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Studio Sunday: Elijah Burgher


A photo of artist Elijah Burgher in his studio

 

American artist Elijah Burgher addresses themes of queer identity and sexuality through the lens of appropriated occult imagery. The artist’s works often take the form of small drawings and prints, but Burgher is also known for his larger-scale paintings made on drop-cloth material.

 

Burgher’s studio is dramatically lit – dark and shadowed -- in this photo. The painting behind the artist (one of the aforementioned drop-cloth…

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Music and Social Justice: An Art Portfolio by Marilyn Nelson


A painting made up of intersecting vertical linesEast to the West, oil on canvas

Marilyn Nelson’s artistic practice is inspired by music and social justice, both significant interests for the artist herself. The artist’s paintings tend to be abstract, though in recent works, Marilyn has experimented with the addition of text.


A painting incorporating elements of abstraction and textWhere is the love?, oil on canvas

 

I her ongoing series Subliminal Reflections, Marilyn uses a musical lens to explore concepts of not only abstract…

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Spaces and Identities: The Art Portfolio of Mickalene Thomas


A portrait of a woman reclining on a sofaRacquel Reclining Wearing Purple Jumpsuit

Mickalene Thomas is an American artist who works in a variety of media including painting, photography, and installation. The artist’s works are often dense with patterned detail, overlapping textures, and colour, all of which come together into striking compositions, painting portraits of defined spaces and identities.


An installation of a home interior in a gallery spaceI Was Born to Do Great Things (installation view at Kavi Gupta Gallery,…

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Geometric Abstraction: The Art Portfolio of Graham Hall


A geometric painting with large planes of whiteElections, acrylic on canvas

Graham Hall is an artist who, in recent years, has been producing works of geometric abstraction. The artist tends to use acrylic paint to create his images, though his technique embraces every facet of the acrylic media, sometimes with hard, clean edges and other times with textured, painterly strokes.


An abstract geometric composition made with repeating shapesProvincial Wonder Place, acrylic on canvas

I really enjoy the works in Graham’s 2017 series Secret Work.…

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A Portfolio of Photographs and Paintings by Joseph Peter Sullivan


A manipulated abstract photographic imageyou are my constant 2

Joseph Peter Sullivan has lived throughout the United States and continues to travel, though he is currently based in Minneapolis. The artist creates photographs and paintings that express an interest in abstraction through light, shadow, and texture.


An abstracted photo of a stairwellUntitled

 

I really enjoy Joseph’s photographs. These works play with the viewer’s expectations of what a photograph can be, and what information it can reveal or…

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Canada's Prairies: The Art Portfolio of David B. Scott


A painting of an abandoned barn in a fieldLast Giant Standing, oil on canvas

Painter David B. Scott was born in New Zealand and spent time throughout Europe and North America before coming to Canada. The artist’s current body of work focuses on the natural landscape of Canada’s prairies, with occasional architectural and animal figures.


A painting of a squat structure in a fieldLooking Through, oil on canvas

 

I really appreciate the level of detail in David’s paintings. The artist’s recent works in particular…

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Energy and Heart: The Art Portfolio of Angela R. Green


A painting of a trumpet playerUptown Jazz Funk, mixed media

Angela R. Green is an artist and poet who explores a variety of subjects in her paintings and visual art. The artist often draws inspiration from music and other forms of expression, resulting in visual pieces that are imbued with a great sense of energy and heart.


A painting of Adam LevineGuys With Guitars #2

 

I like the way Angela explores different styles of painting as she switches between different subjects. In her series The…

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Studio Sunday: Misaki Kawai


A photo of Misaki Kawai's art studio

 

It’s Studio Sunday, so let’s take a look inside the studio of Misaki Kawai. Kawai is a Japanese artist originally from Kagawa Prefecture. The artist is known for her bright, cartoonish artwork that utilizes elements of what could be called naive style or heta-uma, a style of manga art that appears simplistic or “poorly drawn” but focuses on evoking emotion and expression more than realistic detail.

 

Kawai’s studio appears…

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Dramatic Portraits: The Painting Portfolio of Nocona Burgess


A painting of a native American man in traditional clothingModern Warrior

Nocona Burgess is an artist and a member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma. In his artistic practice, Nocona paints powerful, often dramatic portraits of native American people from different nations around North America.


A painting of a woman from the Hopi tribeHopi 2

 

The artist’s paintings are made all the more striking by his use of monochromatic backgrounds, sometimes incorporating geometric elements. There’s a contrast at play here between the…

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Gothic Scenes: The Art Portfolio of Rebecca Chaperon


A painting of a fantasy scene with a pool of waterSpellwork, acrylic on canvas

Rebecca Chaperon is an artist based in Vancouver, BC, who specializes in dreamy, gothic scenes and narrative illustrations. The artist works in a lush, painterly style with deeply saturated hues of green, blue, and pink.


A painting of a lone woman with snakesSnake Lake, acrylic on canvas

 

I really enjoy the somewhat gestural quality of Rebecca’s painting style, and the way the artist adjusts her technique to be more -- or less -- detailed…

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New Forms: The Art Portfolio of Ashleigh Bartlett


A watercolour painting of a piece of cut silkIsland Time, watercolour on cut silk suspended from bamboo

Ashleigh Bartlett is an abstract artist and painter based in Calgary, Alberta. In her art portfolio, Ashleigh pushes the envelope of painting, exploring new forms outside of the traditional rectangular, stretched-canvas model.


An artwork made from painted silk over a plantShade Pockets, watercolour on cut silk over plant

In her recent series Alive with the Sun, the artist paints in watercolour on cut pieces of silk, hanging…

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Studio Sunday: Joan Brown


A photo of Joan Brown with friends in her studio

 

Our Studio Sunday artist for the week is Joan Brown. Joan Brown was a painter and sculptor based in Northern California. While the artist began her career experimenting with abstraction in the early 1960s, she quickly moved on to a largely figurative practice though she would continue to vary her style over the years.  

 

Brown is pictured here in her studio with a group of friends. (Brown is in a white shirt on the far right.)…

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Narrative Sensibility: The Art Portfolio of Phil Cummings


A print of a rhinocerous next to a treeRhinocerous Californicus

Phil Cummings was born in Manhattan, New York, and has lived around the world, working as an artist and in the film industry. Phil’s paintings and prints tend to have a narrative sensibility about them, whether they exist alongside a defined story, or are stand-alone pieces.


A painting made up of a complex repeating patternGarden Mandala, ink painting

 

The style that Phil uses in most of his artworks is fascinating – while the artist works in traditional…

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The Imaginative Contemporary Art Portfolio of Guntis Jansons


A painting of a road in bright autumnal coloursWatagan Creek Road, oil on canvas

Guntis Jansons is a painter from Laguna, New South Wales. In his artistic practice, Guntis takes a painterly approach to a variety of subject matter, from classical landscapes and nude portraits, to abstractions, and imaginative contemporary pieces.


A painting of dreamlike abstraction in blue tonesValley of Kings, oil on canvas

 

I really enjoy the vibrant and widely varied colours that Guntis packs into each of his paintings. The artist seems to…

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Studio Sunday: Sharyl Boyle


A photo of Sharyl Boyle in her studio

 

This week’s Studio Sunday artist is Sharyl Boyle. Boyle was born in Scarborough, Ontario, and currently lives and works in Toronto. The artist is known for her work in a range of media, including sculpture, painting, drawing, and even performance art. The artist’s sculptures are figurative in a surreal way, with Boyle using vividly painted ceramics to bring her imagination to life.

 

Boyle’s studio is wonderfully bright, and…

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