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The Art of Self-Taught Photographer Mark Essner

A photo of the nose of a plane on a runway917

Mark Essner is a self-taught photographer based in Waterloo, Ontario. In his photographic practice, Essner combines a documentary eye with a unique sense of aesthetics, building images that both tell a story and celebrate the look and feel of their subjects. 

 

A photo of a delapidated fence and fieldNo Love

I like how many of Mark’s photographs emphasize the human side of cities and industry. The artist is great at finding the beauty in spaces that would not normally…

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A Portfolio of Black or White Photography by Kevin Callahan

A black and white photograph of a flowing riverRiver Flows

Kevin Callahan is a lifelong photographer from Ohio. In his current practice, Kevin produces black or white photography, with a portfolio that spans traditional black and white imagery with digitally processed photos and abstract views of the world around the artist. 


A photo of ferns taken with a blurred effectSoft Ferns

 

I like the amount of variation that’s present and visible in Kevin’s photography. In some series, the artist produces rich, sepia-toned or…

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Doofus Media: The Art of Evan Fowler

A block of text presented on a coloured backgroundUntitled

Doofus Media is the portfolio of Evan Fowler. In his practice, Evan produces writing, drawing, photography, and collage, using a conceptual approach that is at times deeply introspective, and at times political. 


An abstracted sketch of a face with words surrounding itUntitled (from series JOLLY DOOM WORLD)

 

Though the artist’s works are varied in terms of media and technique, there’s an undeniable overarching aesthetic that ties all the works together. It’s an aesthetic…

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The Portfolio of Artist and Graphic Designer Stephen Plunkett


A photo of the Walter Scott memorial in ScotlandWalter Scott Memorial

Stephen Plunkett is an artist and graphic designer who works in commercial communication design as well as maintaining his own artistic portfolio. The artist works in illustration, photography, and digital art techniques, using a striking, graphic visual language. 


A black and white photo of a crow sculpturecrow

 

I’m a fan of Stephen’s black and white photography -- his current art portfolio contains a gallery of numerous photographs, each composed…

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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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An Observant Eye: The Art of Jasmine J. Calix

A painting of flowers on a red backgroundFire Flowers, oil on canvas

Jasmine J. Calix is a painter and photographer who produces works on a wide variety of subjects. Jasmine has been painting since childhood, developing a style that shows off an observant eye and a sense of exploration in her chosen media. 


A painting of upside-down trees in the skyForest in the Sky, acrylic on canvas

 

The artist’s paintings tend toward loose and gestural mark-making, with an impressive colour palette. I enjoy the way that Jasmine…

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Artefacts of Los Angeles: The Art Portfolio of Michel Bourquard

A photo of the top of the world after sunsetthe top of the world after sunset

Michel Bourquard is a Los Angeles-based artist and photographer. In his practice, Michel produces works that distort reality in wild and interesting ways. The artist’s range of photographic subjects includes portraits, landscapes, and specific artefacts of Los Angeles


A digitally edited photo of the Hollywood signHollywood by the sea

 

I like the way that Michel brings digital manipulation techniques into his practice -- he has a knack for…

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The Art Portfolio of John McAlpine

A digital artwork with bright colours and a repeating patternUntitled, digital

John McAlpine is an artist based in Everett, Washington. In his artistic practice, John works in a variety of media including photography, digital art, and pastel and other traditional media.


A photo of a polished horn in a paradeReflection 2 Pilchuck

 

I like the unique style that John maintains throughout his portfolio, whether he’s producing drawings of landscapes, still-life subject matter, or playful, cartoonish renderings of animals. The artist has…

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Hot Shu Foto: The Photography Portfolio of Doug Berry

A photo of a woman in a dark dress on a dark backgroundOlga

Doug Berry is a photographer who works under the studio name Hot Shu Foto. In his practice, Doug produces vibrant images that often seek to capture a sense of movement, as in his photos of dancers.


A portrait of a man in sunglassesCarlo

Even in straightforward portraiture, one can sense Doug’s emphasis on smoothness planes of colour and natural lines. The expert composition lends a sense of overall flow to the images. Doug’s compositions are refined and sleek,…

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A Portfolio of Bright, Journalistic Photographs by A.M. Williams

A painting of a window box with pink flowersPretty in Pink

A.M. Williams is a photographer who currently lives and works in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The artist has a background in psychology and higher education, and in her artistic practice takes bright, journalistic photographs of flowers, animals, and the local landscape.


A photo of a squirrel peeking out from behind a shrubI See you!

 

There’s a refreshing kind of straightforwardness about Williams’ photographs. The artist has a good eye for composition and framing, and…

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Inside the Art Studio of Lorna Simpson

A photo of Lorna Simpson in her art studio

 

Our Studio Sunday artist this week is Lorna Simpson. Simpson has been a renowned artist since the 1980s and 90s, producing works in photography and multimedia, as well as more traditional means. The artist’s works are often narrative, and present honest meditations on feminism, black identity, history, and collective memory. Simpson currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

 

Simpson’s studio looks quite bright and airy…

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The Art Portfolio of Painter and Photographer Linda Richardi

A painting of lanterns in acrylic and metallic leafA Thousand Wishes, acrylic and gold leaf

Linda Richardi is a painter and photographer currently living and working in California. In her practice, Linda produces works of abstraction and figuration, working with the advantages and quirks of each of her chosen media.


A painting of abstracted antlers or branchesEmbrace, acrylic

 

I like the way that Linda incorporates mixed media into her paintings. In paintings on canvas and wood panel, Linda uses a mixture of metallic leaf,…

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Brighter Than Life: The Photography Portfolio of Dan McGarrah

A colour-manipulated photo of a tree canopyCONVIVAL

Dan McGarrah is a photographic artist who uses the medium of photography and combines it with digital techniques and wild, brighter-than-life colour schemes to create artworks that would be at home in a gallery of abstract paintings.


A photo of a tree reaching into the sky with greens and blues saturatedLANGUID

 

I really enjoy Dan’s FROM ABOVE series, in which the artist photographs the canopies of trees. It appears that the artist, ironically, takes the photos from below, allowing for a few of…

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Exploratory and Experimental Photography by Patrick McGuire

A photo of a landscape in Oakland, Californiawest oakland landscape

Patrick McGuire is a photographer based in San Francisco. The artist has a background in carpentry, and his photographs tend to be exploratory and experimental, blending a wide range of different subjects and styles to produce colourful images in film and digital photography.


A photo of an outdoor art installationinstallation on lower Irving street

I enjoy the diversity of subject matter in Patrick’s portfolio. The artist’s works range from…

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The Photography Portfolio of Dawn Herlihy Reilly

A photograph of purple flowers hanging over a body of waterHaiku 22

Dawn Herlihy Reilly is a photographer currently based in Nassau County, Long Island, New York. In her photography practice, the artist challenges the medium through traditional and non-traditional means, occasionally introducing digital manipulation and collage techniques into her portfolio.


A photograph of a tree branch growing out in front of a canyonNational Monument

 

Though Dawn’s portfolio is highly varied, it’s interesting to see how the artist maintains a cohesive style and…

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