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Malavida: The Art of Alycia Rainaud

A painting made with bright, warm hues and dark shadowsSeptember Switchblade

Alycia Rainaud -- aka Malavida -- is an artist based in Paris, France. In her practice, the artist is a graphic designer and illustrator, and works to create abstract images built out of undulating waves of flowing colour. 


An artwork mimicking the look of holographic fabricTears On Screen

 

Rainaud’s work reminds me of that of J.D. Doria or Luis Pagan, especially in the way that she embraces and emphasizes the unique interactions of coloured media on a surface,…

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Inside the Art Studio of Amy Bennett

A photo of Amy Bennett's art studio

 

Our studio Sunday feature this week is Amy Bennett. Bennett is an American artist whose artworks bridge the gap between sculpture and painting, with a conceptual focus on the darkly humorous narratives found in modern suburbia. To create her narrative paintings, Bennett constructs highly detailed dioramas to use as reference for numerous works, changing small elements of scenery and figure to suit the story she wishes to tell.… 

 

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The Art Portfolio of Plein Air Painter Julia Lesnichy

A painting of trees in a fieldThe spring in the mountains, oil on board

Julia Lesnichy is a plein-air painter based in Virginia. The artist works primarily in landscapes, though she also produces works of still life and animal portraiture. Working primarily in oil paint, the artist often works outdoors before putting the finishing touches on a painting back in her studio. 

 
A pastel drawing of trees in the snowrut, pastel

 

I really enjoy the slightly hazy texture and atmosphere that many of…

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Pickledog Studio: The Art Portfolio of Sally Adams

A painting of a striped catTiger cat, acrylic on canvas with texture, sealed with gloss varnish

Sally Adams is an artist who works in both Shelby Township, Michigan, and Saratoga Florida. In her Pickledog Studio practice, the artist produces small, pared-down paintings featuring dogs, flowers, landscapes, and other subject matter. 


A painting of red poppies on a grey backgroundPoppy Dance, acrylic on canvas with texture

 

I really enjoy the clean yet warm compositions that Sally produces. The artist is…

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Inside the Art Studio of Ed Clark


A photo of Ed Clark painting in his art studio

 

Our Studio Sunday feature this week is Ed Clark. Clark is an American painter widely associated with the abstract expressionist movement of the 1950s and 60s. The artist has enjoyed a long career -- as of 2019 he has been creating paintings for over 60 years. Clark was born in New Orleans, relocated to Chicago as a child, studied art in Paris, and later moved to New York. 

 

There’s something about this studio photograph that…

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Small Craters: The Art of David Allen Peters

An abstract painting made by scraping away layers of acrylic paintUntitled #4, acrylic paint on panel

David Allen Peters is an artist based in Los Angeles, California. In his practice, Peters is a painter, though his technique is one that often seems more akin to sculpture. The artist produces his paintings by layering paint onto a surface and then gouging out small craters to reveal the coloured layers below.


A painting with numerous small marks in layers of dried acrylic paintUntitled #9, acrylic paint on panel

I’m fascinated by the way that Peters’ process can be…

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Modern Aesthetics: The Art of Nicholas Party

A pastel artwork of three birds on a tea potPot with three birds, pastel on paper

Swiss-born artist Nicholas Party works in painting, sculpture, drawing, and other media, creating compositions that exude modern aesthetics while existing in a contemporary art historical framework.


A pastel drawing of an alien landscapeLandscape, pastel on canvas

The artist’s graphic, colourful paintings are very attractive, and seem welcoming to the viewer. The artist seems to favour cool colours -- deep, electric blues and purples…

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Studio Hoodoo: The Art Portfolio of Crystal DiPietro

A painting of a pine among birch treesLone Pine, oil on canvas

Studio Hoodoo is the art studio of Crystal DiPietro, an artist based in Las Vegas, Nevada. Crystal’s art portfolio is currently packed with vibrant landscapes inspired by the Nevada region, and the artist’s works have been exhibited throughout the United States.


