Posts filed under Paintings

Olena & Vladimir work together to create their art in their Stouffville Studio

Olena and Vladamir create together and are inspired by the beauty of Canadian landscape. See them at Artfest Toronto at the Distillery District coming up on Labour Day weekend in booth E14 & 15 on Gristmill Lane.

Olena Lopatina was born in Ukraine and graduated from the Academy of Art and Design with a Bachelor in Fine Arts degree. She moved to Canada in 1997 and now lives in Stouffville, Ontario. After moving to Canada, she attained a degree in Computer Graphic Design and Multimedia Web Design. She then became an active artist in the community. Her love of art came at an early age. The inspiration of nature – landscapes, waterscapes, and floral became the themes of her paintings. As an intuitive painter, she finds beauty in her surroundings and enjoys painting what inspires her; using oils to portray that beauty.

Vladimir Lopatin was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. He attained a Bachelor of Arts degree at the Academy of Art and Design in Kharkov, Ukraine. He moved to Canada in 1997 and now lives in Stouffville, Ontario. His interest and love of art began during childhood and became a lifelong passion. He likes to work using different materials like oil, pastel, and watercolor, but he finds oil paint and wood sculptures to be the ideal mediums to express his passion for art. He paints and sculpts the world he lives in. Nature gives him an endless supply of forms and patterns for inspiration. His inspiration comes from the shadowing, curvature, shape, color, and texture of the wood itself. His art is stylized fantasy rather than realism.

Sorin Creto ~ at Artfest at the Distillery

Thoughts from the artist:

"As a painter, my focus is into the abstract, the conceptual, the surreal. Archetypes, ideas, metaphors of this world and the vastness of the soul are the seeds and the pillars of the stories that I am telling in my paintings. They demand the participation of the observer, to dive inside them, to embrace them in order to eyewitness this emerging new world.

My art is the guiding path into this higher and more, it is the living into the state of getting closer to the finality of our questions, it is the act of not walking away and turning the back to our battles, our turmoil and our dreams. My art has the power to bring you back to life. You are all invited to fully participate into this new realization of our cosmos.

My background in art and philosophy gives to this attempt a distinctive perspective. Through my paintings and my poems I will be your guide in this new world. Look again at this world through my art like through a magical crystal and find a new connection with your own intimacy, your prejudices, your shame and guilt, your safe zones and your dark demons lurking behind our precious convenience.

Thank you,

Sorian

View Sorin's 2016 Art Collection - here.

Photorealistic Watercolour Paintings featured at Artfest Toronto!

Brent McGillivray and Maureen Bennett combine their unique styles to form the Times Gone By Studio. They offer beautiful, original art works, and high quality prints as well as fused/slumped glass.

Brent McGillivray was born in 1954 in Wakefield, Quebec. A graduate of Architectural Technology at Algonquin College in Ottawa; Fine Arts at the Ontario College of Art in Toronto; and printmaking at the Alberta College of Art in Calgary.

As a member of the Directors Guild of Canada, Brent has worked as a set designer and art director in the film industry in Toronto since 1993. He is fascinated by many vanishing historic sites and graphics, which have inspired him to create paintings and prints of disappearing urban and rural artifacts. By using a photo-realistic style with water colours, gouache and acrylics, the viewer is intrigued and drawn to the image for a closer study.

Maureen Bennett believes that it’s all about being unafraid of colour. She is fascinated by how the "bold lines" of different colours create depth and vibrancy. Maureen loves the simplicity of expressing in colour what cannot be spoken with words. Her expertise and love for painting continues to grow on a daily basis as she creates, designs and experiments with acrylic.

Canadian Landscape Artist at Artfest Toronto this fall!

Canadian landscape artist, Don Graves, spent his youth in music and ended up pursuing, conducting and singing as a career while nurturing a passion for painting. After acquiring a degree in Music from McGill University, time spent in an orchestra pit led him to a 28-year career at Sheridan College in Oakville, co-founding their internationally renowned Music Theatre School and later becoming their Dean of the Faculty of Arts.  He then served as the Dean of Arts at George Brown College. For the past 20 years Don has been a professional landscape artist in oils.

