Archive for March, 2008

Zak Smith

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

zaksmith.jpgWhen I found Zak Smith’s website my first reaction was “wow, there is no shortage of things to look at here.”  And I had only seen one painting at that point.  I love the detail in these works, possibly because I tend to surround myself with clutter in my own space, but even neat freaks should be able to enjoy these fantastic paintings. 

Douglas Walker

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

douglaswalker.jpgColour is a great thing, and sometimes it takes a monochromatic painting to remind you of that fact.  Well, Douglas Walker specializes in monochromatic paintings, and they not only remind me how much I love colour, but also how much I love finding great art by great artists.  Go ahead and try it, find some great art here.

Kris Knight

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

krisknight.jpgI have been a very big fan of Kris Knight’s work for years now, and he just keeps getting better.   He’s got a whole lot of paintings up on his Flickr site, which I suggest you go visit now.  He also has a portfolio site, but it’s currently awaiting an update, so maybe just bookmark that one and save it for the future.

Bettina Sellman

Monday, March 17th, 2008

bettinasellmann.jpgHow do you take classic renaissance portraiture and give it an amazing contemporary feel, all while using a difficult medium at its fullest potential?  You don’t.  But Bettina Sellman does.

Shaun Downey

Saturday, March 15th, 2008

shaundowney.jpgOK, I’m going to say it.  The navigation on the site is a little less than ideal, but the man can work a brush people.  The paintings are excellent, and if you’re in the Toronto area, he has a show of new works opening April 12 at Ingram Gallery.   I’d go see it for the name alone.

Caroline Jean

Friday, March 14th, 2008

carolinejean.jpgThere seems to be a hint of Francis Bacon’s influence lurking in the portraits done by Caroline Jean, and that’s a good thing.

Michal Tkachenko

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

michaltkachenko.jpgThere is a wide range of works on Michal Tkachenko’s site, her series’ ranging from traditional landscapes, to still life, to portraiture.  For me, the most powerful works involve her series of self-portraits that examine the drastic effects of a car accident she was in while working as a teenage pharmacist in Haiti.  I didn’t post one of those images though, because it’s well worth going to the site to see them for yourself as a series.

Dorion Scott

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

dorionscott.jpgConsidering just how much stuff we (and by “we” I really mean “me”) crave and consume and accumulate and then ignore, it seems like a good thing to take a moment to reflect on the things we have surrounded ourselves with.  That is where still life painting comes in.  Take Dorion Scott for example.  Her clean and elegant paintings are quiet studies of the objects we live with every day, and I for one can always use an excuse to slow down for a minute and reflect a little.

Brendan Monroe

Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

brendanmonroe.jpgI love the physicality and colour pallet  in Brendan Monroe’s paintings.  Amazing stuff.  Enough said.

Gillian Wilson

Monday, March 10th, 2008

gillainwilson.jpgI tend to paint in a fairly tight manner, but I strive to be looser.  I’ll probably never attain the looseness that Gillian Wilson has, but maybe I’ll get close.