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The Art Portfolio of David Robilliard

A painting with hand-painted text reading "Get Off My Back Will You"Get Off My Back Will You, acrylic on canvas

David Robilliard is an artist based in London. A self-taught artist and poet, Robilliard often combines image and text in his works, with each language informing the other.


A painting with a small figure and a hand-painted poemNature of the Beast, acrylic on canvas

 

I like the way the artist gives equal weight to image and text in his pieces. The artist uses a lot of negative space and tends to draw in a kind of naive style, scrawling text…

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Kaleidoscopic Imagery: The Art Portfolio of Amber MacGregor

A drawing of a young girl with an overlay of leaf shapesFlowering (detail), graphite on archival paper

Amber MacGregor was born in Edmonton, AB, and now lives and works in Victoria, BC. In her artistic practice, Amber often utilizes kaleidoscopic imagery, lending a surreal, abstracted edge to traditional portraiture.


A self-portrait made using a kaleidoscope effectKaleidoscoped Self Portrait, acrylic on wood panel

 

In some of Amber’s recent works, the artist has been exploring themes of digital technology and how its use relates to and…

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The Art Portfolio of Jordan Dunlop

An abstract painting with highly saturated colours on plexiglassPt-1. pull lightly

Artist Jordan Dunlop explores abstraction through wildly colourful compositions, using different brush marks, textural qualities, and substrates to push the envelope of painting. Jordan’s current portfolio features drawings and paintings, both of which are representative of different facets of the artist’s style.


An abstract painting with bright colours and circular forms overlappingYantra of Synchonicity

 

In our previous feature of Jordan’s work, we looked at the way the…

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The Art Portfolio of Vicki Beamish


A painting of a root system sticking out of a body of waterKim's Snag, oil on canvas

Vicki Beamish is a British Columbia-based oil painter. In her practice, the artist enjoys creating paintings that focus on the details of vast landscapes, depicting small bodies of water, fallen trees, and sometimes animals with a sense of reverence.


A long vertical painting of a green landscapeNaramata Falls, oil on canvas

 

Vicki’s paintings are impressively detailed and realistic. As was addressed in our previous feature of Vicki’s sweeping…

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The Painting Portfolio of Robert Devriendt

A painting of a woman embracing a man while looking at the viewerUntitled (from series The Missing Script,) oil on canvas

Robert Devriendt is a painter from Belgium. In his practice, Devriendt creates artworks that borrow visual rhetoric and aesthetics from the medium of film. The artist’s works encourage audience interpretation, while purposefully leaving space for misinterpretation.

 

A painting of a dropped purse with perfume bottles spilling out of itUntitled (from series The Missing Script,) oil on canvas

 

I love the way that Devriendt’s oil paintings act…

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The Art Portfolio of Clayton Samuel King

A painting of an orange butterfly on a blue backgroundMemengwaa (butterfly), ultraviolet luminescent acrylic paint on Stonehenge paper

Ontario-based artist Clayton Samuel King paints primarily in acrylic. The artist tends to focus on animal subjects, using a unique visual language that’s influenced by the local landscape and fauna, and by the Woodland Art Style developed by contemporary First Nations artists in Ontario and the surrounding regions.


A painting of an animal on a small islandEarly Summer Morning, acrylic paint on…

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The Art Portfolio of Jeffrey Fine

An abstracted painting of a city with a dancing figureDancing City

Jeffrey Fine is an artist who works in paint and mixed media, building landscapes, city scenes, and abstract compositions out of wildly colourful, overlapping, curving forms. The artist is mainly self-taught, and his current portfolio represents multiple decades of prolific work and visual exploration.


An abstract painting of a city made with blue tonesCity

 

It’s interesting to note that Jeffrey’s artistic practice has, for much of the artist’s life, sat alongside a…

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The Portrait Art Portfolio of Judith Elsasser

A painting of two women embracingPassionate Heart: Suzette Sherman and Michele Green, oil on canvas

Judith Elsasser is an oil painter who specializes in detailed, photo-realistic portraits. In her artistic practice the artist skillfully captures the faces and expressions of her subjects, as well as objects and spaces that are important to them.


