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Loose, Gestural Style: The Art Portfolio of Michael Louis Johnson

A painting of green trees seen from a rooftopUntitled

Michael Louis Johnson is a painter born and currently based in New York. A lifelong artist, Michael uses his artistic practice to depict a range of subject matter -- often scenery and places from his hometown -- in a loose, gestural style.


A painting of a city in winter, with tree branches in the foregroundUntitled

 

I really enjoy the sketched, slightly impromptu air that Michael’s paintings have about them. The artist doesn’t seem overly concerned with details but instead focuses on…

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Inside the Art Studio of Mary Corse

A photo of Mary Corse sitting in her studio space

 

Mary Corse is an artist living and working in Topanga, California. In her practice, Corse is known for large-scale monochromatic and dichromatic paintings. Many of her paintings are solid white, but utilize different finishes and gloss coatings to achieve a specific relationship to the lighting of a space.

 

I enjoy the aesthetic of Corse’s studio here -- the vast, all-white canvases might seem cold at first, but the overall…

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The Masterful Coloured Pencil Art Portfolio of David Neace

A pencil crayon drawing of a classic car hood ornamentGoddess of Speed, coloured pencil

Masterful coloured pencil artist David Neace taught himself to draw at a young age by following along with his father, also an artist. David’s current body of work reflects a sense of careful, practiced observation as well as an appreciation for pure experimentation with an artistic medium.


An up-close drawing of a classic carAged Elegance, coloured pencil

 

I really love the way that Neace renders reflective surfaces -- polished cars,…

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Geometric Form and Pattern: The Art of Giorgio Viva

A geometric painting with stripes that become squares of patternUntitled, acrylic on canvas

Giorgio Viva is an Italian artist currently based in the United States. Viva’s practice is varied, with the artist producing both visual art and music. Viva’s visual art portfolio showcases a fascination with geometric form and pattern.


An abstract geometric painting with purple and yellow tonesUntitled, acrylic on canvas

 

I really enjoy Viva’s abstract paintings. The works are wildly colourful, and often utilize repeated forms like lines or other, more…

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Overlooked Aesthetics: The Art Portfolio of Sarah Peschell

An assemblage made with wedding stamps in the shapes of dragonfliesWedding Stamps -- Dragonfly, postmarked stamps, reclaimed objects on tea-stained paper

Sarah Peschell graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design. Sarah’s artistic background is in painting, but in her current practice the artist tends toward two-dimensional assemblages of found objects, emphasizing the overlooked aesthetics of everyday items.


An assemblage of reclaimed aircraft gasket tabsWatch Flowers, reclaimed aircraft gasket tabs, watches, and mirror fragments on…

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Interactions and Collisions: The Portfolio of Clare Asch

A painting of concentric circles on a shaped canvasConvergence 7

Clare Asch is a painter who makes work emphasizing the interactions and collisions between dilute pigment on a surface. The artist’s painting have a reverence for natural phenomena, like gravity and tidal patterns.


A painting of translucent, concentric, overlapping circlesConvergence 3

 

Many of Clare’s works have a translucent quality to them -- this is especially obvious in the recent series Convergence the works in which take the form of overlapping circles painted…

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Inside the Art Studio of Jia Aili

A photo of Jia Aili in his studio

 

Jia Aili was born in Liaoning, China, and studied oil painting at the Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts in Shenyang. In his current practice, Aili creates large-scale paintings that borrow forms and techniques from classic Western painting styles while maintaining an overall aesthetic that’s thoroughly contemporary.

 

The artist’s studio, pictured above, has a very industrial look to it -- though there are no windows to speak of, the…

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The Portfolio Website of This is It Gallery

An assemblage artwork made of numerous found objectsSelf Portrait, found object assemblage (Bob Bucholz)

This Is It Gallery is an art gallery based in Chicago, Illinois. As a non-profit, the gallery is proud to offer a variety of programs and workshops to help foster the artistic community in and around the Chicago area.


