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Studio Sunday: Ellen Birkenblit


A photograph of Ellen Birkenblit's art studio

 

Ellen Birkenblit was born in New Jersey and studied painting at Cooper Union, graduating in 1980. The artist is known for her abstracted paintings that reference the aesthetics of hastily-drawn cartoon panels. Her paintings often include partial or suggested figures and a strong sense of fragmented narrative.

 

Berkenblit’s studio space is dense – packed with materials on top of and underneath tables, artworks both finished, and…

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Fiercely Colorful Artworks by Helen Vokatý


An acrylic artwork with a bright honeycomb patternUntitled, acrylic on canvas

Helen Vokatý works in mixed media and collage, creating artworks that combine a precise, architectural framework with spontaneous abstraction and novel materials. The artist’s works are fiercely colorful, and often feature a combination of geometric planes and painterly mark-making.


An abstract artwork made with sketched lines and subdued colorWP 12, mixed media on canvas

 

I really enjoy the collaged aesthetic that Helen works with in many of her artworks. Whether…

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Headlines: Lawsuits, Missing Painting, Street Artists

1) Gagosian Moves to Throw Out Tanabaum Lawsuit


An image of a Jeff Koons Balloon Dog sculpture

 

A follow-up to the lawsuit between art collector Steven Tananbaum and the studio of Jeff Koons: on Wednesday night, Gagosian Gallery (Koons’ representative) filed a motion to have Tananbaum’s claim dismissed. Filed with the New York Supreme Court, Gagosian’s motion claims that Tananbaum’s complaint was “overwrought,” and that the collector was essentially, being overly…

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Fluid, Painterly Images: Art by Paul Sershon


A painting of a pair of shoes on the groundDon't just stand there, Paulie, oil on canvas

Paul Sershon is a painter who works in media ranging from oil to watercolor, creating fluid, painterly images of landscapes, still-life subjects, and even automobiles. The artist’s approach to painting captures natural lighting and form with a wonderfully delicate touch.


A painting of a row of trees overlooking a coveMosquito Cove, oil on canvas

 

I really enjoy browsing through Paul’s online art portfolio and seeing the way he…

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Everyday Moments: Art by Tony Ziegler


A portrait of a woman in a straw hatLynn Stein

Tony Ziegler works in a variety of traditional media, creating artworks that capture everyday moments, including portraits of friends, still-life imagery, and shopfronts. The artist’s style has a carefree, naïve-style edge to it, and seem imbued with a sense of joy in the act of art-making.


A portrait of an older woman in sunglassesMaria W.

 

In our previous feature of Tony’s slice-of-life paintings, we looked at the artist’s paintings of New York shopfronts.…

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Studio Sunday: Izumi Kato


A photo of Izumi Kato at work in his studio

 

Izumi Kato currently lives and works in Tokyo, Japan. The artist was trained in oil painting, but has since developed a novel approach to painting, often applying pigment directly with his hands. Izumi is known for his artworks depicting humanoid yet bizarrely distorted and alien figures, using an interesting array of sometimes-incongruous colors to create the works.

 

Izumi’s studio looks very clean in this photo. Astonishingly…

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Practice of Meditation: Art by Carolyn Trotter


An abstract mixed media work with floral forms on a beige backgroundUntitled, acrylic and mixed media on stretched canvas

Carolyn Trotter creates her artwork both as a form of meditation, and as a way of encouraging others to explore the practice of meditation. The artist’s works tend to feature floral forms, laid out as patterns or mandalas that draw the viewer’s eye around an entire space rather than focusing on a central figure.


A hazy blue painting with the text "let life happen"Let Life Happen, acrylic and mixed media on canvas

 

I rather like…

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The Human Figure: Art by Michael Lightsey


A portrait of a man wearing a sly smileAidan, pencil on paper

Michael Lightsey is originally from Ohio and now lives and works in Los Angeles. The artist works in a range of media from photography to painting and drawing. Michael’s current body of work focuses on the human figure, rendering it in many iterations and in varying styles.


