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The Distinctive Style of Yvonne Vander Kooi

A mural of figures and faces, layered over one anotherSacred & Forgotten

Yvonna Vander Kooi is a painter based on Vancouver Island. In her artistic practice, Yvonne produces works that oscillate between figuration and soft abstraction, often combining the two methods into wildly colourful compositions that invite personal reflection and connection.


A painting of a childlike figure on a bright orange backgroundBecoming 3, acrylic on canvas

 

I really enjoy Yvonne’s distinctive painting style. In recent years, the artist has been leaning more into a…

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Sacred Places: The Art Portfolio of Jon Harris


A painting of a crystalline architectural structureThe Emerald Palace of Dreams, acrylic on canvas

Jon Harris is a San Francisco-based painter who specializes in geometric landscapes, depicting dreamlike, spiritually-infused spaces. Through the use of clean, straight lines, impeccable perspective and a bright colour palette, the artist imagines sacred places.


An acrylic painting of a pink crystal in a lotus shapeCrystal Lotus, acrylic on canvas

I adore the sense of three-dimensional space that Jon creates in each of his works. Even seeing…

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Nature's Hues: An Art Portfolio by Laurie Flaherty


A painting of a close-up view of a bromeliad plantCurve, oil on panel

Laurie Flaherty is a Connecticut-based artist who uses her artistic practice to capture and immortalize the stunning patterns and colours found in nature. Laurie’s artworks usually take plants and animals as their subjects, showcasing the beauty and variety in nature’s hues.

 

A simplified painting of a bromeliad plantCedar Green Radiant, oil on canvas

I really adore Laurie’s painting series of bromeliads. The plants in this family have thick leaves…

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Texture and Negative Space: Art by Jill Tompkins


A grey painting with flecks and planes of blueSt. Remy, oil on canvas

Artist Jill Tompkins creates subdued pastel images that often have a focus on texture and negative space. Though her images are mostly figurative, the figure never seems to be the focus – rather, the viewer is drawn to the materiality of the paint, and the abstracted formal elements of each work.


A painting in blue and grey of a headless statueAthena, oil on canvas

 

It’s fascinating to be able to see the artist’s recent works contrasted against some of…

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Studio Sunday: Forest Bess

A photo of Forest Bess at work in an outdoor studio of a kind

 

This week’s Studio Sunday artist is Forrest Bess. Bess was an American painter originally from Texas. In his art practice, Bess was best known for eccentric, abstract paintings that expressed a complex philosophy of the artist’s own construction.

 

Bess’ studio pictured here isn’t exactly a traditional painting studio, but it is the space where Bess created many of his artworks. The artist was a noted recluse and spent much…

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Studio Sunday: Jordan Casteel


A photo of Jordan Casteel in her art studio

 

Jordan Casteel is a New York-based painter who was born in Denver, Colorado. In her practice, Casteel focuses on portraits of people close to her, and the people in her community. Her subjects are usually young black men, and the artist’s paintings serve as a way of opening conversations around issues of racism, social responsibility, and justice.

 

Casteel’s studio looks bright and just the right size. It looks like the space…

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Studio Sunday: Walter Robinson

A photo of Walter Robinson at work in his studio

 

Walter Robinson is an artist currently based in Long Island City, New York. Though he gained significant recognition as a painter in the 1980s, Robinson left painting for a time to focus on art writing and critique, founding the print incarnation of the well-known art magazine Artnet. The artist retired from writing in the early 2000s, and returned to painting.

 

Robinson’s studio here has a kind of warehouse-like feel about it.…

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Textural Scenes: The Art Portfolio of Sandra Martin

A painting of a wave crashing on the beachWavewatch 12, mixed media on canvas

Sandra Martin is a painter and mixed media artist from Ontario. In her practice, the artist creates dramatic, textural scenes often focusing on water, sky, and the intersection of the two.


