Joshua Makorto

Story by Holly Maller. Photo by Aidan Campbell. “Many people who excel are self-taught.” This quote, spoken by the late American fashion photographer Herb Ritts, implies that those with the ability to teach themselves often turn out to be successful. Joshua Ray Makorto has never attended an art class. Yet, with an Instagram following of almost ten thousand, it is clear that he is making an impression by using his self-taught skill of painting.

Paradise, Painted Walls, and a Whole Lot of Pink: New Art at the Esker Foundation

Story by Christina Wong Located on the fourth floor of an eclectic brick building, the Esker Foundation is a contemporary art gallery that strives to sate Calgary’s ongoing desire to experience exciting new art. Occupying 15,000ft of space in Inglewood, the Foundation “reflects on current developments in local, regional, and international culture; creates opportunities for public dialogue; and supports the production of ground-breaking new work, ideas, and research.”

Stephanie O’Handley

Story by Laurel McLean. Photos by Max Foley. From symbols of strength and social power to a form of deviance or self-expression, tattoos are historically rooted within centuries of traditions from countless cultures. The diverse background of this art form significantly predates the 1890s invention of the electric tattoo machine that has become the industry standard today.

John F. Ross

Story and photo by Will Geier. Canada has a long history of iconic and revered landscape painters. From Tom Thomson to Lawren Harris, many artists draw inspiration from the great wilderness of Canada and, although their time has passed, Calgary-based oil painter John F. Ross embodies the spirit of Canada’s historic painters, while simultaneously pushing the boundaries of the genre.