn-based painter who works in a thoughtful, sometimes surreal style, emphasizing the process and emotion of painting more than a specific visual outcome. The artist’s works are realistic, with an eye for softened blending and just enough detail to make a scene feel tangible. 


A painting of a face with an abstract pattern layered over topUntitled

 

I really like the way that Timothy’s painting style carries through his portfolio, in…

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Abstract Paintings and Drawings by Arjan Janssen

A painting with tones of grey, black, and whiteNimmt, oil on canvas

Arjan Janssen creates abstract paintings and drawings that celebrate colour and large, confident brush marks. The artist was born in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, and has exhibited throughout Europe and the United States.  


An abstract mixed media drawingAprutino uno, mixed media on paper

 

Some of the artist’s paintings remind me of works by Gerhard Richter -- Janssen’s works appear similarly layered with massive brush marks and a kind of…

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Coastal British Columbia: Painting by Thomas Kero

A pencil drawing of a treeCoastal Giant, pencil and india ink on paper

Thomas Kero is an artist originally from Vancouver, and now based in the Heiltsuk village of Bella Bella, on BC’s westernmost coastline. In his practice, Thomas is primarily a painter, capturing the landscape of coastal British Columbia with an aesthetic that hearkens to the Group of Seven.


A painting of a raven sitting in a treeRaven's Call, oil on canvas
 

I really love Thomas’ series of Crows and Ravens. The works in this…

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Gesturally Figurative: The Art Portfolio of Dick Roberts

An oil painting with an abstracted, ladder-like formThe Ladder, oil and mixed media on canvas

Dick Roberts is an artist from Durham and now based in Wilmington, North Carolina. In his artistic practice, Dick works in a style that ranges from totally abstract to gesturally figurative. The artist adapts his style expertly to different media and subjects. 


A collage made with a body-print paintingTorso or So III, collage

 

It’s really interesting to see an artist with such a wide range of media in their portfolio. Though it…

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Intricate Geometric Designs: Painting by Howard Hastie

A painting with geometric patterns and figuresUnknown Star Chasers, oil on canvas

Howard Hastie is an oil painter. In his current artistic practice, Howard uses compositions that reflect tapestries, textiles, and intricate geometric designs to produce multidimensional, abstractly narrative artworks. 


A painting inspired by geometric rug designs and tapestriesThe Alchemist's Swan Song, oil on canvas

 

The artist’s influences range from traditional Persian geometric designs to paintings by Mark Rothko, and looking through Howard’s…

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The Portfolio of Printmaking Artist and Painter Mary Crockett

A monoprint of an abstract colour fieldSouthern Evening, monoprint

Mary Crockett is a printmaking artist and painter based in the UK. In her practice, Mary creates works on paper that use well-defined colour schemes, abstract geometric forms, and dynamic compositions to tell a variety of stories. 


An etching of a pattern of circles in a dark wine colourCircle Grid #1, etching (edition of 5)

 

The majority of Mary’s artworks are produced on paper, and it’s interesting to see how various mediums behave on the same substrate.…

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