medium /// painting




rbc canadian painting competition… a few finalists!

Oh, this annual competition is such a fantastic supporter of Canadian artists! Here’s the deal:

Since 1999, the RBC Canadian Painting Competition, with the support of the Canadian Art Foundation, has been a unique initiative, which helps bridge the gap from emerging to established artists. The RBC Canadian Painting Competition is RBC’s cornerstone RBC Emerging Artists Project property which focuses on supporting artists at the early stage of their careers. More than just financial support, this program offers mentorship, exposure to audiences and more.

So, so great … and $25,000 to the winner, $15,000 to the next two finalists, and $2,500 to the other 12 isn’t bad either! There are 15 finalists: 5 from Eastern Canada, 5 from Central Canada, and 5 from Western Canada. The winner will be announced on November 18th at the Vancouver Art Gallery… but until then, here are just a few of my personal favorites, although it was really hard to pick:

west: robert taite, mixed media

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central: caroline larsen, oil painting

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east: hangama amiri, mixed media

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Ah, makes me proud to be Canadian… but I’m really glad that I’m not a judge {how could you decide!?} Good luck to them, and good luck to all of the finalists!





johnny abrahams

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Whoa. I cannot even close to imagine having the patience to paint these. Yes, they’re paintings… acrylic on panel, by New York based painter Johnny Abrahams. I love that he creates such unbelievable, dizzying, detailed pieces, but also creates those very simple pieces … they’re like palette cleansers for my eyes before heading on to the next insanely patterned piece. Oh, and to give you a sense of scale:

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{via but does it float}





yuliya

YULIYA

Sigh. Sometimes, especially on Friday after a very long and busy week, I love to look at art like this. Ah, the soothing palette and of course the promise of scones, lattes, and general quiet for two whole days… enter the lovely work of Ontario based artist Yuliya. Yes, this is exactly what I need today.

{Prints of her work are available on Society6}





albert ruiz villar

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I wrote about Spanish artist Albert Ruiz Villar, just over two years ago… his work has evolved from looser compositions into these lovely mixed media “structures”. I kind of wish I could walk around in them, from “room” to colorful “room”.

{His work is available on Saatchi Art}





susan ashworth

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Sigh. It’s still life oil paintings like these that make me want to sign up for “Still Life Painting 101″. This is the work of UK based painter Susan Ashworth. Such a beautiful celebration of the mundane, and don’t even get me started on her stunning use of light… those dark rooms? Shafts of sunlight cascading in on those simple jars of flowers? LOVE!





jessica slater

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Oil and spray paint on canvas, inspired by a series of annual trips to India, Sri Lanka, Cambodia and Vietnam… gorgeous! Explosions of color, rich textures, and suggestions of nature brought beautifully together by UK based painter Jessica Slater. Love. {These range in size from 12″x16″ up to 24″x36″} 

{available on Saatchi Art}





“if it scares you, do it”

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Ah, the dreamy work of Portland based artist Lisa Golightly. I have known Lisa for a long time, and I was actually surprised that I convinced her to do this with me. Neither of us “love” making phone calls, so to not only do a phone call but to also allow me to record said phone call? Let’s just say that there was wine involved! Anyway, you can listen right up there under that faded day at the beach, or subscribe on iTunes. As you’re listening, take a look at the work that Lisa and I talked about, in the order that we talked about it. Grab a drink… we did! First up, just a few of my favorites from Lisa’s portfolio:

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Sigh. So dreamy. And so amazing that she actually studied photography, and is a self-taught painter… true story! Some of her work was in my show at the Bedford Gallery last December, this is it, and us:

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Note the very insightful quote from Lisa on the wall. Love. Speaking of love, these are a few of the pieces from the “Fade Away” show she mentioned that was shown at pushDot Studio in Portland. I love how personal her reason for doing this work is. So touching.

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Love all of those. Beautiful, and a tiny bit sad. Up next, her washy, delicate, easy to ruin, have to know when to stop abstracts that we mentioned:

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Stunning! A few of these are available through Good Eye Gallery. And finally, not Lisa’s daughter, but the other Holly Golightly:

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Ha! Sorry Holly… I had to do it! Thank you so much to Lisa for “doing something that scares her”, to Saatchi Art for supporting this episode, and big thanks to you for listening! There will be more art for your ear next weekend!

ps. some of my favorite pieces are available as very affordable prints in my online gallery.





maya hayuk

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Whoa. This is the work {painting (1), screenprints (2,3), murals (4-14)} of Brooklyn based artist Maya Hayuk. Gorgeous, colorful patterns that “recall traditional Ukrainian crafts, airbrushed manicures, and mandalas.” My first thought was wow, she must go through a lot of tape, but I’m pretty sure it’s all freehand, which is even more amazing. On one hand, they’re so precise {the patterns, color choices, angles}, but on the other side they’re so free {no tape, drips, wavering lines}… what a stunning combo! Her work is so vibrant and full of energy… and it looks like she is too! I’m going to start posing like Maya in every photo from now on! #handsoverhead

{via spitfiregirldesign}





layla holzer

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These feel like a dream… or maybe a beautiful nightmare. This monochrome meets neon work is by UK based artist Layla Holzer. She describes herself as a storyteller, and by the look of these stunning narrative pieces, I’d have to completely agree.





maurice sapiro

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American artist Maurice Sapiro has a huge portfolio filled mostly with landscapes that look like they were painted by one of the French masters in my art history books… but his portraits… oh, his portraits. These hauntingly beautiful oil paintings also feel like they just came from those same pages, but with a modern twist. Those pops of yellow and electric orangie-pink, perhaps? So inspiring, and I thought this was also a nice little hit of inspiration for a Tuesday morning:

“I have been painting for over 60 years, and still enjoying every moment at the easel. ~ Maurice Sapiro”

Ah-mazing. Makes me want to spend a day at the easel.