Artist Profiles

An inside look at some of our favorite designers.

VERSATILE AND PROLIFIC

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Paul Ygartua is a creature of habit, yet he’s in a state of constant reinvention. The artist, who was born in Bebington, England and is based in Vancouver, France, Spain or the U.K. depending on the time of year, paints about 10 hours a day, often completing a new work in that time.

A BABY, BRUSHES, AND OIL PAINTS

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Michel LeRoux vividly remembers May 20, 1980 as the blessed day his only daughter, Marie-Hélène, came into existence. Moreover, it was the day LeRoux first went out to buy himself oil paints and brushes – the day when the illustrious career of a Quebec artist was also born.

FINDING NEW LIFE AND SOLACE IN ART

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In what appears to be a barn nestled into the woods in Quebec’s Eastern Townships, glass artist Maryse Chartrand hunkers down to begin the painstaking task of polishing and repolishing her latest piece, a gorgeous glass sculpture featuring the rich colours and serpentine lines that characterize her Newly Freed collection.

WHERE EARTH MEETS SKY

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Your roots – how and where you are raised – play a major role in your life. They set the parameters of your formative years. And that can run deep. But for Irma Soltonovich, it also runs wide. Raised on a farm in Saskatchewan, Soltonovich was influenced by her surroundings, which gave her a sense of where she stood in the world.

BEAUTY UNDERFOOT

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Creating carpets may be in Erbil Tezcan’s DNA. After all, the multi-award-winning designer hails from Turkey, a country with an almost mythical reputation for the art of rug-making, stretching back millennia. “I grew up in Ankara, where every home has Turkish rugs, but to tell the truth I didn’t notice them much,” admits the affable designer, who now lives in New Jersey.

FORM AND FUNCTION

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Nicola Tassie spends her days covered in clay and thinking about the relationships between form and function, art and objects. But it hasn’t always been that way, just for the past 30 years or so. Before that, she was a painter.

ON AND UNDER THE SURFACE

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Artist Cori Creed taps into her memories and her love of the natural world when she paints. Cori Creed’s work focuses on both the surface and what lies beneath it. The Vancouver artist’s large-scale oil paintings depict memories and a life-long love of the natural landscape around her.