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A View from the Easel

CHICAGO — The 46th installment of a series in which artists send in a photo and a description of their workspace.

Want to take part? Submit your studio — just check out the submission guidelines.

Michael Adamson, Toronto, Canada (site)

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This a temporary work space, located in between Kensington Market and Little Italy in Toronto. It will soon be torn down for redevelopment. It belongs to a collector who has commissioned some paintings for his residence.

I have spent almost one year working in this space and have as a result of the commission been able to hire assistants and with the added luxury of so much space I have taken the opportuntity to make two new shows. The raw quality of the space, as well as having informal critiques from my assistants (Cristel Scott, Caitlyn Chisamore, Phu Bui, Mike Hwang and Erin Loree) has helped me break on through to a new way of working and a new outlook.

Melissa Murray, Brooklyn, New York (site)

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My studio is the larger part of my Bushwick apartment. It occupies the street level, often times causing the curtains to be drawn. Past the bedroom and through the kitchen lies the garden which is my muse and my second studio. Living and working full time in the space blurs the boundaries between my two environments. I have become increasingly interested in textiles and domestic scenes in my work and on the other hand have been obsessively wallpapering my my apartment in bold paint and prints. I am, though, still able to maintain the cave-like nature of my half submerged abode.

Gateson Recko, Sandia Park, New Mexico (site)

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What you see in the photo is a bird’s eye view of my ‘spaceship.’ Powered by an oxygen and propane torch, I make glass marbles by melting glass rods, rolling them in powders, combining precious metals and shaping in graphite molds. From all of this chaos comes order.

William Thurman, Skokie, Illinois (site)

William Thurman Skokie Studio

This is my flexible studio made with wood, tripods, and messiness. This room is my grandmother’s TV room that has been reformulated for art. I bet she would find this fancy if she could see it! There’s some old work laying around just to make sure that ideas get fixed and pushed. I always have some drafting boards around and a bottle of olive oil (only for weight!).

Kristen Phillips, Brooklyn, New York (site)

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I work in the living room of my apartment. I paint mostly, preferring oil on canvas, but I have recently been experimenting with acrylics. Studio space is at a premium here so I am fortunate to be able to work from home (especially with decent natural light and ventilation). I slide the couch and my painting desk out when I work so I have room to move around, then when I’m done I pack it all back up again.

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Editor’s note: Thanks to everyone who’s submitted something in the last few months. There’s a backlog of entries, but rest assured they will be published in due course. Thanks for your patience.

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