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Otherworldly Forms: The Art Portfolio of Osvaldo Mesa


An abstract painting with bulbous formsRemembering, oil on canvas

Osvaldo Mesa creates abstract artworks that deal with otherworldly forms. Working primarily in oil paint, Osvaldo’s bizarre yet detailed forms subvert his viewer’s expectations of abstraction and surrealism in painting.


A painting with a bright pattern as a backgroundA passing glance, oil on canvas

 

As we discussed in our previous feature of Osvaldo’s surreal forms, there’s a palpable sense of symbolism in these paintings – the artist embraces an…

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The Art Portfolio of Figurative Painter Richard Mountford


A painting of a male dancer in dark clothingDance Practice, oil on canvas

Richard Mountford is a figurative painter based in Wales. The artist’s works encompass a range of subject matter from classic portraiture to still life and contemporary themes. Richard’s style is painterly, with thick layers of pigment creating smooth volumes and a beautiful sense of depth in his works.


A series of portraits of a young girl in a pink wigThe Pink Wig, oil on canvas

 

I find Richard’s Shoe Series quite interesting to look at as a whole.…

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Studio Sunday: Mary Pratt


A photo of the late Mary Pratt at work in her studio

 

New Brunswick-born artist Mary Pratt was a figurative painter who was best known for her incredibly detailed, photo-realistic paintings of household objects and still-life scenes. Throughout her artistic career, Pratt’s work tended to focus on domestic subject matter; frequently, her paintings featured food and kitchen implements, and familiar household objects.

 

Pratt’s studio looks like a warm, if slightly cramped space,…

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Striking Abstractions by Diane Lounsberry-Williams


An abstract painting with tones of silver and redAura, acrylic on canvas

Artist Diane Lounsberry-Williams creates striking abstractions in acrylic, oil, and cold wax medium. Using these different media in a variety of combinations, the artist blends a sense of subtlety with great visual impact.

 


An abstract diptych made with oil and cold wax mediumChauvet, oil and cold wax medium on panels

 

Diane’s compositions have a heavy weight and presence to them, a presence due in part to the often dark or layered neutral colours and the…

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Geometric Forms: The Art Portfolio of Jorge Puron


A painting of geometric forms on a dark groundRecuerdos #6, acrylic on canvas

Jorge Puron’s artworks are monolithic, minimalist images that celebrate pure, focused colour, negative space, and geometric forms. Born in Mexico and now based in Texas, Jorge spends time collaborating with other artists living around the Mexico-U.S. border as well as working on his personal practice.


A stylized geometric painting of a mountainSierra Madre #1, acrylic on canvas

 

I adore the unapologetically bright colours that Jorge employs in…

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Monolithic Abstract Forms: The Portfolio of Hiroyuki Hamada


A sculpture made from painted plaster#74, painted plaster

Hiroyuki Hamada was born in Tokyo and currently lives and works in East Hampton, New York. The artist produces works of sculpture, painting, and print that focus on monolithic abstract forms in black and white or neutral colour palettes.


A circular sculpture in black and white#64, enamel, oil, plaster, tar, and wax

 

Some of the artist’s sculptures remind me of large scale works by Martin Puryear. Like Puryear’s works, many of Hamada’s sculptures…

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Studio Sunday: April Gornik


A photo of April Gornik in her New York studio

 

April Gornik is a painter originally from Cleveland, Ohio. Gornik’s artworks focus on depictions of the American landscape, seen through a dreamlike lens that sometimes obscures or skews real-world views and appearances. The artist’s body of work addresses her country’s fraught history with and relationship to nature and the wilderness.  

 

Gornik’s studio space looks large and bright. The hardwood floors lend a beautiful…

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The Commission-Only Art Portfolio of Carmen Estrada


A painting of numerous figures congregating around an outdoor stagePergola

 

Carmen Estrada is an artist living and working in Mazatlan, Mexico. Carmen currently works on a commission-only basis, creating her artworks to the specifications of clients. The resulting paintings draw inspiration from art history, as well as the combined imaginations of Carmen and her clients.


