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Abstract Paintings and Drawings by Arjan Janssen

A painting with tones of grey, black, and whiteNimmt, oil on canvas

Arjan Janssen creates abstract paintings and drawings that celebrate colour and large, confident brush marks. The artist was born in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, and has exhibited throughout Europe and the United States.  


An abstract mixed media drawingAprutino uno, mixed media on paper

 

Some of the artist’s paintings remind me of works by Gerhard Richter -- Janssen’s works appear similarly layered with massive brush marks and a kind of…

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Coastal British Columbia: Painting by Thomas Kero

A pencil drawing of a treeCoastal Giant, pencil and india ink on paper

Thomas Kero is an artist originally from Vancouver, and now based in the Heiltsuk village of Bella Bella, on BC’s westernmost coastline. In his practice, Thomas is primarily a painter, capturing the landscape of coastal British Columbia with an aesthetic that hearkens to the Group of Seven.


A painting of a raven sitting in a treeRaven's Call, oil on canvas
 

I really love Thomas’ series of Crows and Ravens. The works in this…

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Gesturally Figurative: The Art Portfolio of Dick Roberts

An oil painting with an abstracted, ladder-like formThe Ladder, oil and mixed media on canvas

Dick Roberts is an artist from Durham and now based in Wilmington, North Carolina. In his artistic practice, Dick works in a style that ranges from totally abstract to gesturally figurative. The artist adapts his style expertly to different media and subjects. 


A collage made with a body-print paintingTorso or So III, collage

 

It’s really interesting to see an artist with such a wide range of media in their portfolio. Though it…

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Intricate Geometric Designs: Painting by Howard Hastie

A painting with geometric patterns and figuresUnknown Star Chasers, oil on canvas

Howard Hastie is an oil painter. In his current artistic practice, Howard uses compositions that reflect tapestries, textiles, and intricate geometric designs to produce multidimensional, abstractly narrative artworks. 


A painting inspired by geometric rug designs and tapestriesThe Alchemist's Swan Song, oil on canvas

 

The artist’s influences range from traditional Persian geometric designs to paintings by Mark Rothko, and looking through Howard’s…

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The Portfolio of Printmaking Artist and Painter Mary Crockett

A monoprint of an abstract colour fieldSouthern Evening, monoprint

Mary Crockett is a printmaking artist and painter based in the UK. In her practice, Mary creates works on paper that use well-defined colour schemes, abstract geometric forms, and dynamic compositions to tell a variety of stories. 


An etching of a pattern of circles in a dark wine colourCircle Grid #1, etching (edition of 5)

 

The majority of Mary’s artworks are produced on paper, and it’s interesting to see how various mediums behave on the same substrate.…

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The Art Portfolio of Oil Painter Greg MacNair

An oil paint portrait of a young girlUntitled

Greg MacNair is an oil painter who works in a photo-realistic style, producing portraits and landscapes with equal care and attention to detail. The artist’s use of colour and expert blending techniques produces images that hearken to classical and romantic artworks. 


A landscape painting of a green meadow with a creek running through itUntitled

 

I really like the way that Greg uses classical art techniques to paint modern subjects -- the contrast is particularly visible in his works of…

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Inside the Art Studio of Amy Sherald

A photo of artist Amy Sherald at work in her studio

 

Amy Sherald is a painter based in Baltimore, Maryland. The artist specializes in portraiture, and has become well-known in recent years for her official portrait of Michelle Obama. The artist tends to work from photographs, often photos that she has taken herself, of various people including friends, strangers, and, in the case of the former First Lady, public figures. 

 

Sherald’s studio looks very spacious in this photo, and…

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A Portfolio of Crisp, Cute Artworks by Cindy Scaife

A painting of a cute version of Little Red Riding HoodLittle Red Riding Hood, acrylic on canvas

Cindy Scaife is an illustrator and painter who works on both a private and commission basis, producing crisp, cute artworks that often feature food. The artist has created a series of works in which beloved foods and beverages are personified and turned into adorable cartoons. 


