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Figurative and Conceptual Artworks by Tom O'Rourke

An abstract painting made in deep blue and red huesNight music, acrylic on canvas

Tom O’Rourke is an Irish painter who uses an impressionist, abstracted style to express subjects both figurative and conceptual. The artist’s works are brightly coloured with a palpable, almost vibrating sense of energy. 


A heavily abstracted painting of a jazz musicianJazzman 2, acrylic on paper

 

I really enjoy the colour palette that Tom employs in many of his works. Whether it’s a unified scheme of deep greens and blues like that in his…

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The Art Portfolio of Chelsea Gustafsson

A painting of a chair on fireGeelong

Chelsea Gustafsson is an artist from Barwon Heads, Australia. In her artistic practice, Gustafsson works primarily in paint, addressing themes of manufacturing and consumption and the environment. 


A painting of various household items arranged against a beige wallYou Snooze You Lose

 

I really love the artist’s recent paintings of furniture -- the works are composed in the manner of still life or vanitas paintings, depicting familiar furniture and other household objects in arrangements…

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Spiritual, Esoteric, and Introspective Art by John Keaton

An abstract painting with pastel colours and a female figureThe Understanding

John Keaton is a New York based artist, painter, and illustrator. John produces both figurative and abstract works, often taking inspiration from spiritual, esoteric, and introspective ways of thinking. 


A painting with deep purple tones and organic linesThe Lavender Moon

 

It’s interesting to see how John’s style varies across different media and subject matter. In his recent series See No Evil (No Ver El Mal), the artist takes on a loose, painterly approach,…

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The Art Portfolio of Painter Noah Verrier

A painting of a slice of cantaloupe on top of a mason jarCantaloupe & Jar of Water

 

Painter Noah Verrier has been creating art since childhood, taking a contemplative, meditative approach to much of his work. The artist has worked on large series spanning numerous pieces, but his painting style also shines in quietly masterful still-life and other works made from observation. 


A painting of a bowl of blackberriesBlackberries

 

In Noah’s gallery of recent works, the artist shows off paintings of food and other common…

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The Egg Tempera Portfolio of Arnout Van Albada

A painting of a raspberry cakeFrambozentaartje, egg tempera and oil on panel

Arnout Van Albada is a Dutch artist who works primarily in egg tempera, creating subdued but detailed paintings of food. The artist’s works present their subjects with a sense of quiet reverence, focusing on the unique textures and colours of various edible and household objects. 


A painting of a pudding on a tableRegout puddingvorm, egg tempera and oil on panel

 

Van Albada’s delicate paintings of pastries, such as…

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The Oil and Watercolour Portfolio of Betty Ann Medeiros

A painting of a young man fishing in a lakeFishing in the Shade, oil on canvas

Betty Ann Medeiros is an artist from Danbury, Connecticut. In her art practice, Betty paints in oil and watercolour, building remarkably detailed figurative works depicting human and animal subjects, as well as landscapes and still life. 


A painting of trees in a snowy fieldWinter on Wanzer Hill, New Fairfield, CT, oil on canvas

 

I love the realism and the level of detail in Betty’s artworks. The artist’s hand leaves a delicate,…

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Inside the Art Studio of Julian Opie

A photo of Julian Opie's redesigned studio

 

Our studio Sunday feature this week is Julian Opie. The artist, currently based in Shoreditch, East London, is known for his bright, stylized figure paintings and is often identified as part of the New British Sculpture Movement -- a circle of British artists who began exhibiting sculpture (among other types of artwork) in the 1980s. 

 

Opie’s studio here was designed by architect Carmody Groarke. The central work table --…

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Inside the Art Studio of Richard Diebenkorn

Painter Richard Diebenkorn in his art studio

 

Our Studio Sunday artist this week is Richard Diebenkorn. Diebenkorn was an American painter, often associated with the abstract expressionist movement of the mid 20th century. Diebenkorn was born in Oregon and based in California for much of his career, becoming well-known in the 1960s for his large-scale geometric abstract paintings. 

