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Studio Sunday: Arshile Gorky


A photo of Arshile Gorky at work in his studio

 

Arshile Gorky was an Armenian-American painter, born in what is now the town of Dilkaya, Turkey. Gorky is noted for his post-impressionist, and later, abstract expressionist painting style. The artist was based in America for the duration of his career.

 

Gorky looks like the classic image of an artist in this photo. His studio looks relatively small and sparse -- I see just one easel, and a wooden table that seems to hold almost…

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Urban Sprawl: The Painting Portfolio of Alex Selkowitz


A painting of two lawn chairs in an empty yardAfternoon Conversation, oil on canvas

Alex Selkowitz is an oil painter based in Los Angeles. Alex’s paintings address themes and imagery of urban sprawl and suburban living, taking furniture, detached homes, streets, and first-world detritus as motifs.


A painting of two chairs casting shadows on a blue wallA Distance Between, oil on canvas

 

I’m fascinated by the way that Alex’s paintings capture an atmosphere that’s distinctly “Los Angeles,” while still evading any real…

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Compositional Flow: The Art Portfolio of Ruby Lindner

An abstract painting incorporating elements of textBack to Basics: 123-ABC, acrylic on canvas

Ruby Lindner grew up in Colorado, and lived in Paris and Berlin before moving back to Seattle, where she began painting in the early 2000s. Ruby’s works are abstract, with a focus on colour and compositional flow.


An abstract oil painting with planes of warm coloursHowling Goat, oil on canvas

 

I really like the colour palettes that Ruby utilizes in her paintings. Each work contains a multitude of colourful, textural planes. The variety of…

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Studio Sunday: Henry Taylor


A photo of Henry Taylor hard at work in his art studio

 

Henry Taylor is a painter currently based in Los Angeles, California. Taylor was born into an artistic family -- his father was a commercial painter -- and worked as a technician in a mental hospital for a decade before retiring and taking up painting full-time.

 

The artist is best known for his portrait works, which are painted in Taylor’s own distinctively vibrant and energetic style, often combining a reverence for…

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A Sense of Spiritualism: The Art Portfolio of Catherine Emile


An abstract painting with purple and yellow tonesBittergreen, acrylic on canvas

Catherine Emile is an abstract painter from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Inspired by music, poetry, and a sense of spiritualism and introspection, Catherine creates paintings that embrace a variety of textures and mark-making techniques.


An abstract painting with deep red huesStill soft with sleep, acrylic on canvas

 

The artist’s recent works have a great sense of fluidity and movement -- long, heavy strokes of paint often appear more poured than…

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A Portfolio of Plein Air and Florals by Kathleen Willingham


A painting of a house and a lush gardenWhitestone Garden, oil

Kathleen Willingham is a Virginia-based painter and pastel artist. Kathleen was drawn to art by abstract subject matter, and now paints abstractions as well as plein air and florals.


A bright abstract painting with blue and yellow tonesThrough the Chasms of my Mind, acrylic on paper

 

I enjoy the way Kathleen’s style lends itself to the practice of painting en plein air. The artist’s works are slightly gestural and impressionistic, capturing the lighting and…

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A Portfolio of Baseball Art by Vincent Bova


A painting of a baseball player in actionUntitled

Vincent Bova has a varied background in art-related fields, and has had commercial success as a sketch artist for Topps baseball cards and memorabilia. The artist’s current portfolio showcases some of this baseball art, as well as some of the artist’s recent forays into other painted subject matter.


A painting of koi fish swimming in a pondUntitled, acrylic on canvas

 

It’s interesting to see the artist’s baseball paintings next to his Koi fish paintings.…

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Rural Countryside: The Art Portfolio of Gary Nowlin

A painting of a back road through red treesBack Road to Lake Sam, Sam Rayburn Lake, Texas

Growing up in Texas, Gary Nowlin was often inspired by the rural landscapes he encountered on long drives. This sense of affinity for the rural countryside is clear in the artist’s current portfolio, where expansive landscape paintings abound.

