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Aesthetic Beauty and Inherent Value: The Art of Hunter Madsen

A photo of a carnival ride called AbductionUse Me

Hunter Madsen is an artist currently based near Vancouver, British Columbia. In his current practice, Hunter uses photography to dissect connections between aesthetic beauty and inherent value, capturing images of unexpected subjects that might be forgotten or overlooked in the broader canon of photography.


A photo of a wooden sculpture of a figure shot through with arrowsOn Suffering (Old Wounds Fresh Daily)

 

It’s through this exploration of aesthetically non-traditional subject matter that…

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Geometric Compositions: The Photography Portfolio of Lisa Kane

A photo of a city hall roof reflected in a puddleSyracuse city hall

Lisa Kane is a photographer based in the eastern United States. In her art practice, Lisa captures everyday life in New York State, New England, and the surrounding area, with a focus on architecture and geometric compositions


A photo of a building reflected in a still body of wateraloft

 

I really enjoy the way that Lisa photographs cities -- her images are usually devoid of human life, though they never feel impersonal. Something about the artist’s focus on…

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Fascinating Fantasy Worlds: Art by Joeann Edmonds-Matthew

A composite digital image of a gorilla in a spaceshipG. Rilla Into Space, composite of 4 original photographs

Joeann Edmonds-Matthew is a photographer and digital artist who often works with digital techniques to combine and manipulate photos, creating glimpses into strange and fascinating fantasy worlds.


A digitally manipulated photo of a cityscape seen through an orange link fenceSanctuary City

 

I really appreciate the way Joeann employs colour in her photographs. Recent images like Sanctuary City take relatively mundane imagery -- in this case, a skyline seen…

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High-Definition Detail: Food Styling by David Grenier

A photograph of a bowl of pea soup on a wood tabletopUntitled

David Grenier is a food stylist with a background in fine art and over two decades of experience in the culinary industry. In his current practice, David produces beautifully composed images of savoury foods, sweets, and drinks that balance high-definition detail with careful staging. 


A photo of roasted garlic in a cast iron panUntitled

 

I really like the artist’s treatment of colour in his series book 5. The food photos here are rich with earth tones and the deep,…

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Inside the Art Studio of LaToya Ruby Frazier

A photo of LaToya Ruby Frazier in her art studio

 

Today’s studio Sunday artist, LaToya Ruby Frazier, is a photographer based in Chicago, Illinois. In her practice, the artist turns a documentary eye toward issues of race and economics in the United States. The nature of Frazier’s subject matter means that her work is often confrontational, depicting injustice with a stark, unflinching vision. 

 

Frazier’s studio looks vibrant in the above photo. The bright red wall frames…

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Bodily Identity: The Art of Sidi Chen

A mixed media artwork made on reclaimed paperCrossing The Fields To Find Seeds Of Snow (detail), ink on reclaimed cardboard

Sidi Chen is an artist from China who has travelled around the world, and who currently lives and works in British Columbia. In his artistic practice, Sidi takes a conceptual, abstracted approach to themes of bodily identity in different environments. 


A photo looking out across the water of a lakeThe Moment To Come, digital photography

 

There’s a certain sense of quiet, almost solemnity to Sidi’s…

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Desire for Discovery: The Art of Melissa A. Owoc

A photo of moss-covered trees in a forest[Wood] Cathedral Grove -- Bear Spirit

Melissa A. Owoc’s artistic practice is born of a desire for discovery, both personal and external. In paintings and photographs, the artist explores the environment around her through a lightly spiritual, introspective eye. 


A photo of still water with floating plants[Water] Depth of Stillness

 

The artist’s photographs offer an interesting combination of straightforward, unedited imagery, and shots that have been deliberately altered…

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Sharp Details and Lighting: Photography by Robert W. Easton

A photo of a brightly painted side of a buildingGranny Smith

Robert W. Easton began his artistic career as an army photographer, and later moved into  photography as a creative pursuit. The images in the artist’s current portfolio cross a wide range of subjects and styles, while maintaining a focus on sharp details and lighting.


A photo of bright green scaffolding in front of a buildingPreservation!

I really enjoy Robert’s colourful photographs of architecture and man-made objects. These photographs showcase locations from Cuba to Rhode…

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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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