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J Walters

I curate visual arts under The Art Junkie banner

Quick Hits: Joni Mitchell’s Drawings

Singer Joni Mitchell is releasing a collection of her early lyrics and drawings, created in 1971, originally in an edition of only 100 copies given as gifts to friends. The re-issue will make the more than 30 original artworks, plus poetry and lyrics, available to the public for […]

44/150: Brian Jungen – Cultural Touchstones

Brian Jungen (b: 1970) is an acclaimed Canadian artist who is internationally renowned for his elaborate sculptures and installations inspired by his experience of post-industrial consumerism and his own First Nations heritage. The works are made from re-purposed consumer goods  (think Nike Air Jordan trainers, above, or plastic […]

Natalia Goncharova: Avant-Garde Trailblazer

Natalia Goncharova was only 32 in 1913 when she established herself as the leader of the Russian avant-garde movement with a major Moscow exhibition. She then moved to France where she designed costumes and backdrops for Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes. She lived in Paris for the rest of […]

Kelly Grace: A Retro Vibe

Kelly Grace is an artist I’ve featured before (here) but there’s more to learn about her this time around. She was surrounded by creative influences growing up north of Toronto. Her paternal grandparents were traveling puppeteers in California in the 1950s, and her grandfather was also a clown […]

Quick Hits: Bamboo Art

Japanese artist Tanabe Chikuunsai IV pushes the boundaries of bamboo art. He creates soaring, twisting forms that stretch from floor to ceiling.  These dramatic, immersive environments are meant to make us think of the bamboo forests where these works began their lives (below).