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The Abstraction and Realism Portfolio of Beatriz Gomez Anzaldua

An abstract painting made with heavy, confident brush strokesPHASES AND CYCLES, acrylic on canvas

Beatriz Gomez Anzaldua works in paint and mixed media, with a portfolio of work that leans equally into both abstraction and realism. Beatriz was born in Brownsville, Texas, along the Texas/Mexico border and now lives and works in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.  


A painting of a man in a suit with a bandage on his faceUncle of no regrets, oil on canvas

 

It’s interesting to see the way that Beatriz shifts between abstraction and figurative painting…

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Wildlife and Landscapes: Art by Bev Robertson

An oil painting of a log floating on calm watersLittle Madrona, oil on canvas

Bev Robertson is an artist from Vancouver Island. A member of the Canadian Federation of Artists, Bev produces artworks on a variety of subjects, including stunning florals and detailed figure paintings inspired by the wildlife and landscapes of her travels. 


A painting of white flowers in a square vaseEn Blanc

 

I really love Bev’s floral paintings. In our previous feature of Bev’s work we looked at the way the artist captures vivid detail, and…

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Inside the Art Studio of Huguette Caland

A photo of Huguette Caland in her studio

 

This Sunday, let’s take a look inside the studio of Huguette Caland. Born in Lebanon, Caland later moved to Los Angeles, where she lived and worked for almost three decades. The artist is best known for abstract-figurative works that often build landscapes out of the female body, and examine beauty, eroticism, and other sometimes-taboo subjects. 

 

In the above photo, I think I’m most struck by how happy the artist looks. She…

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Introspective Narratives: Art by Armando Sebastian

A painting of a woman in a black dress in front of a landscapeRayo de Luna/Under the Moonlight, oil on canvas

Armando Sebastian is an artist from Mexico City, who creates figurative paintings that extoll surreal, autobiographical, and introspective narratives. The artist’s style is inspired by Mexican folk art, as well as contemporary poets, musicians, and other pop-cultural detritus. 


A painting of a person with an extremely long spiraling ponytailWhen I have long hair, oil on canvas

 

I like the almost illustrative style that Armando employs in his…

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An Impressionist Approach: The Art of Yvonne Foster

A painting of a Ferris Wheel lit up at nightBetty Danger's At Night, oil on canvas

Yvonne Foster is a painter based in Wisconsin. Inspired by the landscapes of Lake Superior and Ireland, as well as the urban atmosphere of Minneapolis, Yvonna creates paintings in acrylic and oil that take an impressionist approach to a wide range of subjects. 


A painting of a stone arch bridge in sunlightStone Arch Bridge, oil on canvas

 

I enjoy the variation in subject matter in Yvonne’s 2018 Exhibit gallery. This selection of…

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Saturated Abstract Artworks by Imi Knoebel

A bright geometric painting with coloured rectangles on a yellow backgroundGelbe Fahne, serigraph

Imi Knoebel is a German artist who produces bright, saturated abstract artworks that reference minimalism and geometric abstraction while devising a new and unique visual language.


A layered geometric artwork with bright yellow huesFace 85, acrylic on plastic foil

 

Knoebel points to Kazimir Malevich as a major influence, and it’s clear to see where the latter’s Suprematist painting style -- consisting largely of simple shapes and flat planes of colour --…

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High-Contrast Colour: The Art of Mary Maguire

A painting of Audrey Hepburn in blue tonesAudrey Hepburn Blue

Mary Maguire is an artist who currently lives and works in Shelby Township, Michigan. In her artistic practice, Mary paints on large canvases, using vivid, expressive brush marks and high-contrast colour palettes to bring a variety of subjects to life. 


An abstracted painting of a colourful cityscapeCity Vibes

 

I really enjoy the works in Mary’s portrait gallery -- the artist combines a skill for realistic detail with an eye for interesting colour schemes and…

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Inside the Art Studio of Carlos Cruz-Diez

A photo of a studio assistant working at the atelier of Carlos Cruz-Diez

 

Carlos Cruz-Diez was born in Caracas, Venezuela, before relocating to Paris, France to pursue his artistic career. He opened studio spaces in both Venezuela and Paris, remaining in the latter city after 1960. The artist’s works took colours and simplified forms and elevated them to a visual space that vibrates with energy. 

