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Wire and Fibreglass Art by Steven J. Simmons

A hanging sculpture of a blue and white heartBluebonic Plague Heart

Steven J. Simmons’ art portfolio serves as a personal love letter to surfing, surf culture, and the ocean as a whole. In his practice, Steven works with various sculptural materials including wire and fibreglass, creating translucent, three-dimensional works that have a unique tactility and interact beautifully with natural light. 


A handmade lampshade with translucent, coloured material and wireLampshade Redux #3 (with light 2)

 

Steven’s COVID 19 Creations series…

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A Digital Frontier: Ceramic Sculpture by Darien A-Johnson


A ceramic artwork with a digital glitch aestheticAscending across what's pushed, porcelain, mixed media

Darien A-Johnson works in ceramics, creating abstract works that push the ceramic medium toward a digital frontier, emulating “glitch” aesthetics most commonly associated with digital media such as GIFs. The artist’s ceramic works are simultaneously chaotic and fine-tuned in terms of craftsmanship. 


An up-close image of a porcelain scupture with many patternsReceding to the point (detail), porcelain, mixed media

 

Looking at one of…

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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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Memory Formation and Recollection: Art by Jeannie Polisuk

A painting of a stuffed rabbit come to life dressed in a leopard print dressHunter, oil on canvas

Jeannie Polisuk is a painter and sculptor based in eastern Canada. In her artistic practice, Jeannie creates two and three-dimensional artworks that use a symbolic visual language to address themes of memory formation and recollection through sentimental objects. 


A sculpture consisting of stuffed toys in an elongated glass containerSoap as a Yardstick of Civilization, stuffed toys, yardstick

 

As we saw in our previous feature of Jeannie’s darkly iconographic artwork, an image of…

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Gestural Sculptures: The Art Portfolio of Ario Mashayekhi

A sculpture based on a tree rootShakti, tree root, wood, fabric, acrylics

Ario Mashayekhi is a creator involved in both visual and performing arts. In his visual art practice, Ario works in both two and three-dimensional media, producing paintings, sketches, and gestural sculptures that explore the human figure as a motif, often pushing the envelope in terms of how figures are rendered. 


A painting inspired by a hurricane and floodsKatrina, after New Orleans Flood, acrylics

 

I like the stylistic variation in…

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The Art Portfolio of Sculptor and Painter Larry Scaturro

A geometric painting with planes of blue and blackUntitled 1, acrylic on canvas

Larry Scaturro is a sculptor and painter currently based in Brooklyn, New York. In his practice, Larry creates sculptures that seem inspired by the shapes and aesthetics of mid-20th century contemporary art, as well as paintings that offer a thoroughly contemporary take on geometric abstraction. 


A painting of geometric forms in different coloursUntitled 6, acrylic on board

Larry’s paintings remind me a bit of works by David Wightman, particularly in the…

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Knick-Knacks and Contemporary Kitsch: Art by Susan Parrish

A sculpture with the suggested appearance of a faceCall for Entry

Susan Parrish is an artist and sculptor who works primarily with found objects, metal, and ceramic. The artist’s pieces are an interesting blend of antique knick-knacks and contemporary kitsch, and encompass sculptures, household objects, and jewelry. 


A sculpture of a fish made from varied mixed mediaBlue-eyed, Curly Finned Fish

It’s really neat to see Susan’s aesthetic sensibility translated into the medium of handmade jewelry. The artist has a knack for…

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Forging Connections: The Sculpture Portfolio of D'Andrea Bowie

A glazed earthenware vessel with blue and green coloursUntitled, glazed earthenware

D’Andrea Bowie is a sculptor based in Toronto and Port Hope, Ontario. In her practice, D’Andrea explores the possibilities of tactile materials, forging connections between her own hands and the sculptural objects that carry over into the viewer’s relationship to the work. 


A sculpture consisting of a sculpted ring with an organic aestheticCommissioned work

 

This appreciation for texture and physicality really shines through in all of the artist’s sculptures. As a…

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Quick-Sketch Aesthetic: Art by Jonathan Hertzel

An abstract painting made with yellow and purple tonesInversion 1

Jonathan Hertzel is a painter and sculptor who works in a gestural, abstracted style. The artist’s works embrace a frenetic, quick-sketch aesthetic while suggesting all manner of figures and objects. 


An abstract painting with strokes of bright colourInversion 10

 

I really enjoy the recent paintings in Jonathan’s Inversions series -- the works here are reminiscent of early expressionist abstractions, using colour palettes that evoke wild bursts of energy and growth.…

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Between Organic and Technological: Art by Angela Britzman

A sculpture of a spiked ball with blue and yellow coloursPopeye, wood, aluminum, vinyl paint

Angela Britzman is a New York-based artist who works in sculpture and traditional two-dimensional media. The artist’s works, particularly her sculptures, toe the aesthetic line between organic and technological, taking a single base form as a starting point and exploring a vast range of media and materials. 


A sculpture made from wooden ballsJack-in-the-Box, wood, bamboo

 

It’s really interesting to browse through Angela’s…

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Fantastic Favourites: Linda Lang, Bill Hayner, Colby Brewer

Today, let’s look inside the art practices of Linda Lang, Bill Hayner, and Colby Brewer. Working in paint, mixed media, and installation, these artists take very different approaches to their media and subjects, but all arrive at polished works that are equally evocative and visually engaging. 

 

Linda Lang
A painting of a body of water on Baffin Island

Colours of South Baffin, oil on canvas

 

Linda Lang is a painter and muralist who creates works of art depicting settings in…

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Mythical or Monstrous: The Art Portfolio of Johnathan Onyschuk

A photo of a wall-hanging sculpture as part of a gallery installationUntitled (from Deep State Prosthetics)

Johnathan Onyschuk is an installation and multimedia artist who works in a unique style that draws on both traditional media and modern, digital approaches to art-making. The artist’s installations often incorporate suggestions of figures, perhaps human, perhaps more mythical or monstrous


An installation view showing two statue-like figuresBone Meal (installation view)

 

It’s interesting to see how Johnathan approaches both the construction…

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Inside the Art Studio of Carolina Caycedo

A photo inside Carolina Caycedo's California art studio

 

Carolina Caycedo is a Los Angeles-based artist who spent much of her teenage years in Colombia. The artist’s works are influenced by her own cultural experiences and travels, and often take the form of sculptural installations, frequently with an edge toward political justice and environmentalism. 

 

Caycedo’s studio has an atmosphere that reminds me equally of carpentry workshops and classrooms -- the neat arrangement of tape…

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Surreal, Narrative Installations by Christina A. West

A photo of an installation featuring abstract forms and realistic human sculpturesUnscene, installation view at Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, Birmingham, AL

Christina A. West is an Atlanta-based sculptor. In her current practice, the artist uses highly realistic, life-sized sculptures of human figures to build surreal, narrative installations. The combination of lifelike sculpture and minimalist abstract elements creates striking visuals that draw the viewer in for a closer look. 


A view of an art installation with green walls and realistic figuresScreen, installation…

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Inside the Art Studio of Conrad Shawcross

A photo of Conrad Shawcross' art studio

 

Conrad Shawcross is a British sculptor whose current practice sees him constructing large-scale, kinetic and mechanical objects inspired by science and philosophy. The artist’s works tend to have a geometric, mathematical quality about them, using sharp edges and finely tuned angles to express concepts from physics, mathematics, and architecture. Despite the cool, detached rationality of the works at first glance, each piece seems…

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