An abstract image of markings on urban pavementSoul Vestige 233, digital giclee print

 

I’m really impressed by Michael’s most recent pencil portraits. Drawn in black and white, these…

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Anatomical and Floral: Art by Nunzio Paci


A painting of an anatomical human neck with florals where the head would beWhen the darkness is no longer frightening, pencil and acrylic on canvas mounted on board

Nunzio Paci lives and works in Italy, where he creates paintings, drawings, and combinations of the two that reference anatomical and scientific illustration while exploring abstracted compositions. In recent drawings and paintings, the artist combines anatomical and floral.


A mixed media artwork with a deer skeleton and floral elementsThe instability of flesh, oil and pencil on canvas

 

The slightly soft…

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Darkly Iconographic: Art by Jeannie Polisuk


A painting of a rabbit-like figure smoking a cigaretteFriends Don't Let Friends Do Stupid Things Alone, acrylic on canvas

Jeannie Polisuk combines cute, fuzzy figures with an eye for darkly iconographic composition. The artist’s works – in installation, painting, and sculpture – are at once inviting and uneasy, demanding a conscious effort from viewers to unpack them.


A painting of three figures that appear as stuffed animalsParty Animals, acrylic on canvas

 

In our previous feature of the artist’s work, we looked at the ways Jeannie uses…

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Peaceful Gradients: Art by Lisa Tomczeszyn


A watercolor painting with the colors of a sunsetSunset Mojave, watercolor on paper

Painter Lisa Tomczeszyn works in oil, watercolor, and pastel, creating peaceful gradients that vary in intensity and sharpness, but always come back to the theme and composition of landscape. Lisa utilizes a bright, saturated range of colors in her work, creating novel combinations that evoke memory and emotion.


A painting with bright red and pale blue elementsThe Unfathomable Agents of Darkness #2, watercolor on paper

 

I really enjoy looking…

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Headlines: Cryptocurrency, Jesus, Sunflowers

1) Auction Houses Improving Diversty in Preview Photos


A photo of a Christie's auction house employee looking at a painting up for sale

 

Change is coming to the outdated stock photographs that are often used by art auction houses to preview lots for sale. Photographs of works for sale often use young, female models to help viewers better observe the size and presence of an artwork. While these photos are often taken by press agencies and auction houses don’t necessarily have a say in who is pictured with the…

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Three-Dimensional Space: Art by David Quinlan


An aerial painting of a New Zealand landscapeLost in the forgotten world, oil on canvas

David Quinlan is a painter based in New Zealand. Working primarily in oil paint, David has built up an artistic practice informed by his background in architecture. The artist paints in a colourful and detailed style, paying special attention to three-dimensional space.


A painting of a cafe sceneUntitled

 

I really appreciate the way David builds up volumes in his artworks. In his figurative works, slightly blocky…

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Narratives Starring Girls: Art by Katherine Bennett


A painting of a woman in a nautical settinga girl with a light, oil on wood panel

Painter Katherine Bennett draws up imaginary narratives starring girls as complex characters. Each of her works, frequently painted in oil, features a central female figure, often surrounded by a sparse setting or set against a plane of color.


A painting of a girl sitting on a car hoodmaiden with a camera, oil on wood panel

 

I enjoy the style that Katherine employs in her works. The artist manages to coax a very illustrative look and feel…

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Dynamic, Theatrical Sensibility: Art by Ario Mashayekhi


A painting of a female figure on a blue backgroundBloom, acrylic

Painter and sculptor Ario Mashayekhi combines his visual art practice with experience and passion for theatre and live performance. The artist’s visual works often capture the dynamic, theatrical sensibility of a performance, utilizing color and lightly abstracted form to great effect.


A painting of a figure on a textured blue backgroundRasa, acrylic

 

I’m enjoying looking through Ario’s painting gallery on his portfolio website. The artist favours solitary female…

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