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Abstract Explorations by Wayne Pitchko


An abstract painting with orange tones and textured paintScorched Earth

Today we’re featuring the artwork of Wayne Pitchko! Wayne’s abstract explorations appear in a range of different styles,

 

Though he currently lives and works in British Columbia, many of Wayne's landscapes reference the appearance of the sky and prairies of southern Alberta. I’m particularly fond of these landscapes. Overall they are a very cohesive collection of works, with large expanses of colour and distant…

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Surreal Pop-Art by David Faulk


A painting of a box chicken arguing with a fishUntitled

Today’s artist feature focuses on the artwork of David Faulk. David works in painting and costume design, creating exuberant and colourful works that express a sense of surreal pop-art playfulness.

 

A painting of an owl walking along a yellow path over a starry backgroundScenic

A screen capture of a painting gallery on David Faulk's websiteThe Box Chicken Land gallery on David's website

I find David’s costuming work particularly interesting. The garments that the artist produces are extremely flamboyant and would definitely turn heads if worn in public.…

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Abstract Forms and Portraits: Art by Erin K. Milks


A series of paintings on glass panels leaning against the wallKeep in Touch, oil on tempered glass, latex paint, paper adhesive

Today’s featured artist is Erin K. Milks. Erin’s works primarily in oil and acrylic paint, and focuses almost equally on abstract forms and portraits. Erin’s recent thesis work, Keep in Touch, explores the division and isolation that comes with existing in a technologically advanced society.

 

A monochromatic blue painting on glassEverything's Swell, oil on tempered glass

The front page of Erin K. Milks' websiteThe front page of Erin's…

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Light and Dark: Painting by Lori Sokoluk


An abstract painting with several long forms that might be birch treesThe Last Birches, acrylic on canvas panel

Today’s featured artist is Lori Sokoluk.  Lori’s works primarily revolve around explorations of experience and impressions. I notice sea creatures, birds and florals as common themes in her portfolio, and I love the bright colours and varied techniques that she uses to portray them!

 

A deep red painting of shapes that could be flowersAeons 2, acrylic, mixed media and metallic leaf on canvas

An abstract painting with lines of rainbow colours running down the canvasAll The Spirits, acrylic on canvas

Lori’s work…

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Sharp, Broken Realism: Painting by Robert Porazinski


A painting of an oddly fragment bird on a blue backgroundAutomaton #2, acrylic on birch panel

Today’s featured artist is Robert Porazinski. Robert’s painting style expresses a sharp, broken realism. His paintings express their subject matter as similar to shards of glass or as melting, corrupted digital environments. In this process, the forms become distorted and sometimes ambiguous to the point where the work’s title is integral to grounding it in reality.

 

A painting of poppies distorted and meltingEuphoria II, oil on canvas…

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Headlines: DNA, Gargoyles and Renoir

1) Ai Weiwei to Publish First Memoir

 

A photo of Ai Weiwei

 

 

Chinese artist and political activist Ai Weiwei has reportedly signed a book deal for his first memoir, to be published in 2017. The memoir will apparently double as a cultural history of China over the past century, through the lens of Ai’s personal experiences as well as the life story of his father. Both the younger and the senior Ai are known for “revolutionary activities,” and…

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Flowing Colours: Paintings by Bruno Hernani


An abstract painting expressing the F note on a piano keyboardF Note

Today we’re taking a look at the artwork of Bruno Hernani. Bruno is a painter who specializes in bright, highly saturated paintings, with flowing colours and frequent references to spiritual experiences gleaned from astrology, tarot and music.

 

A photo of a mountainous landscape in TibetHimalayas, Tibet, photograph

Bruno’s Impermanence series explores the concept of transience in life, presenting a series of paintings of animals that seem in the process of…

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Pared-Down Paintings by Edith Dora Rey


A painting of two sheep on a monochromatic blue backgroundMeet the Suffolkers, Two, oil on wood panel

Our featured artist today is Edith Dora Rey. Edith is a watercolour and acrylic painter who also dabbles in photography. Born in Switzerland, Edith studied art all over Canada before arriving at her current location in Montreal.

