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Venetian-Masked Figures: Art by Daniela Nica


A painting of two figures wearing Venetian Carnaval garbVenice Carnaval III

 

Today we’re taking a closer look at the art of Daniela Nica. Daniela’s works are dominated by mysterious, Venetian masked-figures. The artist’s painting technique layers loose brushstrokes over well-rendered realistic images, creating the illusion of viewing the figures through a sheet of fogged glass.


A painted image of an old-fashioned suit of armourAmura si dantela


A screen capture of Daniela Nica's websitewww.danielanica.com

In some of these artworks, what looks like textured pieces of fabric…

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Studio Sunday: On Kawara


A photo of some date paintings in On Kawara's New York studio

 

Our Studio Sunday artist this week is On Kawara! Kawara was born in Kariya, Japan, and followed his artistic career to New York in 1965, at the height of the New York conceptual art scene.

 

Pictured here is Kawara’s 13th street studio in Manhattan, filled with the artist’s famous date paintings. It’s interesting to think about working in such a way, where the subject of the painting is calculated and uniform, with only the…

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Paintings of Water Lilies by Sandra Martin


A mixed-media painting of water lilies viewed from belowWater Lilies 34, mixed media on canvas

Today let’s look at the art portfolio of Sandra Martin! In her most recent work, Sandra focuses on water lilies, which in her paintings are portrayed from underneath the water, putting an interesting perspective on a traditional subject.

 

A painting of swirling, lightly abstracted clouds with deep coloursAmethyst Clouds, mixed media on canvas

The paintings of water lilies are created with a series of layered washes, and in the finishing touches, Sandra adds a…

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Quiet Night Time Paintings by Trevor Young


A painting of a deserted gas station at nightIntroduction to the Pump, oil on canvas

Trevor Young’s quiet night time paintings express a view of modern life that isn’t often seen, or only seen by those who happen to wander about at night. The artist’s images of, in particular, deserted gas stations in the middle of the night, are strangely nostalgic for me, and while they have the potential to seem menacing or creepy, in fact they seem peaceful, and the deserted nature of the…

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Performance of Identities: Art by Liza Montgomery


A painting of a woman with heavy makeup pulling a strand of beads from her mouthHungry Ghost II, oil and mixed media on wood panel

Liza Montgomery is an artist born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Her current practice looks at representation in both art and life, and the performance of identities, particularly in feminine aesthetics.

 

A painting of two costumed woman on an un-primed wood panelDoppleganger, oil and mixed media on wood panel

"Artifice" gallery on Liza Montgomery's websiteArtifice gallery on Liza's website

On Liza’s website, www.lizamontgomery.com, current work is split into two galleries: rituals, and…

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An Illustrative Eye: Paintings by Chrystal Chan


A painting of a young girl with a house balanced on her headWhere My Mind is My Heart is Also, oil on board

Painter Chrystal Chan works with an illustrative eye, painting strange scenes that echo the vignettes of classical figure painting, but seem like they could be pictures accompanying a grand fairy tale. Born and raised in California, the artist has always had a special interest in the spiritual and occult worlds, and many of her paintings express these ideas, as well as simple feelings…

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Studio Sunday: Gerhard Richter


A still image from the movie Gerhard Richter Painting, of the artist in his studio

 

Today, let’s look inside the studio of abstract painter Gerhard Richter. Richter has become one of the most important artists in abstraction, and is still actively producing work at the age of 83.

 

Richter’s studio is large and spacious, with enough wall space to display several of his large canvases, or works in progress. The nature of his current practice requires that the paintings be hung vertically while Richter works on…

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Large, Loose, Bombastic Brushstrokes: Painting by Noah NJ Bowman


A large abstract painting with bright yellow tonesDespite Sunshine, acrylic on canvas

Vancouver, BC artist Noah NJ Bowman likes to paint with bright colours, pastel background, and large, loose, bombastic brushstrokes. Looking at his paintings I can see a huge amount of enthusiasm for the painting process and a genuine affection for the finished works.

