Archive for the ‘Acrylics’ Category

Miquel Wert

Monday, December 7th, 2009

Miquel Wert

Do you remember the scene in “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” where Jim Carrey is frantically running around inside his mind trying to salvage his memories as a team scrambles to erase them from his bedside? That intense sense of witnessing your memories evaporate right in front of you has been captured by artist Miquel Wert.  His haunting paintings feature blurred figures in snapshot moments; fragments of the past caught in a suspended state of hazy, diminished memory, and I am a big fan.

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Jeremy Browne

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

Jeremy Browne

Old stone farm houses often feel, to me, infused with their pasts.  I almost want to say “haunted”, but that isn’t right;  it isn’t a sense of the supernatural, but rather a sense of the past living with the present.  Jeremy Browne’s finely rendered portraits of stone farm houses capture that sense beautifully, giving each painted image a sense of history and timelessness.

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Matt Haber

Monday, November 30th, 2009

Matt Haber

Can you believe it’s almost December already?  Why does it seem that entire years go by in the time it takes me to make toast?

Speaking of things that mystify my brain, Matt Haber has succeeded in doing just that, in all the best ways.  His narrative fantasies and clean design sensibilities combine to make my synapses fire faster than they were ever meant to.  Go ahead, give his paintings a try for yourself.

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Jophen Stein

Friday, November 27th, 2009

Jophen Stein

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my American friends, family, and readers!

If you’re not able to spend the day with your own family, might I suggest you spend some time with The Snootson Family Showcase, an ongoing series of narrative works created by Jophen Stein.  In fact, this could be the start of a great new tradition, spend some time every holiday with the work of a favourite artist! It’s an even better idea than candied yams!

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Yury Darashkevich

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

Yury Darashkevich

Yury Darashkevich paints finely rendered women against void backgrounds, and for my money he’s at his best when creating his large-scale close-ups; the empty backgrounds become foregrounds as drips of paint bleed over the edges of hairdos and shoulders, while the women stare back at you with looks that suggest you had better take them seriously.  Before you head over to his site though, I should warn you that some of his work is NSFW.

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Gratuitous Self-Promotion

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

Eric Cator

I hope everyone had a great Halloween weekend.  I spent much of it getting ready for the “Art Off the Lot” exhibition happening this coming weekend, and if you are going to be in Toronto between November 5th and 8th I would like to invite you to swing by. It looks to be a good show, and I would be happy to see you there (I’ll be at booth B69).  Click on the logo below to get all the details.

Art off the lot

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Marie Martin

Friday, October 30th, 2009

Marie Martin

I don’t hide the fact that I tend to gravitate toward representational painting, but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate the exploration of pure colour, line, and texture on canvas.  For example, I can definitely appreciate Marie Martin’s explorations. In fact, I recommend you visit her site and do some exploring of your own.

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Rebecca Silus

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Rebecca Silus

I wouldn’t normally consider suburban landscapes to be fascinating and beautiful, but Rebecca Silus has changed my mind about that. She manages to show many perspectives (often within a single painting) of her chosen subjects, revealing intrigue where there previously appeared to be only bland homogeneity.

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Michael Thompson

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Michael Thompson

Rather than freezing time, Michael Thompson seems to have found a way to slow it down; each painting seems to represent a living moment occurring so slowly as to last a lifetime, not a holding of breath, but rather a breath drawn out for eternity.

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Hermann Mejia

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Hermann Mejia

Hermann Mejia is one of those rare and enviable visual artists who can work in just about any medium and produce astonishing work. It is definitely worth spending some time on his site to explore the various directions he travels.

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