Toronto, meet Paddy Leung. Mixed media artist and all around material girl, Paddy creates fun and whimsical sculptures, paper objects and produces unique, sparkly window and art installations for various venues. Having attended art school for a while, she now dedicates her days to drawing and constructing all objects imaginable: from piñatas to pipe cleaner doughnuts and crafty forts. I visited her confetti-covered home studio not long ago and had a fun chat about imagination, art and working with what you have.
What kind of Toronto do you want for Tomorrow?
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We sat down with Toronto-based artist Smolik to get his take on the city and chat about his work. Smolik paints every single day, taking his inspiration from his urban surroundings and reinventing the society that he sees through sketches and brushstrokes. Passionate about raw experience, the artist touches on struggles with identity and urban decay in his creations which range from large murals to the smallest, most detailed illustrations. In constant search of new techniques and means of expression, Smolik has a long list of collaborations with artists and companies such as Red Bull, Salomon Snowboards, Adrian Hayles and Nunca. Read our interview with him below.
“I’ve ALWAYS had a niche for style, fashion and all things creative and artsy. I knew I wanted to become a stylist when I moved to Chicago a few years ago. I saw how much “personal style” was appreciated here and how distinct was ideal so I wanted to project that on a larger scale.” – Ashley Crawford
Anyone that knows Steve Carty knows he is a passionate photographer who’s immense knowledge and ideas are consistently passed forward to those willing to learn. Having worked with celebrities such as Kanye West, to simply doing creative shoots for his own interest, those who get the chance to learn from him seemingly excel and develop their vision at lightening speed. We sat down with Steve and found out what it takes to be a true photographer and his top tips for photographic success. Continue reading article →
From Paris to New York to Toronto, Virgil Baruchel has been surrounded by art since he can remember. Dabbling in as many creative techniques as you can name, the multimedia artist believes in letting his work speak for itself and pushes his imagination and that of his audience as far as it can go. Inspired by game-changing artists and motivated by challenge, Virgil’s colourful creations are an instinctive fusion of process and form and never what they seem. I payed him a studio visit and we had a stirring conversation about his work, inspiration and the power of instinct and looking at things twice.
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Not long ago, I had the pleasure of meeting up with artist Jimmy Chiale for a conversation over cappuccinos and whiskey at Tequila Bookworm (512 Queen St West). Known for his distinctive, abstract style and vibrant bursts of color, Chiale is nothing less than passionate about his art, inspired by everything and looking to inspire in return. Originally from France, he has collaborated with countless artists and musicians in Toronto, painting every day to leave his imprint in time.
Not long ago, I had the pleasure of sitting down with award-winning multi-disciplinary illustrator and artist Adrian Forrow. Honor graduate of OCAD University, Adrian is inspired by the simplicity of overlooked forms and odd, imperfect shapes and his eclectic designs attract clients all around Canada, Europe and the United States. We had a lively conversation about working around challenges, the importance of travel and practicing the “art of looking”.
Artist in Residence, Cory Vanderploeg, has seemingly been everywhere. From North America to South America, the photographer has shot everything from short films to campaigns. We sat down with the globetrotter to find out about what makes touring the world important and intriguing as a photographer. See our conversation below. Continue reading article →
Introducing Rose and Joy Broadbent, sister duo and collaborative artists. Strongly connected, their multidisciplinary and meditative approach to art creates a fresh and unique experience for the community. Delving in everything from painting to performance and sculpture, the Broadbent sisters transform everyday spaces into magical and nurturing realms where sparkles are swept and energy flows. I payed the pair a visit at their very own Studio 835, which resulted in a stirring conversation about collective musing, stream of consciousness and the essentiality of artistic naïvety.
One of our longest Philanthropy services partnerships is with the popular youth organization, The Remix Project. Since 2009, Hermann & Audrey has supported Remix through development and communications services for its fundraising initiatives. Together, we have been able to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for the award winning youth organization based in Toronto.
