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Behind the Visible: The Photography Portfolio of Paul Thomann

A chemically manipulated piece of photographic filmChemical 8A, direct chemically manipulated photographic paper

Paul Thomann is a Swiss artist currently based in Chicago. In his practice, Paul is a photographer and filmmaker, blending slice-of-life, documentary-style images with a slight leaning toward abstraction, conceptualism, and a deeper meaning behind the visible


An antique photo of a woman standing outsideMore family 001

 

It’s interesting to see the varied ways in which Paul presents the photographic image,…

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Vitality and Decay: An Art Portfolio by Rachel Lambert

A soft sculpture with cylinders of fibre connected into a "rug" shapeAspen Rug, faux fur, embroidery, floss, wire

Rachel Lambert’s artistic practice encompasses a wide range of media and techniques, from land art and interventions in nature, to photography, to soft sculpture, to two-dimensional media. Much of the artist’s work deals with nature, embracing both vitality and decay; elements of beauty where one might not expect to find them. 


A photo of the moon during an eclipseHarvest Moon Eclipse, photograph

 

Looking through…

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Notions of Resilience: Film Art by Sarah Seené

A film photograph of a cat in a window next to a brick wallEntre lune et balcon, 35mm film photograph, April 2020

Sarah Seené is a Montréal-based photographer and filmmaker. In her current practice, the artist explores notions of resilience in the face of mental and physical challenges. Sarah collaborates with the subjects of her photographs and film works, creating thoughtful, nuanced series on subjects like albinism, blindness, and other conditions. 


A close-up portrait of an older woman staring forwardLa gaieté ordinaire, 35mm film…

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Photography and Digital Media by Alexander Joseph Tacik

A photograph looking into a garden through a fenceOver the Garden Wall

Alexander Joseph Tacik is a Saskatchewan-based artist who works in photography and digital media. In his current practice, Alexander creates imagery that takes a closer look at urban architecture and rural scenery, approaching both extremes with an eye for colour and bold composition. 


A photo of a white skyscraper in ReginaUntitled

 

I really enjoy seeing Alexander’s photos of Regina and the surrounding area, and the contrast between the focus in…

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A Portfolio of Two-Dimensional Media by Sassicca Bowyer

A photo of a cat on a wooden constructionUntitled

Sassicca Bowyer is an artist originally trained in painting who now works in a variety of traditional, two-dimensional media and styles. The artist’s gallery features examples ranging from highly figurative, documentary photography, to abstract painting. 


An abstract painting with green tonesUntitled

 

Sassicca’s photographs sometimes remind me of work by Emina Kurtagic -- there’s a sense that the artist’s main pursuit here is to simply capture what they…

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Objects, Architecture, and Spaces: Photography by JP Campbell

A photograph of a delipidated sign at a cemeteryPriez 2, Sainte-Cecile-de-Masham, Quebec, 2018

JP Campbell is a photographer based in Wakefield, Quebec, who takes film photographs of objects, architecture, and spaces that are frequently overlooked or forgotten. The artist’s portfolio conveys a strong interest in colour and an eye for dynamic composition. 


A photo of a car parked next to a buildingChar, Rue Eddy, Gatineau, Quebec, 2018

 

Like fellow photographer Hunter Madsen, JP uses his photographic lens to excavate…

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Poetic and Documentary: Photography by Ted Diamond

A photo of an outdoor basketball hoopBallin', The Creamery, Apulia, NY

Ted Diamond is a photographer whose images present views of people and places that are at once poetic and documentary. The artist’s images are sneakily well-composed, often taking on the appearance of quick snapshots while maintaining underlying conceptual depth. 


A photo of train tracks in a snowstorm in illinoisTrains Bloomington Illinois 2015 White-Out

 

I like the way that Ted organizes his different photographic series on his portfolio website.…

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A Portfolio of Photography and Collage by Bill Armstrong

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Bill Armstrong is a New York-based photographer who experiments with photography and collage techniques, building composite images that blur the line between photography, painting, and collage. The artist has been working on his Infinity series since the mid 1990’s, producing a wide body of work that continues to push the envelope of traditional photography. 


A photocollage of a circle with hazy colours#4008

 

Armstrong’s Infinity photographs are a fascinating…

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The Art Portfolio of Brónagh Corr

A photo of a rope pulled across a red landscape1 GAIL BorderLINE (with CAAKE Collaborative Artists Group)

Brónagh Corr is an artist currently based in Derry, Northern Ireland. The artist works in a variety of media, including photography, and multimedia collaborations. Brónagh’s photographic works often centre on candid shots of people and places. 


A photo of an indoor photo installation on a wallBringing Nature Inside

 

I really enjoy the works in Brónagh’s recent series of photographs, both black and white and colour.…

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A Portfolio of 35mm Photography by Gilly Russell

A photo of a street in New York CityUntitled

Gilly Russell is a photographer who divides her time between France, Canada, and Australia. Specializing in 35mm photography, the artist uses a photographic lense to capture images of landscapes, cities, and people. 


A photo of two trash bins with bright compositionUntitled

 

I enjoy the overall subdued colour palette that runs across Gilly’s personal artworks. Though the subject matter varies quite widely, the artist maintains a cohesive look using a similar hazy,…

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A Portfolio of Mixed Media Artworks by Crystal Liu

A mixed media artwork depicting fog rolling into a valleythe fog, "rolling in", gouache, watercolour, ink, and collage on paper

Crystal Liu is an artist who works in gouache, watercolour, ink, and other traditional media, producing detailed mixed media artworks that draw on both traditional Chinese and contemporary art styles. The artist also works in photography, using a similar aesthetic language applied to a very different medium.


A collaged, abstract painting of a sunI always meant to love you, "lean in", gouache, watercolour,…

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Fantastic Favourites: Ronnie Spiewak, Douglas Moulden, Jim Holbrook

Let’s take a look at some of our favourite works from three different artists. Though these three artists work in very different media and styles, they share in their well-defined sense of aesthetics and contemporary approach to their subject matter. 

 

Ronnie Spiewak 

 

Ronnie is a Maryland-based artist who works primarily in the medium of collage. Using an exacto knife and various colourful two-dimensional materials, the artist…

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A Portfolio of Painting and Photography by Kathleen Gross

A plein air painting of an olive groveOlive Grove 02, oil on canvas paper

Kathleen Gross is an artist who has worked in both painting and photography, moving between the two mediums throughout her decades-long artistic career. In her current practice, the artist focuses mostly on painting, creating plein-air landscape works in oil paint as well as pastels. 


A pastel drawing of a valley in IrelandSally Gap, Ireland, pastels on paper

 

I like the way that Kathleen can vary her style to suit different subjects and…

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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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