Giselle Silvestri states, “I continuously investigate the age-old struggle of good versus evil, rich versus poor, and east versus west.” She finds inspiration in “mass media icons- popular images both new and old to address serious topics, sometimes adding a touch of humour.” Giselle’s pop images are timeless and her paintings are tongue in cheek versions of good versus evil. Giselle has contributed towards the building of the first library for girls in Afghanistan through ACA Gallery.
Dan Philips is a multimedia artist who had his last show at Botte Gallery in Corktown. Dan works in a variety of media with a background in the creation and production of digital media, as well as a hands on look with materials and textiles on canvas. Dan started out at the Detroit Society of Arts & Crafts and since retiring has returned to creating works that have a societal message.
Digital art and technology realizes the dream of the Impressionists, to paint with light, and allows us to create works with more vivid colours than was possible before digital art. The colour space of “natural” media was always dulled by the binders and admixtures necessary to hold the paint or chalk together. My digital art paintbrush is a pressure sensitive Wacom stylus and my digital paints are made of light in all the visible colours of the spectrum. I also use traditional photography tools like my medium format Rolleiflex, and large format Ebony camera. These are my building blocks in combination with my digital skills.
I hope the resulting 'new vision', a term I borrow from Moholy Nagy, will engage the viewer to re-look at nature at this critical time of earth changes. I believe the fragility of nature can only be captured fully in this new altered medium. The viewer is caught off guard as he/she is viewing nature but from a new perspective in terms of the macrocosm.
Melanie Billark is an emerging, multi-disciplinary, Toronto based artist. Her body of work surrounds themes of social and political issues that effect and surround principals of ecology. Her work strives to create awareness to various environmental issues within the public sphere.
Melanie achieved an advanced diploma in 2011 at Sheridan College’s Craft and Design Program for glass in Oakville, ON. She majored in kiln forming and minored in sand casting. Following her degree she completed a year artist residency at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga, ON, in 2012. Melanie’s glasswork has been showed in a number of galleries and displayed in various spaces across the GTA. Such venues include Toronto’s Pearson Airport, OCC, and has participated in a number of local arts and craft based shows.
Through this experience Melanie's trajectory began to shift, realizing that she no longer wanted to contribute more objects into this over-filled world and add to consumer culture. Melanie's priorities as an artist drastically shifted allowing her to find a way to consider what she can do for the environment, allowing her practice to become a form of restoration and process of healing.
Michael Sillers’ interest in computer technology has led him to explore the combination of traditional visual art techniques with digital photography. The results have been described as "having infused the industrial, urban and rural landscape with an ethereal romanticism". His work has also been referred to as "having achieved a fusion of historical and traditional sensitivities with contemporary insight and a classical visualization of the world made possible through the versatility of digital and electronic tools".
HIS WORK has been exhibited internationally in Argentina, the United States (California and Texas) and in Canada, most notably in Toronto and across Ontario, as well as in Montreal, Quebec.
SILLERS continues to produce artwork that combines the painterly with the digital.
Toronto-based Colour Blots Creative is passionate about bringing colour and wonder to your world!
Each piece is hand-made and unique. Once it's gone, it's gone!
Colour blots creative by Angela is the work of an emerging artist, launching in 2018. Although the artist has previously engaged in mixed media or pottery, the current work is focused on acrylic painting with various techniques including acrylic pouring. This technique involves layering paint and allowing colours of different densities to separate, causing unique cells and shapes to form. Acrylic pouring is practice in patience and letting go of expectations — one can never predict the final outcome! The Amazing Moss Park Art Fair will be colour blots creative’s first public display of art!
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ARTIST MAKER-I have always wanted to learn how to knit.
I purchased a book, needles, and yarn and shortly after proceeded to throw the stuff across the room.
I took a knitting class and everything became clear.
I then decided to learn how to crochet and proceeded to watch a youtube video.
Crochet graphs and patterns went from looking like pig Latin to me, to making graphs and patterns of my own.
I started making dolls after that first video and I am still learning new techniques and tips.
That was 5 years ago and now in my sleep, I count crochet stitches.
I am a proud yarn addict and a yarn store to me is like a candy store to children.
Crocheting quiets my mind and gives me a few hours a day to escape this erratic world we inhabit."
Julie Amlin is a Toronto-based artist whose practice includes and mixes disciplines of drawing, painting, cermamics, print-making and fiber art. Amlin’s current work explores the significant way that colour is connected to our emotions and encourages the emergence of the innate explorer in us all as she believes there is wisdom within the practice of mindful observation. Her work pulls from personal nostalgia and the palpable essence of tradition in textiles, colour palettes, pattern, and materials to create sensory playfulness. Through her vibrant textural landscapes, Amlin seeks to create a space where the viewer is encouraged to forage through detail and ponder how physical form attaches to internal dialogue.
Sally Kou is a self taught artist who creates mixed media illustrations. She has a natural talent for writing and also enjoys using writing as a form of expression. She's created concept art for different fashion brands, and illustrative posters for local businesses. Her work is eccentric, colorful, and whimsical usually specializing in animals, female illustrations, and nature. Aside from her content working with clients, she has self initiated a brand of a series characters used for storytelling, in art, and product called KOU KOU WORLD and a cookie business.
