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Collage-Style Paintings: Art by Don Moore


A painting of a family in front of a partially-colored landscapeAll are Emigrants

Don Moore is an artist based in North Carolina who works in traditional media, creating collage-style paintings and sketches that have a double-exposed look. The artist is proficient in with rendering figures, and many of his works combine human, landscape, and still-life motifs.


A painting of elements referencing WWISommes is Lovely

 

I really enjoy the sort of “unfinished” aesthetic that Don achieves in his Of Time and Space series. While parts of…

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Aggressively Gestural Paintings by Josh Smith


A painting of a leaf in deep, harsh red and black tonesLeaf Print VIII, monotype on Yupo paper

New York-based artist Josh Smith is known for aggressively gestural paintings and prints that take recognizable figures and render them nearly abstract with layered additions of thick, heavy brush marks and deep pigments.


A painting with the name Josh SmithUntitled (JSP10173), oil on canvas

 

I find Smith’s process, and its visual result, quite fascinating. In some of his earliest paintings, Smith utilized his own name as a base…

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Studio Sunday: Jacob Lawrence


A photo of Jacob Lawrence at work in his studio

 

Today’s Studio Sunday feature is Jacob Lawrence, a painter originally from Atlantic City, New Jersey, who was known for his colorful, abstracted depictions of African American life and culture in the 20th century. Lawrence’s style was often compared to cubism – the artist himself even referred to it as “dynamic cubism” – but was most heavily influenced by art styles coming out of Harlem, NY.

 

Lawrence looks hard at work…

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Vast, Sweeping Landscapes: Art by Frank Kusch


A painting of a looming storm cloudAlone in the Field, oil on canvas

Frank Kusch is a painter who specializes in vast, sweeping landscapes, capturing skies and weather events with a great sense of scale. Using both oil and acrylic paint, Frank captures the majesty and power of clouds, waves, and other natural phenomena.


A painting of a field in clouds and sunlightPlaces I Know, oil on canvas

 

I really enjoy Frank’s recent series of paintings that focus on clouds and skies. The subject matter – clouds,…

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Built-Up Abstracts: Art by Timothy J. Sullivan


A painting with primary colors layered over a mixed backgroundEarth Abides, acrylic on canvas

Timothy J. Sullivan is an artist currently based in North Vancouver, British Columbia. In his art practice, Timothy produces bright abstractions, large and small, using mixed media and a range of artistic tool. The resulting works are built-up abstracts with layers of style and color.


An abstract painting with large, dry brush marksDecorum Denied, acrylic on paper

I rather enjoy the way that Timothy combines planes of rough, mottled and textured paint…

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Open, Welcoming Painting by Grace Ann Piano


A portrait combined with an abstract imageUntitled

Painter and illustrator Grace Ann Piano works in a range of media, creating everything from wall murals to pet portraiture. Grace’s current online art portfolio is packed with examples of the artist’s open, welcoming painting style.


A painting of two identical figures facing one anotherTwins

 

The artist doesn’t shy away from using bright colors – I really enjoy the way Grace embraces lighting and shadow in her works. In many cases, she’ll use bright strips of tropical…

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Tropes of the Contemporary Era: Art by Timothy Innamorato


A painting of a smartphone with Bill Murray's face on itbottled Bill hands, oil on canvas

Timothy Innamorato is a New York based painter who sometimes uses his practice as a way to critique and satire common tropes of the contemporary era. Timothy’s works are primarily figurative, though his compositions are often surreal, incorporating elements of cubism and abstract expressionism.


A patterned painting depicting many small creaturesmitagating evelution, oil on canvas

 

The motif of the smartphone, a code for many current forms of digital…

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Windblown Beauty: Artwork by Thomas Kero


A photo of an acrylic wall mural depicting an aboriginal canoe

Canoe Mural, acrylic paint (collaboration with one of Thomas' students)

 

Thomas Kero is a Canadian artist who works in a variety of media. The artist’s current portfolio focuses heavily on coastal landscapes, in which Thomas works to capture the windblown beauty of BC’s central coast.


An artwork depicting a forest in the windUntitled

 

Originally from Vancouver, Thomas currently lives and works in Bella Bella. I can see influences in his work both from the local…

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Studio Sunday: Amy Sillman


A photo of Amy Sillman in her art studio

 

This week’s Studio Sunday featured artist is Amy Sillman. Sillman’s artistic practice encompasses drawing, collage, video, and even zine-making, but the artist is best known as a painter. Sillman’s paintings are often compared to abstract expressionism in aesthetic, but Sillman herself has stated that she’s spent a lot of time learning about such styles in order to critique and move past them in her own work.

 

I think that…

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Strong Planes: Art by Dick Roberts


An abstract oil painting with blue and white huesTime Flies, oil and mixed media on canvas

Dick Roberts is a painter and ceramic artist who works in abstraction, creating smooth, blended images with strong planes of primary and secondary color. In his most recent paintings, Dick has focused on a simple, streamlined style of abstraction with a focus on the texture and materiality of paint.


A painting using deep blue tones and accentsBlue July, oil and mixed media on canvas

I really enjoy the works in Dick’s current painting…

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The Limits of Paint and Pigment: Art by Julie Trudel


A painting made on a clear acrylic panelTransparence et Distorsion NNBN, acrylic paint and gesso on acrylic panel

Artist Julie Trudel explores the limits of paint and pigment in her artistic practice. Producing works that are optical and geometric in appearance, Trudel plays with viscosity, color interactions, and paint thickness to carve out a new identity for colors and shades.


A black and white painting with overlapping wave formsCroisements T22F1M, acrylic paint and gesso on Baltic birch plywood

 

I really enjoy the…

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Inviting Expanses: Art by Jeanie Gebhart


A painting made with purple tonesLittle Screamer, oil

Oil painter Jeanie Gebhart creates abstract paintings using inviting expanses of pastel blues, yellows and purples. The artist favors a palette knife rather than a brush, leading to paintings that combine thick, viscous layers of oil paint with the hard-edged cut lines inherent to the tool.


A painting with contrasting blue and yellow tonesClay and Glass, oil

 

I like being able to see the progression of Jeanie’s style in the images on her portfolio website. The…

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Studio Sunday: Zhang Xiaogang


A photo of Zhang Xiaogang in his studio in Beijing

 

This Sunday, we’re taking a look inside the studio space of Chinese artist Zhang Xiaogang. Born in 1950, Zhang is a noted figurative and surrealist painter, recognized for his large-scale, monochromatic paintings of human figures. Though trained in traditional Chinese painting techniques, Zhang adopted some western-influenced painting ideals early in his professional career, and the combination of the two disciplines has helped…

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Organic Patterns: Art by Louise McRae


An artwork made with an assembly of painted woodRain Reign

Louise McRae uses her art practice to explore notions of time and space outside the picture plane. In her compositions, McRae utilizes, chunks of found construction wood, placing oddly-shaped pieces together to create organic patterns.


An assemblage of painted found woodSong for Tane

The artist tends to paint first on larger pieces of scrap timber, splitting them into smaller shards after the fact. These shards are then assembled as two and three-dimensional…

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Reproductions of Video: Painting by Judith Eisler


A painting of a close-up frame of a woman's faceDelphine (close-up), oil on canvas

Judith Eisler is a painter who draws inspiration from her works from classic cinema. Creating painted reproductions of video stills from classic films, Eisler blurs the line between types of representation and explores how added layers of visual technology serve to further abstract an image.


A painting reproducing the look of lighting in a filmMovie Lights 5, oil on canvas

Aesthetically, Eisler’s paintings are quite enticing. I like the way the artist…

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