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Diffuse Points of Light: The Art Portfolio of Dennis Ekstedt

A painting of lights on strings in an undefined, dark spaceLuna Park, 1903, oil on canvas

Dennis Ekstedt is a painter based in Montreal, Quebec. In his long-standing painting practice, Dennis works with light and shadow, capturing city sprawl as seen from far above, layering diffuse points of light over planes of dark, deeply saturated colour. 


An abstracted painting with geometric elements and blue shadesLuna Park, 1903 #4, oil on canvas

 

The basis for Dennis’ paintings are deep, saturated shades of blue, purple, and grey. The artist then uses points…

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Between Organic and Technological: Art by Angela Britzman

A sculpture of a spiked ball with blue and yellow coloursPopeye, wood, aluminum, vinyl paint

Angela Britzman is a New York-based artist who works in sculpture and traditional two-dimensional media. The artist’s works, particularly her sculptures, toe the aesthetic line between organic and technological, taking a single base form as a starting point and exploring a vast range of media and materials. 


A sculpture made from wooden ballsJack-in-the-Box, wood, bamboo

 

It’s really interesting to browse through Angela’s…

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Fantastic Favourites: Linda Lang, Bill Hayner, Colby Brewer

Today, let’s look inside the art practices of Linda Lang, Bill Hayner, and Colby Brewer. Working in paint, mixed media, and installation, these artists take very different approaches to their media and subjects, but all arrive at polished works that are equally evocative and visually engaging. 

 

Linda Lang
A painting of a body of water on Baffin Island

Colours of South Baffin, oil on canvas

 

Linda Lang is a painter and muralist who creates works of art depicting settings in…

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Tranquility and Warmth: Landscape Painting by Roger Asselin

A painting of a Florida sunsetGulf Cove Sunset, acrylic on canvas

Roger Asselin is a Florida-based artist who paints the local landscape in detailed, smoothly blended acrylics. The artist’s seascapes and landscape scenes capture the tranquility and warmth of the Florida coastline, as well as other locales. 


A painting of palm trees on a beachGandy Beach Triplet Palms, acrylic on canvas

 

The artist paints in the studio from photographs, doing a great job of capturing the feeling of a plein air…

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Momentary Images: The Oil Painting of Elizabeth Regan

A painting of a hill seen from across waterThe Holy Isle, Scotland, oil on board

Elizabeth Regan paints in oil on wood panels, often using her artwork to express views of her surroundings and the landscapes in which she finds herself. The artist’s style is impressionistic, using large, highly visible brush marks to create fleeting, momentary images of realistic spaces and places. 


A painting of a house in a rural areaView from the Window, oil on panel

I really enjoy Elizabeth’s use of colour throughout her art…

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Expressive Poses: A Painting Portfolio by Hazel Harris

A painting of a woman surrounded with tomatoesHot House Tomatoes

Hazel Harris is a painter who works through an intuitive, explorative process, often thinking up the titles for her works before embarking on the process of creating them. The artist has an affinity for the human figure, and the majority of her works feature exuberant, rounded female figures in expressive poses and settings. 


An abstract painting incorporating elements of brick textureCountry Mouse Comes to the Big City

 

I like the sense of joy that’s present and palpable…

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The Portfolio of Traditional Artist Jan Marie

A watercolour painting of a trainKettle Moraine Train, watercolour on watercolour paper

Jan Marie is a traditional artist who works in a variety of media including watercolour, acrylic paint, and felt-tip marker. The artist is currently based in Arizona. 


A painting of a purple flower on a round canvasPurple Paradise, metallic acrylic on round stretched canvas

It’s interesting to browse through Jan’s portfolio and see the wide variety of media that the artist experiments with. In Jan’s gallery of acrylic…

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Inside the Art Studio of Wolf Kahn

A photo of the studio of late painter Wolf Kahn

 

Wolf Kahn was a German-born painter who moved to the United States in 1940, at the age of 13. During his early years Kahn studied under painter Hans Hofmann, briefly becoming a studio assistant for the artist. As a painter in his own right, Kahn became known for wildly colourful paintings that fused abstraction with figuration, driven by a sense of spontaneity and experimentation. 

