Omar Badrin (MFA '15) wins a 2017 Melissa Levin Emerging Artist Award

In My Skin, image courtesy of the artist
Saturday, April 21, 2018

Omar Badrin, alumnus from the Interdisciplinary Master's in Art, Media and Design and the 2015 IAMD GradEx Medal Winner was awarded one of three Melissa Levin Emerging Artist (MLEA) Award, administered by the Textile Museum of Canada. The MLEA Awards helps emerging artists conduct self-directed activities such as art production, apprenticeships, residencies or research. The award is in memory and honour of Melissa Levin (1958-2015), an artist, mentor and teacher whose career as a textile and costume designer was synonymous with exuberant love of colour and pattern.

Omar's first commercial solo-show, "Lul!", is on now at Birch Contemporary Gallery until April 21, 2018. For more details:

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Colour: What Do You Mean By That?

Colour: what do you mean by that? Mar 7 to 25 at Propeller Gallery
Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 12:00pm to Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 6:00pm

Colour Research Society of Canada presents an exhbition at Propeller Gallery March 7 to 25, with an International Colour Day Curators' Talk & Socia: Wednesday March 21 7-9pm and Artist Talks Sunday March 25 2-4pm.

This cross-disciplinary exhibiton presents work by artists, designers and scientists using or investigating colour phenomena, qualities and meanings. What is colour: frequency, wavelength, energy...resonance, material, sensation...perception, illusion, association...emotive embodied experience? The question opens up connections between diverse understandins and ways of knowing.

Venue & Address: 
Propeller Gallery, 30 Abell Street
Digital Screen: 

IIDEX, the annual architecture and interior design show

Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 11:00am


As part of Doreen Balabanoff's work with the Colour Research Society of Canada, there are two events of interest:


1) December 7th, a three-person panel discussion on the aesthetics of architecture featuring Gordon Grice, architect and editor of Right Angle magazine, (moderator & speaker), Ian Ellingham, Chair of The Built Environment Open Forum (speaker) and
David Pearl, Artist -- Design Team for the New Highway 407 Transit Station (speaker). David is an OCADU faculty member.


2) An open call for participation for a curated exhibition on colour and colour knowledge as a touchpoint between the arts and sciences. The exhibition is entitled Colour: What Do You Mean By That?  See attached pdf.


I would welcome an opportunity to speak to faculty and students in any area of the school about colour research (in any field) or about environmental design, embodied experience, colour and light, phenomenological approaches to practice-based research, etc. I am the founding President of the Colour Research Society of Canada (CRSC), the national organisation affiliated with the AIC, the International Colour Association (Association Internationale de la Couleur)

Robin Kingsburgh

Dr. Robin Kingsburgh completed her Ph.D. in Astronomy in 1992 at University College London, and worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Mexico from 1993-1996. Her research interests from that period included planetary nebulae and their central stars, and Wolf-Rayet stars. Since 1996 she has been teaching various Natural Science courses at York University, including Understanding Colour and Science and Creativity.

Nicole Collins

Nicole Collins' artistic practice focuses on the effect of time, accumulation, force and heat on visceral materials, through painting, drawing, installation, intervention, video, and sound. Since 1994 she has exhibited extensively including solo exhibitions at The Koffler Art Gallery, Toronto (2018), The University of Waterloo Art Gallery (2013), The Art Gallery of Ontario (2013) and The Embassy of Canada in Tokyo (2001) and group exhibitions in Toronto, Hamilton, St. Johns, New York, Miami, London, Venice and Zurich.

Particles & Light

Particles and Light
Saturday, October 25, 2008 - 4:00am to Saturday, November 22, 2008 - 5:00am

Newzones is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of new paintings by Anda Kubis entitled 'Particles
and Light.'

As part of the New Abstraction movement in Canada, Kubis continues her play with colour, space and
illusion. In 'Particles and Light', the paint application has become more painterly and improvisational
than previous bodies of work. Kubis continues to capture a screen-like illumination from within the picture
but now the light clusters and refracts across the surface of the canvas.

The paintings in 'Particles and Light' make allusions to microscopic vision and visual models used in science. Kubis is interested in the invented pictures that are used to illustrate and demonstrate complex
concepts in scientific theory. This new body of work expands upon Impressionist concerns but where the
Impressionists interpreted their landscape as a means of embracing the impact of the camera, Kubis is
inspired by the abstract realm of digitally generated images.

Artificial colour is combined with natural, neutral tones to create shifting, slippery spaces where the
viewer feels they are on the verge of making something out. In 'Particles and Light' Kubis attempts to
make paintings that sneak up on you, that invite you to linger longer in solving the mystery before your

As one of Canada's notable mid-career painters, Anda Kubis' new exhibition is one not to be missed.
Born in 1962, Toronto, Ontario, Anda Kubis received her Bachelors of Fine Arts from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1987 and her Master's of Fine Arts from York University in 1992. Her paintings have been widely exhibited across Canada in numerous solo and group exhibitions. Much has been written about Kubis' work including a 2004 review in Canadian Art Magazine. Anda Kubis is currently an assistant professor at the Ontario College of Art & Design.

Venue & Address: 
Newzones 730 Eleventh Avenue SW, Calgary, Alberta


Towers made of red, green and blue blocks in a room
Friday, February 21, 2014 - 5:00am to Saturday, March 22, 2014 - 4:00am

Opening Reception: Feb. 21, 6 to 9 p.m.

Works by Integrated Media instructor Philippe Blanchard

ANGELL GALLERY is pleased to present PHILIPPE BLANCHARD: COLOUR RHYTHM, a special installation by this acclaimed multi-disciplinary artist. The exhibition will be on view in the Project Room from February 21 to March 22, 2014, with an opening reception on February 21, 6-9 PM.

Philippe Blanchard's dazzling sculptural light installations have been likened to "walking into an animated GIF." Using programmed RGB lighting and a library of screen-printed patterns he has developed, Blanchard creates "expanded animations," in which the moving image is liberated from the constraints of the frame, the screen, fixed durations, representation and two-dimensionality. The resulting immersive environments reflect a diverse array of influences, ranging from special effects and computer graphics to the role of pattern in fine art, decorative arts, music and pop culture.

For Colour Rhythm, Blanchard draws upon both early 20th century avant-garde art and today's digital culture. Walls and tower-like forms in the Project Room will be covered with screen-printed modular wallpaper in patterns inspired by Sonia Delaunay, Gunta Stölzl and Anni Albers, three modernists who worked with textiles. Investigating pattern's sometimes ambivalent relationship to the avant-garde, Blanchard also considers its role as aid to contemplation, as found in Islamic art, the serial compositions of Steve Reich and Terry Riley, or even in contemporary electronic dance music.

Blanchard's RBG (red, blue, green) colour scheme references the primary colours of light, as well as the building blocks of digital imagery. Programmed lighting animates the repeating patterns, transforming the plain room into an invigorating psychedelic space in which elements derived from pop culture, modernism and traditional quilting patterns fuse into an Op Art experience for the 21st century.

Philippe Blanchard Digital Rendering

Venue & Address: 
Angell Gallery 12 Ossington Avenue Toronto, Ontario