Introducing Juliana Neufeld, award winning illustrator and mixed media artist whose work has travelled throughout Canada and all the way to Japan. Inspired by everything from eighties textiles to the art of Margaret Kilgallen, Juliana makes whimsical landscapes come to life with quirky creatures, meditating monsters and wine-sipping jungle animals. Continue reading article →
Toronto-based Lauren Pirie is the queen of multitasking. With a background in design and illustration, she effortlessly juggles client work and personal fine art as well as children’s book illustration and the management of the creative sustainability organization About Face Collective. Inspired by the richness of nature and magical allure of childhood memories, Lauren’s delicate creations bring forth fantastical stories of creatures, dreams and a ever-wandering imagination. Check out our conversation with her below!
The Artist Project 2014 recently celebrated it’s 7th year as Toronto’s most celebrated contemporary art fair. From seasoned collectors and first-time art buyers, to gallery dealers and interior designers, visitors explored and discovered works of art from over 250 top contemporary artists from Canada and abroad. Amongst the art on the walls and grand installations throughout, The Art Chats series offered a variety of engaging seminars hosted by leading art and design experts, one being Hermann & Audrey’s Steve Carty. We sat down to discuss what he hoped to get across to those in attendance at the Art Chat. Continue reading article →
Danielle Hession is caught between the two worlds of an alluring past and a fast-advancing technological present. Inspired by undiscovered treasures and precious family relics, she collects personal histories and special memories to gather them into experimental collages. With a background in graphic design and a love for mixed media techniques, Danielle weaves one-of-a-kind work as each piece breathes a different, untold story. We went for coffee with her some time ago and had a fantastic conversation about prized possessions, the preservation of memory and finding inspiration in the little things in life.
Cory Vanderploeg, resident artist at Hermann & Audrey, views the world through a cinematic lens and captures a timeless narrative essence in every scene he shoots. With background in the film industry and a focus in fashion and editorial photography, Cory’s vision is one of light, motion and history. We sat down with him last week at the Studio to ask him about working in the city and that certain je ne sais quoi of photography. Take a coffee break and dive into the world of our beloved Cory Vanderploeg. Continue reading article →
Tessar Lo was born in Indonesia and has lived and worked everywhere from Los Angeles to Amsterdam. His instinctive style emits a raw energy in which the boundaries between dreams and reality are fused into one. Spontaneous brushstrokes and collage techniques create a surreal world in which nature merges with being and children play amongst abstract stars and animals. Tessar has had works exhibited everywhere from Berlin to New York to San Francisco and has a solo show coming up this January 31st at Cooper Cole Gallery. Not long ago I payed him a studio visit and had an amazing conversation about dreams, change and tapping into the inner child. Continue reading article →
Jon Todd is a Toronto-based artist who works with a unique process of de-stressing, layering and reconstruction to generate vibrant mosaic-like paintings that reflect a fusion of pop culture, social issues and miscommunication. Influenced by a variety of cultures, graphics and street art, Jon has had work shown over Canada and United States. He also teaches Media Studio at OCAD University and plans to open a screen-printing shop in the near future. Continue reading article →
The screening room of Ian Schrager’s Public Chicago played host to the art and film of Cory Vanderploeg on December 18th. Many thanks to our hosts, and those who joined us for Hermann & Audrey’s first use of the hotel to mount an exhibit. The evening included screenings of fashion films A House No More and Zoe.trope against an installation of COLOSSAL, Vanderploeg’s 2013 World Mastercard Fashion Week print exhibit in collaboration with designer Laura Siegel.
Shea Chang is in constant creative hustle. Originally from Vancouver and now based in Toronto, she keeps in motion through commissioned and freelance illustration, curation and art instruction. Inspired by everything from Abstract Expressionism to Dadaism and influenced daily by the city’s energetic bustle, Shea’s work has been featured in various publications throughout North America and her illustrated children’s book “Tarantele” was a finalist in the 2011 Governor Generals Awad. We met up with her for a coffee at The Mascot and stopped by later for a studio visit, read more below! Continue reading article →