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Klaire Pearson

in Vermillion

Feminine Attempts


Klaire Pearson is a painter who lives in Vermillion, SD, and she creates representational portraits of women with oil on canvas. Klaire enjoys using the human form as a vehicle to communicate the agency of her subjects with viewers. In addition to addressing femininity and feminism within her artwork, she enjoys incorporating humor. After she graduated from South Dakota State University, she was a K-12 art teacher. Klaire is currently a graduate student at the University of South Dakota where she studies painting and teaches foundation classes.

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Mud Portraits

@ VOL 73 ON MAY 26, 2010

Canadian photographer Harold Godsoe introduces his series of "Mud Portraits," explaining what drew him to using mud, and what he feels comes out of the resulting photographs.

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Feminism Through Art

@ VOL 24 ON NOV 20, 2013

Alpesh Kantilal Patel showcases art exhibits that challenge gender and sexuality norms. International feminism and liberation of women are emphasized in this combination of art and activism. 

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See You On Canvas

@ VOL 6 ON FEB 06, 2015

Painters 6 is an art company with a diverse staff from all over the world. This company focuses on painting the emotion and interpretation of a sitting on a canvas.

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From Landscape to Painting

@ VOL 3 ON SEP 17, 2015

Insight into the process of an artist and professor, Andrew Dickson, who captures landscapes through painting.

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Portraits of Secure - Insecure Housing

@ VOL 24 ON JUL 14, 2016

Carol Skinger People fall through the cracks. Everyone here knows someone who did. Either a friend or a family member or someone you encountered yesterday. Most of us find the Tiny House Movement interesting. If you are an architecture or design student it’s a cool problem to solve. One thing folks do not picture when they say “tiny house” is a mobile home or trailer. As an artist I found two parts of my world crossing paths when I started to take commissions to paint what I call secure housing for individuals. It’s a good little niche and I use the proceeds to help support a family member who does not have secure housing (or really secure anything) who lives in a tiny home known as a trailer. While my commissioned house portraits are much loved and they are warm and illustrative, they would not be accepted in a contemporary art show. A few months ago something surprising happened. I submitted my series of small paintings of mobile homes and trailers to a juried art show at 2105 Three Rivers Arts Festival and received an important award from juror Freyda Spira Associate Curator of Drawings and Prints at Metropolitan Museum of Art, a “Best of Show”. I felt happy about this obviously, but also happy for my family member whose life inspires me to see the subject area.

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Why Portraits Matter

@ VOL 15 ON FEB 17, 2017

"We should capture who we are at this moment."
In Why Portraits Matter from PechaKucha Night El Paso Vol. 15, David Parish shares his decision to create portraits in a world of selfies and why portraits matter.  Utilizing his background in psychology to connect with his subjects, David brings new life to the art of the portrait.  His studio portraiture takes on a painterly quality while revealing the humanity of his subjects through a classical eye.

This was "Presentation of the Day" on June 29th, 2017. 
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@ VOL 1 ON JAN 27, 2018

In her presentation, Seyhr Qayum shares her current studio practice and the concepts that inform her art-making decisions. 

Conceptually, Seyhr's art is largely about cross-cultural exchange, and her perception of the differences between liberal and conservative societies. She combines representational portraiture and figurative illustrations, with elements of abstraction. 

The idea of women empowerment is a focus in Seyhr's artworks. She has seen both the liberal and conservative side of life, and therefore has a fair idea of what it means to be a woman in both these worlds. All her work portrays Pakistani women as strong, empowered members of the society rather than stale and stereotypical illustrations. Her life-sized paintings of empowered female figures, such as ‘Here’s Looking at You, Kid,’ where a woman boldly stares back at you, encapsulate the idea of showing Pakistani women as strong and capable rather than submissive or troubled beings.

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@ VOL 35 ON SEP 06, 2018

Artist Andrew Blair is an artist who prefers more traditional media and whose prime subject matter is the human face. His portraits can be described as expressive, both in terms of what the faces show, and in the nuances of his techniques. Andrew walks us through his work and his ideas, and shows us how else he's engaging the community-at-large with his art in this PechaKucha Night Winnipeg talk.

Andrew's talk was recorded live at PechaKucha Night Winnipeg Vol. 35, on September 6, 2018, at the Park Theatre. 

For more information on PKN Winnipeg, follow us on Twitter (@pkn_winnipeg), Instagram (@pkn_winnipeg), or Facebook ( PKN Winnipeg is presented by the Manitoba Chapter of the Graphic Designers of Canada.

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Portraits de gens pris sur le fait

@ VOL 4 ON NOV 15, 2018

Maxime Frairot commente ses supers toiles avec humour et présente tous les portraits de ses sujets qui semblent regarder le spectateur droit dans les yeux.