“Singing, conducting, writing and painting are not as disparate as you might think. There is rhythm on a canvas: colour on a page, water reacts to rocks, fields to trees and the land to the sky. This is storytelling: Write a good story, paint a good story, take people somewhere they might not have been before; engage their desire to enter the painting and you’ve triggered their pursuit for more.”

Don has been exhibiting his paintings at Artfest now for three years and we welcome him back to Artfest Toronto with open arms!  His work is detailed and represents Canadian landscapes in the most pristine and realistic way. His vibrant artword reveals the bonds linking brush and baton, colour, sound and storytelling.  Learn all about the beauty of our Canadian landscapes through his meticulous talent of catching the reality of our land. You'll find his work showcased at Artfest Toronto this upcoming Labour Day long weekend, from Sept 2nd to 5th.   

 

Posted on July 18, 2016 and filed under Paintings.

Canadian Landscape Artist tells stories through his work!

Canadian landscape artist, Don Graves, spent his youth in music and ended up pursuing, conducting and singing as a career while nurturing a passion for painting. After acquiring a degree in Music from McGill University, time spent in an orchestra pit led him to a 28-year career at Sheridan College in Oakville, co-founding their internationally renowned Music Theatre School and later becoming their Dean of the Faculty of Arts.  He then served as the Dean of Arts at George Brown College. For the past 20 years Don has been a professional landscape artist in oils.

“Singing, conducting, writing and painting are not as disparate as you might think. There is rhythm on a canvas: colour on a page, water reacts to rocks, fields to trees and the land to the sky. This is storytelling: Write a good story, paint a good story, take people somewhere they might not have been before; engage their desire to enter the painting and you’ve triggered their pursuit for more.”

Don has been exhibiting his paintings at Artfest now for two years and we welcome him back to Artfest Kingston with open arms!  His work is detailed and represents Canadian landscapes in the most pristine and realistic way. His vibrant artword reveals the bonds linking brush and baton, colour, sound and storytelling.  Learn all about the beauty of our Canadian landscapes through his meticulous talent of catching the reality of our land. You'll find his work showcased at Artfest Kingston this Canada Day long weekend from July 1st-3rd!  

Canadian Landscape Artist awes us at Artfest!

Artist, Donald Graves brings breathtaking Canadian landscapes to life with oil on canvas.  His work is vibrant and captures the true essence and beauty of nature. Find his work at the spring and fall Artfest Toronto shows and Artfest Kingston.

“Life reveals the raw energy of our waterways, the haunting symmetry of our trees and the history that lies deep within our rocks and mountains. Landscapes sing their stories and I capture them with my brush and palette," says Don.

Donald's paintings are a reflection of his life's journey! He participates in several juried shows and art auctions, each year. His detailed landscapes feature Georgian Bay, Algonquin, Muskoka, Bruce Trail, Ottawa Valley and the Gatineau region. His work is described as colour impressionist. You'll find his amazing work in Gallery2, Burlington and at our Artfest shows! Prior to a painting career he served as the Dean of Art at Sheridan College for 18 years.  His is also a professional musician; a man of many talents to say the least!

“Graves’s style is characterized by a wonderfully tense relationship…of a tress leaning to a blast of wind…and the sky a mass of blue and white swirls.”
— Spectator

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Donald reflects on his passion and intimate experience when painting landscapes and nature:

“Trees, water, rock and terrain, together they offer me a one of kind story.” - Donald

Visit his website to see more of his work:  Donald Graves - Canadian Landscape Artist

Vibrant oils by Ron Egan at Artfest Toronto

Ronald Egan paints vivid oil on canvas paintings. He has travelled and lived in over 70 countries and has been influenced by many cultures.