A painting of three women sitting on a dockSummer Days, oil on canvas

 

I’m impressed by Judith’s ability to capture not only faces, but a sense of movement and life…

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A Portfolio of Pop-Art Inspired Images by Stephen Middleton

An acrylic painting of boats docked near a clubhouseNovember at the Vancouver Rowing Club, acrylic on canvas

Stephen Middleton is a Vancouver-based artist specializing in acrylic painting. In his practice, the artist creates vivid, pop-art inspired images that showcase scenes from around Vancouver, as well as portraiture and text.


A stylized portrait of a woman's face in close-upMyria Le Noir, acrylic on canvas

 

In our previous feature of Stephen’s work, we looked at the artist’s use of graphic planes of colour. I love how Stephen…

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Sacred Places: The Art Portfolio of Jon Harris


A painting of a crystalline architectural structureThe Emerald Palace of Dreams, acrylic on canvas

Jon Harris is a San Francisco-based painter who specializes in geometric landscapes, depicting dreamlike, spiritually-infused spaces. Through the use of clean, straight lines, impeccable perspective and a bright colour palette, the artist imagines sacred places.


An acrylic painting of a pink crystal in a lotus shapeCrystal Lotus, acrylic on canvas

I adore the sense of three-dimensional space that Jon creates in each of his works. Even seeing…

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Nature's Hues: An Art Portfolio by Laurie Flaherty


A painting of a close-up view of a bromeliad plantCurve, oil on panel

Laurie Flaherty is a Connecticut-based artist who uses her artistic practice to capture and immortalize the stunning patterns and colours found in nature. Laurie’s artworks usually take plants and animals as their subjects, showcasing the beauty and variety in nature’s hues.

 

A simplified painting of a bromeliad plantCedar Green Radiant, oil on canvas

I really adore Laurie’s painting series of bromeliads. The plants in this family have thick leaves…

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Texture and Negative Space: Art by Jill Tompkins


A grey painting with flecks and planes of blueSt. Remy, oil on canvas

Artist Jill Tompkins creates subdued pastel images that often have a focus on texture and negative space. Though her images are mostly figurative, the figure never seems to be the focus – rather, the viewer is drawn to the materiality of the paint, and the abstracted formal elements of each work.


A painting in blue and grey of a headless statueAthena, oil on canvas

 

It’s fascinating to be able to see the artist’s recent works contrasted against some of…

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Studio Sunday: Forest Bess

A photo of Forest Bess at work in an outdoor studio of a kind

 

This week’s Studio Sunday artist is Forrest Bess. Bess was an American painter originally from Texas. In his art practice, Bess was best known for eccentric, abstract paintings that expressed a complex philosophy of the artist’s own construction.

 

Bess’ studio pictured here isn’t exactly a traditional painting studio, but it is the space where Bess created many of his artworks. The artist was a noted recluse and spent much…

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Studio Sunday: Jordan Casteel


A photo of Jordan Casteel in her art studio

 

Jordan Casteel is a New York-based painter who was born in Denver, Colorado. In her practice, Casteel focuses on portraits of people close to her, and the people in her community. Her subjects are usually young black men, and the artist’s paintings serve as a way of opening conversations around issues of racism, social responsibility, and justice.

 

Casteel’s studio looks bright and just the right size. It looks like the space…

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Studio Sunday: Walter Robinson

A photo of Walter Robinson at work in his studio

 

Walter Robinson is an artist currently based in Long Island City, New York. Though he gained significant recognition as a painter in the 1980s, Robinson left painting for a time to focus on art writing and critique, founding the print incarnation of the well-known art magazine Artnet. The artist retired from writing in the early 2000s, and returned to painting.

 

Robinson’s studio here has a kind of warehouse-like feel about it.…

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