 

Diebenkorn’s studio looks like a place of contemplation -- the lighting in this image…

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The Art Portfolio of Cynthia Consentino

A figure made from a combination or original ceramic and found figurineBirdie IV, altered commercial figurine, sculpted stoneware head and bird, glaze

Cynthia Consentino is a ceramic artist and sculptor currently based in Bucklan, Massachusetts. In her practice, Cynthia uses the sculptural medium to explore and break down expectations and dichotomies related to gender and reality. 


A ceramic figure of a Madonna with the head of a wolfWolf Madonna, porcelain, glaze

 

Much of Cynthia’s work is also inspired by fairy tales -- works in which human figures are…

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Portraits of Houses and Towns by Tom Menard

A complex painting of a county fairCountry Fair 1

Tom Menard has been painting since the late 1960s, and is based in small-town Connecticut. The artist’s surroundings clearly inspire much of his current body of work, with Tom’s detailed, illustrative portraits of houses and towns carrying an undeniable small-town atmosphere. 


A painting of a house on the edge of a lakehouse moosup

I’m always impressed by the level of detail and intricacy that Tom packs into each of his works. The artist’s town portraits…

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The Abstraction and Realism Portfolio of Beatriz Gomez Anzaldua

An abstract painting made with heavy, confident brush strokesPHASES AND CYCLES, acrylic on canvas

Beatriz Gomez Anzaldua works in paint and mixed media, with a portfolio of work that leans equally into both abstraction and realism. Beatriz was born in Brownsville, Texas, along the Texas/Mexico border and now lives and works in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.  


A painting of a man in a suit with a bandage on his faceUncle of no regrets, oil on canvas

 

It’s interesting to see the way that Beatriz shifts between abstraction and figurative painting…

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Wildlife and Landscapes: Art by Bev Robertson

An oil painting of a log floating on calm watersLittle Madrona, oil on canvas

Bev Robertson is an artist from Vancouver Island. A member of the Canadian Federation of Artists, Bev produces artworks on a variety of subjects, including stunning florals and detailed figure paintings inspired by the wildlife and landscapes of her travels. 


A painting of white flowers in a square vaseEn Blanc

 

I really love Bev’s floral paintings. In our previous feature of Bev’s work we looked at the way the artist captures vivid detail, and…

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Inside the Art Studio of Huguette Caland

A photo of Huguette Caland in her studio

 

This Sunday, let’s take a look inside the studio of Huguette Caland. Born in Lebanon, Caland later moved to Los Angeles, where she lived and worked for almost three decades. The artist is best known for abstract-figurative works that often build landscapes out of the female body, and examine beauty, eroticism, and other sometimes-taboo subjects. 

 

In the above photo, I think I’m most struck by how happy the artist looks. She…

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Introspective Narratives: Art by Armando Sebastian

A painting of a woman in a black dress in front of a landscapeRayo de Luna/Under the Moonlight, oil on canvas

Armando Sebastian is an artist from Mexico City, who creates figurative paintings that extoll surreal, autobiographical, and introspective narratives. The artist’s style is inspired by Mexican folk art, as well as contemporary poets, musicians, and other pop-cultural detritus. 


A painting of a person with an extremely long spiraling ponytailWhen I have long hair, oil on canvas

 

I like the almost illustrative style that Armando employs in his…

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An Impressionist Approach: The Art of Yvonne Foster

A painting of a Ferris Wheel lit up at nightBetty Danger's At Night, oil on canvas

Yvonne Foster is a painter based in Wisconsin. Inspired by the landscapes of Lake Superior and Ireland, as well as the urban atmosphere of Minneapolis, Yvonna creates paintings in acrylic and oil that take an impressionist approach to a wide range of subjects. 


A painting of a stone arch bridge in sunlightStone Arch Bridge, oil on canvas

 

I enjoy the variation in subject matter in Yvonne’s 2018 Exhibit gallery. This selection of…

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