 


An abstract painting with a background of multi-coloured polka dotsContemplation of Universal Complexion, acrylic on canvas

Noah’s method of working favours the gestural and the spontaneous. In a…

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Personal and Natural Environments: Art by Michael McEwing


A landscape oil painting of a grassy meadow overlooking marshlanLooking Down from the Meadow, oil on canvas

Artist and illustrator, Michael McEwing hails from New Brunswick and makes art about personal and natural environments. On Michael’s webpage you can view a variety of his different projects, all of which speak to different yet cohesive elements of Michael’s interests.

 


A woodblock print with images of a young boy looking at the moon, and schematic diagramsDans La Lune No. 13, woodblock print and mixed media

Michael’s artworks range from paintings, to printmaking to…

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Scenes of Urban Sprawl: Paintings by Shawn Demarest


A painting of a snowy suburban street at dawnSnow Day Morning, oil on panel

Featured artist Shawn Demarest paints scenes of urban sprawl, specializing in highways, overpasses, and industrial areas. Originally from Boulder, Colorado, Shawn captures aspects of city life that we might not immediately think of as beautiful, but through her paintings she imbues them with a certain, moody intrigue.


A painting of a parking lot in an industrial areaSE 2nd, oil on panel

 

A screen capture of the You Are Here gallery on Shawn Demarest's websiteYou Are Here gallery on Shawn's website

I adore Shawn’s…

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Bright, Bombastic Abstracts by Adam Daily

A painting composed of brightly coloured geometric forms

Saw 5, acrylic on sintra

 

Adam Daily’s bright, bombastic abstracts are the type of paintings that can catch your attention from across the gallery space! I love the solid, geometric shapes that Daily uses, and the way they fit together, each painting looking like a jigsaw puzzle of big, satisfying coloured blocks.

 

These paintings almost seem inspired by the more recent works of Bridget Riley, and the focus seems to alternate…

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Affectionate Narrative Paintings by Kate Scoones


An oil painting of animals in a birch forestRascals at Home, oil on collaged paper

Kate Scoones is an artist originally from Victoria, British Columbia. Kate has been working in the arts for most of her life, and her affectionate narrative paintings are currently in private collections all over the world.

 


A painting of the outline of a young man writing, surrounded by coloured flowersCounting Flowers to Measure Grief, gouache on wood panel

Working with oil paints, gouache, and mixed media, Kate’s paintings really seem to tell a story – or many…

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Barns, Pets and Bright Colours: Paintings by Lesli Devito


A painting of a barn using bright colours and flat planesHollylane

Our featured artist today is Lesli Devito! Lesli currently lives in Virginia in a country house- a house which has become inspirational to many of her paintings of barns, pets, and bright colours.  

 


A painting of a sad-looking dalmatianPatches

I really like Lesli’s unique painting style, and the ultra-clean treatment of her subjects. She places stylized images of buildings, farm animals, cats and dogs against flat, brightly coloured backgrounds. Lesli uses…

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Studio Sunday: Claude Monet


A photograph of Claude Monet at work in his home studio in France

 

Let’s look at the beautiful France studio of Claude Monet. The father of impressionism as we know it today, Monet took much of his inspiration from the landscape around his home, and took great pleasure in tending his large, wild garden. Monet spent his formative artistic years in Paris, close to the Louvre and to many other artists who would become famous alongside Monet.

 

Monet’s studio is large and somewhat sparse looking. I…

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Ghostly Fairytales: Art by Paige Moore


A mixed-media artwork with the figure of a woman flying over housesShe flew with torches lit..., acrylic, charcoal and watercolour pencil on masonite panel

Artist Paige Moore’s love of the dark, mysterious and fantastic is palpable in each of her works. These paintings and drawings, or “stories,” are ghostly fairytales that make it easy for the viewer to fill in the whole narrative. I love the way Paige uses her brush, creating images that are very loosely structured, and yet form perfectly real…

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