Episode 5: Slavo Cech. If You Can Stick A Magnet To It.

Episode 5 features Edmonton based metal artist and sculptor Slavo Cech. We met at Slavo’s studio & shop in Edmonton in  the first week of June.

Our chat ranged from Slavo’s start making Christmas decorations, to his architectural metal work,  his fine art metal sculpture, to his brush with royalty, both Hockey & British.

Bison at sunset. © Slavo Cech Used with permission.
Bison at sunset. © Slavo Cech Used with permission.
Copper Heart Steel & Copper © Slavo Cech Used with permission.
Copper Heart. Steel & Copper © Slavo Cech Used with permission.
Various Small pieces © Slavo Cech Used with permission.
Various small pieces © Slavo Cech Used with permission.
Horse © Slavo Cech Used with permission.
Horse © Slavo Cech Used with permission.
Abstract © Slavo Cech Used with permission.
Abstract © Slavo Cech Used with permission.
Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson, HRH Prince Edward, Slavo Cech with Bison presentation piece © Slavo Cech Used with permission.
Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson, HRH Prince Edward, Slavo Cech with Bison presentation piece © Slavo Cech Used with permission.

You can find out more about Slavo on his website metalurges.ca

Twitter:  @slav_metalurges

Facebook: facebook.com/Slavo-Cech-for-metal-urges

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Episode 4: Mariam Qureshi. Loving Local

Episode 4 features Edmonton based artist and curator Mariam Qureshi We met at Mariam’s Lotus Gallery in Edmonton in late May.

Our chat ranged from her formative years in Pakistan, her drive to create a space for up and coming artists and her love of supporting local.

Imagined Paris © Mariam Qureshi Oil on canvas Used with permission.
Imagined Paris © Mariam Qureshi Oil on canvas Used with permission.
Allure © Mariam Qureshi Oil on canvas Used with permission.
Allure © Mariam Qureshi Oil on canvas Used with permission.
Snow City © Mariam Qureshi Oil on canvas Used with permission.
Snow City © Mariam Qureshi Oil on canvas Used with permission.
Burst of Thoughts © Mariam Qureshi Oil on canvas Used with permission.
Burst of Thoughts © Mariam Qureshi Oil on canvas Used with permission.

You can find out more about Mariam on her website gallerymariamqureshi.com  or check out Lotus Gallery.

@LotusArtgallery

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Episode 3: Jason Blower. Telling the Story

Episode 3 features Edmonton based artist and Illustrator Jason Blower. We met in Jason’s second floor garage studio on a Monday in May.

Our chat ranged from his background in education, developing his style & palette. digital art, being a full time artist and pricing work and the importance of finding a story to tell in each piece.

World Of Science © Jason Blower Acrylic on panel Used with permission.
World Of Science © Jason Blower Acrylic on panel Used with permission.
Pet commision © Jason Blower Acrylic on panel Used with permission.
Pet commision © Jason Blower Acrylic on panel Used with permission.
Edmonton International Airport © Jason Blower Acrylic on panel Used with permission.
Edmonton International Airport © Jason Blower Acrylic on panel Used with permission.
Edmonton Skyline Mural at Edmonton Economic Development Edmonton International Airport © Jason Blower Acrylic on panel Used with permission.
Edmonton Skyline Mural at Edmonton Economic Development Edmonton International Airport © Jason Blower Acrylic on panel Used with permission.

You can find out more about Jason on his website www.jasonblower.com  or check his webcomic  Wild Springs  mentioned on the podcast .

twitter.com/jason_blower

facebook.com/JasonBlowerIllustration

instagram.com/jasonblower

 

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Episode 2: Karen Klassen. Piecing it together.

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Episode 2 features Edmonton based mosaic artist Karen Klassen. We sat down on a Monday morning in her studio surrounded by buckets of rocks, minerals, wood and metal.

We chatted about her first large scale piece, her path to mosaic, public art, being a woman artist, her Goddess project and much more.

Mother Earth © Karen Klassen
Mother Earth © Karen Klassen 60×72″ 152x182cm Mixed Media Mosiac Used with permission.
Assorted pieces. © Karen Klassen Used with permission.
YEGCanvas Billboard mentioned in podcast. © Karen Klassen. Used with permission.
Goddess. © Karen Klassen
Goddess. © Karen Klassen 84″ 213cm tall. Multimedia mosaic sculpture. Used with permission.

Karen is represented at The Avens Gallery in Canmore, AB and you can find more on her and her work on her website. karenklassenmosaics.ca/

twitter.com/KKlassenMosaics

facebook.com/karensmosaicstudio

instagram.com/karensmosaics

pinterest.com/karensmosaics

 

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Episode 1: Jori Warren. Looking for the Wow

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Our first episode features Edmonton painter Jori Warren. I sat down with Jori in her kitchen on an unreasonably cold April morning.

We had a wide ranging chat with topics including her background as a set and prop designer, her love of finding “wow” in everyday items, the challenges of being a self taught artist, current projects, social media and the family events that changed her life and made her take up painting full time.

Life's A Bowl © Jori Warren
Life’s A Bowl © Jori Warren 40×40″ 101x101cm Acrylic on Canvas Used with permission

Jori produces work in great detail, yet at a large scale and it really does have that wow factor. We spoke about her recent currency series and her upcoming car series.

Canada $150 (left) and Pocket Change( right
Canada $150 (left) and Pocket Change( right) © Jori Warren 32×60″ 170x152cm Acrylic on canvas. Used with permission
Hidden Treasure
Hidden Treasure © Jori Warren 67×46″ 170x116cm Acrylic on canvas. Used with permission

As you’ll hear in the interview, Jori is represented in Edmonton at Udell Xhibitions and you can check out all of her work on her website joriginals.ca.

As you’ll hear in the interview she’s also very active on social media so be sure to check her out.

twitter.com/joriginals1
facebook.com/joriginals1
instagram.com/joriginals1

I hope you enjoy our first episode.

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Introducing Audio on Visual

What is it?

Audio on Visual is a podcast that hopes to bring you into the artist studio, whether that be a 1000 sq ft studio or a extra bedroom in a condo, to help you get to know the struggles, triumphs and day to day lives of people creating visual arts.

Initially, the artists featured will be from my circle of friends and acquaintances, which are mostly Edmonton and Alberta based but I do have quite a few folks I know through social media spread out all over the world. I hope to feature some of them through the magic of the Skype interview.

The artists you hear will, for the most part, be people you have probably never heard of, although you may be familiar with their work. This isn’t a podcast that will be featuring “famous” artists, rather, it is focused on those artists that live and work right beside you.

How will it work?

Where I can, I’ll be interviewing each artist in their own studio for about an hour and I’m planning on distilling that down to a 30 minute episode. I plan for about an episode a month due to the fact that I work full time and, you know, make art.  I’ll be offering the podcast from this website as well as through Google Play and iTunes. As a companion to the audio podcast, I’ll be producing a short video for each artist featuring interview highlights, some studio shots and some images of the artist’s work. These will be released on YouTube and embedded on this site.

When can I hear it?

I am lining up the first 3 or 4 artists as I write this and have interviews starting next week. I hope to have something available by May 1. Stay tuned and be sure to follow @AudioOnVisual on Twitter or Facebook for updates.

And of course you can always follow me @JayIsPainting