Posts filed under Paintings

Canadian Street Artist critiques consumerism

Canadian street artist Daniel Bombardier and founder of Enjoy Denial critiques consumerism and the human condition through his expressive art using spray paint on wood panel.

Denial team member Murad

Denial team member Murad

Artist Bio:

DENIAL is a Canadian artist whose work critiques consumerism and the human condition.  Though based in Windsor Ontario, DENIAL spends much of the year travelling and exhibiting throughout Canada and USA, having done solo shows in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Toronto and Vancouver.

In 2000 he adopted the moniker ‘DENIAL’ as a means of poking fun at advertising, politics and media messages that contemporary society is often ‘in denial’ about.  Since then he has maintained an ongoing global street-campaign of over 500, 000 stickers, placards and murals, using the alpha-numeric characters ‘D3N!@L’. 

Intended as a conceptual means of marketing absurdism, DENIAL also challenges traditional notions of graffiti and public art through his bold and often satirical visual subversions.

You'll find Daniel exhibiting his artwork this upcoming Labour Day long weekend at Artfest Toronto so drop on over to his booth and say hello!  See you at the show!

Posted on August 17, 2015 and filed under Paintings.

Wynne Parkin Exhibiting at Artfest Toronto!

Fine Art exhibiting at Artfest Toronto this Labour Day long weekend at the Distillery Historic District in Toronto.  Sept 4 - 7, from 10-6pm, daily.

Artist Biography:

Wynne Parkin was born in Montreal in 1965. Moving to Ontario in 1980, she studied graphic design at Conestoga College. In 1990, she took up residency in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where she continued her studies at Instituto Allende.

Recently, she completed advanced individual studies at the prestigious Sir Sandford Fleming College in Haliburton, Ontario. Her work is strongly influenced by her life experiences and the beauty of nature.  These paintings are works of a waking dreamer, whose idealistic and timeless visions are strongly influenced by her profound bond with her native province. Prismatic landscapes in vibrant, saturated color. Openly optimistic and joyful, these paintings are stunning expressions of Wynne’s own inner peace and zest for life.

"My goal is to bring people joy, My intention is for my pictures to stimulate people to think positively. " Breaking free from her figurative past she is meeting the challenge of simplifying and serving what is seen. Her recent series titled "Country & City" representing the Eastern Townships and local landscapes.

These are contemporary paintings of lush minimalism with bright saturated colours. Her paintings are in many private and prestigious collections, most recently including the Government of Canada’s New Democratic Party and Ontario’s Federation of Labour.

http://www.wynnes.ca/

Posted on August 14, 2015 and filed under Paintings.

An Artist Biography of John Macpherson

John Macpherson was born in Toronto, Ontario where he still lives and works. He attended and received degrees from Western University and graduated from the Ontario College of Art & Design for Graphic Design.

John Macpherson was a money market trader and switched to pursue his true passion in Graphic Design as he founded his own company in 2000. He designed packaging for customers such as Home Hardware, BMC Coaters, China Brush Corp. and Pintar Manufacturing Corp.

Beginning in 2014, John has become a mixed media modern pop art artist. He works mostly in large format using acrylic and oil paints, gesso, and gel mediums. His paintings are characterized by a brash, bold, colourful using pop art elements that aim to emphasize the nature of things popular in our daily routine.

John's use of vibrant colours are clearly reflected in his work and throughout the graphic use of comic books, celebrities and collages.   His work reflects a flavour of classic and modern pop art that makes you reflex and or smile. His visions stem from many years as a professional Graphic Designer when bold colours and graphic elements dictate a bright environment that must grab the consumers eye.

John'a paintings can be found in many different corporate and private collections and in locations around Toronto including modern galleries like i-candy.

John will be exhibiting his mixed media pop art paintings from Sept 4th - 7th at the upcoming Artfest Toronto show which takes place a the Distillery Historic District. See you there!

Posted on August 12, 2015 and filed under Paintings.

Bishop's Artwork Wonders at Artfest Toronto

Visit Bishop's Artwork Wonders website to see his amazing work - http://www.robertbishopiart.com/.

