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Gestural and Geometric: An Art Portfolio by Irene Lisny


An abstracted acrylic painting with red and pink tonesTAKING THE BULL BY THE HORNS, acrylic on canvas

Irene Lisny is a painter who works primarily in acrylic paint, creating images both abstract and figurative that utilize a variety of unique visual languages. The artist’s abstract paintings are both gestural and geometric, and Irene also tends to combine abstracted elements with figures.


An abstract painting with bright, warm coloursSANTANA, acrylic on canvas

 

The artist’s Abstract gallery on her portfolio website showcases a…

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The Art Portfolio of Stephane Salvi


An artwork with pencil and paint lines applied in an abstract fashionvieillesse éternelle

Stephane Salvi is an artist who paints in a slightly abstracted, naive style, working in broad, deliberate strokes of bright colour, and building up figures in painted line art. The artist’s works are loose and exuberant, capturing a feeling more than distinct detail.


A painting with bright red and orange tonesle sculpteur

 

I enjoy the works in which Salvi combines painting with collage techniques. These works remind me a bit of pieces by fellow…

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Combining Colour With Sound: The Art Portfolio of Adrian Molina


An oil painting of a werewolf for a magazine coverBlue Moon, oil on canvas

Adrian Molina is a painter and an illustrator who currently works in two distinct separate styles. In his painting practice, Adrian creates abstract works that explore a kind of synesthesia, combining colour with sound. In his current illustration works, the artist is developing narrative imagery for a mystery and suspense comic series.


A promotional poster for a comic about a werewolfThe Werewolf of Kendall (promo poster II)

 

It’s really interesting to see…

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Studio Sunday: Jenny Saville


A photo of Jenny Saville at work in her studio

 

Jenny Saville is a British artist known for large-scale drawings and paintings, often featuring nude female figures, using the traditional subject of the female form as a launching pad for addressing issues of gender and beauty expectations. Saville is based in Oxford, England, where she creates her works in a large personal studio space.

 

The artist is often grouped together with the Young British Artists, a movement which also…

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Odd Sensations: The Art Portfolio of Nina Dell'Orto


A dark, heavy abstracted painting in oil on linenA Look Inside the Mysteries, oil on linen

 

Nina Dell’Orto is a painter from Brooklyn, New York. The artist works in an abstract style, utilizing figurative elements in novel combinations and creating artworks that are evocative of odd sensations and strange dreams.


An oil painting with figurative elements like a floating eyePer Chance the Eye, oil on linen

 

The artist’s Unspoken Creations series contains works that utilize imagery ranging from geometric elements, to disjointed human…

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Tactile Layers: The Art Portfolio of Pamela Neswald


An artwork with blue painted tones and textural elementsHe Mokupuni, oil on uniquely textured canvas

Pamela Neswald creates artworks with deep jewel tones and highly tactile layers of media and found materials. The artist tends to work in oil paint, layering pigment onto textured canvas or using other materials to build up each artwork.


A textured abstract painting with a sandy colourAt Last, acrylic on uniquely textured canvas

 

The artist is based in Hawaii, and many of her works take inspiration from the local landscape, foliage, and…

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Volume and Form: The Art Portfolio of Alex Dodge

An oil painting depicting a crumpled newspaperThe Trauma of Information, oil on linen

Alex Dodge is originally from Colorado and is now based in Brooklyn, New York. In his artistic practice, Dodge creates paintings and mixed-media works that play with volume and form in a two-dimensional space.


A painting of a brightly coloured strip of fabric and a gloveMJ, oil and glass beads on linen

I find Dodge’s works fascinating to look at -- at first glance, some of his paintings appear to be textile-based sculptures. The way that the artist paints…

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Dense Florals: The Photography Portfolio of Leslie Ellen Lewis


A photo of white flowers blooming on a treeFirst Blooms, April 2018

Leslie Ellen Lewis is a photographer who captures dense florals and foliage, creating images that, from a distance, could be paintings or even textiles. The artist’s works often embrace a slightly subdued colour palette and use branching patterns and reflection to add visual layers.


