ARTIST SPOTLIGHT | LEAH RAINEY

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT |  LEAH RAINEY Leah Rainey works within a combined tradition of process painting and direct painting using a broad range of techniques that interconnect through coincidence and the accidental. These paintings explore the elusive ground between the physical [...]

2024-01-24T16:57:38-08:00

Artist Spotlight Update with Rubeena Ratcliffe

We published our first interview with Rubeena Ratcliffe in May 2022. I talked with Rubeena to see what’s transpired in the last 18 months and she doesn’t disappoint. Adventurous and fearless Ratcliffe and her husband packed up their family of five and decamped to a 550 square foot cabin (under construction) on [...]

2024-02-15T15:26:11-08:00

CHRIS KEATLEY

An interview with CHRIS KEATLEY, Curator Pendulum Gallery, Vancouver BC, Canada. We are thrilled to present an in-depth interview with Chris Keatley, Curator of the Pendulum Gallery in Vancouver. Appointed curator in 2007, Keatley talks about the evolution of the [...]

2023-06-15T14:18:58-07:00

Artist Spotlight | Randall Steeves

Encaustic, or molten beeswax mixed with pigment, is Steeves’ medium of choice. The physicality of the encaustic medium is reinforced in the form of large renderings of fingerprints layered over the canvas surface. The prints are often Steeves’ own — he had himself ‘processed’ by the Vancouver Police [...]

2023-08-26T16:27:10-07:00

Artist Spotlight | Jose Jimenez

Why does someone become an artist? It's a big question that can yield seemingly inconsequential answers. Sometimes, it all comes down to a chance encounter — stumbling across a comic strip, accidentally walking into a band's practice session or visiting an artist studio for the first time. I ask our feature [...]

2022-07-22T11:26:03-07:00

RUBEENA RATCLIFFE ABSTRACT PAINTINGS

Why does someone become an artist? It's a big question that can yield seemingly inconsequential answers. Sometimes, it all comes down to a childhood chance encounter — stumbling across a comic strip, attending an art exhibition for the first time or an emergency trip to the hospital. I asked Rubeena Ratcliffe [...]

2022-06-05T11:43:00-07:00

MARA KORKOLA

Elissa Cristall is pleased to present our Artist Spotlight interview with Toronto-based artist Mara Korkola. In conversations and email over two months in 2021, Mara spoke to me about her path to contemporary art making and the curiosity that continues to drive her work. Korkola's captivating works [...]

2022-03-31T16:19:06-07:00

JESSICA KORDERAS

We delve into the meticulous three dimensional cast resin sculptures by Halifax artist Jessica Korderas. Film is a major inspiration for Korderas and we examine new work based on her recent discovery of 1970's genre of Italian movies called "Giallo”. [...]

2022-02-07T19:19:59-08:00

CARRIE WALKER

Carrie Walker's art practice explores the fraught relationship between humans and non-human animals by looking at how humans write about, photograph and paint non-human animals. She uses original drawing, photography and video, as well as found and appropriated materials such as text, paintings and photographs. Humour and [...]

2022-01-31T23:49:28-08:00

JEROEN WITVLIET

In this interview we present five new large-scale paintings by Dutch-Canadian artist Jeroen Witvliet. Witvliet's art is a response to contemporary times; to be aware and to find a sense of the poetic while questioning current events, historical accuracy and memory. [...]

2023-08-26T16:32:19-07:00

GILLIAN RICHARDS

Vancouver artist Gillian Richards spoke to me about her path to contemporary art making and the curiosity that continues to drive her work. Richard’s body of work including painting and drawing examines the beauty and banality of urban life.  [...]

2022-01-30T20:18:31-08:00

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