 

Cruz-Diez, who passed away in July of 2019, employed studio assistants and in fact had multiple studio…

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A Portfolio of Striking Abstract Paintings by David Tycho

An abstract painting with heavy red and black stripesUntitled No. 6, acrylic on canvas

David Tycho is an abstract painter based in Vancouver, British Columbia. In his practice, David creates large, striking abstract paintings with bold colours and confident brush marks. 


An abstract painting with rough, textured areas of colourUntitled No. 8, acrylic on canvas

 

I really like the energy that’s present in David’s paintings -- the artist’s method of laying down paint, scraping and dragging it across the surface of the work gives the viewer…

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The Oil and Watercolour Art Portfolio of Edith Dora Rey

A painting of a yellow goldfinch on a blue backgroundVale Perkins Goldfinch #3, acrylic on wood

Edith Dora Rey was born in Switzerland and later moved to Canada, studying art in Vancouver and Halifax before settling in Montreal. In her practice, the artist produces paintings in oil and watercolour, as well as photographs. 


A watercolour painting of autumnal treesA Tree Grows in Vancouver, watercolour on Caruthers paper

 

Edith has an eye for shape and colour, often combining the two in a highly focused, complementary and…

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Inside the Art Studio of Bernard Frize

A photo of Bernard Frize's art studio

 

This week, let’s take a look inside the studio of French artist Bernard Frize. A painter by trade, Frize is known for paintings that explore new and interesting techniques in applying paint to substrate, while focusing on painting more as an industrial process than as a pursuit of an end product or aesthetic. 

 

Frize’s Paris studio looks quite airy in this photo. There’s one large window visible to the left side of the…

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A Geometric Edge: The Art of Robert Porazinski

A painting with stripes of colour overlapping and moving off the canvasLuna #2, acrylic on panel

Artist Robert Porazinski produces abstract paintings and artworks, often with a geometric edge, but sometimes veering into more experimental, materially-concerned structures. The artist has a background in commercial art and design, disciplines which inform many of his personal artworks. 


A sculptural painting with geometric shapes and monochromatic coloursTerrain #5, acrylic and spray paint on wood

 

It’s interesting to see just how much variation Robert is able to coax out…

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Inside the Art Studio of Marisa Merz

A photo of Marisa Merz' art studio

 

Marisa Merz was an Italian artist, born in Turin. Merz had a long and prolific career, beginning in the 1950s and 60s during which time she was the only female member of the Arte Povera movement. Arte Povera (translated to English as “poor art”) was a radical artistic movement that stood in opposition to the hierarchical, capitalist nature of the art industry of the era.

 

Throughout her career, Merz worked in a variety of…

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Inside the Art Studio of Karel Appel

A photo of Dutch artist Karel Appel in his studio

 

Today’s Studio Sunday artist is Karel Appel. Appel was born in Amsterdam in 1921, and started painting at the age of 14, before studying at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten. The artist was known for his avant-garde paintings and sculptures that combined vivid primary colours with strong, wild line art and abstracted figures.  

 

Appel’s studio here looks slightly chaotic, which seems suitable for the overall tone of his…

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A Portfolio of Expressive Illustration by Ashley Nitkin

A coloured pencil drawing of a catCat, coloured pencil and watercolour pencil

Ashley Nitkin is a Toronto-based illustrator, artist, and designer. In his artistic portfolio, Ashley shows off his skill with expressive illustration, and his eye for stylized detail. 


A gouache painting of a colourful, stylized catChinese Cat, gouache on paper

 

I’m enjoying browsing through Ashley’s catalogue of illustrations. The works, produced in combinations of watercolour, airbrush, ink, gouache, and other traditional media,…

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