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A Portfolio of Softly Abstracted Images by Amy Kaufman


A hand-painted monotype of yellow tulipsYellow Tulips, hand-painted monotype

Amy Kaufmann is a mixed media artist who creates textural, softly abstracted images of seascapes, still-life subjects, and flowers. Amy’s paintings have been featured in films and in magazines, and the artist offers her artistic talents on a commissioned basis for people looking to create the perfect backdrop or finishing touch for an office or home.


An abstracted painting of grass with a yellow skySunshine Field, hand-painted monotype

 

Many of…

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Ghostly Images: The Art Portfolio of Felix Dolah


A charcoal drawing of some odd, simplified figures

Unerträglicher Lärm in absoluter Stille

Felix Dolah is an artist based in Mainz, Germany who works in diluted charcoal, creating ghostly images that play with simple figures and negative space. The artist’s works embrace sharp contrast and are devoid of color.


A drawing of several elongated figures clustered togetherAccattone

 

My first impression of Dolah’s works is that they’re slightly creepy – the elongated limbs and slightly off-kilter silhouettes of these maybe-human figures…

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The Figurative Painting Portfolio of Arquimedes Mejia


A painting of a woman in harlequin dress reclining19

Arquimedes Mejia is originally from the Dominican Republic and now lives and works in New York. The artist’s practice is highly experimental, with a backbone of figurative painting that serves as foundation for his forays into different media and styles of mark-making.


A still-life painting of a basket of orangesMandarinas 1

Browsing through Arquimedes’ online portfolio, I’m fascinated by his Arlequines – in these works, female figures in Harlequin-patterned outfits…

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Studio Sunday: Per Kirkeby


A photo of Per Kirkeby's art studio

 

Per Kirkeby was a Danish artist who worked in painting and sculpture. The artist was especially well-known for abstract paintings that focused on structure and composition, even occasionally incorporating an architectural sensibility. The artist had a formal education in geology which tended to inform his practice.

 

Kirkeby’s studio is messy, paint-splattered, and has the slightly dark, crowded atmosphere of studios like those of…

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Frank, Human Images: The Portfolio of Thomas Donaldson


A painted study of a crouching male figure5-28-18 Figure Study

Thomas Donaldson is a figurative painter from England, currently based in Asia. The artist works figuratively, creating frank, human images that address both the form and spirit of his models.


A nude female figure study5-21-18 figure with orange

 

I enjoy the way that Donaldson employs large, clearly delineated planes of color build up volumes. He tends toward nude figures and portraits, using a wide, occasionally unexpected range of color…

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The Spark of Life: Art by Marion Krahn


A painting depicting crashing waves and a dark figureOmnia Vincit Amor III The Mermaid and The Sailor, acrylic on canvas

Marion Krahn is a BC artist currently based in Kelowna, where she works out of The Spark of Life Studio. Marion’s art practice is focused on acrylic, watercolor and mixed-media paintings of sea and sky, with the artist taking an abstracted approach to conjuring dramatic images.


A painting of a warm-toned, violent seascapeUndo Amor, acrylic and mixed media

 

I really enjoy the way that Marion evokes a sense of…

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Painted Cityscapes: Art by Scott Ivey


A painting of a beach with a city in the distanceBackyard beach, oil on canvas

Scott Ivey was born in North Carolina and later moved to Washington D.C., the architecture of which has come to influence his drawn and painted cityscapes. Scott’s works capture the familiar yet otherworldly beauty of buildings and city streets in subdued light.


A pastel drawing of a city with a concrete clearingP Street beach, pastel and colored pencil

 

I really enjoy the color palette that Scott chooses for many of his artworks. As we discussed in our…

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Macro and Micro Landscapes: Art by Linda Wagner


A painting of a bright red flowerSpring Floral II, oil on canvas

BC-based artist Linda Wagner uses a vibrantly saturated color palette to capture macro and micro landscapes. Working mainly in oil paint and watercolor, Linda captures the ever-changing scenery of not only coastlines and forests, but of florals and simple still-life arrangements.


