Izaak Sacrebleu: Painting history and the beauty of awkwardness
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Izaak Sacrebleu: Painting history and the beauty of awkwardness

Not long ago, I found myself sitting on a rug across from painter Izaak Sacrebleu in his garage studio in the heart of Kensington Market – drinking black coffee, smoking a cigarette and reconsidering the relevance of photorealism and contemporary art galleries. Izaak, recently graduated from OCAD University with a BFA in Drawing & Painting, … Continue reading

Curtia Wright: Age, decomposition and the value of emerging artists
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Curtia Wright: Age, decomposition and the value of emerging artists

I had the pleasure of visiting Younger Than Beyonce Gallery (563 Dundas St E) to take in Scratching Where It’s Itching: the gallery grand opening and group exhibition in exploration of the social conditions and discourses surrounding the practice of young emerging artists, curated by Geneviève Wallen. Among the eight participating artists is Curtia Wright, painter and recent … Continue reading

Chris Burns: On Pyrography and making art with fire
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Chris Burns: On Pyrography and making art with fire

Some time ago, I daytripped  up to Whitby for an exclusive studio visit with the talented Chris Burns: artist, pyrographer and brain behind Champstiles Woodburning. With contagious enthusiasm, Chris gave me a fascinating tour of his seemingly infinite collection of artworks and commission pieces, ranging from decks to vintage-inspired chessboards to knot-eyed bong-smoking aliens. Intrigued by my … Continue reading

The mechanisms behind LOVEBOT and the art of kindness
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The mechanisms behind LOVEBOT and the art of kindness

Some time ago, I got in contact with creative entrepreneur Matthew Del Degan, the brain behind what is rapidly becoming Toronto’s most loveable cultural icon: LOVEBOT. Starting as a mere sketch for a school project five years ago, LOVEBOT today has not only taken over the city with its concrete and painted signature robots and pixelated hearts… it is spreading … Continue reading

Giles Monette: Curation, creation and cultural change
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Giles Monette: Curation, creation and cultural change

Some time ago, I sat down with multidisciplinary creative and all-around entrepeneur Giles Monette to pick his brain on everything art, design, photography and production related. Based in Toronto, his projects range from curating monthly group exhibitions to screen-printing posters and t-shirts to designing t-shirts in collaboration with local artists. I got his take on the cultural scene … Continue reading

Ness Lee’s world of sticky sweet illustrations
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Ness Lee’s world of sticky sweet illustrations

Last week, I had the absolute pleasure of visiting a bright and colourful smorgasbord of pink mountains and tutu-donning sumo wrestlers- also known as the home studio of Ness Lee, Toronto-based artist, illustrator and graphic designer. I first stumbled across her work last summer during the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition (TOAE) and it was love at first … Continue reading

SoTeeOh: Redefining street photography and the importance of play
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SoTeeOh: Redefining street photography and the importance of play

Not long ago I had the chance to grab a coffee and go on a mini photo walk with Toronto born urban photographer SoTeeOh to chat about his creative drive and inspirations. The artist’s street photography is a symmetrical fusion of everything metropolis: architecture, design, music and fashion. Redefining the candid style, SoTeeOh accentuates his spontaneous … Continue reading

FLIPS BSC: From crayon-scribbled walls to blunt goddesses
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FLIPS BSC: From crayon-scribbled walls to blunt goddesses

Last week, talented photographer and good friend of mine Juan Angel made me an offer I couldn’t refuse: to invade renown urban artist and designer FLIPS‘ home studio for a collaborative interview and photo shoot. Experienced in everything from graphic design to graffiti, FLIPS has taken over Toronto with his art: on stickers, on canvas, on walls, … Continue reading