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Studio Sunday: Elijah Burgher


A photo of artist Elijah Burgher in his studio

 

American artist Elijah Burgher addresses themes of queer identity and sexuality through the lens of appropriated occult imagery. The artist’s works often take the form of small drawings and prints, but Burgher is also known for his larger-scale paintings made on drop-cloth material.

 

Burgher’s studio is dramatically lit – dark and shadowed -- in this photo. The painting behind the artist (one of the aforementioned drop-cloth…

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Narrative Sensibility: The Art Portfolio of Phil Cummings


A print of a rhinocerous next to a treeRhinocerous Californicus

Phil Cummings was born in Manhattan, New York, and has lived around the world, working as an artist and in the film industry. Phil’s paintings and prints tend to have a narrative sensibility about them, whether they exist alongside a defined story, or are stand-alone pieces.


A painting made up of a complex repeating patternGarden Mandala, ink painting

 

The style that Phil uses in most of his artworks is fascinating – while the artist works in traditional…

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A Portfolio of Mixed Media Artworks by Susan Gransby


A linocut print of architectural linesBirdman of Hong Kong, linocut

Susan Gransby’s mixed media artworks take complex architectural forms and simplify them, creating signs and signifiers in the form of streamlined, graphic imagery. The artist plays with negative space, sometimes layering small images on a large blank surface.


A linocut print of a roadway and vehiclesCassiar Connector, linocut

 

In our previous feature we looked at Susan’s linocuts – the artist has a knack for building imagery out of shadow…

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Historical Artworks: The Art Portfolio of Sarah James


A black and white patterned etchingAlcazar, etching

Artist Sarah James was trained in painting but now primarily works in print media. Sarah’s prints often utilize geometric grids and straight lines, expressing the artist’s interest in the rectangle as a significant form in historical artworks.


A stone lithograph depicting a shadowed shapeFiesole 1, stone lithograph

 

I love the way Sarah incorporates this spiritual geometry into her printed works. While the artist’s works tend to be fairly simple in terms of…

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Catherine Bourassa-Hebert's Painting and Printmaking Portfolio


An abstract painting with circular figuresCSS IV Untitled 6, acrylic on canvas

Abstract artist Catherine Bourassa-Hebert divides her time between Montréal and Boston, creating works in painting and printmaking. The artist’s works veer toward abstraction, though they often borrow recognizable forms along the way.


A study of circular forms made with stark contrast and dark colorsCSS IV Untitled 7, acrylic on canvas

 

I enjoy Catherine’s particular approach to painted abstraction. In our previous feature of the artist’s patterns and…

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Ellen Kappes' Lively Watercolor Paintings


A watercolor painting of a row of trees in front of a body of waterKing's Point at high tide, watercolor

 

Ellen Kappes creates delicate yet lively watercolor paintings in blue and green hues. As subject matter, the artist favours landscapes, rendering lush green trees in daubed brush marks over deep blue washes as oceans.


A watercolor painting of trees overlooking a body of waterOtter Point surf, watercolor

 

I like the way that the artist utilizes the medium of watercolor – Ellen doesn’t try to force the thin paint into fine details, but rather runs…

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Kaleidoscopic Colour: Art by Peter Barron


An abstract painting with numerous coloured forms overlappingHead

Painter and printmaker Peter Barron creates artworks that are equally impactful in black and white, and in kaleidoscopic colour. The artist uses a similarly gestural, painterly approach in his abstractions and in his figure drawings and prints.


A painting of an orange rock emerging from waterOrange Rock, oil

 

Where in our previous feature of Peter’s artworks we looked at his textural, celebratory abstracts, I’m also quite impressed by the artist’s approach to figures. The…

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Excitement of Driving: Art by Tom Kenyon


A lino print of car partsNight, linoleum block print

Tom Kenyon has a need for speed – Tom’s art practice has evolved around the artist’s love of classic cars and racing. Utilizing a variety of artistic media including photography and printmaking, the artist captures the look and feel of the machines, as well as the excitement of driving them.