A complex painting of two mythical figures, one a skeletonLa Sirena et Agwe, acrylic on canvas (Diane Green)

 

Gallery founders Bob Bucholz and Diane Green have artworks available on the gallery’s portfolio website alongside…

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Inside the Art Studio of Peter Saul


A photograph of Peter Saul's studio in Germantown, New York

 

This week we’re taking a look inside the art studio of Peter Saul. Saul was born in San Francisco in the 1930s, and studied at the California School of Fine Arts in the early 1950s. During and following this artistic education, Saul became known for his wildly colourful, pop-surrealist paintings that have situated him as one of the pioneers of modern pop art.

 

Saul’s studio looks rather austere in this image -- or it would,…

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Illustrative Compositions: Art by Simona Zac

A painting of a bunch of peoniesPeachy Peonies, acrylic on gallery canvas

Simona Zac was born in Slovenia and now lives and works near Waterloo, Ontario. In her practice Simona explores a variety of painted media, creating illustrative compositions that vary in their use of colour and texture.  


An abstract painting with red and blue tones as well as gold leafFire and Ice 3, acrylic and gold leaf on canvas

I love the way the artist utilizes line art in some of her works -- while one might traditionally think of line art as a method…

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The Art Portfolio of Barbara Naeser

An artwork depicting several sailboats on still waterRedd's Pond Regata

Barbara Naeser is an artist based in Marblehead, Massachusetts. In her recent practice, the artist has been working with pastels, though she has also used oil paint and watercolour.


A pastel artwork of the side of a buildingStreet Eyes

 

I enjoy Barbara’s relatively loose but variable style, and the way she uses pastels and paint to create layered, dense images with just enough detail to encourage a closer look. The artist’s pastel series often utilizes a…

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The Portrait Painting Portfolio of Stuart Sampson

A painting of a Native American man wearing sunglassesOn the Horizon #3, acrylic on wood

Stuart Sampson is a painter based in Oklahoma. In his practice, Stuart specializes in portrait painting, creating colourful, expressive portraits of various subjects. The faces of Native American people, as well as athletes and actors, factor prominently in Stuart’s portfolio.


A painting of a Native American person on a coloured backgroundHairy Moccasin, acrylic on wood

Browsing through Stuart’s portfolio, I’m reminded of work by Clayton Samuel King and

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Flowers, Nature, and Still-Life: The Art of Linda Clark

An oil painting of winter birch treesWinter Sunrise, oil on canvas

Linda Clark is a painter whose subject matter includes flowers, nature, and still-life. Through her varied subject matter, Linda tends to imbue each of her works with a personal, intimate tone.


A painting of an orange pumpkin on a black backgroundFall Colors, oil on canvas board

I like the elements of texture that Linda chooses to include in her works -- while the artist’s style is detailed and realistic, she doesn’t shy away from using heavy, confident…

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Biblical Scenes: Spiritual Art by Denise Gracias

A painting of a shephard walking in the desertSeek the Lord While he May be Found, acrylic

Denise Gracias is a visual artist from Toronto. In her practice, Denise paints and draws biblical scenes, expressing her Catholic faith through serene landscapes, figurative paintings, and occasional forays into abstracted or metaphorical imagery.


A painting of a curving body of water next to grassHe Leads Me to Still Waters, acrylic

 

I really enjoy the works in Denise’s Spiritual Landscapes gallery. The works in this gallery offer both…

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The Painting Portfolio of Connie Scherr

A painting of waves crashing on a beachLaguna

Connie Scherr is a painter whose works are primarily inspired by nature. Working frequently from outdoor observation, Connie produces artworks that capture the beauty and expanse of the local landscape.


A painting of water flowing under an overpassBefore the Bypass

 

I love the smooth, sweeping brush marks that Connie uses to produce many of her landscape works. Though the subject matter varies, there’s a great sense of cohesion in the artist’s portfolio that stems from…

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