A painting of a personified telescope on an electric boxBell Box Public Mural Project (detail)

 

I like how consistent Cindy’s style is, even throughout very different…

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Inside the Art Studio of Joan Mitchell

A photo of Joan Mitchell standing in her painting studio

 

Joan Mitchell was born in Chicago, Illinois, and studied at the Chicago Art Institute, honing her skills for abstract painting and printmaking. Mitchell is widely remembered as a member of the American abstract expressionist movement of the mid 20th century, despite the fact that for much of her career she lived in France. 

 

Mitchell’s studio space looks basic in this photo; almost utilitarian. I don’t see much else in the…

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A Portfolio of Ceramic Artworks by Crain Art Studio

A ceramic artwork with shapes stacked on top of each otherLarge Totem, ceramic

Crain Art Studio is a trio of three generations of the Crain family producing artworks in ceramic and paint media. Cathy, along with her daughter Carie, and granddaughter Sharae, work to produce ceramic artworks with intricate and colourful patterns, as well as textural paintings that borrow aesthetics from sculpture and other media. 


A ceramic sculpture of a mahi-mahiMahi Mahi, ceramic

 

I really like the unique style that is represented…

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The Art Portfolio of J. Nicole Hatfield

A mural featuring a woman in profile painted in bright colourOKC Contemporary Mural 2019

J. Nicole Hatfield is a Comanche artist who works in paint and other media, creating everything from large-scale wall murals to small canvas portraits. The artist’s portfolio is packed with colour, and blends traditional art styles with a contemporary sensibility. 


A mural featuring bold textDWNTOWN OKC Mural Retouch 2019

 

I love the use of colour throughout J. Nicole’s portfolio. Whether it’s utilized in paintings to build up…

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The Abstract Painting Portfolio of Skai Fowler

An abstract painting incorporating gold leafJumping to Conclusions, acrylic and gold leaf on canvas

Skai Fowler is a vancouver-based visual artist who works primarily in abstract painting, creating artworks that emphasize rich, warm colours and brush work that is at once exuberant and controlled. The artist’s recent paintings combine geometric planes of colour with sweeping, splashy overlaid brush strokes. 


A painting using planes of evolving colour and bright splatter marksNow We Dream, acrylic, gold, and silver leaf on canvas

 

I really…

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A Portfolio of Symmetrical Compositions by Renée Duval

A painting of a face made from flowers on a golden backgroundDivine Gilles, oil on canvas

Renée Duval is an artist who currently lives and works in Montreal. In her artistic practice, Renée has cultivated an interesting technique, using dense, vertically symmetrical compositions of flowers and plants to build images that seem alive with fine detail.


A painting of a face resolving out of yellow flowers and plantsPedrolino, oil on canvas

 

There’s a beautifully lush sense of organic growth that infuses each of these images. Renée’s paintings are…

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The Art Portfolio of Ron Buttler

A sculpture of a human figure wearing a shirt with Tutankhamen's mask on itThe Mummy, mixed media

Ron Buttler is an artist based in Aiken, South Carolina. In his practice, Ron works in oil paint and mixed media, creating works that are inspired by art history, sometimes appropriating figures and elements from existing paintings and re-mixing them for a contemporary audience.


A reimagining of the last supper with musiciansLast Supper in B Flat

 

In our previous feature of Ron’s works, we looked at the artist’s three-dimensional portraits. Ron utilizes…

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The Art Portfolio of Abstract Painter James Lutzko

A painting with an expoy topcoat to create a cracked texture"BC-1601" Sliding Doors, oil on canvas with high-gloss epoxy topcoat

James Lutzko is an abstract painter who uses washes of bright pigment, blending them across the surface of a canvas to create planes of colour and texture that are then treated with epoxy. 


A painting with dark abstract pigmentEthereal, acrylic on canvas with high-gloss epoxy topcoat

 

In his recent practice, James has been developing a technique of adding character to his paintings by encouraging the…

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