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Studio Sunday: Stephen Appleby-Barr


A portrait of Stephen Appleby-Barr's art studio

 

Toronto-based artist Stephen Appleby-Barr is our Studio Sunday feature this week. Appleby-Barr has become known for his detailed, realistic oil paintings that immortalize fictional characters and figures from the artist’s own imagination. A combination of regal, anachronistic aesthetics and a surreal use of figure and symbolism creates a wonderfully unique aesthetic for the artist’s works.  

 

Appleby-Barr’s studio looks airy…

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The Art Portfolio of Painter and Photographer Dianne Cuzner


A painting of a figure in a prairie landscapeAlberta Camping, acrylic on canvas

Dianne Cuzner is a painter and photographer based in western Canada. The artist has an eye for bright, exciting color, an aesthetic that carries over into works that deal with peaceful coastal subject matter; landscapes and bodies of water.


A painting of a canoe in waterJourneys End, acrylic on canvas

 

In her artistic practice, Dianne expresses a genuine love for the art form. She combines numerous influences from her personal…

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Headlines: Studio Demolition, Art Beds, McMansion Hell

1) Crews Demolish Ai Weiwei's Studio Without Warning


A photo from Ai Weiwei's Instagram of demolition crews at his studio

 

On Friday of last week, Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei announced that his studio was being demolished. According to one of Ai’s assistants, Ai’s rental contract for the space had recently expired, and the artist and his staff were in the process of removing artworks from the studio building when demolition teams began knocking in the windows. While Ai had been aware of…

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Paint and Colour: The Art Portfolio of Jack Vanzet


A painting made with a single brush markSingularity

Australian artist Jack Vanzet explores paint and colour through flowing abstractions that treat individual brush marks as figures in their own right. The artist’s works often look like close-ups or details of a larger artwork.


A painting of an orange brush mark on a dark backgroundNorthSouth

 

Vanzet’s dreamy abstracts celebrate the materiality of paint and the act of painting itself – each work seems to represent a moment in time where the artist’s hand blended with the…

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The Exciting Visual Perspective of Brent Ciccone



A painting of a bright-colored prairiePrairie Fire, oil on canvas

Brent Ciccone imbues all of his paintings with vibrant pigment, applying an energetic, exciting visual perspective to landscapes, leaves, flowers and more. While Brent’s subject matter ranges from vast to up close and personal, his consistent style creates a sense of cohesion in his portfolio.


A pastel drawing of a turkeyTurkey Face, pastel on paper

 

In our previous feature of Brent’s work, we focused on the artist’s sweeping…

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Studio Sunday: Gustav Klimt


A photograph of Gustav Klimt's atelier

 

Austrian painter Gustav Klimt got his start in the late 19th century as a decorative painter, creating embellishments for architectural constructions. The artist is well-known for his figurative paintings, many of which depict romantic or erotic subject matter and incorporate gold-leaf accents.

 

Klimt’s studio is quite spacious – having never seen his paintings in person, I didn’t realize that they were so large. The studio…

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A Cosmic Approach: Daniel T. Lopez' Art Portfolio


A mural depicting Latino culture at Mendocino County CollegeMendocino College Mural (detail)

 

Daniel T. Lopez is a painter and muralist who takes a cosmic approach to public and community art projects. Daniel’s works, sometimes produced in collaboration with fellow artist Dano Lopez, are energetic, colorful celebrations of life and culture.


A painting of the concept of creationCreation as a constant Process

 

In our previous feature of Daniel’s works, we looked at the way the artist uses his practice to foster a sense of

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Ginny Paternite's Portfolio of Expressive, Colorful Paintings


A painting of an ornate silver teapotTea Time, oil

Ginny Paternite grew up in New York, and is currently based in Bluffton, South Carolina. The artist’s practice centers on expressive, colorful paintings that run the gamut of representational subject matter, from landscapes, to portraits, to architectural forms.


A welcome plaque painted on slateWelcome Slate, oil on slate

 

I’m enjoying going through Ginny’s portfolio and seeing how the artist paints such a wide variety of subjects in her own…

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Studio Sunday: Tamara de Lempicka


A photo of Tamara de Lempicka's home studio

 

This week’s Studio Sunday artist is Tamara de Lempicka. Lempicka was born in Poland and was active as a painter during the 1920s and 30s, during which time she lived in Paris, France. The artist was best known for her highly stylized portraits of upper-class people, created for fashion magazines, and art deco exhibitions.

 

Lempicka’s studio is certainly in keeping with the art deco aesthetic. I can imagine the artist throwing…

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Headlines: Biennale, Write on Art, Looted Sculpture

1) U.S. Late in Announcing its Venice Biennale Artist for 2019


A photo of Joan Jonas' work representing the United States in the 56th Venice Biennale

 

As of last weekend, the U.S. state department was still 3 months late in announcing the country’s artist for this year’s Venice Biennale (which, as we reported last week, has taken on the ostentatious title “May You Live in Interesting Times”). Normally, countries can announce their artists more than a year in advance of the exhibition, in order to give the artist…

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The Painting and Photography Portfolio of Janet Pancho Gupta


A painting with a branch of flowers over a geometric backgroundBefore Sunrise, watercolour and gouache

Janet Pancho Gupta is a Filipino artist who has been based in Hong Kong for over a decade. Janet’s artworks capture patterns and figures in both painting and photography.


A painting of some pale flowers over a stripey backgroundAudacity, watercolour

 

Janet’s paintings take an interesting approach, using patterns almost reminiscent of slightly gaudy wallpaper, layered over with cut-out, collage-style painted figures. I enjoy the way that Janet…

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Personal Nostalgia: A Portfolio by Jill McGillivray


A painting of figures climbing up a rock faceTree Lantern, oil on canvas

Jill McGillivray is an artist based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In her practice, Jill creates paintings that explore moments of personal nostalgia, expressing these moments in a style that walks upon the tension between abstraction and figurative renderings.


A painting of several figures walking through an area of natureChristina, oil and acrylic on canvas

 

I’m quite enjoying Jill’s recent paintings of outdoor scenes and multiple figures. The artist’s painting style…

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Personal Narrative: An Art Portfolio by Jaye Early


A painting using bright colors and hard-edged geometric forms5

Jaye Early works in a range of media, including painting, mixed media and performance. The artist takes an autobiographical approach to art-making, infusing both his video pieces and his paintings with an introspective, personal narrative.


An abstract painting covered in strips of pink tape4

 

I like the way that Jaye uses color throughout his art practice – his paintings, and even his performances to some extent are brightly colored. In paintings, this manifests as numerous layers…

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Studio Sunday: Alberto Giacometti


A photo of Alberto Giacometti working in his studio

 

Alberto Giacometti was born in Borgonovo, Switzerland, and spent most of his working life in Paris. The artist worked in many media including painting, printmaking, and sculpture, drawing inspiration from surrealism and cubism, but is mainly remembered for his small-scale sculptural works.

 

Giacometti’s studio looks like a space of well-ordered chaos. The artist, pictured sitting and contemplating one of his sculptures, looks…

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Classical Facets: The Art Portfolio of Francesca Profili


An art print depicting a sculpted maskWater Art Mask, art print on canvas

Francesca Profili creates painted mask sculptures that project landscapes and scenery onto human faces, combining two classical facets of painting into a very contemporary whole.


An art print depicting a mask reflected in still waterStill Water Mask, art print on canvas

 

The artist’s masks have a theatrical edge, but a different function than the masks of Pamela Schuller, for example. Francesca’s masks aren’t meant to be worn but rather seen from…

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