Robert has been painting full time & selling his work at art shows throughout Ontario for the past 24 years.

He is self-taught and colour blind and uses a unique dry brush layering technique to achieve quiet realism.

Robert Bishop creates acrylic paintings with subjects that include wildlife, nature, horses, and pet portraits.

Artist Biography:

Robert Bishop was born in Detroit Michigan, and moved to Canada at the age of 4. He has lived in the Windsor, Ontario area ever since. As a child, he loved to draw. His childhood teachers described him as a doodler and daydreamer.

At the age of 26, thoughts of becoming an artist emerged while working with children as a Child and Youth Counsellor. Robert would sit and draw with the children tirelessly. He fell in love with art all over again. This naturally gifted artist spent several years exploring and perfecting his own techniques, and started pursuing his art career full-time in 1991.

Find Robert Bishop at Artfest Toronto and drop by his booth to say hi!  

Visit his website - http://www.robertbishopiart.com/.

 

Posted on August 11, 2015 and filed under Paintings.

Blossom & SweetPea Critter Co. For the love of nature

Artist Statement:

Some of the best artwork and businesses come out of the desire to create that which the creator loves. It's this idea that caused me in late 2013 to paint what I love. And what I love is nature.

Blossom & SweetPea Critter Co. was born out of a love for animals, trees, flowers -- just nature in general. Starting with the idea of a rabbit, a badger, a whale or a fox, I quickly added more critters to my line-up until now I have a large base of animals.

I'm inspired by Beatrix Potter, Michelle Morin, and many children's storybook illustrators. I attribute my skill and success thus far to God who is always the centre of every endeavour I pursue. Some of the best artwork and businesses come out of the desire to create that which the creator loves.

Rachel Dyck

Posted on August 10, 2015 and filed under Paintings.

Lois Shaw Fine Art exhibiting at Artfest Toronto!

Exhibiting at Artfest Toronto, from Sept 4 - 7 - 2015 at the Distillery Historic District!

Lois Shaw is a professional artist from Dundas, Ontario, CANADA.  Dundas is a suburb with a small town feel brimming with nature trails, art studios, and beautiful landscapes that provide an interesting and diverse source of inspiration.

Lois paints in oil and pastel with subjects ranging from landscapes and cityscapes to still life to animal portraits.  Her paintings are in private collections in Canada and the USA.

Posted on August 7, 2015 and filed under Paintings.

Original Acrylic Paintings by - Debi Baker Art!

Original Acrylic Paintings at Artfest Toronto this Labour Day long weekend!

A bit about Debi: Deborah Baker is a Toronto based artist who has been exhibiting since 2011.  She is a self-taught artist who left the travel industry to follow her passion to begin  to express herself artistically.  She uses a vibrant palette to convey her interpretation of the natural world around us. She finds inspiration in the gentlest of breezes, the faint scents of an awakening summer day and the awesome beauty around all of us. Debi works primarily with acrylic paints on gallery style canvas, but also dabbles in oils, watercolour and acrylic ink.   Artist Statement: I am an observer, a dreamer, an idealist, a poet and an artist who loves as I live with passion and without fear. After years of working in the travel industry, I elected to follow my passion and began to express my surroundings artistically.  I continue to be inspired daily by the world around me; the gentlest of winds, the faint smell of an awaking summer day and the awesome beauty I am honoured to coexist alongside. I work primarily with acrylic paints on gallery style canvas, but I continue to experiment trying to work towards the next level of discovery.  I am beginning to explore the new mediums and forms of expression such as watercolour, inks and oil while enjoying the results.

A bit about Debi:

Deborah Baker is a Toronto based artist who has been exhibiting since 2011.  She is a self-taught artist who left the travel industry to follow her passion to begin  to express herself artistically. 

She uses a vibrant palette to convey her interpretation of the natural world around us. She finds inspiration in the gentlest of breezes, the faint scents of an awakening summer day and the awesome beauty around all of us. Debi works primarily with acrylic paints on gallery style canvas, but also dabbles in oils, watercolour and acrylic ink.
 