A mixed media painting of a cloudscapeSmoky Blue Sunset, mixed media on canvas

In our previous features of Sandra’s paintings, we looked at the artist’s paintings of ocean and wave formations, and water lilies. It’s interesting to see the…

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A Portfolio of Meditative and Energizing Art by Kate Barton

A painting of a brightly coloured elephantUntitled

Artist Kate Barton paints figures with a blend of abstract pattern and psychedelic colour, creating images that are equal parts meditative and energizing. The artist’s portfolio is packed with images of animals, human subjects, and cityscapes.


A painting of an elephant with brightly coloured line artUntitled

 

I like seeing Kate’s works grouped into different series on her website. The artist often tackles a singular figurative subject in multiple paintings, producing works that…

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Studio Sunday: Sara Cwynar


The artist Sara Cwynar posing in her art studio

 

Studio Sunday artist Sara Cwynar was born in Vancouver, BC, and is now based in Brooklyn, New York. In her practice, the artist works in a variety of media including photography, collage, and bookmaking. The artist studied photography at Yale University.

 

Cwynar’s studio in the above photograph looks lived-in, with a comfortable level of clutter. Knowing Cwyanr’s proclivity for working in a variety of media, it’s interesting…

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The Paint and Mixed Media Portfolio of Erik Thorkildson


An acrylic painting of jellyfish on a black backgroundNocturnal Jellyfish, acrylic on canvas

Erik Thorkildson is an artist based in Los Angeles. In his portfolio, Erik uses acrylic paint and mixed media to explore the possibilities of colour, texture, and line.  


An abstract acrylic painting with a white background and blue-green shapesuntitled, acrylic on canvas

I enjoy the combination of abstraction and figuration in Erik’s works. In many paintings, the artist seems to utilize abstraction as a method of creating form. Elongated, many-tendrilled shapes…

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The Art Portfolio of Ashley Longshore


A painting of Audrey Hepburn with a Ringpop on her headAudrey With Ring Pop, acrylic and mixed media on canvas, heavy resin

Ashley Longshore is a painter and mixed media artist inspired by contemporary pop culture. The artist’s works take a playful, sometimes vulgar, often feminine-oriented approach to the concerns of young people navigating today’s culture.


A painting of three champagne bottles on a floral backgroundBottle Fed with Lavender Floral Background, acrylic and mixed media on canvas, heavy resin

I like the way that Longshore’s…

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The Art Portfolio of Illustrator Rick Guidice

An illustration of a space-faring probeUntitled

Illustrator Rick Guidice specializes in creating visual artwork of landscapes and plein air subject matter, as well as designs for materials released by NASA. The artist’s illustrations, spanning several decades, are created using watercolours and oil paints.


An illustration of craters on a distant planetUntitled

 

I adore Guidice’s NASA illustrations -- created mostly in the 1960s through 1980s, these images hail from a time when space exploration had an almost…

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The Painting Portfolio of Kyle Heinly


A painting made primarily with yellow hues and sketch-style figures...all the chaos beautiful

Kyle Heinly is an artist who works in paint and mixed media, producing images that explore the limits of figurative painting while expressing a unique abstracted style. The artist’s paintings explore a wide range of subjects in a style that remains impressively cohesive in its wildness.


A painting of several geometric marks that could form a faceUntitled

 

Kyle’s gallery of originals contains numerous examples of the artist’s style. Browsing through these images,…

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A Portfolio of Pen and Ink Drawings by Isis Fisher

A detailed pen and ink drawing of a mythical goddessEternal Goddess (detail)

Isis Fisher creates intricate pen and ink drawings that explore repeating patterns, while resolving those patterns into figures both recognizable and alien. Many of the artist’s works incorporate spiritual or mythological imagery, lending a sense of meditative reverence to the dizzying patterns.


An abstracted drawing of a figure emerging from a celestial doorwayShadow Walking, ink on paper

 

I’m really impressed by the level of detail in each of Isis’ works. The artist…

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