 

A painting of still water reflecting tree rootsReflections on the San Gabriel, San Gabriel Trail, Georgetown, Texas

 

The texture of Gary’s paintings is oddly satisfying. The works are…

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The Environmental Art Portfolio of Mary Jane Jessen


A mixed media painting of spawning salmonUpstream III, collage and oil paint on canvas

Mary Jane Jessen is an environmental artist based in the Gulf Islands of British Columbia. In her artistic practice, Jessen addresses environmental concerns by painting and drawing the wildlife and plants in her surrounding environment, as well as in other locales.


A painting of an underwater coral formationSailfin Sculpin, oil paint on canvas

I enjoy the way that Jessen practices realism in her artworks. The artist’s paintings…

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The Contemporary Painting Portfolio of Dennis Noble


A stylized painting of a robinAmerican Robin

Dennis Noble was born in England during World War II, and moved to Ontario as a teenager. Dennis passed away in 2014, leaving behind a legacy of unique contemporary paintings, and a full portfolio of skillful original works.


A painting of a loon on the waterLoon (version 2)

 

The works in Dennis’ portfolio exemplify a painting style that grew out of a talent for realistic depictions, with the artist adopting an original style that draws on realism, as…

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Inspired by Her Travels: The Art Portfolio of Maryam Vancouver


A painting of a vase of bright flowersSpring Flowers, acrylic on canvas

Maryam Vancouver is a Persian artist who lived in Germany before moving to Canada. The artist’s works are largely inspired by her travels around the world, and her experimentation with a wide range of different media and regional art practices.


A painting of a woman in bright, saturated colourOcean Side Monalisa, acrylic on canvas

 

Maryam has a gestural, colourful painting style that hearkens to art movements of the past, as well as imagery by her…

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The Acrylic Alchemist: The Art Portfolio of Michael Carini

An acrylic painting with numerous strands of coloured paintThe Day Pandora Set Me Free (Misteriora), acrylic on canvas

Michael Carini is an artist based in San Diego, California. In his practice, Carini is known as the Acrylic Alchemist, creating works in his titular medium that utilize geometric abstraction and saturated colours to achieve an effect that’s almost digital in appearance.


An acrylic painting with blue tones and elongated brush marksJust Floating On The Tears (Flears), acrylic on canvas

 

In his recent series The Boy in the Box,…

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Rocky Landscapes: The Art Portfolio of Bob Spille


A painting of a landscape near Sedona, ArizonaEveryone's Sedona, oil on gesso board

 

Bob Spille is a plein air painter who grew up in Minnesota and is now based in Colorado. The artists works are often inspired by the rocky landscapes in which Bob spends most of his time, and celebrate the beauty of dramatic natural formations.


A painting depicting a Grand Canyon vistaEvening at the Canyon, oil on canvas

I love the way Bob captures the hard planes and angles of cliffs, canyons, and other rock formations in his paintings.…

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Cut-Out Panels: Art by Nippy Blair


An artwork with a carved human figure on a bicycleRhoda Roundtree, mixed media on wood

Nippy Blair is an artist based in the southern United States. In his practice, Nippy creates layered artworks made from cut-out panels of painted wood. Affixed together into wall-hanging images and sculptures, these artworks have a great sense of depth and volume.


A painting of a brightly-coloured catCalico Cat, acrylic and mixed media on canvas

I’m enjoying browsing through Nippy’s online art portfolio and seeing the different ways…

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Studio Sunday: Jules Olitski


A photograph of Jules Olitski's art studio

 

Artist Jules Olitski was born Jevel Demikovski, in Ukraine, in 1922. The artist emigrated to Brooklyn, New York in 1923. Growing up in New York, Olitski studied art at various schools and after much experimentation developed the style of thick, heavy abstract paintings that he remains known for today.

 

Olitski’s studio looks rather dark in this photo, though I suspect that may just be a trick of the photographic flash. Still, the…

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