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Inside the Art Studio of Beverly Pepper

A photo of artist Beverly Pepper in her studio

 

Beverly Pepper was an American sculptor and land artist who created monumental, site-specific artworks and installation. The artist was born in New York City but moved to Italy in the 1950s, where she spent the rest of her career. Pepper reportedly studied painting before being so inspired by temples in Angkor Wat, Cambodia, that she decided to pursue sculpture.

 

Though this image looks very deliberately staged, it still offers an…

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A Text and Paper Collage Portfolio by Emma Lehto

A cut-paper sculpture made using an art book1, page after

Emma Lehto is an artist who works with text and paper collage, often manipulating books, magazines, and other printed media to create artworks that utilize the materiality of the medium to express new meanings.


A cut-paper artwork made from an art bookKRAZY! Page 51

 

In our previous feature of Emma’s work with novel meanings, we looked at the artist’s method of cutting into existing multi-page volumes to create layered, colourful contour images or portions…

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The Art Portfolio of Vanderlei Lopes

A bronze sculpture of a pink textile hangingImagem, titatium oxide and iron oxide on bronze

Vanderlei Lopes is a sculptor who uses novel combinations of media and unexpected colour palettes to create sculptural artworks in which everything is not as it seems. The artist uses a wide range of media, often combining wildly different materials in a way that emphasizes and subverts common expectations for certain types of media and art. 


A sculpture of a pair of shoes with golden interiorsPosse (sapatos), shoe polish over bronze and…

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Inside the Art Studio of Ron Nagle

A photo of sculptor Ron Nagle in his studio

 

Our Studio Sunday feature this week is Ron Nagle. Nagle is an American ceramic sculptor, as well as a musician. In his artistic practice, Nagle is known for small-scale ceramic works that boast a significant amount of detail and a wide palette of bright, saturated colours. The artist has been based in California for much of his life and career, and his works are influenced by West Coast surf and hotrod culture. 

 

From the looks of…

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The Art Portfolio of Kai Althoff

A photo of a painting with two abstracted figuresUntitled, synthetic polymer paint, oil, enamel and poster tempera on fabric on enamel painted wood stretcher frame

Kai Althoff is a German artist working in painting, sculpture, and mixed media. The artist’s works embrace a wildly colourful and sometimes almost childlike aesthetic, blending gestural mark-making with subtly detailed features and figures. 


A painting of several figures around a hospital bedUntitled, oil, lacquer, tempera and poster on cloth

 

I really like Althoff’s…

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Inside the Art Studio of Anthony Caro

A photograph of Anthony Caro working in his studio

 

Anthony Caro was an English sculptor who worked primarily with metal, using both fabricated pieces and industrial scrap to produce large-scale artworks. Though Caro got his start in modernist sculpture studying under Henry Moore in the 1950s, he quickly moved into producing his own abstract sculptures, for which he was lauded during his career. 

 

Caro’s sculpture studio was made for the production of large-scale works, like,…

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A Portfolio of Abstract Sculpture by Serge Mozhnevsky

An abstract aluminum sculpture installed on a beachEmbrace, aluminum

Serge Mozhnevsky is a sculptor originally from Russia and now based in Vancouver, BC. In his practice, Serge favours abstract sculpture, often building large-scale metal works for outdoor, public spaces, as well as gallery-oriented wood sculpture. 


An aluminum sculpture with a rounded shapeSilence, aluminum

 

It’s easy to draw parallels between Serge’s metal sculptures and those of 20th century greats like Richard Serra or Anthony Caro. There’s an equal…

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Inside the Art Studio of Simone Leigh

A photo of artist Simone Leigh in a sculpture studio

 

Our Studio Sunday feature this week is Simone Leigh. Leigh is a multimedia artist and sculptor originally from Chicago who now lives and works primarily in New York. The artist’s practice deals with themes of ethnic and personal identity, combining elements of feminism with a focus on African art and performance.

 

The artist is pictured here at Stratton Sculpture Studios, a Philadelphia foundry where she was producing works in…

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Hagenclay: The Sculpture Portfolio of Erika Pazmandi Hagen

A sculoture of a female figure with a bronzed finishUntitled, ceramic with cold finish and patina

Erika Pazmandi Hagen is a ceramic artist who works under the studio name Hagenclay. In her sculptures, Erika blends human, often feminine figures with abstracted detail and an appreciation for novel texture. 


An abstracted ceramic sculpture of a figureUntitled

I quite enjoy the artist’s recent sculptural pieces, made using clay with a cold finish and patina. The resulting works have a coppery, metallic sheen, dappled with moments…

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The Art of Graphic Designer and Sculptor Nancy Fouts

A sculptural artwork with a bird serving as the needle on a record playerBird on record player, taxidermy kingfisher, record player, vinyl record

Nancy Fouts was a graphic designer and sculptor known for her surreal and subversive images and sculptures. Based in London for the majority of her career, Fouts was a key figure in the London art scene as co-founder of Fouts and Fowler gallery. 


A baby doll coated in black tar-like resinTarred Baby, resin-dipped fabric baby doll, black acrylic paint

 

The artist’s works draw on Fouts' background as a…

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Painting, Illustration, and Sculpture by Carolina Seth

A painting of a female figure with a flower in her mouthBloom, acrylic on wood panel

Carolina Seth is an artist working in painting, illustration, and sculpture. The artist’s style capitalizes on illustrative techniques, often with a focus on feminine and mythological figures and cool colours. 


A surreal painting of a catNekoland, acrylic on wood panel

 

A lot of Carolina’s work reminds me of the likes of Megan Majewski, Rebecca Chaperon, or even Clementine de Chabaneix. The artist’s portfolio is a nice balance…

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Matchstick Men: The Art of Wolfgang Stiller

An installation consisting of man-sized matchsticksMatchstickmen, wood, rigid foam, acrylic paint

Wolfgang Stiller is a German sculptor who creates artworks that combine human figures with natural and man-made materials. The artist is known for his matchstick men -- larger-than-life sculptures of burnt out matches with realistic human faces. 


A sculptural installation of hanging shrimp trapsDeceive, plastic shrimp traps, lights

 

Stiller’s sculptural process incorporates found materials -- the artist began creating his matchstick…

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Inside the Art Studio of Curtis "Talwst" Santiago

A photo of Curtis Tawst Santiago at work in his studio

 

This week’s Studio Sunday artist is Curtis “Talwst” Santiago. Santiago is originally from Vancouver, BC, where he originally began making his artworks as a diversion from his music career. The artist has become known for his sculptural dioramas built inside of ring boxes, often depicting complex, multi-figure scenes and tableaux. 

 

Santiago’s studio has the look of a hobby space -- the artist could easily be painting a…

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Inside the Art Studio of Keith Sonnier

A photo of Keith Sonnier's art studio

 

This week, let’s take a look inside the studio of Keith Sonnier. Sonnier was born in Louisiana and began experimenting with novel art methods and materials in the 1960s. The artist quickly became enamored with the medium of neon, and has since produced countless works that place neon in new and fascinating configurations and contexts. 

 

Sonnier’s studio looks like an art installation in its own right here -- the space is…

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Plain Bizarre: Surreal Sculpture by Matthew Dercole

A wall-hanging sculpture using elements of livestock animals and plantsanatomy of self medication (strategy number 1), ceramic, wood, plastic grass, polymer clay, glaze, glass, ink, resin, underglaze

Matthew Dercole is a sculptor who works in a variety of materials including polymer clay, resin, wood, ceramic, and fibre. The artist’s works often explore mundane or everyday objects and experiences through a skewed lens, creating sculpted images that are at sometimes surreal, sometimes disturbing, and…

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