Artist Statement:

I am an observer, a dreamer, an idealist, a poet and an artist who loves as I live with passion and without fear.

After years of working in the travel industry, I elected to follow my passion and began to express my surroundings artistically.  I continue to be inspired daily by the world around me; the gentlest of winds, the faint smell of an awaking summer day and the awesome beauty I am honoured to coexist alongside.

I work primarily with acrylic paints on gallery style canvas, but I continue to experiment trying to work towards the next level of discovery.  I am beginning to explore the new mediums and forms of expression such as watercolour, inks and oil while enjoying the results.

Posted on August 6, 2015 and filed under Paintings.

Don Graves: Canadian Landscape artist at Artfest Toronto!

Landscape paintings of Ontario & Quebec!

A little bit about Canadian Landscape painter, Don Graves: Artist, Don Graves studied Music and English at McGill University while the city of Montreal taught him how to express his passion in words, music and paint. Later, at Sheridan College, he co-founded their renowned Music Theatre School and served as the Dean of Arts.  His art reveals the bonds linking brush and baton, colour, sound and storytelling. "I've always heard music in Canada's landscapes and painting them lets me express the stories I find there. my brush feels like a baton, the palette's my chorus and I create what I see and hear."  

A little bit about Canadian Landscape painter, Don Graves:

Artist, Don Graves studied Music and English at McGill University while the city of Montreal taught him how to express his passion in words, music and paint. Later, at Sheridan College, he co-founded their renowned Music Theatre School and served as the Dean of Arts. 

His art reveals the bonds linking brush and baton, colour, sound and storytelling. "I've always heard music in Canada's landscapes and painting them lets me express the stories I find there. my brush feels like a baton, the palette's my chorus and I create what I see and hear."
 

Find Donald Graves at our upcoming Artfest Toronto show at the Distillery Historic District from Sept 4-7th!  

Posted on August 1, 2015 and filed under Paintings.

Laura Kingsbury ~ Portraits of our Native Wildlife

Artist Profile:

Laura graduated from the University of Guelph in 1980 with a B.Sc. in Wildlife Biology and Management. She has worked as a research biologist with the Canadian Wildlife Service, as a Naturalist/Interpreter with several Ottawa and Toronto Conservation Authorities, also training as a Volunteer Guide at the Metro Toronto Zoo.

A self-taught artist, Laura works mostly in watercolours, and has been painting professionally for over 30 years. She has become well known for her sensitive portraits of our native wildlife, especially the birds.

Her originals and prints are owned by private and corporate collectors in many countries such as England, Australia, Germany, Russia, Zambia, Switzerland, and the United States. Her prints have been presented by the Canadian Government to the presidents of Zambia and the Russian Federation, Kenneth Kuanda and Boris Yeltsin.

Visit - Laura Kingsbury and check out her booth at Artfest Toronto this Labour Day long weekend 2015!

Posted on August 1, 2015 and filed under Paintings.

Kathleen's Radical Kreations

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About Kathleen:

Kathleen Hobson has been involved in the art world her entire life. From early childhood, Kathleen's parents believed in her and sent Kathleen to art schools included in her education.

Kathleen specialized in still life, nude drawing, sculptures, pottery, perspective, engineering, painting and much more. Kathleen did artwork on the side while majoring in Packaging Design at Humber College graduating with the Presidents metal.

She also worked in advertising for years, was a food stylist for over fifteen years and then entered into the culinary world. Kathleen attended George Brown College for Culinary and Baking, two majors with honors.

Finally, her and her husband moved to a small town, Picton Ontario, where she paints animal’s full time.

Posted on July 31, 2015 and filed under Paintings.

Artfest Show Producer Lory MacDonald inspires us all!

The Artfest team would like to thank our dedicated, talented, and superb show producer, Lory MacDonald.  We all know how much work Lory does to make Artfest as successful and fun as it is and we couldn't thank her more for all that she does in keeping creativity alive!

