August 31, 2015

Winter is coming...

Summer is winding down here in Montréal, although you wouldn't know it if you looked at the weather forecast, which is predicting 30C temperatures for the next 14 days. But we've had the first snow removal flyers in the mail and our neighbours got a whole pile of fire wood delivered yesterday, so yes, winter is coming.

It's weird because I feel like summer has just started, with everything that was going on earlier in the year I feel like I missed spring an the first month of summer completely and summers in Montréal are relatively short to begin with. Not the I'm complaining! I hate people who complain about their first world problems on the internet! There's already so much negativity in the world, I don't think we need to add more by complaining about insignificant things. I consider myself very, very lucky, I'm able to work as a full time artist, I have friends and family that love and support me and who are all in good health, I have a roof over my head, a spacious studio space, I could go on, I have many things to be grateful for! So no complaints from me! :D

In two weeks we'll be traveling to Toronto for the Queen West Art Crawl! So I'm in full on preparation mode! I'm also working on several new pieces in my studio and I'm gearing up for some exciting experiments which I will tell you more about in the near future!

I'm also super excited to announce that my work is part of the Fleck Fine Art Fall/Winter edition which is out now! This high end fine art catalogue is carefully curated by Elaine Fleck from the Elaine Fleck Gallery in Toronto and will be distributed to 10.000 homes in the Toronto area which is pretty exciting! You can view the full catalogue here my work is located on page 25.

August 17, 2015

Queen West Art Crawl 2015

On September 12-13 I will be in Toronto to participate in the Queen West Art Crawl, an art festival that celebrates the art, culture, and diversity of Toronto’s Queen West. This awesome art festival will be held at the Trinity Bellwoods park where you can find me in booth F12  from 11am-6pm on both days.

The art crawl includes a performance zone with five featured bands and artists such as Samba Elegua and the Spirit of Calypso. The works of 200 established artists and includes paintings, jewelry, pottery, and woodwork are on display for lovers of the arts. OCAD has an emerging artists exhibition and The Crawl along Queen St. West portion of the celebration includes 10 participating venues such as CAMH, The Drake Hotel, and The Toronto Blues Society. The Craft Beer Garden has six locally produced beers and one cider. For food there are food trucks with foods including everything from Mexican-inspired to hot dogs.

On Sunday August 16th the Queen West Art Crawl posted an article about my art on their blog. This is a little snippet:
What and who has inspired your art work?
My art work is inspired by my frequent travels, living abroad drastically changes your view on the world. When you move to another country you take away everything that is familiar and little everyday details that are different really jump out at you. I’ve now been away from my home country long enough that I’m almost able to experience it in that way as well, which is going to make for an interesting project in the future.
I’m particularly interested in the urban landscape, my art is a way to explore and make sense of my environment. I’m a horrible person to travel with, because I’m always lagging behind taking pictures of seemingly everyday items. I love little urban icons like fire hydrants, I mean, have you ever really looked at them? They come in such a wide variety of shapes and colors, there must be somebody out there who designs these things and makes them look cool, I don’t know who it is but he’s my hero!
To read the full article click here
You can also vote for my work to become best in show by clicking here