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Studio Sunday: Jane Freilicher

 

A photo of Jane Freilicher at work in her studio

 

Jane Freilicher was born in Brooklyn in 1924 and spent most of her life in New York. The artist was active during the height of the American abstract expressionist period in the 1950s and 60s, though she was best known for her figurative works depicting city and farm landscapes.

 

I love the huge windows in Freilicher’s studio space. It looks like the artist is working on a fairly high floor of the building, as the windows…

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Fujiwara Art Inc.: The Art Portfolio of Kim Fujiwara

A painting of a family of Native American people in the American old westPainting Faces, oil

Kim Fujiwara has been honing his painting and illustration skills for decades at his personal studio, Fujiwara Art Inc. In his practice, Kim creates beautifully realistic, painterly images of human figures and landscapes.


A painting of a woman in a corset standing in front of a mirrorBianca's Saloon, oil

 

As we saw in our previous feature of Kim’s work, we looked at the artist’s penchant for smooth, skillful portraiture. The conventions that the artist employs in his…

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The Art Portfolio of Mareo Rodriguez


A sculpture made up of a sculpted panel on a wallUntitled

Mareo Rodriguez is an artist based in Barcelona, Spain. In his current artistic practice, Rodriguez seeks to explore, define, and push the boundaries of natural formations, borrowing aesthetics and compositional themes from mountains and rocks.


A sculpture made up of several square bricks sculpted like rocksUntitled

 

I really enjoy the way that the artist translates the look and feel of a rock formation into a gallery artwork. Rodrigues produces sculptures, paintings, and installations,…

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The Art Portfolio of Mernet Larsen

A painting of two adult figures looking down at a babyAw, acrylic, tracing paper, and oil on canvas

Mernet Larsen is a painter based in both Jackson Heights, New York, and Tampa, Florida. In Florida, Larsen is a Professor Emeritus at the University of South Florida. Larsen’s decades-spanning painting practice centers on depictions of the human figure with a distinctly narrative and highly stylized aesthetic.


A painting of several black-clad figures carrying a body wrapped in red clothIcon, acrylic, tracing paper, and oil on canvas

 

I really enjoy the way that…

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Volume and Shadow: The Art Portfolio of Laurie J. Cochrane

A painting of a path to the oceanPath to the Ocean

Laurie J. Cochrane is a painter, photographer, and ceramicist who captures landscapes and abstracted natural views. The artist paints with a focus on colour and form, utilizing the natural texture of oil paint as a way to build up volume and shadow in an image.


A painting of the moon rising over the outbackSuper moon over outback

The artist herself cites Tom Thomson and other Group of Seven artists as an influence to her painting style. I think this influence is…

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Studio Sunday: Georges Braque

A photo of Georges Braque in his art studio

 

Georges Braque was a French painter, sculptor, and artist in various other media who was active in the first half of the 20th century. Braque is often credited with being a part of the Fauvist movement, and is noted for his later paintings that helped popularize the cubist art style.

 

I like the look of Braque’s studio here. The first thing my eye is drawn to is the set of paintbrushes lined up on the floor in front of the…

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The Art Portfolio of Painter Susan Horn

A gestural painting of a bridge over a riverPrescott Bridge II, oil on canvas

Painter Susan Horn captures abstract, landscape, and still-life subjects in a confident, impressionistic style. The artist’s current portfolio represents a prolific artistic career and is packed with paintings that consistently display the artist’s style.


An impressionistic painting of a barn surrounded by greeneryIvan's Barn, oil on canvas

In our previous feature of Susan’s delightfully impressionistic works, we looked at the way the artist utilizes…

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The Art Portfolio of Andràs Böröcz

An assemblage sculpture featuring tree branchesCopse, carved mahogany, aluminum, twigs, plungers

Hungarian artist Andràs Böröcz works in drawing, sculpture, and performance, creating pieces that explore the human condition through humour, awkwardness, and symbolism. The artist frequently utilizes visual motifs in his artworks, creating pieces that are both uniquely recognizable and totally personal.