 Artfest Toronto began eight years ago, Artfest Kingston, four, and new this year, we welcomed, Artfest Port Credit (which will continue on to be amazing as the location is a perfect fit!).

Lory MacDonald's art is continually evolving. The ability to explore techniques, ideas, and create new imagery keeps her art fresh and interesting. Her work has a whimsical 'thread' that ties all the series together.

A high energy, creative self-starter, with an artistic knack for arts of all types, Lory is continually tackling new and thought-provoking challenges.  And this is quite apparent with ALL that she does to produce these one of a kind art and craft shows! Lory has extensive training in fine art, graphic design, giftware product design, computer graphics, marketing and advertising, and has, for as long as she can remember, been involved in art.  

Her artwork is colourful, uplifting and energetic, while the process she uses in creating her vibrant pieces is rather complex.  All of her imagery comes from either a root or base drawing, derived and inspired by nature. Using her imagination, Lory combines symbols, imagery, and patterns onto a series of drawings.  Check out her website and see for yourself just how truly talented Lory really is.

Lory will be showcasing her work (and hosting) at the upcoming Artfest Toronto show at the Distillery Historic District so be sure to thank her for her inspiration, positive vibes and continued creativity in the arts!

See you soon!
 

Michael Smith: Inspired by travel in his work!

Inspired by the skies of Africa, the trees of Provence and the farms of Ontario, photo artist Michael Smith has created a collection of work that consists of a series of contemporary abstracted and stylized landscapes in charcoal and oil on canvas.

Colours are saturated, shapes flattened, contrast is exaggerated. The goal of Michael's work is to capture just some of the sense of time and space that exists outside of a city environment.

Find Michael exhibiting his awe-inspiring works of art at our year end Artfest show in Toronto. From Sept 4 - 7th, join in on the festivities at our Artfest Toronto FREE event and check out over 75 Canadian artists and artisans.  

You'll be amazed at the talent within our Artfest shows. See you soon!

 

Posted on July 29, 2015 and filed under Paintings.

Moving Art Inc. continues to move us all!

Moving Art Inc. creates masterpieces that are one-of-a-kind and stimulating to the mind and creative eye.  

Eleanora Siamenava’s artworks are richly textured, the artist uses language of symbols and allegory. Mythology and legends are often become a subject matters of the artist. Eleanora is a participant in numerous shows all over the globe including Sweden, Canada, Italy, Latvia, USA, Spain, Russia and Belarus.

— Zoya Boruchov: Manager, Contemporary Art Galleries

Moving Art Inc. has a unique style that is sure to grab your attention so stop over to Eleanora's booth at the Historic Distillery District and see for yourself!  From Sept 4-7, 11am-6pm, daily, you'll find her exhibiting magnificent art works during Artfest Toronto!  

See you all at the show!

Posted on July 28, 2015 and filed under Paintings.

Diana Rosa brings tropical exoticism to life in her work!

Diana's images reflect memories of her Cuban experience!

Diana’s paintings start with a number of sketches on paper. A sketch is selected and then drawn full size onto canvas. Diana's Technique: Over the years, Diana has developed a unique technique using sharp brush strokes, palette knives, contrasting textures, a variety of acrylic mediums and multiple layers of her very distinctive and rich colour palette to help create the complex nature of her paintings. Diana’s works include abstracts, objects, elements and floral. The forms of which are precisely rendered, yet still unreal, surreal, fixed like symbols or fantastic motifs. Diana’s paintings are known for her use of rich exoticism of tropical vegetation, images that reflect from her memories of her Cuban experience. Imagery from the source of all imaginary are executed with amazing sophistication and concentrated into monumental emblems and effects of pure color, independent natural appearances on a radical simplification of forms.  Her work has come to possess a freedom of movement, spontaneity and gentleness inspired by the color of the Fauves (Henri Matisse) and the archetypes of the Naïve art (Henri Rousseau). Elements of Cubist and Surrealist art seem blended, offering a refreshing and youthful version of the abstract, rich in modern symbolism combined with many elegant touches of the classical school. The whimsical nature of her personality is present in her tropical vegetation and is also evident in the sophistication of her suave abstract composition. By concentrating on the interactions between the visual elements of forms, color and textures, her work acquires its abstract aesthetics. Diana’s work is strongly influenced by her origins, and her memories of the small village near the ocean where she spent her youth. Her works contain references to symbols of identification, and there is a spiritual message conveyed by the colours she chooses, the elements she employs including the umbrella, the family, the fish, the bird, musical instruments and the four universal elements. Her treatment of her symbols creates a feeling of stability and serenity. Her painting is much like an epic poem where human life is in harmony with nature.