A painting of a city blanketed in snowProvidence in Winter, oil on canvas

 

I really enjoy the graphic, colourful aesthetic that Crystal employs in her paintings. Rather than soft…

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Aesthetics from Nature: The Art Portfolio of Susan Sharp

An abstract painting made with bright blue and green huesReflect, oil and acrylic on MDF panels

Susan Sharp works through an intuitive painting process, allowing the works as much a say in their own development as she has. Susan’s works are inspired by a variety of fragmented aesthetics from nature -- patterns of light, movement, and the growth of plants all seem to factor in equal weight.


An abstract painting with planes of blue and hard linesWater's Edge, oil on panels

 

I really enjoy Susan’s artworks -- abstract compositions that suggest…

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Inside the Art Studio of Gloria Vanderbilt

A photo of Gloria Vanderbilt's Manhattan studio

 

In this week’s Studio Sunday, we’re looking inside the studio of Gloria Vanderbilt. Vanderbilt is perhaps best known as a New York socialite, heir to a railroad fortune, but she is also a long-time appreciator of the arts and an artist herself. Throughout her long artistic career, the artist has produced works of traditional painting, as well as more contemporary explorations into sculpture and mixed media.

 

Vanderbilt’s…

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A New Dimension: The Art Portfolio of Vincent McLoughlin

A painting of abstracted flowersrgrnwonblk, acrylic on custom built luan panel

Vincent McLoughlin is an artist who paints on wood, often using panels that have been custom built and sculpted to create interestingly figurative substrates. The artist’s paint, in combination with the sculpted wood panels, brings out a new dimension in the artwork.


A painting with bright blue and green coloursbonrongonr, acrylic on primed repurposed luan panel

 

I really enjoy the way that Vincent uses paint to bring figurative…

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Plein Air and Landscape Painting by June Long-Schuman

A painting of a lighthouse over a pink oceanMontauk Lighthouse, acrylic on canvas

June Long-Schuman is an artist based in Long Island, New York. The artist has a degree in art from the Pratt Institute, and has focused on printmaking as well as plein air and landscape painting. In her current practice, June produces a wide variety of works, all with a painterly, gestural approach.


A painting of a millhouse in the winterStony Brook Grist Mill, oil on canvas

 

I find June’s paintings, especially her landscapes, to be…

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The Portrait Art Portfolio of Alim Smith

A painting of the black man on cellphone memeUntitled

Alim Smith is an artist from Wilmington, Delaware. In his practice, Smith uses a uniquely surreal style of portraiture to explore black identity, past, present, and future. Smith has achieved recent notoriety for his portrait paintings of black subjects in popular internet memes.


A painting of a woman's face obscured by planetary ringsUntitled

 

The artist uses lighting and colour masterfully in his works. In the series Planet Her, for example, Smith’s figures exist on black…

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The Art Portfolio of Brian Rusconi


A painting of a cubist face in profileVacation, acrylic on canvas

Brian Rusconi has been interested in art since he could hold a paintbrush, learning, as a child, from watching his grandmother paint. The artist’s current portfolio covers a variety of media and styles, with Brian’s obvious enjoyment of the practice shining through in each work.


An acrylic painting with abstracted figures and coloursAurora, acrylic on canvas

 

As we saw in our previous feature of Brian’s work, one could almost point to Cubist influences in…

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Artists at Large: The Portfolio of Erik Sunderman and Liz Mercer

A mannequin painted with stripesPainted Manikin, acrylic on plastic mannequin display (by Liz Mercer)

Erik Sunderman and Elizabeth Mercer are an artist duo originally from Oklahoma City. Together, Erik and Liz produce work on a commission basis through their company Artists at Large. Each artist also maintains their own personal creative practice.


A skull painted with teal pinstripesPinstripe Skull, hand-painted pinstripes on cow skull

 

Erik and Liz’ portfolio features examples of larger-scale mural…

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