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The Human Figure: Art by Michael Lightsey


A portrait of a man wearing a sly smileAidan, pencil on paper

Michael Lightsey is originally from Ohio and now lives and works in Los Angeles. The artist works in a range of media from photography to painting and drawing. Michael’s current body of work focuses on the human figure, rendering it in many iterations and in varying styles.


An abstract image of markings on urban pavementSoul Vestige 233, digital giclee print

 

I’m really impressed by Michael’s most recent pencil portraits. Drawn in black and white, these…

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Anatomical and Floral: Art by Nunzio Paci


A painting of an anatomical human neck with florals where the head would beWhen the darkness is no longer frightening, pencil and acrylic on canvas mounted on board

Nunzio Paci lives and works in Italy, where he creates paintings, drawings, and combinations of the two that reference anatomical and scientific illustration while exploring abstracted compositions. In recent drawings and paintings, the artist combines anatomical and floral.


A mixed media artwork with a deer skeleton and floral elementsThe instability of flesh, oil and pencil on canvas

 

The slightly soft…

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Darkly Iconographic: Art by Jeannie Polisuk


A painting of a rabbit-like figure smoking a cigaretteFriends Don't Let Friends Do Stupid Things Alone, acrylic on canvas

Jeannie Polisuk combines cute, fuzzy figures with an eye for darkly iconographic composition. The artist’s works – in installation, painting, and sculpture – are at once inviting and uneasy, demanding a conscious effort from viewers to unpack them.


A painting of three figures that appear as stuffed animalsParty Animals, acrylic on canvas

 

In our previous feature of the artist’s work, we looked at the ways Jeannie uses…

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Peaceful Gradients: Art by Lisa Tomczeszyn


A watercolor painting with the colors of a sunsetSunset Mojave, watercolor on paper

Painter Lisa Tomczeszyn works in oil, watercolor, and pastel, creating peaceful gradients that vary in intensity and sharpness, but always come back to the theme and composition of landscape. Lisa utilizes a bright, saturated range of colors in her work, creating novel combinations that evoke memory and emotion.


A painting with bright red and pale blue elementsThe Unfathomable Agents of Darkness #2, watercolor on paper

 

I really enjoy looking…

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Headlines: Cryptocurrency, Jesus, Sunflowers

1) Auction Houses Improving Diversty in Preview Photos


A photo of a Christie's auction house employee looking at a painting up for sale

 

Change is coming to the outdated stock photographs that are often used by art auction houses to preview lots for sale. Photographs of works for sale often use young, female models to help viewers better observe the size and presence of an artwork. While these photos are often taken by press agencies and auction houses don’t necessarily have a say in who is pictured with the…

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Three-Dimensional Space: Art by David Quinlan


An aerial painting of a New Zealand landscapeLost in the forgotten world, oil on canvas

David Quinlan is a painter based in New Zealand. Working primarily in oil paint, David has built up an artistic practice informed by his background in architecture. The artist paints in a colourful and detailed style, paying special attention to three-dimensional space.


A painting of a cafe sceneUntitled

 

I really appreciate the way David builds up volumes in his artworks. In his figurative works, slightly blocky…

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Narratives Starring Girls: Art by Katherine Bennett


A painting of a woman in a nautical settinga girl with a light, oil on wood panel

Painter Katherine Bennett draws up imaginary narratives starring girls as complex characters. Each of her works, frequently painted in oil, features a central female figure, often surrounded by a sparse setting or set against a plane of color.


A painting of a girl sitting on a car hoodmaiden with a camera, oil on wood panel

 

I enjoy the style that Katherine employs in her works. The artist manages to coax a very illustrative look and feel…

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Dynamic, Theatrical Sensibility: Art by Ario Mashayekhi


A painting of a female figure on a blue backgroundBloom, acrylic

Painter and sculptor Ario Mashayekhi combines his visual art practice with experience and passion for theatre and live performance. The artist’s visual works often capture the dynamic, theatrical sensibility of a performance, utilizing color and lightly abstracted form to great effect.


A painting of a figure on a textured blue backgroundRasa, acrylic

 

I’m enjoying looking through Ario’s painting gallery on his portfolio website. The artist favours solitary female…

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Novel Approach to Lighting: Art by Meghan Sims


A black and white painting of concert lightingI Am 5 a.m. acrylic on canvas

Ontario painter Meghan Sims has developed a unique style stemming from a condition that affects her vision. Meghan’s color and day-blindness, due to Achromatopsia, have helped shape her artistic practice, allowing the artist to take a truly novel approach to lighting and color in painting.


A painting of several glass figures dancing under spotlightsIndividuality, acrylic and glass on canvas

 

In our previous feature of Meghan’s nighttime landscapes, we looked at…

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Enigmatic Style: Art by Laura Munteanu


A painting using blended cool coloursWinters, acrylic on canvas

Laura Munteanu is a painter and mixed media artist who employs an enigmatic style to approach a wide range of different subjects. Laura’s artworks tend to be darkly colorful and gestural, with a slightly surreal sensibility.


An abstract painting with ribbons of colorSpring, oil on canvas

 

In our previous feature of Laura’s varied, experimental painting practice, we looked at a few of the different techniques that the artist employs to create her…

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Modern Compositions: Art by Michael Mahoney


A still life painting of some bright objectsStill Life, Divertimento II, oil on canvas mounted on wood panel

Artist Michael Mahoney works in oil paint and pastel, creating subdued still-life images of modern compositions and subjects. Michael spent years as a painting instructor and art educator before taking the leap into a full-time personal practice.


A still life pastel drawing of some milk bottlesStill Life with Milk Bottles, pastel on paper

I enjoy the soft, blended approach that Michael takes with his imagery. Though the…

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Gesture as An Object: Art by Kiki McGrath


A painting using cool green and purple tonesSeika, acrylic on canvas

Mixed-media artist and painter Kiki McGrath creates colorful works with a focus on gesture as an object. In many of Kiki’s most recent works, swirling, tangled lines of paint take on the role of a central figure, blending with backgrounds both analogous and contrastive.


A painting with gestural strokes of deep greenWaterfall, acrylic on canvas

 

I appreciate the way Kiki is using her current practice to explore the material of paint – not just what…

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Studio Sunday: Nicole Eisenman


A photo of Nicole Eisenman in her studio with Grace Dunham

 

Nicole Eisenman is a painter who currently lives and works in New York. Though she was born in Verdun, France, while her father was stationed there as an army psychiatrist, Eisenman grew up in New York and attended the Rhode Island School of Design in the 1980s. Eisenman is best known for her loose figurative paintings that address a range of relatable themes of modern life.

 

Eisenman’s studio in Brooklyn looks delightfully…

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Headlines: 798, Rembrandt, Gun Share

1) Writer and Critic Tom Wolfe Dies at 88


A photo of the late Tom Wolfe speaking at the White House

 

Writer and cultural critic Tom Wolfe passed away this week at the age of 88. Wolfe was known for his works of both fiction and journalism that explored subcultures, trends, and socioeconomic groups in 20th century America. In particular, the writer was known throughout the art world for his 1975 book The Painted World, in which he argued that the state of art criticism at the time was such…

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Real and Mythical: Art by Sue Ellen Brown


A painting of the Scorpio sign from the zodiacScorpio, archival Giclee print

Sue Ellen Brown is an artist from Texas who specializes in realistic, detailed renderings of subjects both real and mythical. The artist has lent her talents to numerous publications ranging from children’s books to strategy card games to magazines and marketing materials.


A painting of a pearl pendantThe Pearl Medallion, Premier Giclee prints on archival stock

 

I really enjoy the fantasy subject matter that frequently features in…

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