Diana’s paintings start with a number of sketches on paper. A sketch is selected and then drawn full size onto canvas.

Diana's Technique:

Over the years, Diana has developed a unique technique using sharp brush strokes, palette knives, contrasting textures, a variety of acrylic mediums and multiple layers of her very distinctive and rich colour palette to help create the complex nature of her paintings. Diana’s works include abstracts, objects, elements and floral. The forms of which are precisely rendered, yet still unreal, surreal, fixed like symbols or fantastic motifs.

Diana’s paintings are known for her use of rich exoticism of tropical vegetation, images that reflect from her memories of her Cuban experience. Imagery from the source of all imaginary are executed with amazing sophistication and concentrated into monumental emblems and effects of pure color, independent natural appearances on a radical simplification of forms.  Her work has come to possess a freedom of movement, spontaneity and gentleness inspired by the color of the Fauves (Henri Matisse) and the archetypes of the Naïve art (Henri Rousseau). Elements of Cubist and Surrealist art seem blended, offering a refreshing and youthful version of the abstract, rich in modern symbolism combined with many elegant touches of the classical school.

The whimsical nature of her personality is present in her tropical vegetation and is also evident in the sophistication of her suave abstract composition. By concentrating on the interactions between the visual elements of forms, color and textures, her work acquires its abstract aesthetics.

Diana’s work is strongly influenced by her origins, and her memories of the small village near the ocean where she spent her youth. Her works contain references to symbols of identification, and there is a spiritual message conveyed by the colours she chooses, the elements she employs including the umbrella, the family, the fish, the bird, musical instruments and the four universal elements. Her treatment of her symbols creates a feeling of stability and serenity. Her painting is much like an epic poem where human life is in harmony with nature.

Posted on July 27, 2015 and filed under Paintings, Wall Art.

Portrait of an Artist ~ Carlo Allion

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Carlo's first love was always art and artistic expression and by 2006, Carlo was able to pursue his life long dream of being a full time artist.

He spent the next two years studying with accomplished artists during which time he focused on refining and perfecting his own personal style. In the spring of 2008, he started showing his work...an integration of sculpture and heavy textures in his paintings...to the public. His works have been well received by private collectors and corporations throughout North America.

" For the sake of a stronger message and a deeper questioning I continue to push the boundaries of my work. Most recently my interest has shifted to exploring thoughts and concepts that come to me from a subconscious level. The resulting images appear to touch on the surreal and are often dream like in appearance set in a world of fantasy."   

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Posted on July 23, 2015 and filed under Paintings.

Stonewater Studios exhibiting at Artfest Toronto!

About Kim

Kim is a graduate of Advertising and Design, with a lifelong love for colour, texture, and style. She has an unbridled passion for producing unique and striking pieces and is drawn to simple beauty. She describes herself as a self-taught visual artist, including photography and acrylic painting, and constantly looks for new sources of inspiration. She owns her own company, Stonewater Studios Design, which encompasses all of her talents into Interior and Graphic Design. Working together as a team with her husband Walt, they are motivated by their surroundings.

About Walt

After years in the sales business, Walt is jumping into the creative industry. He has always been a handy guy so working with his wife Kim, has taken on a life of it's own. Renovating with Stonewater Studio is something he enjoys as well as this new venture expanding his creativity. With a great sense of proportion and style, he enjoys developing his creative side.