A lino print in blue of two cars racingK Bucket V, linoleum block print

 

I like the somewhat abstracted approach that Tom takes to depicting cars and…

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Op-Art Images by Mary Crockett


An abstract painting with blue and neutral tonesTile (Kiss), oil on canvas

Mary Crockett produces geometric abstract prints with bright, inky colors. Working with paint and printmaking techniques, Mary creates op-art images that provide an intriguing challenge for the eye.


An etching of radiating blue linesVortex, etching

 

I really enjoy the way Mary balances heavy, opaque shapes with lines in her print work. The artist’s focus seems to oscillate between color and form, creating an interesting balance in most of…

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Studio Sunday: Charles Beck


A photograph of Charles Beck in his studio

 

Today’s Studio Sunday artist is Charles Beck. Born in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, Beck made a name for himself as a woodcut print artist and painter in the 1950’s. Beck’s works are known for their simplicity and subdued color schemes – the artist sometimes created paintings on location in the Minnesota wilderness, and his subject matter often reflected that landscape.

 

Beck’s studio is cozy and packed with art supplies, wood…

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Sun-Dappled State: Art by Todd Scott Anderson


An art print of painted wildflowersMOUNTAIN WILDFLOWERS

Todd Scott Anderson lives and works between Florida and Mexico, creating splashy, colorful prints of flora from desert, mountains, tropics, and prairies. Todd’s works utilize color to great effect, offering close-up views of various landscapes in a sun-dappled state.


A printed painting of a tropical leafTROPIC FLORA

 

Each of the works in Todd’s online portfolio is available as a high-quality giclée print on canvas. While the colors of each work…

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Bygone Days: Art by Dennis Worrel


A painting of a red-head girl in outdated dressRedhead Girl on wood, acrylic on board

Painter and printmaker Dennis Worrel creates images with a very distinctive, old-world aesthetic. With a portfolio full of imagery that draws on the photographic and artistic look of bygone days, the artist conjures a fascinating and inviting atmosphere.


An artwork depicting a carved lion statueSt. Mark Doorway

 

I’m really enjoying Dennis’ recent series of Antiquities. These works, which seem to combine the disciplines of painting…

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Color-Reduction Woodcuts by Cathie Crawford


A colorful woodcut by Cathie CrawfordHealing Waters, color-reduction woodcut

Cathie Crawford is a printmaker specializing in color-reduction woodcuts. The artist is originally from New York, but has spent time living in Saudi Arabia, France, and Illinois. Cathie has won numerous awards for her prints, which are featured in collections and galleries all over the world.


A rainbow-colored woodcut print on Japanese paperSpectrum, color reduction woodcut on Kozo paper

 

Looking through Cathie’s portfolio I really enjoy the…

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Mixed Cultural Identity: Art by Jess Richter


A photo of a house made from cut and folded paperAdelheid Haus, scherenschnitte, UV silkscreen, hand-tinting, collage

Jess Richter is a German-Canadian who uses her work to express and explore the fragility of her mixed cultural identity. Her most recent works reflect a kitsch aesthetic that is rooted in an underlying memory of the artist’s grandmother.

 

A cut paper house by Jess RichterAutumn Haus, scherenschnitte, UV silkscreen, and hand-tinting on Stonehenge paper with Washi collage

Jess’ Haus series takes…

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Textural Aesthetics: Art by Danielle Bobier


An abstract wall-installation made from specifically cut plywood squares3013.2604, CNC-routed fir plywood in 32 panels

Vancouver-based artist Danielle Bobier uses printmaking, painting, and installation art techniques to explore textural aesthetics. Danielle’s works are very self-contained, often taking a subdued yet deeply conceptual approach to aesthetics.

 

A print with a strip of gold leafUntitled

Danielle’s works, though often made with mixed-media and painted media, seem to reference the style and tone of printmaking. There’s a…

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