Artists

Eyes wide open.

For Israeli-born artist Nir Hod, themes of beauty, loneliness, and narcissism—three of his favourite subjects—are constantly recurring in his work.

Dying on a prayer.

“I have never once been able to escape the fear of death. With no religion to comfort me, no breathing methods to steady my heart, will I be able to face my fate? I am not yet prepared.”

Mosaic maestro.

Most people know painter Amedeo Modigliani’s famous portraits of sad, eerily empty-eyed women with elongated faces. But have you ever seen them reinterpreted as mosaics?

Magical thinking.

Becoming an artist was never a question for Bobbie Burgers. Over her 20 year career, Burgers has captured the beauty of flowers and natural landscapes in her expressive paintings.

Dalí-ance.

FROM THE ARCHIVE: To see your world through an artist’s eyes, to participate in the act of creation, or in Barthesian terms, to create a writerly work of art, rather than to simply and passively see the artist’s world through your eyes; that is the ultimate goal of retracing the artist’s steps.

Free Speech Pendant.

Ai Weiwei is the most recent artist to create an exclusive artwork for the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Artist Edition program, in conjunction with Unscrolled: Reframing Tradition in Chinese Contemporary Art, on display until April 2015.

Long-distance relationship.

Ai Weiwei makes art. His own government has barred him from leaving China, and so, for the artist and activist, architect and anomaly, the show must go on—without him.

Artist's wonderland.

FROM THE ARCHIVE: Walking into David Altmejd’s studio feels like falling down a rabbit hole into some strange wonderland. Hidden on the top floor of a Long Island City warehouse that’s just one subway stop from Manhattan, the large, bright space is a hub of activity.