 

An abstracted watercolour painting of a single shrubA Tree Grows in Richmond, watercolour on Caruthers paper

 

I like Edith’s photographic series Looks Like Art, where she photographs objects and patterns out in…

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Beautiful and Grimy: Painting by David Tycho


A nearly black and white painting of an abstracted city streetUrban Rhapsody #14, acrylic on canvas

David’s deep, grainy paintings are frequently hover just on the edge of abstraction. He frequently works with urban subject matter, portraying sprawling city streets and tall buildings in a way that is both beautiful and grimy, something like a real city.

 

An abstract painting with large planes of colour separated by a dark brush strokeVital Gesture #15, acrylic on canvas

In older works, David explored larger, more gestural brush strokes, combining them with planes of…

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Depth on a Flat Plane: Painting by Trevor Pye


A tabletop painting with references to historical art(Tabletop) Art Is A Lie, acrylic and mixed media on gessoed paper

Today for our artist feature, let’s take a look at the paintings of Trevor Pye! Based in New Zealand, the artist experiments with a many different styles. In his most recent works, stylized human figures seem to overlap with bright shapes and background textures in a delightfully awkward dance. I love the way Trevor plays with the relationship between background and…

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Complex, Obsessive Abstracts by Leif Timber


An abstract painting composed primarily of blues and redsFreedom of Violence, oil on canvas

Today’s featured artist is Leif Timber. Leif is a painter who specializes in complex, obsessive abstracts.

 

Leif’s paintings use varied splashes of colour and texture, sometimes combining to form figures, frequently of women, and other times remaining utterly abstract. The element of obsession that runs through Leif’s body of work presents itself in a number of ways – whether through the…

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Growth and Change: Art by Bill Hayner


A mixed-media painting with strange growths on a green backgroundThirty-sixth Month, First Day, mixed media on birch wood panel

Today we’re featuring the artwork of Bill Hayner. This artist’s bizarre, bulbous abstractions have a clear organic quality to them, inspired by the growth and change of life forms. The backgrounds of Bill’s paintings vary, often using bright, monochromatic colours, but the positive shapes are all quite similar, fitting in with an overarching series and an obsession with…

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Intricate Symbolism: Paintings by Howard Hastie


A painting of two surreal grey figures in a winter landscapeInside Shadow, oil on canvas

Our featured artist Howard Hastie’s paintings express intricate symbolism, whether through the repetition of actual symbols in his abstract works, or through the use of his strange, bulbous, humanoid shapes in the backgrounds of his more figurative paintings.

 

An oil painting in a pattern similar to a carpetLa Carrotte, et Le Baton, oil on canvas

I’m fascinated by Howard’s abstractions – they seem to toe the line between genuine abstraction and…

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Cartoonish Exuberance: Art by Alejandro Leon


An abstracted painting of a small animal in a forestIn The Woods, oil and acrylic on canvas

Our featured artist today is Alejandro Leon. Alejandro’s body of work features painted canvases bursting with different styles and textures.

 

A primarily blue painting with abstracted raftsRafts, oil and acrylic on canvas


A screen capture of the front page of Alejandro Leon's websitewww.alejandroleonart.com

I love the cartoonish exuberance that Alejandro brings to his paintings! Even artworks that seem to explode with complex detail are consistently approachable. I like the way he combines different…

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Studio Sunday: Paula Rego


A photo of several works in Paula Rego's studio

 

Today’s Studio Sunday focuses on the studio of Paula Rego. Rego was born in Lisbon, Portugal and now lives and works in London. The artist’s works are figural and frequently symbolic, taking a cue from classical paintings of mythology to paint contemporary scenes that tell complex stories.

 

Rego also incorporates soft, stuffed dolls into her studio work, sometimes using them to guide her poses in the place of a model. In the…

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