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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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Novel Approach to Lighting: Art by Meghan Sims


A black and white painting of concert lightingI Am 5 a.m. acrylic on canvas

Ontario painter Meghan Sims has developed a unique style stemming from a condition that affects her vision. Meghan’s color and day-blindness, due to Achromatopsia, have helped shape her artistic practice, allowing the artist to take a truly novel approach to lighting and color in painting.


A painting of several glass figures dancing under spotlightsIndividuality, acrylic and glass on canvas

 

In our previous feature of Meghan’s nighttime landscapes, we looked at…

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Enigmatic Style: Art by Laura Munteanu


A painting using blended cool coloursWinters, acrylic on canvas

Laura Munteanu is a painter and mixed media artist who employs an enigmatic style to approach a wide range of different subjects. Laura’s artworks tend to be darkly colorful and gestural, with a slightly surreal sensibility.


An abstract painting with ribbons of colorSpring, oil on canvas

 

In our previous feature of Laura’s varied, experimental painting practice, we looked at a few of the different techniques that the artist employs to create her…

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Modern Compositions: Art by Michael Mahoney


A still life painting of some bright objectsStill Life, Divertimento II, oil on canvas mounted on wood panel

Artist Michael Mahoney works in oil paint and pastel, creating subdued still-life images of modern compositions and subjects. Michael spent years as a painting instructor and art educator before taking the leap into a full-time personal practice.


A still life pastel drawing of some milk bottlesStill Life with Milk Bottles, pastel on paper

I enjoy the soft, blended approach that Michael takes with his imagery. Though the…

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Gesture as An Object: Art by Kiki McGrath


A painting using cool green and purple tonesSeika, acrylic on canvas

Mixed-media artist and painter Kiki McGrath creates colorful works with a focus on gesture as an object. In many of Kiki’s most recent works, swirling, tangled lines of paint take on the role of a central figure, blending with backgrounds both analogous and contrastive.


A painting with gestural strokes of deep greenWaterfall, acrylic on canvas

 

I appreciate the way Kiki is using her current practice to explore the material of paint – not just what…

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Studio Sunday: Nicole Eisenman


A photo of Nicole Eisenman in her studio with Grace Dunham

 

Nicole Eisenman is a painter who currently lives and works in New York. Though she was born in Verdun, France, while her father was stationed there as an army psychiatrist, Eisenman grew up in New York and attended the Rhode Island School of Design in the 1980s. Eisenman is best known for her loose figurative paintings that address a range of relatable themes of modern life.

 

Eisenman’s studio in Brooklyn looks delightfully…

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Headlines: 798, Rembrandt, Gun Share

1) Writer and Critic Tom Wolfe Dies at 88


A photo of the late Tom Wolfe speaking at the White House

 

Writer and cultural critic Tom Wolfe passed away this week at the age of 88. Wolfe was known for his works of both fiction and journalism that explored subcultures, trends, and socioeconomic groups in 20th century America. In particular, the writer was known throughout the art world for his 1975 book The Painted World, in which he argued that the state of art criticism at the time was such…

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Real and Mythical: Art by Sue Ellen Brown


A painting of the Scorpio sign from the zodiacScorpio, archival Giclee print

Sue Ellen Brown is an artist from Texas who specializes in realistic, detailed renderings of subjects both real and mythical. The artist has lent her talents to numerous publications ranging from children’s books to strategy card games to magazines and marketing materials.


A painting of a pearl pendantThe Pearl Medallion, Premier Giclee prints on archival stock

 

I really enjoy the fantasy subject matter that frequently features in…

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Hard Angles and Contrast: Art by Bill Sharp


A loose painting of a bridge in OregonBroadway Bridge, oil on panel

Oregon-based painter and printmaker Bill Sharp works in a blocky, crisp style, creating landscapes and paintings of architectural subjects that capture hard angles and contrast between light and shadow. Bill’s artistic practice is influenced by the artist’s own change in perspective following his wife’s death, and the artist seeks to capture the significance, whether real or imagined, in everyday…

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Studio Sunday: Lily Stockman


A photo of Lily Stockman and her dog in her studio

 

Today’s Studio Sunday artist is Lily Stockman. Stockman is currently based in Los Angeles, California, where she creates paintings and prints with clean, colorful brush marks and eye for abstract compositions. Stockman attended Harvard University, then spent several years living abroad in Mongolia and India, where she studied Buddhist painting techniques, pigments, and miniature paintings.

 

Stockman’s Los Angeles studio looks…

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Headlines: Bilbao, Terrus, Menil

1) Two Works Removed From Guggenheim NY Will be Shown in Spain


A photo of Huang Yong Ping's Theater of the World

 

Two works that were removed from the Solomon R. Guggenheim’s controversial survey of Chinese art last year are set to be included in a show at the Guggenheim Bilbao. Huang Yong Ping’s Theater of the World, and Xu Bing’s A Case Study of Transference were among three works removed from the September 2017 retrospective Art and China After 1989: Theater of The World,…

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Cultural Ubiquity: Art by Sam McKinniss


An acrylic and oil painting of a photo of PrincePrince, acrylic and oil on canvas

Sam McKinniss is a painter based in Williamsburg, New York. The artist is known for his detailed, painterly portraits of pop-culture figures. In recent years, McKinniss has become particularly known for recreating photos of celebrities and other bits of internet and Western cultural ubiquity, rendering them in detailed, classically-styled brush strokes.


A portrait of Lourde for her album MelodramaPortrait of Lourde for the cover of Melodrama

 

I…

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The Simple Things in Life: Art by Michelle Marcotte


A painting of several potted plantsPotted plants at Kanapaha Botanical Garden, oil on canvas

Michelle Marcotte is a painter based in both New York and Florida. In her artistic practice, Michelle creates artworks that celebrate the simple things in life, from food, to landscapes, to candid figurative paintings.


A painting of a meadow under a blue skyEclipse in Jay Em Wyoming for Tahleen, oil on canvas

 

In our previous feature of Michelle Marcotte’s food-related artworks, we focused on the artist’s gauzy,…

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Organic Patterns: Art by Luis Pagan


An abstract painting made in pink and white hues11-19-2007 08;49;43PM

Luis Pagan is an abstract artist who creates his works by pouring paint onto a surface, allowing it to pool in interesting and organic patterns. The artist’s works range from large-scale topographical abstractions to artist trading cards.


An abstract painting with black and grey tones11-19-2007 11;09;59PM

Speaking of artist trading cards, I’m really enjoying looking through Luis’ gallery of ACEO and Art Cards on his portfolio website. These smaller works are…

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