Category: Art

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Jen Mann – Relationships & Emotions

Jen Mann is a Canadian artist who explores how relationships form and develop. She delves into “self “concept, the realization of being a separate entity and how our shared experiences whether in the form of harmony or conflict, condition our ways of life.

Fireworks by Jen Mann
Fireworks by Jen Mann

Her compositions manifest the prevalent social trends in digital narratives with incredible hues. The unnatural colours that embody her work relate to her storylines and formulate into strong emotions.

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She tackles the existential questions by taking a satirical, intellectual and honest approach to our conventional values.

Emoji - Jen Mann
Emoji – Jen Mann
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Venus – Men are from Mars Women are from Venus
Wet Dreams - Jen Mann
Wet Dreams – Jen Mann

The concept of real or constructed self identity is portrayed in her creations to make us aware of our cultural attitude towards individualism. She is her own muse and captures her identity in different conditions by being conscious of her interrelationships with self, others and her environment.

I don't feel blue, I feel delft blue - Jen Mann
I don’t feel blue, I feel delft blue – Jen Mann

 

Single Tear - Jen Mann
Single Tear – Jen Mann
The Facade - Jen Mann
The Facade – Jen Mann
The side I don't see - Jen Mann
The side I don’t see – Jen Mann

 

Jen Mann’s contact: http://www.jenmann.com/info

 

Raw Series by Cristian Girotto

Digital art is about imaging the reality as you want. It is perpetual, interpretive and  reflects the outlook of different cultures. It allows the artist to connect the dots between creativity, perceptions, desires, popular and high cultures. An art that communicates the unsaid and allows you to experience visually other senses.

Once more,  talented digital artist, Cristian Girotto has patiently rendered culinary art in a liberal & eye-catching series dubbed “Raw”. Cristian Girotto is a digital artist based in Paris, you can view his portfolio on Behance or his website.

Raw by Critian Girotto
Raw by Critian Girotto
Raw by Cristian Girotto
Raw by Cristian Girotto
Raw by Cristian Girotto
Raw by Cristian Girotto

Canada’s Great Women – Kenojuak Ashevak

Kenojuak Ashevak was an Inuit artist and one of the most remarkable Canadian pioneers of modern Inuit Art.  She was born in an igloo in an Inuit camp, Ikirasaq, at the southern coast of Baffin Island, on October 3, 1927.

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Kenojuak Ashevak, Inuit Artist
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Rabbit Eating Seaweed, Kenojuak Ashevak

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 1959, Kenojuak’s print Rabbit Eating Seaweed” was immediate success.

Her valuable work of arts such as carvings from soapstone, drawings, etchings, stone cut prints and prints are sought after by museums, collectors and corporations.

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Ashevak Kenojua

She designed several drawings for Canadian stamps and coins, and in 2004 she created the first Inuit-designed stained-glass window for the John Bell Chapel in Oakville, Ontario.

Stained glass, Kenojuak Ashevak
Stained glass, Kenojuak Ashevak

Her 1960 print “Enchanted Owl” has become an iconic image in Canadian art.

Enchanted Owl Kenojuak Ashevak
Enchanted Owl Kenojuak Ashevak

 

 

Alex Garant – No need to treat double vision

“The real voyage of discovery consists of not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” Marcel Proust

Canadian pop surrealist artist, Alex Garant, stimulates our senses from fully experiencing to witnessing a state of mind. The queen of double vision brings us back to being aware where we can see a thought. The duplication effect in her portraitures emerges from symmetry and patterns yet leads us from coherence to a world without walls and restrictions. She stimulates our psyche to reach higher consciousness.

The deep symbolism of eyes in her imagery places our conventional and abstract human conditions side by side. Her art encourages us to see our strange responses to unfamiliar, to experience a situation and to re-examine our reactions.

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Paper Flower – Alex Garant
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The secret – Alex Garant
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Let it burn – Alex Garant

Edmonia Lewis – Black History Month

” No person has the right to rain on your dreams”  Martin Luther King Jr

Mary Edmonia Lewis was a 19th century American sculptor, born to an African American father and Chippewa Indian mother in 1844. Her mother named her “Wildfire, a true description of her spirit that spurred her to thrive in her oeuvre d’art. Her atrocious experience with anti abolitionist vigilantes in Ohio where she was accused of poisoning two classmates at Oberlin College, beaten and arrested compelled her to move to Boston and pursue a career as a sculptor. The hostile episodes impelled her to create sculptures paying homage to abolitionist and heroes of the Civil War. Her passion brought about local favourable outcome and her decision to move to Rome, Italy was now viable. She achieved great success and captured the attention of patrons of art and international art press.

 Her devotion to social change was the canon behind her powerful carvings to declare equality, freedom, honour legacies of women  as well as embracing her racial/ethnic heritage. Her way of life led to the conjecture about her sexual orientation by historians, which was based on her close friendship with “Charlotte Cushman and her lover Harriet Hosmer as well as other feminists in their artistic lesbian circle”, being single and her “androgynous style of dress.”

She was the first African American artist to have her art featured in 1876 Centennial Expo in the US city of Philadelphia, “The Death of Cleopatra”.

The Death of Cleopatra, Edmonia Lewis
The Death of Cleopatra, Edmonia Lewis

Her sculpture, ” Marriage of Hiawatha” to his lover, Minnehaha, intelligently depicts dignity and spiritual nobility through neoclassical rendering of features, wide forehead, protective eyes, proud expression and the kind gaze of Minnehaha. The Roman draping and togas as their garments blended with native accessories and the coiffeur intertwine cultures and tribes. The work of art was inspired by a fictional character in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow‘ poem “The Song of Hiawatha” and ancient Greek & Roman art.

Marriage of Hiawathas - Edmonia Lewis
Marriage of Hiawathas – Edmonia Lewis
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Freedom – Edmonia Lewis

Later in her career, she was commissioned to sculpt a bust of U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant. Edmonia Lewis was the epitome of a purposeful woman who with determination and passion became a celebrated artist.

Rob Gonsalves – Magic Realism

Rob Gonsalves art give us another perspective of everyday life that it can be seen in a new and unfamiliar way. His perception fabricates a desired reality. He suggests that unreal, mysteries and phenomenons can be felt and actually exist in rational world.

Rob Gonsalves was born in Toronto, Canada and was trained as an architect. In 1990, he devoted himself to painting and illustration after a great response from Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition. 

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Ray Caesar

Ray Caesar, English digital surreal artist, fantastic reflections of his childhood memories and experiences working in Hospital for sick kids, truly communicates the integration of surreal world of fantasy with assumptions of our daily life.

A torchbearer in digital art, Ray Caesar unlocks the power of imagination and powerfully romanticize the psyche. He uses dream imagery and symbols to express his take on modern day issues.

The Toronto-based artist, leaves a trail following down the rabbit hole for us to immerse in his world. His oeuvre has been collected by Hearst Family; Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy; Madonna; the Bristol Museum, UK & selected by the Board of Trustees of the Museum of Modern Art, New York & Guggenheim, New York through affiliated auctions.   

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Southbound – by Ray Caeser
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Old Wounds by Ray Caesar