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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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The Mixed Media Art Portfolio of Darren Hurst


A painting of a woman reclining and a shadowy figureDoppelganger, acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas

 

Darren Hurst is an artist based in Fresno, California, who works in a range of traditional mixed media. Darren’s artworks are often figurative, and the artist tends toward rendering his pieces in detailed brush marks.


A painting of a woman in sugar-skull makeupLa Esmeralda, acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas

 

Darren’s compositions tend to focus on a central figure – sometimes this figure takes up the entire canvas, while…

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Studio Sunday: Stephen Appleby-Barr


A portrait of Stephen Appleby-Barr's art studio

 

Toronto-based artist Stephen Appleby-Barr is our Studio Sunday feature this week. Appleby-Barr has become known for his detailed, realistic oil paintings that immortalize fictional characters and figures from the artist’s own imagination. A combination of regal, anachronistic aesthetics and a surreal use of figure and symbolism creates a wonderfully unique aesthetic for the artist’s works.  

 

Appleby-Barr’s studio looks airy…

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The Art Portfolio of Painter and Photographer Dianne Cuzner


A painting of a figure in a prairie landscapeAlberta Camping, acrylic on canvas

Dianne Cuzner is a painter and photographer based in western Canada. The artist has an eye for bright, exciting color, an aesthetic that carries over into works that deal with peaceful coastal subject matter; landscapes and bodies of water.


A painting of a canoe in waterJourneys End, acrylic on canvas

 

In her artistic practice, Dianne expresses a genuine love for the art form. She combines numerous influences from her personal…

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Headlines: Studio Demolition, Art Beds, McMansion Hell

1) Crews Demolish Ai Weiwei's Studio Without Warning


A photo from Ai Weiwei's Instagram of demolition crews at his studio

 

On Friday of last week, Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei announced that his studio was being demolished. According to one of Ai’s assistants, Ai’s rental contract for the space had recently expired, and the artist and his staff were in the process of removing artworks from the studio building when demolition teams began knocking in the windows. While Ai had been aware of…

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Paint and Colour: The Art Portfolio of Jack Vanzet


A painting made with a single brush markSingularity

Australian artist Jack Vanzet explores paint and colour through flowing abstractions that treat individual brush marks as figures in their own right. The artist’s works often look like close-ups or details of a larger artwork.


A painting of an orange brush mark on a dark backgroundNorthSouth

 

Vanzet’s dreamy abstracts celebrate the materiality of paint and the act of painting itself – each work seems to represent a moment in time where the artist’s hand blended with the…

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The Exciting Visual Perspective of Brent Ciccone



A painting of a bright-colored prairiePrairie Fire, oil on canvas

Brent Ciccone imbues all of his paintings with vibrant pigment, applying an energetic, exciting visual perspective to landscapes, leaves, flowers and more. While Brent’s subject matter ranges from vast to up close and personal, his consistent style creates a sense of cohesion in his portfolio.


A pastel drawing of a turkeyTurkey Face, pastel on paper

 

In our previous feature of Brent’s work, we focused on the artist’s sweeping…

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Studio Sunday: Gustav Klimt


A photograph of Gustav Klimt's atelier

 

Austrian painter Gustav Klimt got his start in the late 19th century as a decorative painter, creating embellishments for architectural constructions. The artist is well-known for his figurative paintings, many of which depict romantic or erotic subject matter and incorporate gold-leaf accents.

 

Klimt’s studio is quite spacious – having never seen his paintings in person, I didn’t realize that they were so large. The studio…

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A Cosmic Approach: Daniel T. Lopez' Art Portfolio


A mural depicting Latino culture at Mendocino County CollegeMendocino College Mural (detail)

 

Daniel T. Lopez is a painter and muralist who takes a cosmic approach to public and community art projects. Daniel’s works, sometimes produced in collaboration with fellow artist Dano Lopez, are energetic, colorful celebrations of life and culture.


A painting of the concept of creationCreation as a constant Process

 

In our previous feature of Daniel’s works, we looked at the way the artist uses his practice to foster a sense of

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Ginny Paternite's Portfolio of Expressive, Colorful Paintings


A painting of an ornate silver teapotTea Time, oil

Ginny Paternite grew up in New York, and is currently based in Bluffton, South Carolina. The artist’s practice centers on expressive, colorful paintings that run the gamut of representational subject matter, from landscapes, to portraits, to architectural forms.


A welcome plaque painted on slateWelcome Slate, oil on slate

 

I’m enjoying going through Ginny’s portfolio and seeing how the artist paints such a wide variety of subjects in her own…

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Studio Sunday: Tamara de Lempicka


A photo of Tamara de Lempicka's home studio

 

This week’s Studio Sunday artist is Tamara de Lempicka. Lempicka was born in Poland and was active as a painter during the 1920s and 30s, during which time she lived in Paris, France. The artist was best known for her highly stylized portraits of upper-class people, created for fashion magazines, and art deco exhibitions.

 

Lempicka’s studio is certainly in keeping with the art deco aesthetic. I can imagine the artist throwing…

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Headlines: Biennale, Write on Art, Looted Sculpture

1) U.S. Late in Announcing its Venice Biennale Artist for 2019


A photo of Joan Jonas' work representing the United States in the 56th Venice Biennale

 

As of last weekend, the U.S. state department was still 3 months late in announcing the country’s artist for this year’s Venice Biennale (which, as we reported last week, has taken on the ostentatious title “May You Live in Interesting Times”). Normally, countries can announce their artists more than a year in advance of the exhibition, in order to give the artist…

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