 

Kahn’s studio looks almost staged in the above…

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Simple but Striking: The Painting Portfolio of Debbie Hutson

A painting of an orange sunset over waterSunset Reflections, acrylic on mixed media paper

Debbie Hutson is a Mississippi-based artist who works primarily in acrylic, painting landscapes and colourful abstracts with smooth, softly blended gradient hues and an eye for simple but striking compositions. 


An abstract painting with gold forms hidden below a plane of blueJust Beneath, acrylic, mixed media, texture, gold leaf on canvas

 

I love how the artist’s figurative works sit in contrast to, and complement, her abstracts. Viewing the…

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Biomorphic Expressionism: The Art of Susan Olsen

A painting with trees and abstract shapesNorwegian Water and Wood, oil on linen

Susan Olsen is an artist whose current practice centres on “biomorphic expressionism.” The artist’s works in oil on linen draw on elements of realistic landscapes and flora, building on recognizable features with abstracted, alien forms to create visuals that are truly unique. 


An oil on linen painting with landscape and abstract elementsIt's the Journey, oil on linen

 

I enjoy the tension between the artist’s particular painting style and the…

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A Portfolio of Two-Dimensional Media by Sassicca Bowyer

A photo of a cat on a wooden constructionUntitled

Sassicca Bowyer is an artist originally trained in painting who now works in a variety of traditional, two-dimensional media and styles. The artist’s gallery features examples ranging from highly figurative, documentary photography, to abstract painting. 


An abstract painting with green tonesUntitled

 

Sassicca’s photographs sometimes remind me of work by Emina Kurtagic -- there’s a sense that the artist’s main pursuit here is to simply capture what they…

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Lush Landscapes: The Art Portfolio of Anne French

A painting of a landscape at sunsetAfter Sunset, oil on panel

Anne French learned to paint from her mother and grandmother, along with years of hands-on practice. The artist’s current portfolio centres around lush landscapes painted in oil on wood panels.


A painting of an oceanic landscapeRocky Coastline, oil on panel

 

I really appreciate the way that Anne celebrates the texture and materiality of the oil paint even in figurative works where the texture of the paint is not necessarily the focus.…

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Textural Landscapes: The Painting Portfolio of Leigh Wen

An oil painting of a mountainous landscapeYu Shang #4, oil on canvas

Leigh Wen was born in Taipei, Taiwan, and now lives and works in New York City. The artist uses oil paint to create expansive landscape paintings that use a fascinating combination of planes of colour and tiny, thread-line lines, building dreamlike, textural landscapes


An oil painting of a raging fireFire XI, oil on canvas

 

I really love how Wen’s works feel different depending on the distance from which they are observed. At a…

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A Portfolio of Drawing and Painting by Cary Wyninger

A painting of several owlsIn Dreams We Speak

Cary Wyninger is an artist based in Trempealeau, Wisconsin. In her practice, Cary takes an illustrative approach, combining techniques of drawing and painting to produce works that are sometimes figurative, sometimes abstract, often a combination of both. The artist often works with feminine figures, animals, and plants as subject matter, using these motifs to create spiritual narratives. 


A drawing of a red leaf with watercolour and ink line artRed Leaf, watercolour and…

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Inside the Art Studio of Andy Blank

A photo of the studio of Andy Blank

 

Artist Andy Blank is the founder of a retail art company under the same name -- the artist’s goal in the creation of the company was to create a scalable business based around a product widely thought to be unscalable. Responding to the inflated prices of fine art, caused by high demand and very low supply, the artist’s practice of mass-production and studio delegation is as much a work of institutional critique as the works he…

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