Stonewater Studios at Artfest Port Credit 2015 

Stonewater Studios at Artfest Port Credit 2015 

Find Kim and Walt Blake at Artfest Toronto showcasing their fun, one of a kind pencils and exhibiting acrylic paintings on canvas.

Posted on July 21, 2015 and filed under Paintings.

Portrait of an Artist ~ Peter Ripley

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Peter Ripley has painted for 45 yrs and studied commercial art at Central Tech in Toronto. Landscapes of the Muskoka area and Canadian shield inspire him as well as the Mennonite way of life.

Peter focuses on acylic, transparent watercolour, pen and ink.

Peter will be showcasing his stunning work from July 1st to 4th at Artfest Kingston!  

Biography of Eva Ivanov-Gooderham

Biography of Eva Ivanov:

Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario Canada, educated at York University for a BA in Geography and Physical Education, but completed a full time corporate career, supporting leaders in Canada's financial industry where structure and conservative convention dominated the day in insurance and banking environments.

In addition to becoming a watercolour painter, Eva is always seeking to express and utilize creativity at every corporate marketing opportunity, and concurrently nourished another spirit in the world of music, dance, and theatre arts for almost 20 years in community and professional theatre - directing large robust productions at Markham Theatre and other Rural and Urban centres. 

The Sound of Music, Fiddler on the Roof, Dracula the Musical,  to award winning productions in One-Act Play festivals, also obtaining Best Director awards and several nominations by Act-Co, Eva continues to combine her love for music and theatre with watercolour painting.  Earlier years included dance and performance experience with the Estonian folk dance troupe called "Kungla" in Toronto, offering formative learning, dance and travel opportunity overseas as well.

Musical background and education includes Royal Conservatory Grade 10 in piano, accordion, guitar, and clarinet  -- all wonderfully creative experiences transitioning to expression in watercolour painting.

Posted on May 27, 2015 and filed under Paintings.

Charles Wakefield ~ Captures Ontario Landscapes!

Painting is about capturing light and form. It doesn’t matter which medium I choose nor the subject matter. I want the viewer to feel the essence of what I am painting.
— Charles Wakefield

Artist - Charles Wakefield showcasing his work at Artfest Port Credit!

Thoughts from the Artist:

"I have always enjoyed the outdoors, which I think is natural in Canada, since we have so much of it. When I can, I try to get out in our northern woods to capture nature’s beauty, but we also have a lot of pretty wonderful scenery right here in Toronto. As a sailing enthusiast, I have sailed in Lake Ontario, off Toronto’s Cherry Beach, Toronto Island and Humber Bay for many years. I have also spent many weekends during the off-season trying to capture the movement of the waves with my brush and palette knife.

There is not so much topographic relief down by Lake Ontario, so, I content myself with painting the water and the sky. The sky is never the same for more than a few moments, while the water is rarely still – unless it is frozen. Attempting to capture the motion of these scenes breaths life into my paintings and inspires me to do more.

In addition to painting Canada’s landscape, I enjoy painting rustic industrial spaces, mills and historic places. These spaces are becoming harder to find and access more than a bit of a challenge, especially for a Plein Air painter. Got to paint quick!"
 

Posted on May 24, 2015 and filed under Paintings.

Lisa Mace exhibiting at Artfest Port Credit!

About the Artist:

Lisa Mace (formally Mclauglin) is a graduate of York University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, honours degree. She studied abstract composition at the Atlantic Centre for the Arts. 

Her professional career has included numerous shows, both solo and group, from Montreal to Toronto. Having sold hundreds of paintings, Lisa’s work is enjoyed in many private and corporate collections in Canada, the U.S. and most recently Europe.

Having recently relocated from Kingston, Lisa now lives with her husband, Brad, and their two sons in the middle of 100 acre woods near Glen Alda, Ontario.

Lisa paints acrylic on canvas. Her work varies in sizes and appeals to a broad cross section of art lovers.

Check out Lisa's work at our Artfest Port Credit show this month, from May 29th-31st!  
 

Posted on May 19, 2015 and filed under Paintings.