A sculptural installation with wood and carved handsYad

I really like the artworks in Böröcz’ sculpture gallery. These pieces tend…

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The Art Portfolio of Karen Muntean

A mixed media artwork made in a quilt-like pattern with distinct square sectionsDia de los Muertos/War is $$, mixed media on canvas

Karen Muntean is an artist currently based in Victoria, BC. In her practice, Karen works primarily in abstraction, creating works in a variety of experimental styles that combine bright colour and organic form to produce an otherworldly aesthetic.


A mixed media artwork with pastel tones made in a quilted patternsWashi Quilt for Ella, mixed media on canvas

 

I’m really enjoying Karen’s recent series of Washi Quilts. These works combine a variety…

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Sweeping Landscapes: The Art Portfolio of Cecilia Lea

A painting of a mountain range with a snowy tree in the foregroundHungabee After the Storm -- Lake O'Hara -- Yoho National Park, oil on canvas

Cecilia Lea is an artist based in Radium Hot Springs, BC. In her creative practice, Cecilia captures the sweeping landscapes of the local region in oil and acrylic paint.


A painting of a mountain range with green grass in the foregroundSpring Comes to Mount Nelson, acrylic on canvas

 

The artist’s gallery of recent paintings showcases a series of plein-air landscape paintings that render alpine and forest views in…

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The Art Portfolio of Ariel Lyons

A painting of a woman on an abstracted orange backgroundSmooth as Silk, acrylic, oil, and collage

Ariel Lyons is an Ottawa-based artist and art educator who works specifically with GOLDEN brand acrylic paints. The artist’s portfolio encompasses works of portraiture, landscape painting, and abstraction, with varying degrees of detail and gestural mark-making.


An abstract painting made with pink and grey tonesPink Puddle

 

I like the way that Ariel experiments with a wide variety of media in her portfolio. The artist’s style is changeable…

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Paint and Installation: The Art Portfolio of Diana Lynn

 

A view of a table from an installation and performance artworkhelen's table (from installation aunt helen dances at dia de los muertos)

Diana Lynn is a California-based artist who works presently in paint and installation. The artist’s installations are usually site-specific, and often address themes of temporality, death, and rebirth.

 

A photo of a viewer participating in Diana Lynn's Impermanent Marks installationImpermanent Marks (installation view)

 

Diana’s recent installation Impermanent Marks takes an interactive approach, allowing visitors to “paint” on…

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Studio Sunday: Bill Traylor

A photo of Bill Traylor surrounded by paintings in an outdoor space

 

William “Bill” Traylor was an American artist who was born into slavery in Alabama in the mid 19th century. Traylor spent most of his life working on plantations, and didn’t begin producing art until he was in his 80s. He was an incredibly prolific artist, producing well over 1,000 drawings and paintings during his short artistic career.

 

Given the time period in which Traylor was working, it’s unsurprising that the artist…

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The Art Portfolio of Brad Nuorala

An abstracted painting of a cactus against a green wallUntitled

Brad Nuorala is an abstract and figurative painter based in the United States. In his practice, Brad favours the use of acrylic paints, creating images on a variety of surfaces included canvas, board, and paper.


A painting of the legs of a person wearing cowboy bootsJulia, acrylic on board

 

I like the cohesiveness of Brad’s overall portfolio -- though the artist experiments with a wide range of different imagery and subjects, he manages to maintain a pleasantly consistent style…

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The Art Portfolio of Carly Jaye

A painting of the cast of SeinfeldSEINFELD, mixed media on wood canvas

Carly Jaye is a painter who works primarily in acrylic, creating portraits of friends and family as well as athletes, celebrities, and other pop-culture icons. Beyond human subjects, Carly’s portfolio also features examples of pet portraiture, and landscape and architectural painting.


A painting of a sign outside of a clubVELVET

 

In our previous feature of Carly’s pop-culture paintings and portraiture, we looked at the artist’s…

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