Ron owned a successful marina for many years on the Kawartha Lakes. He has studied painting for 15 years with the Art School of Peterborough as well as several private instructors. His works are both colourful and detailed.  

You'll find Ron Egan exhibiting at our upcoming Artfest Toronto show.  

Posted on September 1, 2015 and filed under Paintings.

The Art of Artfest's Show Producer

Lory MacDonald has been involved in art for as long as she can remember. This year at Artfest Toronto, why not pop over to Lory's booth and say hi to our hardworking, dedicated, and truly talented art show producer? And while you're there, check out her selection of expressive, colourful paintings.

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.

I use all kinds of materials for texturing - fabrics, plastics, bubble pack, wires, screens, stamps, sand and salt, ink - and when it all settles and dries it makes these fabulous layers and colours. Then I work out the colour composition with layers of glazes and make the composition a live work. I tint all of my lines, making it reminiscent of batiked fabrics and textiles, which I love.
— Artfest Show Producer/Artist, Lory MacDonald

A high energy, creative self-starter, with an artistic knack for arts of all types, Lory is continually tackling new and thought-provoking challenges. This is quite apparent with ALL that she does to produce Artfest Ontario's 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. Not to forget to mention, Lory has a knack for working very well with people and she quickly brings out the best in everyone! She is simply encouraging.

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 is passionate about inspiring and promoting artists of all ages, teaching art, and selling her art pieces across Canada, USA and Hong Kong. Her philosophy about life and art is: 'Life without creativity and passion is dull'! This is her motivation to promote artists and artisans from across Canada and to create opportunities for creative people to thrive.

All of Lory's abstract paintings are based on a series of tree drawings she did.  Her choice of names for each painting were thought through as she decided to use latin names related to all things about trees such as branches, leaves and so on.

Here's a sneak peak of what you'll expect to find at Artfest Toronto from Lory's Tree Series:


Posted on September 1, 2015 and filed under Other, Paintings.

Touching the Immortal: Paintings by Barbel Smith

Barbel Smith is a Canadian artist who uses a particular style of Lawren Harris and The Group of Seven. Her paintings are hand crafted using stretched linen canvas and painted with acrylic paint using only primary colours. Each painting is unique and one of a kind. Barbara's own photo references are used and sample sketches are available. Her work will be displayed this Labour Day weekend at the Distillery for our year end Artfest Toronto show.

"As an artist I want to meld and intersect the spiritual with the landscape we live in - to incorporate faith and its impact on art by illumination and light-filled canvases; and to find a deeper sense of space and being.

"My inspiration is from the Canadian Group of Seven, particularly Lawren Harris and his desire to enlighten, uplift and edify. Art is a way for the soul to reach out and touch the immortal and to catch a fleeting glimpse of God.

"My subject is the ever changing Canadian landscape and the striving of the soul to make sense of the world. Art is a form of communication for me, communication between heaven and earth." 
 

Posted on September 1, 2015 and filed under Wall Art, Paintings.

Don Graves Paints Canadian Landscapes

Don Graves spent his youth in music and ended up pursuing conducting and voice as a career while nurturing a passion for painting. After acquiring a degree in Music from McGill University, time spent in an orchestra pit led him to a 28-year career at Sheridan College in Oakville, co-founding their internationally renowned Music Theatre School and later becoming their Dean of the Faculty of Arts.  He then served as the Dean of Arts at George Brown College. For the past 20 years Don has been a professional landscape artist in oils.

“Singing, conducting, writing and painting are not as disparate as you might think. There is rhythm on a canvas: colour on a page, water reacts to rocks, fields to trees and the land to the sky. This is storytelling: Write a good story, paint a good story, take people somewhere they might not have been before; engage their desire to enter the painting and you’ve triggered their pursuit for more.”


Posted on August 31, 2015 and filed under Paintings.

