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Monolithic Abstract Forms: The Portfolio of Hiroyuki Hamada


A sculpture made from painted plaster#74, painted plaster

Hiroyuki Hamada was born in Tokyo and currently lives and works in East Hampton, New York. The artist produces works of sculpture, painting, and print that focus on monolithic abstract forms in black and white or neutral colour palettes.


A circular sculpture in black and white#64, enamel, oil, plaster, tar, and wax

 

Some of the artist’s sculptures remind me of large scale works by Martin Puryear. Like Puryear’s works, many of Hamada’s sculptures…

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Studio Sunday: April Gornik


A photo of April Gornik in her New York studio

 

April Gornik is a painter originally from Cleveland, Ohio. Gornik’s artworks focus on depictions of the American landscape, seen through a dreamlike lens that sometimes obscures or skews real-world views and appearances. The artist’s body of work addresses her country’s fraught history with and relationship to nature and the wilderness.  

 

Gornik’s studio space looks large and bright. The hardwood floors lend a beautiful…

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The Commission-Only Art Portfolio of Carmen Estrada


A painting of numerous figures congregating around an outdoor stagePergola

 

Carmen Estrada is an artist living and working in Mazatlan, Mexico. Carmen currently works on a commission-only basis, creating her artworks to the specifications of clients. The resulting paintings draw inspiration from art history, as well as the combined imaginations of Carmen and her clients.


A painting emulating Monet's water liliesNympheas

 

In our previous feature we looked at the way that many of Carmen’s works express the artist’s Latin heritage. Though…

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Decorative Art: The Portfolio of Robert Milling


A series of framed landscape paintings inside a car dealershipLandscape murals for Lexus dealership

Robert Milling uses his skills with figurative painting and perspective to create realistic murals, faux finishes, and other decorative art projects. Based in California, Robert designs paintings to adorn spaces indoor and outdoor, in public and private.


A close-up image of a section of a muraldetail of Lexus landscape mural

 

I find it interesting how Robert creates a sense of depth in his works. In our previous feature of the artist’s…

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Animal Portraits: The Art Portfolio of Ronald George Straight


A painting of a crow on a pile of woodHome on the Range, oil on canvas

Ronald George Straight is an oil painter who produces vibrant landscapes and animal portraits, often combining elements of both into single paintings and even individual figures. Much of Ronald’s work explores personal themes of identity and solitude.


A painting of an eagle in close upRed Sky, oil on canvas

 

I really enjoy the cohesive colour scheme that Ronald tends to use in his works. Fiery oranges and reds dominate the artist’s…

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Studio Sunday: Jeffrey Gibson


A photo of Jeffrey Gibson at work in his studio

 

Jeffrey Gibson is a painter and sculptor who currently lives and works in New York. The artist was born in Colorado and spent time living in both Germany and Korea in his youth, leading to an interesting blend of cultural influences in his artwork. A frequent motif in the artist’s work is also Gibson’s Choctaw-Cherokee heritage.

 

Gibson’s dog appears to be keeping him company in the studio in this photo – it’s an image…

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Textured Mixed Media: The Art Portfolio of Kenn Raaf


A painting of an empty spot in a cityIn Memoriam, oil paint and New York Times clippings from 09/11/2001 on panel

Kenn Raaf creates dark, heavily textured mixed media works with subject matter ranging from the abstract to the macabre. The artist sometimes incorporates novel materials into his compositions, such as newspaper clippings, found objects, and elements of sculpture.


A three-dimensional portrait made with found objectsTeddy's Psalm, found items and mixed media

 

The gallery on Kenn’s art portfolio website…

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Ghostly Forms: The Art Portfolio of Theodora Allen


A painting of three candlesThe Triad, oil on linen

Theodora Allen is a Los Angeles-based artist who paints in oil on linen, creating subtle, ghostly forms that appear at once calculated and playful. The artist favors figurative subjects in her paintings, though she tends to avoid the human form, focusing instead on plant life, objects, and transient forms like fire and light.