Her field of study is in fashion design and her other passions involve yoga, spirituality, mystical teachings, food, and nature.
Artist, Writer, Illustrator, and Entrepreneur
Luxury designs by a creative architect & a designer in Toronto, Canada, bringing beautiful art to the everyday.
Carol, the creative architect after recovering from breast cancer felt that despite being ill and nothing would fit, that one needed to surround themselves with beauty. A pair of shoes, a piece of jewellery even a scarf to dress up without spending money on a new wardrobe. Alan, the designer believes that beauty itself is a form of spiritual food and healing. He is particularly inspired by nature forms. Carol and Alan have both been “makers” from childhood. Carol has curated the works of many national and international artists. Both have worked in many media, from large photographic pieces to unique hand sewn works of art. Both have been professional paid creatives for many years.
Designed and handmade in Canada with the finest materials.
Inspired by the natural world & paying homage to antique illustrations. We strive to bring extraordinary beauty into the every day.
Hand Made with Conscious Love & Respect for the Earth
“Paint By Numbers”
I am currently pursuing a project that I refer to as “Paint By Numbers”. I work with my own photos (Nikon DSLR and Android cell phone camera). I then use Photoshop and a stylus to digitally “paint” the photos, transforming them into some- thing that is a new interpretation of the original image. My photos are typically of routine or mundane places around the city and occasionally outside of the city. Usually these images are of something or somewhere, that most might find plain, boring or even ugly. These photos are often landscapes, architectural or industrial images. They can also take on and become a form of historical documentation. Scenes and images like this, are often overlooked because they are so mundane but, perhaps this is exactly why they should be given a second look.
Samantha was born in Toronto into an art centred family.
Her father was an illustrator and is now an oil painter. Her mother is a makeup artist for film and television.
Samantha and received a BFA from Concordia University in 1998, a hair design diploma from MARCA college in 2008 and received her Ontario College of Trades Hair license in 2010.
Samantha has worked for film and television since 1997. She is currently a hair stylist member for IATSE and formally a scenic painter member since 1997.
Samantha has sold oil paintings in portraiture, pet portraits as well as abstract art.
She continues to paint from her home in Toronto and is inspired by solitary images of people and pets from her professional and personal life.
Brian A. Hawkins was born in Hamilton because his parents did not have a car. A graduate from the Ontario College of Art, he was banned from Life Classes for tracing, however the French love to trace each other with their hands and granted him a scholarship to study TV graphic and set design at Radio Television Française in Paris. He morphed into a writer-producer-artist, enjoying an international career living and working in London, New York, Tokyo and Sydney. Using an Albanian passport, creative assignments have taken him to 18 countries and he has won a number of international awards through blackmail and bribery.
Now retired and living in Toronto, he returned to the easel and began painting again. A figurative painter who has had five one-man shows [only one man turned up], his work hangs in attics and behind furnaces in England, France, North America and as far away as New Zealand
Recently he has been exploring images that breakout of the frame or link together to make a statement and optical illusions that cause portraits to follow you with their eyes or turn their head when you pass them.
When he runs out of Titanium White, he puts down the brush and takes up the pen to write mundane fictional novels that innocent people purchase from Amazon. So far he has written four novels and is now writing his fifth which is really his first novel with name changes and a new cover.
A lover of all things Art Deco, he is hoping that a merciful French Government will forgive that unfortunate incident in the Musée d’Orsay and allow him back into France.
Angelique Hieronymus is a contemporary artist who reveals an impressionistic, abstract, surreal style in her work. With her great love for natural and organic form, she collects sticks, stones and bones, as they are her source for inspiration.
She has researched energy. Her paintings and drawings render a beautiful sensuality. Energy, light and connectedmess, these are what she is most passionate about.
Charcoal and acrylic paint are her mediums.
Angelique resides in the small town of Port Hope, where she opened a Gallery in 2012, GALLERY 18.
She has exhibited at the Toronto Hydro Building, The Toronto Outdoor Show and has participated in group shows throughout the Northumberland area.
Giselle has always held a love for escapist art. Winning her first national art contest at the age of 9, she grew up displaying her work in shows and in public institutions.
After graduating from the University of Western Ontario in 2004 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, she went on to pursue a career in Film and Television. It was through this medium that her love deepened for the concept of art imitating life.
Film allows people to immerse themselves into different worlds- worlds that feel very familiar to the viewer, as if they were a reflection of their own experiences.
It was through this interest that she began drawing her inspiration from photo albums, pop culture and her travels around the world. Rather than focusing on large renowned events, she was more interested in capturing the candid and mundane moments; moments that allow access to a brief and intimate window into the subject’s life. It is by capturing the essence of these moments where the viewer feels a sense of connection in their shared humanity.
Giselle has worked in the film industry for over a decade, with experience in the Assistant Director and Art Departments. She continues to explore the concept of humanity through story, culture and demographics. Through her art she strives to bridge the gap of differences, and to connect the viewer to her subjects on a more personal and spiritual level.