Pet Portraits by Bishop Artwork Wonders

When I started painting dogs, I saw the smiles the paintings brought to people’s faces. The reminder of their pets brought so much joy.
— Robert Bishop

Robert Bishop is from the Windsor, Ontario area and has been a full time artist since 1991. Using a self-taught dry brush layering technique, with acrylic paint, he specializes in realistic portrayals of wildlife, nature scenes and pets.

Robert is colour blind and is assisted by his wife Patty. His work is available at approximately 25 fine arts and craft shows yearly across Ontario and in his home studio, where he teaches and the custom framing of his work is done.

Find Bishop Artwork Wonders at Artfest Toronto this Labour Day long weekend!  

Posted on August 30, 2015 and filed under Paintings.

A Conversation With Carlo Allion

Carlo is exhibiting at Artfest Toronto in Trinity Main Square at the Distillery District this Labour Day long weekend from Sept 4th-7th.  See you at the show! 

Carlo Allion studied fine art, philosophy, mythology, and photography at Centennial College in Toronto from 1978 to 1981. After leaving his studies he ended up in the business sector for 16 years...moving-up the corporate ladder to various managerial positions. 

In 1996, Carlo became interested in the decorative painting trend that was taking place. He began training at Ritins Studio Inc. in old world textures, faux finishing and metallic patinas after which he started his own company called Faux F/X.

He quickly gained a reputation as one of the top texturist and faux finisher in Toronto. However, his first love had always been art and artistic expression in its truest form and, by 2006, Carlo decided to hone his skills even further. He devoted two years to studying with accomplished artists while exploring a number of different mediums. 

In the spring of 2008, he started showing his work that reflected his own unique personal style...an integration of sculpture and heavy textures in mixed media. His works have been well received by private collectors and corporations throughout North America.

Posted on August 29, 2015 and filed under Paintings.

Lois Shaw's Connection to Realism With Drama

Born and raised in Hamilton, still life artist Lois Shaw was introduced to art at an early age by her artist grandmother. Lois studied technical drawing in college and worked as a technical draftsman for twenty-two years before leaving the field to pursue her interest in fine art on a full-time basis. 

Lois has a strong foundation in drawing, painting, composition, and colour. She works primarily in oil, focusing on still life subjects. Through the interplay of light, shadow, and colour, she is able to create a sense of drama that comes alive in her paintings.  Influenced by the precision demanded as a technical draftsman, Lois works with detail and control creating a final masterpiece full of "realism with a sense of drama".

I would like the viewer to connect with the painting, hopefully inspiring some emotion. I try to convey to the viewer the sense of awe and joy I feel in the moment where the light, shadow, and colour connect.
— Still Life Artist: Lois Shaw

Lois is committed to sharing her art with the public, has taken part in solo exhibitions as well a group exhibitions, demonstrations and competitions and is a part of the James Street North Art District in Hamilton, Ontario.

You can visit her at her studio in Dundas, Ontario during the monthly Art Crawl on the second Friday evening of each month, annually. Or, find her traditional still life collection of oil paintings (on stretched canvas or archival museum board) this Labour Day long weekend at Artfest Toronto!

http://www.loisshawfineart.com/

Posted on August 26, 2015 and filed under Paintings.

Humbled and inspired by process

Deb Baker is an observer, dreamer, idealist, poet and artist who loves as she lives with passion and without fear. When Deb paints she is completely humbled by the process. Working primarily with acrylics, she has begun to experiment with other media. She enjoys the results of these early attempts.

I love the process of painting. Each new work takes me on a journey as I attempt to use the materials of my trade to help define my world. I am inspired by the wonderful world of nature and all that surrounds me.
— Deborah Baker

The subtle nuances of colours and textures of Deb's subjects allow her to convey an experience. She hopes her work is reflective of this and that the viewer is able to share in this brief snapshot. Never has her surroundings seemed so vast and herself so small.

Find Deborah's vivid acrylic art works at Artfest Toronto!

Posted on August 22, 2015 and 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.