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Odd Sensations: The Art Portfolio of Nina Dell'Orto


A dark, heavy abstracted painting in oil on linenA Look Inside the Mysteries, oil on linen

 

Nina Dell’Orto is a painter from Brooklyn, New York. The artist works in an abstract style, utilizing figurative elements in novel combinations and creating artworks that are evocative of odd sensations and strange dreams.


An oil painting with figurative elements like a floating eyePer Chance the Eye, oil on linen

 

The artist’s Unspoken Creations series contains works that utilize imagery ranging from geometric elements, to disjointed human…

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Tactile Layers: The Art Portfolio of Pamela Neswald


An artwork with blue painted tones and textural elementsHe Mokupuni, oil on uniquely textured canvas

Pamela Neswald creates artworks with deep jewel tones and highly tactile layers of media and found materials. The artist tends to work in oil paint, layering pigment onto textured canvas or using other materials to build up each artwork.


A textured abstract painting with a sandy colourAt Last, acrylic on uniquely textured canvas

 

The artist is based in Hawaii, and many of her works take inspiration from the local landscape, foliage, and…

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Volume and Form: The Art Portfolio of Alex Dodge

An oil painting depicting a crumpled newspaperThe Trauma of Information, oil on linen

Alex Dodge is originally from Colorado and is now based in Brooklyn, New York. In his artistic practice, Dodge creates paintings and mixed-media works that play with volume and form in a two-dimensional space.


A painting of a brightly coloured strip of fabric and a gloveMJ, oil and glass beads on linen

I find Dodge’s works fascinating to look at -- at first glance, some of his paintings appear to be textile-based sculptures. The way that the artist paints…

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Dense Florals: The Photography Portfolio of Leslie Ellen Lewis


A photo of white flowers blooming on a treeFirst Blooms, April 2018

Leslie Ellen Lewis is a photographer who captures dense florals and foliage, creating images that, from a distance, could be paintings or even textiles. The artist’s works often embrace a slightly subdued colour palette and use branching patterns and reflection to add visual layers.


A photograph of a dense floral fieldTapestry at the Inn

I really enjoy Leslie’s photographs of flowers, trees, and nature scenes. Many of the artist’s photographs…

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Connection to Nature: The Portfolio of Michael McEwing


A painting of an overgrown floodplain in autumnFall Floodplain, oil on canvas

New Brunswick painter and artist Michael McEwing uses his practice as a way to explore and express a connection to nature. The artist’s works are often inspired by hiking, kayaking, climbing, and other outdoor activities, and showcase an eye for detail and an appreciation for green space.


A painting of a frozen waterfall on a forested cliffFrozen Falls, Ministers Face, oil on canvas

 

I really love the bright, lush aesthetic that Michael achieves in his…

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Gestural Methods: Art by Noah NJ Bowman


An abstract painting with reference to bodily formsUntitled (Body Politics), acrylic on canvas

Noah NJ Bowman is a painter who specializes in painting on a large scale with wild, gestural methods of mark-making. The artist’s paintings are abstract and utilize a colour palette that ranges from saturated primary hues to deep Earth tones.


An abstracted painting made with blue tonesFixation, acrylic on canvas

 

I enjoy the way the artist uses a variety of different mark-making styles on each canvas. Many works combine fine,…

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Studio Sunday: Milla Eastwood


A photo of Milla Eastwood working in her studio

 

This week’s Studio Sunday artist is Milla Eastwood. Eastwood is an artist based in Brixton, London, known for abstract paintings that use a bright and varied colour palette. The artist’s works often incorporate not only planes of bright colour and occasional line-art, but pieces of painted canvas that have been cut and pasted in a collage-like fashion.

 

Seeing the artist sitting on the floor like this gives me the impression…

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Urban Scenes: An Art Portfolio by Shawn Demarest


A painting of a rainy street on an overcast dayPowell Paint, oil and graphite on panel

Shawn Demarest’s painting portfolio focuses on urban scenes, viewed through rain-coated or fogged windshields and windows. The artist’s works seem to paradoxically offer a sense of warmth by showcasing stormy, snowy, and chilly scenes as something seen through a protective barrier.


