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Photorealistic Portraits by Judith Elsasser


A painting of a young woman sitting on the floor of a dance studioAli, oil on canvas

Judith Elsasser’s incredible photorealistic portraits capture the heart and soul of her subjects. Most of her portraits appear candid, with her subjects immersed in everyday activities or work.

 

In Judith’s Soul of the Market series, the artist paints shop owners and artisans at a food market, at work or surrounded by their wares. Judith’s other series include portraits of children and family members, still…

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Drippy, Half-Abstracted Paintings by Laura Flowers


A painting of a young girl sitting on a man's shoulders in a forestUntitled, oil on canvas

Laura Flowers creates drawings, paintings and sculptures that beautifully combine abstraction and representation. Drippy, half-abstracted paintings echo the techniques that Laura uses in her drawings, bringing together interesting objects, portraits and styles.

 

Some of her drawings seem like they might have been ideas for her installations. They have a structure that echoes both the rigid sculptural forms, and…

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Crystalline Temples: Paintings by Jon Harris


A painting of red architectural lines leading upward to a "portal"The Red Portal, acrylic on canvas 

Our featured artist today is Jon Harris! Jon’s brushwork is incredibly controlled and the paintings themselves are geometric and exacting in perspective. It seems like the large, crystalline temples and other mysterious, meditative structures that dominate the paintings are always ascending toward a certain point in the distance, or opening up into a lighter point in the background. Jon’s portal…

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Flat, Bright Paintings by Jeffrey Fine


An abstract painting with tones of pastel purple and blueMust Be a God, oil

Our featured artist today is Jeffrey Fine. Jeffrey’s flat, bright paintings often feature spiritual, animal or otherwise anthropomorphic forms. Their simplistic style is reminiscent of ancient paintings from various cultures.

 


An abstracted oil painting with strange figures and stripes of patternOctet2, oil on canvas

Bright colours and repetitive patterns factor heavily in Jeffrey’s works. In many instances, dark figures appear layered over of lines of pattern reminiscent of the…

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Pop Art Style: Paintings by Stephen Middleton


A painting in red and orange colours of a woman sitting in a long dressNice Dress, acrylic on canvas

Stephen Middleton paints in a highly graphic, pop art style. His close-up portraits and urban scenes are simplified into stark shadows and blocks of colour.

 

Stephen’s subject matter is often scenes of his hometown of Vancouver, BC as well as painted renditions of famous celebrity portraits. The artist works mostly from photographs, simplifying the image to make it bolder and more interesting. I like the…

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Studio Sunday: Alex Katz


A photo of Alex Katz relaxing in his Manhattan studio

 

It’s Studio Sunday - this week, let’s take a look at Alex Katz’ home studio in his Manhattan loft. Check out the ultra-bright, ultra-spacious modern look of this studio. I’d love to be able to paint in a space like this!

 

I like how Katz has a sheet of brown paper laid out over the floor in front of these two paintings – it appears he keeps his studio neat when he isn’t painting. He also has a table covered in paint and…

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Venetian-Masked Figures: Art by Daniela Nica


A painting of two figures wearing Venetian Carnaval garbVenice Carnaval III

 

Today we’re taking a closer look at the art of Daniela Nica. Daniela’s works are dominated by mysterious, Venetian masked-figures. The artist’s painting technique layers loose brushstrokes over well-rendered realistic images, creating the illusion of viewing the figures through a sheet of fogged glass.


A painted image of an old-fashioned suit of armourAmura si dantela


A screen capture of Daniela Nica's websitewww.danielanica.com

In some of these artworks, what looks like textured pieces of fabric…

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Studio Sunday: On Kawara


A photo of some date paintings in On Kawara's New York studio

 

Our Studio Sunday artist this week is On Kawara! Kawara was born in Kariya, Japan, and followed his artistic career to New York in 1965, at the height of the New York conceptual art scene.

 

Pictured here is Kawara’s 13th street studio in Manhattan, filled with the artist’s famous date paintings. It’s interesting to think about working in such a way, where the subject of the painting is calculated and uniform, with only the…

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Paintings of Water Lilies by Sandra Martin


A mixed-media painting of water lilies viewed from belowWater Lilies 34, mixed media on canvas

Today let’s look at the art portfolio of Sandra Martin! In her most recent work, Sandra focuses on water lilies, which in her paintings are portrayed from underneath the water, putting an interesting perspective on a traditional subject.

 

A painting of swirling, lightly abstracted clouds with deep coloursAmethyst Clouds, mixed media on canvas

The paintings of water lilies are created with a series of layered washes, and in the finishing touches, Sandra adds a…

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Quiet Night Time Paintings by Trevor Young


A painting of a deserted gas station at nightIntroduction to the Pump, oil on canvas

Trevor Young’s quiet night time paintings express a view of modern life that isn’t often seen, or only seen by those who happen to wander about at night. The artist’s images of, in particular, deserted gas stations in the middle of the night, are strangely nostalgic for me, and while they have the potential to seem menacing or creepy, in fact they seem peaceful, and the deserted nature of the…

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Performance of Identities: Art by Liza Montgomery


A painting of a woman with heavy makeup pulling a strand of beads from her mouthHungry Ghost II, oil and mixed media on wood panel

Liza Montgomery is an artist born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Her current practice looks at representation in both art and life, and the performance of identities, particularly in feminine aesthetics.

 

A painting of two costumed woman on an un-primed wood panelDoppleganger, oil and mixed media on wood panel

"Artifice" gallery on Liza Montgomery's websiteArtifice gallery on Liza's website

On Liza’s website, www.lizamontgomery.com, current work is split into two galleries: rituals, and…

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An Illustrative Eye: Paintings by Chrystal Chan


A painting of a young girl with a house balanced on her headWhere My Mind is My Heart is Also, oil on board

Painter Chrystal Chan works with an illustrative eye, painting strange scenes that echo the vignettes of classical figure painting, but seem like they could be pictures accompanying a grand fairy tale. Born and raised in California, the artist has always had a special interest in the spiritual and occult worlds, and many of her paintings express these ideas, as well as simple feelings…

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Studio Sunday: Gerhard Richter


A still image from the movie Gerhard Richter Painting, of the artist in his studio

 

Today, let’s look inside the studio of abstract painter Gerhard Richter. Richter has become one of the most important artists in abstraction, and is still actively producing work at the age of 83.

 

Richter’s studio is large and spacious, with enough wall space to display several of his large canvases, or works in progress. The nature of his current practice requires that the paintings be hung vertically while Richter works on…

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Large, Loose, Bombastic Brushstrokes: Painting by Noah NJ Bowman


A large abstract painting with bright yellow tonesDespite Sunshine, acrylic on canvas

Vancouver, BC artist Noah NJ Bowman likes to paint with bright colours, pastel background, and large, loose, bombastic brushstrokes. Looking at his paintings I can see a huge amount of enthusiasm for the painting process and a genuine affection for the finished works.

 


An abstract painting with a background of multi-coloured polka dotsContemplation of Universal Complexion, acrylic on canvas

Noah’s method of working favours the gestural and the spontaneous. In a…

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Personal and Natural Environments: Art by Michael McEwing


A landscape oil painting of a grassy meadow overlooking marshlanLooking Down from the Meadow, oil on canvas

Artist and illustrator, Michael McEwing hails from New Brunswick and makes art about personal and natural environments. On Michael’s webpage you can view a variety of his different projects, all of which speak to different yet cohesive elements of Michael’s interests.

 


A woodblock print with images of a young boy looking at the moon, and schematic diagramsDans La Lune No. 13, woodblock print and mixed media

Michael’s artworks range from paintings, to printmaking to…

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