A coastal landscape with sparse treesFrom Thormamby, oil on canvas

 

In our previous feature of Linda’s artworks, we looked at the way she uses bright colour and…

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Studio Sunday: Ellen Birkenblit


A photograph of Ellen Birkenblit's art studio

 

Ellen Birkenblit was born in New Jersey and studied painting at Cooper Union, graduating in 1980. The artist is known for her abstracted paintings that reference the aesthetics of hastily-drawn cartoon panels. Her paintings often include partial or suggested figures and a strong sense of fragmented narrative.

 

Berkenblit’s studio space is dense – packed with materials on top of and underneath tables, artworks both finished, and…

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Fiercely Colorful Artworks by Helen Vokatý


An acrylic artwork with a bright honeycomb patternUntitled, acrylic on canvas

Helen Vokatý works in mixed media and collage, creating artworks that combine a precise, architectural framework with spontaneous abstraction and novel materials. The artist’s works are fiercely colorful, and often feature a combination of geometric planes and painterly mark-making.


An abstract artwork made with sketched lines and subdued colorWP 12, mixed media on canvas

 

I really enjoy the collaged aesthetic that Helen works with in many of her artworks. Whether…

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Headlines: Lawsuits, Missing Painting, Street Artists

1) Gagosian Moves to Throw Out Tanabaum Lawsuit


An image of a Jeff Koons Balloon Dog sculpture

 

A follow-up to the lawsuit between art collector Steven Tananbaum and the studio of Jeff Koons: on Wednesday night, Gagosian Gallery (Koons’ representative) filed a motion to have Tananbaum’s claim dismissed. Filed with the New York Supreme Court, Gagosian’s motion claims that Tananbaum’s complaint was “overwrought,” and that the collector was essentially, being overly…

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Fluid, Painterly Images: Art by Paul Sershon


A painting of a pair of shoes on the groundDon't just stand there, Paulie, oil on canvas

Paul Sershon is a painter who works in media ranging from oil to watercolor, creating fluid, painterly images of landscapes, still-life subjects, and even automobiles. The artist’s approach to painting captures natural lighting and form with a wonderfully delicate touch.


A painting of a row of trees overlooking a coveMosquito Cove, oil on canvas

 

I really enjoy browsing through Paul’s online art portfolio and seeing the way he…

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Everyday Moments: Art by Tony Ziegler


A portrait of a woman in a straw hatLynn Stein

Tony Ziegler works in a variety of traditional media, creating artworks that capture everyday moments, including portraits of friends, still-life imagery, and shopfronts. The artist’s style has a carefree, naïve-style edge to it, and seem imbued with a sense of joy in the act of art-making.


A portrait of an older woman in sunglassesMaria W.

 

In our previous feature of Tony’s slice-of-life paintings, we looked at the artist’s paintings of New York shopfronts.…

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Studio Sunday: Izumi Kato


A photo of Izumi Kato at work in his studio

 

Izumi Kato currently lives and works in Tokyo, Japan. The artist was trained in oil painting, but has since developed a novel approach to painting, often applying pigment directly with his hands. Izumi is known for his artworks depicting humanoid yet bizarrely distorted and alien figures, using an interesting array of sometimes-incongruous colors to create the works.

 

Izumi’s studio looks very clean in this photo. Astonishingly…

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Practice of Meditation: Art by Carolyn Trotter


An abstract mixed media work with floral forms on a beige backgroundUntitled, acrylic and mixed media on stretched canvas

Carolyn Trotter creates her artwork both as a form of meditation, and as a way of encouraging others to explore the practice of meditation. The artist’s works tend to feature floral forms, laid out as patterns or mandalas that draw the viewer’s eye around an entire space rather than focusing on a central figure.


A hazy blue painting with the text "let life happen"Let Life Happen, acrylic and mixed media on canvas

 

I rather like…

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