A painting emulating Monet's water liliesNympheas

 

In our previous feature we looked at the way that many of Carmen’s works express the artist’s Latin heritage. Though…

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Decorative Art: The Portfolio of Robert Milling


A series of framed landscape paintings inside a car dealershipLandscape murals for Lexus dealership

Robert Milling uses his skills with figurative painting and perspective to create realistic murals, faux finishes, and other decorative art projects. Based in California, Robert designs paintings to adorn spaces indoor and outdoor, in public and private.


A close-up image of a section of a muraldetail of Lexus landscape mural

 

I find it interesting how Robert creates a sense of depth in his works. In our previous feature of the artist’s…

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Animal Portraits: The Art Portfolio of Ronald George Straight


A painting of a crow on a pile of woodHome on the Range, oil on canvas

Ronald George Straight is an oil painter who produces vibrant landscapes and animal portraits, often combining elements of both into single paintings and even individual figures. Much of Ronald’s work explores personal themes of identity and solitude.


A painting of an eagle in close upRed Sky, oil on canvas

 

I really enjoy the cohesive colour scheme that Ronald tends to use in his works. Fiery oranges and reds dominate the artist’s…

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Studio Sunday: Jeffrey Gibson


A photo of Jeffrey Gibson at work in his studio

 

Jeffrey Gibson is a painter and sculptor who currently lives and works in New York. The artist was born in Colorado and spent time living in both Germany and Korea in his youth, leading to an interesting blend of cultural influences in his artwork. A frequent motif in the artist’s work is also Gibson’s Choctaw-Cherokee heritage.

 

Gibson’s dog appears to be keeping him company in the studio in this photo – it’s an image…

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Textured Mixed Media: The Art Portfolio of Kenn Raaf


A painting of an empty spot in a cityIn Memoriam, oil paint and New York Times clippings from 09/11/2001 on panel

Kenn Raaf creates dark, heavily textured mixed media works with subject matter ranging from the abstract to the macabre. The artist sometimes incorporates novel materials into his compositions, such as newspaper clippings, found objects, and elements of sculpture.


A three-dimensional portrait made with found objectsTeddy's Psalm, found items and mixed media

 

The gallery on Kenn’s art portfolio website…

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Ghostly Forms: The Art Portfolio of Theodora Allen


A painting of three candlesThe Triad, oil on linen

Theodora Allen is a Los Angeles-based artist who paints in oil on linen, creating subtle, ghostly forms that appear at once calculated and playful. The artist favors figurative subjects in her paintings, though she tends to avoid the human form, focusing instead on plant life, objects, and transient forms like fire and light.


A faded painting of a snake in dark huesThe Snake, No. 1, oil on linen

I find Allen’s use of colour in her works quite…

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Paintings of Animals: The Portfolio of Jennifer Sparacino


A painting of a black bear in a treeLittle Blue Bear, acrylic on canvas

Jennifer Sparacino creates intensely vibrant paintings of animals. Based in Chilliwack, BC, Jennifer’s subject matter includes local animals like rabbits and bears, as well as inhabitants of tropical locales like tigers and colourful birds.


A long painting of a tiger in the jungleJungle With Tiger, acrylic on canvas

 

I really enjoy the sense of focus in Jennifer’s artworks. The artist’s paintings manage to look wildly energetic even…

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Headlines: Glasgow, Salvator Mundi, Shell

1) Glasgow School of Art Still Gutted Months After Fire


A photo of the 2018 fire at the Glasgow School of Art

 

Local residents are still displaced and undergraduate students are facing an uncertain start to the semester a few months after a large fire did significant damage to the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland. The fire, which originated in the school’s Mackintosh building, caused extensive destruction, casting debris and flames over a space of several blocks. With the start of the…

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