Art

Eveline Kolijn

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Dutch-Canadian artist based in Calgary, Alberta Eveline Kolijn.

“Welcome to Eveline Kolijn’s artistic biosphere.”

“I EXPLORE A GENERAL QUESTION: WHAT IS NATURE AND HOW DO WE POSITION OURSELVES IN IT? EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED THROUGH A WEB CALLED THE BIOSPHERE. I AM FASCINATED WITH THE CONCEPT OF THE NOÖSPHERE, DEFINED BY VLADIMIR VERNADSKY HUNDRED YEARS AGO AS THE MENTAL SPHERE OF LIFE; THE CAPACITY OF HUMAN THOUGHT TO CHANGE THE BIOSPHERE. NOW, WE CALL THIS OUTCOME THE ANTHROPOCENE: THE EPOCH OF HUMAN IMPACT ON ECOSYSTEMS, INCLUDING CLIMATE CHANGE. WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE AN ARTIST IN THE AGE OF THE ANTHROPOCENE? HOW DO WE BECOME ECOLOGICALLY INTELLIGENT? THE ANTHROPOCENE CHALLENGES HUMAN EXCEPTIONALISM. WE MUST COME TO A FUNDAMENTAL UNDERSTANDING WE ARE A POROUS ORGANISM, A HUMAN HOLOBIONT, WITH MICROBIAL KIN AND SYMBIOTIC RELATIONSHIPS IN A LIVING WORLD.” http://evelinekolijn.com


Jamie Morris

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Calgary artist, illustrator and educator Jamie Morris.

“Jamie Morris earned a degree from the Alberta College of Art & Design in 1997, majoring in Visual Communications. He added to his formal education the following summer as he was accepted into the Illustration Academy in Kansas City, Missouri.

He returned to Calgary to begin his freelance illustration career and a few short years later, had compiled numerous high-profile projects and a handful of awards from the Society of Illustrators. It was at this time that the painterly qualities of his oils made a smooth transition to the walls of art galleries.”

“Jamie now enjoys a nice balance of commissioned illustration projects and personal gallery work. As well, Jamie teaches illustration part-time at ACAD.” http://www.jamiemorris.ca

Bruno Tomei

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“Canadian-Quebecois sculptor Bruno Weegun Tomei was born in the Great North of Quebec, in a small mining city called Schefferville, now turned ghost town after the closing of the Iron Ore Company of Canada in 1982. This was heartbreaking news for Bruno W. Tomei who felt suddenly evicted from the wild surroundings he loved and understood most. Even if it is said that time heals everything, there is very little cure for nostalgia, and Bruno W. Tomei was fortunate enough to find a sort of salvation through his art.” Bruno Tomei http://www.animouks.com/brunowtomei.aspx

Thierry Mugler

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I had the wonderful opportunity to see Thierry Mugler’s fabulous design collection in Montreal, Canada this week. A fashion designer and artist!

“At the age of 20, Thierry Mugler left his hometown of Strasbourg. His destination: Paris. There, his allure and style were on display for all to see. Mugler would often wear his own creations and a freelance career as a designer soon opened up to him. He began by working with major fashion houses, then created his first collection in 1973 called «Café de Paris». Going against folkloric, unstructured fashion, the collection had an urban, sexy, flirty vibe, confident in itself. It exuded avant-garde ultra-femininity, a dramatization of the everyday unveiling of a woman. It was the same Thierry Mugler style that debuted with the creation of his house in 1974. Four years later, he was named «Designer of the Year» by both the press and the public. His success story had begun. Throughout the 1980s, the Thierry Mugler brand shone brightly with acclaimed collections, ingenious fashion shows that he conceived and directed, painting-like photos that he created himself, short films, video clips and films.” Thierry Mugler

https://www.mugler.ca

Janet Bradish

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“I was born and raised in Calgary Alberta. I attended the University of Alberta and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. In the early years art was a part time activity done on weekends and days off from the ‘paying’ job. I am now a full time artist working in acrylic mixed media and printmaking – linocut and monotype. I am a self-taught artist, and have taken a variety of workshops and love incorporating and experimenting with new ideas and techniques with my art. I live in the Bragg Creek area with my husband and two dogs, a horse and two mules. Life is good!” Janet Bradish

http://janetbradishstudios.com

Gabriel Schama

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“When I first started prototyping ideas in laser-cut plywood, it became brilliantly clear that I needed a machine of my own to push beyond the soft limits of art paper. I received enough patronage from my second Kickstarter campaign to quit my day job, buy my own laser cutter and never looked back. The plywood compositions that I have focused on for the last couple of years are a direct expansion of the same ideas that began by hand in paper. Much of my creative energy has gone into mastering Adobe Illustrator, and I long since reached a point where I no longer sketch anything on paper, favoring the many shortcuts and tools the digital process affords me.” Gabriel Schama

http://www.gabrielschama.com