A faded painting of a snake in dark huesThe Snake, No. 1, oil on linen

I find Allen’s use of colour in her works quite…

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Paintings of Animals: The Portfolio of Jennifer Sparacino


A painting of a black bear in a treeLittle Blue Bear, acrylic on canvas

Jennifer Sparacino creates intensely vibrant paintings of animals. Based in Chilliwack, BC, Jennifer’s subject matter includes local animals like rabbits and bears, as well as inhabitants of tropical locales like tigers and colourful birds.


A long painting of a tiger in the jungleJungle With Tiger, acrylic on canvas

 

I really enjoy the sense of focus in Jennifer’s artworks. The artist’s paintings manage to look wildly energetic even…

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Headlines: Glasgow, Salvator Mundi, Shell

1) Glasgow School of Art Still Gutted Months After Fire


A photo of the 2018 fire at the Glasgow School of Art

 

Local residents are still displaced and undergraduate students are facing an uncertain start to the semester a few months after a large fire did significant damage to the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland. The fire, which originated in the school’s Mackintosh building, caused extensive destruction, casting debris and flames over a space of several blocks. With the start of the…

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An Art Portfolio of Cityscapes and Florals: Allen Wittert


An abstracted painting of a city streetMediterranean

Allen Wittert is a painter who works in a blocky, abstracted style, rendering his subjects in planes of bright colour and heavy, confident lines. The artist’s portfolio features human figures as well as cityscapes and florals.


A painting of an abstracted cityscapeCity of sails, acrylic

 

I really enjoy Allen’s bombastic painting style – the works in his art portfolio are all imbued with a vibrant sense of energy that’s almost contagious. I feel more…

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Changeable Energy: An Art Portfolio by Edie Marshall


A painting of a dense area of tall grassTangled Energy, oil on Terra skin paper

Painter Edie Marshall captures the changeable energy of the Saskatchewan landscape in works of varying dimensions and levels of detail. Edie’s paintings find beauty in both the vast spaces and the tiniest details of the prairies.


A painting of a body of water on a prairieSpring Thaw, oil on canvas

 

I really enjoy the loose, painterly approach that Edie takes in her works – painting from direct observation, the artist’s gestural…

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The Vividly Colourful Art Portfolio of Penny Prior


A colourful painting of two birdsUntitled

Penny Prior is an artist who lives and works on Galiano Island, off the coast of British Columbia. The artist’s works are vividly colourful, and use a simplified style to depict island life, animals, and landscapes.


A painting with the outlines of fish and birds in whiteUntitled

 

In our previous feature of Penny’s portraits of island life, we looked at the way the artist uses her bright palette to create a cohesive image of the island environment, and to explore abstraction.…

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Geometric Paintings: The Portfolio of Sarah Trundle


A painting with several bright blocks of colourMonkey Bars, acrylic and pastel on canvas

Sarah Trundle creates abstract artworks that explore formal elements distilled to their most basic building blocks: lines and planes of color. In her geometric paintings, the artist creates overlapping patterns that hint at figure and space without revealing either.


An abstract artwork with a black line on a white groundEmbrace, acrylic and graphite on canvas

I love Sarah’s sparing use of colour. The subdued palette that runs throughout her…

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Catherine Bourassa-Hebert's Painting and Printmaking Portfolio


An abstract painting with circular figuresCSS IV Untitled 6, acrylic on canvas

Abstract artist Catherine Bourassa-Hebert divides her time between Montréal and Boston, creating works in painting and printmaking. The artist’s works veer toward abstraction, though they often borrow recognizable forms along the way.


A study of circular forms made with stark contrast and dark colorsCSS IV Untitled 7, acrylic on canvas

 

I enjoy Catherine’s particular approach to painted abstraction. In our previous feature of the artist’s patterns and…

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