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Painting and Playful Abandon: Art by Allyson Malek


An abstract image with pastel coloured brushtrokesWestward

Allyson Malek is an artist located on the California coast. Her paintings are primarily abstract, and use pastel colours and rounded forms to create peaceful, relaxing images that express a pure love for painting and playful abandon with materials.

 


An encaustic collage with images of kitchen implements and patternsMonk Memories, encaustic, toner transfers and pigments

Allyson mainly paints in acrylic on canvas, though she has also produced some interesting works using encaustic, a medium…

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Smooth, Layered Forms: Art by Ashleigh Bartlett


An abstract painting composed of flat, coloured formsBig Curl, oil on canvas

Ashleigh Bartlett, our featured artist of the day, currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts, where she creates her fabric-like and painted artworks. Smooth, layered forms dominate her paintings, which echo her canvas paper works yet are somehow more voluminous. Usually working with a mixture of acrylic and oil paint, Ashleigh paints images that are glossy and vibrant.

 


A sheet of painted canvas paper that has been cut and hung on a wallPink Wig, acrylic on canvas paper

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Monoliths and Portals: Painting by Rebecca Chaperon


A painting of a black parallelogram on a pinkish landscapeLogic, acrylic on canvas

Today we’re featuring the art of Rebecca Chaperon! Based in Vancouver, BC, Rebecca creates paintings and sculptures that combine dark fairytale scenes with monolithic geometric symbols.

 

I love the combination of different moods and tones that Rebecca puts into each painting. Her human figures, as well as her larger crystalline “glacier” forms are often somewhat whimsical, inviting and even friendly in a…

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Modern Renaissance: Art by Marco Battaglini


A classical-style portrait of a military figure set on a background of graffitiMa quanto sei bello

Costa Rican artist Marco Battaglini uses his artwork to explore the evolution of culture and knowledge. In some works, he combines classical paintings with modern pop-art references and graffiti for a modern renaissance look.  While the imagery appears almost collaged at first glance, looking at the paintings I find subtle details that really add to the ideas behind the pieces, like finding brand names tattooed on…

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Studio Sunday: Painter Gary Hume


A photo of Gary Hume working in his studio in London

 

On today’s Studio Sunday, we’re looking inside the studio space of London-based artist Gary Hume. Hume is notable for his paintings in which he uses glossy house paint. His painting use large, flat shapes of colour, layered over one another to create reductive, yet representational images.

 

The first thing I notice about Hume’s studio, located in London, is the big shelf against the wall that’s stuffed with paints! A huge…

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Mystical, Illustrative Paintings by Soey Milk

 


An oil on paper painting of two women shrouded in paint textureDawn, oil on paper

 

Soey Milk is a young artist from Hollywood, CA. She is still a student but is already being talked about throughout the art world and has had her mystical, illustrative paintings featured in the likes of Hi-Fructose magazine.


An oil painting of several human figures combined with blocks of colour and flowersYou Know the Way that I Hide, oil on canvas

Milk’s work is incredibly technically smooth, with shiny, realistic faces surrounded by and interacting with other objects such as masks, small…

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Playful, Psychedelic Paintings by Phil Cummings


A painting made to look like an endless spiral of colour and patternSpiral Abstract, acrylic on canvas

Our featured artist today is Phil Cummings. Phil’s works are extremely striking and at first might appear to have heavy outlines and simplistic shapes – but the way that the artist chooses to repeat shapes and create complex patterns out of simple figures makes these playful, psychedelic paintings almost fractal-like at times.

 


An ink painting of a jaguar in bright, psychedelic coloursJaguarundi, ink drawing

Phil uses a variety of media including acrylic…

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Studio Sunday: Painter Zao Wou-Ki


A photo of painter Zao Wou-Ki sitting in his studio

Today on studio Sunday we’ll visit the art-making space of Chinese-French painter Zao Wou-Ki. Zao’s works are huge, colourful landscapes that seem to blend the soft, dreamy landscapes of the French romantic painters with a sparse, highly technical eye.

 

Zao’s studio looks quite modest in this photo – but large enough to accommodate a few of his large paintings in process. I also love that he appears to have a fish tank in his…

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Studio Sunday: Painter and Sculptor Jean Dubuffet


A black and white photo of Jean Dubuffet working in his art studio

Located in Vence, France, Jean Dubuffet’s studio was somewhat cozy by the standards of many well known artists, but it seemed to suit his method of working just fine. Nearly one entire wall of the space was taken up by windows, which must have allowed for a lot of gorgeous, natural light for hours, regardless of the season.  In the corner was a long, corner shaped desk at which Dubuffet must have created sketches and plans for his…

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Frantic Imagery: Paintings by Jarmila Kostliva


A painting made up of strange, bacteria-like shapes and linesKriterion, mixed media on board

Today we’re featuring the artworks of Jarmila Kostliva. Originally from Prague, Jarmila now works as a painter, creating colourful, frantic imagery that draws from her experience in music, dance and theatrical arts.

 

Jarmila’s paintings and mixed media works often take on an appearance that is fascinatingly organic, sometimes recalling the patterns of moss on trees, or bacteria under a microscope.…

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Custom Comissioned Paintings by Carmen Estrada


An oil painting of a cross-section of a nautilus shellFlying Nautilus, oil on canvas

Our featured artist today is Carmen Estrada. Carmen is a sought-after painter in her hometown of Mazatlan, Mexico, and works with clients to create custom commissioned paintings to fit a variety of spaces and decorative schemes.

 


A painting of a couple walking along a riverside path in a parkParis Rive Droite, oil on canvas


A screen capture of Carmen Estrada's art on her website"Homage to Great Artists" gallery on www.carmen-artistalatina.com

The nature of Carmen’s business means that her paintings are almost always a…

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Dramatic, Polished Paintings by Ronald George Straight


An oil painting of a seagull sitting and looking out over the waterStumped, oil on canvas

Our featured artist today is Ronald George Straight! Ronald’s dramatic, polished paintings take nature and exaggerate it just enough to make it look like the cover of an epic comic book. I particularly enjoy the use of Ronald’s colour in his skies – sunsets become fireballs of red and orange tones that blend together, while colder, snowy skylines become washes of cool blues and purples.


An oil painting of an eagle soaring over a gnarled tree branchSearch, oil on canvas…

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Studio Sundays: Agnes Martin


A photo of Agnes Martin sitting in her studio

Today we’ll look inside the studio of American minimalist painter Agnes Martin. Agnes is pictured above in her simple studio near Taos, New Mexico, where she spent most of her time as an artist.

 

Martin’s studio space was simple and clean. The paintings she created tended to be large and often square shaped. There had to be enough space on the wall, as well as on the floor to lay paintings out flat. She often worked with paints…


Studio Sunday: Chuck Close

 


A photograph of Chuck Close working on a painting

 

Our Studio Sunday artist this week is Chuck Close! You’re probably familiar with Close’s work – his unique process for creating large-scale, incredibly realistic portraits has garnered attention from galleries and art-appreciators the world over. Today we’ll look inside his studio.

 

In 1988, Close suffered a seizure that left him paralyzed and mostly bound to a wheelchair. Close has adapted his studio to suit his…

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Highlight and Shadow: Paintings by Lully Schwartz


A colourful painting of a wooded clearingHow Long is Forever?, oil on linen

Born in Beverly, Massachusetts, Lully Schwartz is a painter who specializes in landscapes and still-life, while occasionally exploring portraiture and figure painting. Her painting style is loose yet controlled, resulting in paintings that emphasize the highlight and shadow of their subject matter.

 

Lully’s works are beautiful to look at, and the scenes she paints are quite diverse. I particularly…

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