A photograph of a dense floral fieldTapestry at the Inn

I really enjoy Leslie’s photographs of flowers, trees, and nature scenes. Many of the artist’s photographs…

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Connection to Nature: The Portfolio of Michael McEwing


A painting of an overgrown floodplain in autumnFall Floodplain, oil on canvas

New Brunswick painter and artist Michael McEwing uses his practice as a way to explore and express a connection to nature. The artist’s works are often inspired by hiking, kayaking, climbing, and other outdoor activities, and showcase an eye for detail and an appreciation for green space.


A painting of a frozen waterfall on a forested cliffFrozen Falls, Ministers Face, oil on canvas

 

I really love the bright, lush aesthetic that Michael achieves in his…

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Gestural Methods: Art by Noah NJ Bowman


An abstract painting with reference to bodily formsUntitled (Body Politics), acrylic on canvas

Noah NJ Bowman is a painter who specializes in painting on a large scale with wild, gestural methods of mark-making. The artist’s paintings are abstract and utilize a colour palette that ranges from saturated primary hues to deep Earth tones.


An abstracted painting made with blue tonesFixation, acrylic on canvas

 

I enjoy the way the artist uses a variety of different mark-making styles on each canvas. Many works combine fine,…

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Studio Sunday: Milla Eastwood


A photo of Milla Eastwood working in her studio

 

This week’s Studio Sunday artist is Milla Eastwood. Eastwood is an artist based in Brixton, London, known for abstract paintings that use a bright and varied colour palette. The artist’s works often incorporate not only planes of bright colour and occasional line-art, but pieces of painted canvas that have been cut and pasted in a collage-like fashion.

 

Seeing the artist sitting on the floor like this gives me the impression…

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Urban Scenes: An Art Portfolio by Shawn Demarest


A painting of a rainy street on an overcast dayPowell Paint, oil and graphite on panel

Shawn Demarest’s painting portfolio focuses on urban scenes, viewed through rain-coated or fogged windshields and windows. The artist’s works seem to paradoxically offer a sense of warmth by showcasing stormy, snowy, and chilly scenes as something seen through a protective barrier.


A painting of a city street with carsSE Stark, oil on panel

 

I really like seeing the contrast between daytime and nighttime scenes in Shawn’s…

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The Paint and Mixed Media Portfolio of Ben Reeves

An installation view of three paintings by Ben ReevesBetween Dog & Wolf (installation view)

Ben Reeves is an artist based in Vancouver, BC. In his practice, Reeves uses a heavy, layered application of paint and mixed media, along with deep and cohesive colour palettes, to create works that express familiar themes and landscapes in a new and fascinating light.


A painting consisting of a large blob of mixed oil paintUntitled

 

I’m really enjoying the works in Reeve’s recent series Between Dog & Wolf. The works in this series comprise a…

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Studio Sunday: Elijah Burgher


A photo of artist Elijah Burgher in his studio

 

American artist Elijah Burgher addresses themes of queer identity and sexuality through the lens of appropriated occult imagery. The artist’s works often take the form of small drawings and prints, but Burgher is also known for his larger-scale paintings made on drop-cloth material.

 

Burgher’s studio is dramatically lit – dark and shadowed -- in this photo. The painting behind the artist (one of the aforementioned drop-cloth…

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Music and Social Justice: An Art Portfolio by Marilyn Nelson


A painting made up of intersecting vertical linesEast to the West, oil on canvas

Marilyn Nelson’s artistic practice is inspired by music and social justice, both significant interests for the artist herself. The artist’s paintings tend to be abstract, though in recent works, Marilyn has experimented with the addition of text.


A painting incorporating elements of abstraction and textWhere is the love?, oil on canvas

 

I her ongoing series Subliminal Reflections, Marilyn uses a musical lens to explore concepts of not only abstract…

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