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.
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”.
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!
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 →
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 →
Christine Kim is a thoughtful artist who works in illustration, cut-paper collage and art installation. We had the chance to meet up with her for coffee and chat about uniqueness, experimenting with technique and her incredibly successful exhibition at this year’s edition of Nuit Blanche entitled “Paper Orbs”.
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Mike Ellis is an artist, illustrator and all-around creative who’s been living in Toronto for the past seven years. A true multi-tasker, Mike at the moment is juggling freelance illustration, editorial and design work and managing the visual direction of his new record label Legwarmer Records. I stopped by his in-house studio near Kensington Market the other day to chat about art, music and staying motivated.
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