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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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Psychological and Macabre: The Painting Portfolio of Mary Hayes

A painting of a man in a coat smokingSmoking Man, oil on wood panel

Mary Hayes is a Canadian artist who uses oil and watercolour media to explore psychological and macabre concepts. The artist’s works often draw inspiration from Baroque and romantic painting styles, nodding towards figurative tropes from specific paintings and artistic eras. 


A painting of a man with wolf-like facial hair on a deep blue backgroundFull Moon, watercolour

 

The artist’s painting tend to lean into a macabre aesthetic, and as we saw in our previous feature of…

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The Painting Portfolio of Art Carillo

A still life painting of some American foods behind a chain link fenceMexican American I, acrylic on canvas paper

Art Carrillo is a Los Angeles-based artist who works primarily in acrylic paints. Most recently, art has been creating unexpected still-life paintings of common household objects and detritus of modern life -- in particular, signifiers and objects from the artist’s own Chicano background and community. 


A still life painting of sodas and baseball parapheneliaHECHO EN MEXICO, acrylic on canvas

 

I really enjoy the way that Art renders these…

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A Still-Life Painting Portfolio by Robert W. H. McCoy

A still life painting of Texan and Mexican artefactsThe Back Room, oil on linen canvas

Robert W. H. McCoy began studying art as a child in San Antonio, Texas, building up a skill for photo-realistic, illustrative painting while incorporating inspirations from a variety of American and Mexican artists. The artist’s current portfolio encompasses still-life painting with incredible detail and Western as well as South American influences. 


A still life painting of Mexican artefacts posed on a tableGlow, oil on linen panel

 

I really appreciate…

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The Painting Portfolio of Laura Spring

A painting with pale negative space and a green hueGone with the Fog, acrylic

Laura Spring is an abstract painter who works primarily in acrylic, occasionally incorporating mixed media to build up texture and colour. The artist’s works are firmly situated in a contemporary moment, and explore extremes of pigment-minimal, textural painting as well as saturated monochromatic works. 


An abstract painting with cool tones of blue and whiteMoving Through the Winter II, oil

 

I really enjoy the way the artist groups her paintings by hue and…

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Unexpected Aesthetic: The Art of Michael David Kozlowski

A painting made using bleach on raw canvasStill Think About You, bleached raw canvas (unwashed)

Michael David Kozlowski works in a painterly style using nontraditional painted materials such as bleach and plaster. The artist’s works have an unexpected aesthetic that is at times ghostly, and at times laden with heavy texture and suggested figure. 


A painting made using white plasterSomething Else

 

I find Michael’s bleach paintings to be a fascinating reimagining of the traditional paint-on-canvas mode of…

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Fantastic Favourites: Ronnie Spiewak, Douglas Moulden, Jim Holbrook

Let’s take a look at some of our favourite works from three different artists. Though these three artists work in very different media and styles, they share in their well-defined sense of aesthetics and contemporary approach to their subject matter. 

 

Ronnie Spiewak 

 

Ronnie is a Maryland-based artist who works primarily in the medium of collage. Using an exacto knife and various colourful two-dimensional materials, the artist…

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Painting, Illustration, and Sculpture by Carolina Seth

A painting of a female figure with a flower in her mouthBloom, acrylic on wood panel

Carolina Seth is an artist working in painting, illustration, and sculpture. The artist’s style capitalizes on illustrative techniques, often with a focus on feminine and mythological figures and cool colours. 


A surreal painting of a catNekoland, acrylic on wood panel

 

A lot of Carolina’s work reminds me of the likes of Megan Majewski, Rebecca Chaperon, or even Clementine de Chabaneix. The artist’s portfolio is a nice balance…

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Inside the Art Studio of Inka Essenhigh

A photo of artist Inka Essenhigh in her studio

 

This week’s studio feature is Inka Essenhigh, an American painter currently based in New York. The artist is known for surrealist paintings that blend rich, voluminous abstraction with pop-art-esque suggestions of figures. 

 

I like the way that Essenhigh’s studio mimics a gallery space -- the white walls jut into the space, holding one painting each, the works hung with geometric expertise. I wonder if these paintings are…

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A Portfolio of Illustrative Pop-Art Portraits by Yume

A painting of Wonder Woman emerging from a loaf of Wonder BreadGreatest Thing Since Sliced Bread, acrylic on illustration board

Yume is a Japanese artist currently based in Orange County, California. The artist’s portfolio is packed with stylized, illustrative pop-art portraits and explorations into everything from TV characters to popular brands. 


A painting of Supergirl coming out of a can of soupSOUPERGIRL, acrylic on illustration board

 

I like the way Yume uses colour throughout her portfolio. The artist tends toward uniform, complementary…

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Avian, Botanical, and Equine Subjects: The Art of Debbie Hart

A painting of a blue grapes on a vineOld Vine Zin

Debbie Hart is an artist originally from southern Wisconsin. The artist’s practice has been informed by the natural landscape of the midwestern United States, as well as her background and training in scientific illustration. Debbie’s art portfolio showcases the artist’s skill with all manner of avian, botanical, and equine subjects


A painting of a jumping horseBuckskin gallop

 

I really appreciate the attention to detail that Debbie devotes…

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A Portfolio of Deep Blue-Hued Images by Casey Roberts

A cyanotype print of a treelarge bush, cyanotype on paper

Casey Roberts is an artist and printmaker currently based in Indianapolis, Indiana. The artist uses a combination of cyanotype printing and gouache to build deep blue-hued images that rely on sharp, simplified forms in stark compositions to build up a sense of narrative intrigue. 


A painting of a table with a drawing of a bird on itdrawing birds at breakfast (dining room table), cyanotype on paper with gouache

 

I really love the consistency of the cyan…

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The Portfolio of Oil Painter Patty Yehle

A painting of a white cloud against a blue backgroundFirst Cloud

Patty Yehle is an oil painter currently based in Boston. The artist’s works straddle the line between straightforward realism and surreal, symbolic painting, often combining elements of both to great effect. 


A painting of a yellow magnolias on a blue sky backgroundRose's Yellow Magnolias 1

 

In some ways, the works Patty’s portfolio remind me of pieces by Kevin Sloan or Armando Sebastian. The artist’s use of lattice patterns recalls the painted-porcelain textures in some…

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Spiritual Wonder: The Art of Ginger Garrett Arthur

A painting of a vast sky and still water landscapePresence of God, oil on canvas

Ginger Garrett Arthur is a Philadelphia-based painter who works frequently with landscape subject matter, creating images that showcase sweeping vistas while imparting an infectious sense of spiritual wonder


A painting of folding beach chairs under the shadow of palm treesPalm Shadows

 

Ginger tends to work in a loose style, working large, confident brush marks over flat planes of colour to build up textural illusions of skies, clouds, and flat fields. In some works,…

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