A painting of a city street with carsSE Stark, oil on panel

 

I really like seeing the contrast between daytime and nighttime scenes in Shawn’s…

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The Paint and Mixed Media Portfolio of Ben Reeves

An installation view of three paintings by Ben ReevesBetween Dog & Wolf (installation view)

Ben Reeves is an artist based in Vancouver, BC. In his practice, Reeves uses a heavy, layered application of paint and mixed media, along with deep and cohesive colour palettes, to create works that express familiar themes and landscapes in a new and fascinating light.


A painting consisting of a large blob of mixed oil paintUntitled

 

I’m really enjoying the works in Reeve’s recent series Between Dog & Wolf. The works in this series comprise a…

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Studio Sunday: Elijah Burgher


A photo of artist Elijah Burgher in his studio

 

American artist Elijah Burgher addresses themes of queer identity and sexuality through the lens of appropriated occult imagery. The artist’s works often take the form of small drawings and prints, but Burgher is also known for his larger-scale paintings made on drop-cloth material.

 

Burgher’s studio is dramatically lit – dark and shadowed -- in this photo. The painting behind the artist (one of the aforementioned drop-cloth…

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Music and Social Justice: An Art Portfolio by Marilyn Nelson


A painting made up of intersecting vertical linesEast to the West, oil on canvas

Marilyn Nelson’s artistic practice is inspired by music and social justice, both significant interests for the artist herself. The artist’s paintings tend to be abstract, though in recent works, Marilyn has experimented with the addition of text.


A painting incorporating elements of abstraction and textWhere is the love?, oil on canvas

 

I her ongoing series Subliminal Reflections, Marilyn uses a musical lens to explore concepts of not only abstract…

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Spaces and Identities: The Art Portfolio of Mickalene Thomas


A portrait of a woman reclining on a sofaRacquel Reclining Wearing Purple Jumpsuit

Mickalene Thomas is an American artist who works in a variety of media including painting, photography, and installation. The artist’s works are often dense with patterned detail, overlapping textures, and colour, all of which come together into striking compositions, painting portraits of defined spaces and identities.


An installation of a home interior in a gallery spaceI Was Born to Do Great Things (installation view at Kavi Gupta Gallery,…

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Geometric Abstraction: The Art Portfolio of Graham Hall


A geometric painting with large planes of whiteElections, acrylic on canvas

Graham Hall is an artist who, in recent years, has been producing works of geometric abstraction. The artist tends to use acrylic paint to create his images, though his technique embraces every facet of the acrylic media, sometimes with hard, clean edges and other times with textured, painterly strokes.


An abstract geometric composition made with repeating shapesProvincial Wonder Place, acrylic on canvas

I really enjoy the works in Graham’s 2017 series Secret Work.…

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A Portfolio of Photographs and Paintings by Joseph Peter Sullivan


A manipulated abstract photographic imageyou are my constant 2

Joseph Peter Sullivan has lived throughout the United States and continues to travel, though he is currently based in Minneapolis. The artist creates photographs and paintings that express an interest in abstraction through light, shadow, and texture.


An abstracted photo of a stairwellUntitled

 

I really enjoy Joseph’s photographs. These works play with the viewer’s expectations of what a photograph can be, and what information it can reveal or…

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Canada's Prairies: The Art Portfolio of David B. Scott


A painting of an abandoned barn in a fieldLast Giant Standing, oil on canvas

Painter David B. Scott was born in New Zealand and spent time throughout Europe and North America before coming to Canada. The artist’s current body of work focuses on the natural landscape of Canada’s prairies, with occasional architectural and animal figures.


A painting of a squat structure in a fieldLooking Through, oil on canvas

 

I really appreciate the level of detail in David’s paintings. The artist’s recent works in particular…

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