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.
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”.
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.
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!
Some of Toronto’s fines talent came together last Friday for the opening of Trust Only Kin, a vibrant art exhibition that took over our gallery space at 1506 Dundas as fourteen visual artists and four musicians joined forces for a fantastic live show curated by Giles Monette.