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Human and Animal Figures: The Bronze Sculpture of Roy Paul Madsen

A bronze sculpture of a sparrow perched on a human handNot a Sparrow Falls, bronze

Roy Paul Madsen is an accomplished American sculptor who works in a realist style, producing works of art that capture the fine features of human and animal figures. The artist works primarily in bronze, rendering his subjects with a regal and appropriately “statuesque” air. 


A bronze statue of shakespeareShakespeare, bronze

 

Roy’s sculptures do a beautiful job of taking advantage of the bronze medium, capitalizing on the warmth,…

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Exploring the Metaphysical: The Art of Julie Gladstone

An abstract painting with bright colours arranged in abstract shapesMondrian Electric Storm, oil on panel

Julie Gladstone is an artist based in Toronto. In her current practice, Julie works in painting, sculpture, and installation, creating works that utilize an abstracted aesthetic along with a bright, cool colour palette, exploring the metaphysical through observation.


A painting of a rainbow auraFull Body Rainbow Shield, oil on panel

I really enjoy Julie’s paintings -- the artist’s portfolio is packed with series of works…

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Inside the Art Studio of Helmut Lang

Helmut Lang's art studio, pictured with works in progress

 

Our studio Sunday artist today is Helmut Lang. You may have heard of Lang’s name in the context of fashion -- the Austrian artist is well-known for his minimalist fashion designs which rose to public attention in the 90s. 

 

The artist’s studio has a very dramatic atmosphere here -- while I suspect that the colours in this photo have been manipulated to some degree, the artist’s space is still very heavy on greys and blacks,…

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The Sculpture and Installation Art Portfolio of Tamara Rusnak

A photo of a sculptural artwork on a tableImagined Objects Exhibition 2018

Tamara Rusnak is a Saskatchewan artist who works frequently in sculpture and installation, using a range of materials and processes to build objects that reference and emulate natural forms. 


A photo of several artworks in an exhibitionImagined Objects Exhibition 2018

 

In our previous feature, we looked at Tamara’s knack for ecological installations, and building sculptures that reference and explore the unique aesthetics of nature. Unlike…

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The Contemporary Sculpture Portfolio of Magali Hébert-Huot

A sculptural artwork with pieces of cut wood painted white and neonUntitled (L'Hiver est long), hyrdocal and wax

Magali Hébert-Huot lives and works in both Baltimore and Québec City. In her current artistic practice, Magali creates works of contemporary sculpture using unexpected materials and neon hues. 


An artwork made to look like a bundle of neon sticksUntitled (Swinging Bundle Yellow), expanding foam, rope, 3-D printed hardware

 

Some of the artist’s most recent sculptural installations consist of numerous small pieces placed at semi-regular…

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Inside the Art Studio of Julian Opie

A photo of Julian Opie's redesigned studio

 

Our studio Sunday feature this week is Julian Opie. The artist, currently based in Shoreditch, East London, is known for his bright, stylized figure paintings and is often identified as part of the New British Sculpture Movement -- a circle of British artists who began exhibiting sculpture (among other types of artwork) in the 1980s. 

 

Opie’s studio here was designed by architect Carmody Groarke. The central work table --…

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The Art Portfolio of Cynthia Consentino

A figure made from a combination or original ceramic and found figurineBirdie IV, altered commercial figurine, sculpted stoneware head and bird, glaze

Cynthia Consentino is a ceramic artist and sculptor currently based in Bucklan, Massachusetts. In her practice, Cynthia uses the sculptural medium to explore and break down expectations and dichotomies related to gender and reality. 


A ceramic figure of a Madonna with the head of a wolfWolf Madonna, porcelain, glaze

 

Much of Cynthia’s work is also inspired by fairy tales -- works in which human figures are…

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Fanciful Cities: The Art of Bodys Isek Kingelez

A whimsical sculpture of the UN buildingU.N., paper, paperboard, mixed media

Bodys Isek Kingelez was a Congolese artist who built colourful models of fanciful cities. The artist’s maquettes were often made with the intent of imagining harmonious, almost utopian alternative futures for the cities of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, including Kingelez’ hometown of Kinshasa.


A diorama of a complex city made with discarded paper and materialskimbembele ihunga

 

In his practice, Kingelez employed a wide variety of materials including…

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Inside the Art Studio of Amy Bennett

A photo of Amy Bennett's art studio

 

Our studio Sunday feature this week is Amy Bennett. Bennett is an American artist whose artworks bridge the gap between sculpture and painting, with a conceptual focus on the darkly humorous narratives found in modern suburbia. To create her narrative paintings, Bennett constructs highly detailed dioramas to use as reference for numerous works, changing small elements of scenery and figure to suit the story she wishes to tell.… 

 

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The Environment's Omnipresence: The Art Portfolio of Troy Nickle

An outdoor installation of a figure made from junked car partsJunk Man, discarded car frame and parts assembled into a figure

Troy Nickle is a sculptor and installation artist who often works with natural materials and features of the landscape to create his works. The artist’s practice is inspired by the natural environment, but also serves as a pertinent reminder to the viewer of the environment’s omnipresence.


An piece of land art made by packing snow into a circle on a treeSnow Ring, snow packed onto cottonwoods, archival inkjet print

 

I like the way…

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A New Dimension: The Art Portfolio of Vincent McLoughlin

A painting of abstracted flowersrgrnwonblk, acrylic on custom built luan panel

Vincent McLoughlin is an artist who paints on wood, often using panels that have been custom built and sculpted to create interestingly figurative substrates. The artist’s paint, in combination with the sculpted wood panels, brings out a new dimension in the artwork.


A painting with bright blue and green coloursbonrongonr, acrylic on primed repurposed luan panel

 

I really enjoy the way that Vincent uses paint to bring figurative…

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Inside the Art Studio of Kate MccGwire

A photo of Kate MccGwire at work in her art studio

 

Kate MccGwire is an English artist who works with unusual materials including bird bones and feathers. The artist’s sculptural works often deal with notions of binaries and contrasts -- beauty and disgust, chaos and calm, life and death, among others. In her current practice, the artist sticks mostly to avian materials, collected from the ground or from the owners of racing pigeons.

 

MccGuire’s studio is on a boat -- a Dutch…

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Alien Forms: The Sculpture Portfolio of Kelsey Kimmel

A close-up photo of a bright and colourful textured sculptureGlitched Totem (detail), polyeurethane rigid foam, silicone, pigment, spray paint

Kelsey Kimmel is an installation artist and sculptor who tends to utilize neon-bright colours and bizarre, alien forms, building up spaces and objects that make the viewer feel as though they’re walking through an abstract painting, or a bright computer-simulated landscape.


A detail image of an installation featuring numerous objectsGround and mirror reflection (detail), cardboard tube, tool dip, mirror, plaster,…

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The Portfolio Website of This is It Gallery

An assemblage artwork made of numerous found objectsSelf Portrait, found object assemblage (Bob Bucholz)

This Is It Gallery is an art gallery based in Chicago, Illinois. As a non-profit, the gallery is proud to offer a variety of programs and workshops to help foster the artistic community in and around the Chicago area.


A complex painting of two mythical figures, one a skeletonLa Sirena et Agwe, acrylic on canvas (Diane Green)

 

Gallery founders Bob Bucholz and Diane Green have artworks available on the gallery’s portfolio website alongside…

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