Many Voices: talk by visiting Alumni Artist Aaron Li-Hill

Abstract geometric artwork
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 12:00pm

Many Voices

Drawing and Painting is presenting four upcoming talks by visiting Alumni Artists. Each year graduates are invited to give an artist talk and meet with our fourth year students throughout the year.

Please bring your classes to Central Hall, room 230 on Tuesday November 7 Aaron Li-Hill will speak from 12-12:45. All are welcome!



Aaron Li-Hill is a Canadian visual artist currently based out of Brooklyn, who employs painting, illustration, stenciling, and sculptural elements within his works.  With a background in graffiti and mural painting and a degree in Fine Arts, his works range from smaller multiples to enormous murals that explore industrialization, scientific breakthrough, people versus nature and information saturation.  He incorporates found objects and unconventional materials to structure complex multi-layered pieces that are as aesthetic as they are thought provoking. Li-Hill possesses a BFA from OCAD and has travelled and shown in countries such as Australia, Thailand, Myanmar, Mexico and China.  He has had works shown in such national institutions as the National Gallery of Victoria, The Art Gallery of Ontario and the Portsmouth Museum of Art in New Hampshire. 


Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 100 McCaul St., Central Hall, room 230 Toronto, ON
All are welcome!

Many Voices: talks by Chen Cao and Dionne Simpson

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 12:00pm to 12:45pm

Many Voices

Drawing and Painting is presenting four upcoming talks by visiting Alumni Artists. Each year graduates are invited to give an artist talk and meet with our fourth year students throughout the year.

Please bring your classes to Central Hall, room 230 from 12 to 12:30 on Tuesday October 24 for talks by Chen Cao and Dionne Simpson.  Many Voices continues in November.  All are welcome!

Chen Cao: 

Growing up with physical impediments I tend to contemplate on the limits of human potential. My work explores the idea of control and discipline relative to dualistic nature and cause and effect. Using painting as a medium, I try to understand myself as a subject and attempt to convey universal truth and beauty. Chen grew up in Toronto Ontario and pursued fine arts at Ontario College of Art and Design graduate of 2013. He draws inspiration from both eastern and western philosophies while pursuing an aesthetic of his own.  He is motivated to rediscover the thinking of the Old Masters.

Dionne Simpson:  

Dionne Simpson's current body of work combines tradition with contemporary content.  She pulls threads from large canvases using a traditional African technique.  New materials are intricately interwoven into the spaces where the threads have been removed.  She adds "found pigments" and further destroys and embellishes the fabric.  By subtraction and addition the work develops into a contemporary piece embedded with tradition.  Employing the canvas as a metaphor for the underlying fabric of Canadian society Simpson embeds fragments of our culture inside the windows formed within the canvas.  The square is a reoccurring element in her work and is used as a symbol of growth, order and stability that has become the backdrop for Western living from her perspective as an African Canadian artist.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD U 100 McCaul St Central Hall, room 230 Toronto, ON
All are welcome!
painting of man in front of painting of man
textile work, image of a face

Meet artist Alex McLeod

What are the key responsibilities you maintain for your practice?

My main responsibilities include making sure everyone has what they need. Firstly I have to make sure I am making good work, and that the printer gets it in time to deliver to the framer.  If I'm doing an interview or commission I have to make sure that party is getting my full attention and that emails are answered promptly.  There are certainly obvious tools like software and hardware that I need, but anything that I'm unfamiliar with I can usually learn about through the internet.  Networking is essential to build relationships with other artists, curators and collectors. It's one of my favorite parts of the job ;D 

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Admissions Segment: 

Rob Nicholls

My work, since 2012, explores the effect of visual vibration in painting using repeated brushstrokes, pattern and dynamic colour relationships. I develop mark-making techniques from observing occurrences of repetition found within architecture.

He currently instructs in the Drawing and Painting department at OCADU. "My teaching method focuses on material experimentation and exploration. I'm interested in looking at students natural tendencies in mark-making and then helping them build an authentic visual vocabulary from which to make drawings and paintings."

Michael Antkowiak

Michael Antkowiak (Warsaw, Poland, 1977) is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design, and completed his MFA from the New York Academy of Art in 2003. He has since exhibited in public and commercial galleries in Canada and abroad, including the Queens Museum of Art in New York City, Carrie Secrist Gallery in Chicago, Il, and LE Gallery in Toronto. Michael is a recipient of several artist's grants and residencies, including the Non-Tenured Award for Excellence in Teaching at OCAD University, the Toronto Arts Council Grant, and the Vermont Studio Center Fellowship and Residency.

Natalie Majaba Waldburger

Natalie attended Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, the Ontario College of Art and Design, and NSCAD University, studying Women’s Studies, Drawing and Painting, and Media Arts respectively. Having recently stepped down as the Ada Slaight Chair of Contemporary Painting and Print Media at OCAD University, she is currently cross-appointed there in Drawing and Painting and Cross-disciplinary Studies.

Colette Laliberte

Colette Laliberte is an artist and Associate Professor at the Ontario College of Art and Design University, Toronto (OCAD U). She teaches drawing, painting, installation and site-specific art interventions. From 2004-2006, she was the Chair of First-Year Studies; from 2006-2008, she held the position of Assistant Dean; and, from Sept. 2014 to Dec. 2015 she was Interim Associate Dean, Academic Affairs, Faculty of Art Colette Lalibert"has been exhibited nationally and internationally.

Working Title: Monique Mouton, Mina Totino & Sally Spath

Working Title
Saturday, July 12, 2008 - 4:00am to Saturday, August 2, 2008 - 4:00am

Working Title explores the ways in which these artists deal with the matter of painting. The elements with which the paintings are composed - including the size and direction of the brush marks, the visible layers of colour, the viscosity of the paint, the negotiation of the edges and the idiosyncrasies of format – are the subject of the work.

Spath’s paintings are a temporary and intuitive response to the site: the site being the space where they are exhibited. She uses standard sized vellum to create a composition in the space.

Venue & Address: 
Diaz Contemporary 100 Niagara Street, Toronto, Ontario


Friday, April 4, 2008 - 4:00am to Saturday, April 26, 2008 - 4:00am

Angell Gallery in Toronto presents “Phantasm”, the fifth solo show by OCAD Instructor and alumnus Luke Painter. For years now, Painter has employed his immense technical skill to create fanciful works that delight the imagination and arouse wonder. The seven works in this exhibition continue in the same vein, featuring the fantastical and quasi-historical subject matter that have become the artist’s trademarks.

From a distance, one could easily mistake Painter’s latest works for large-scale prints. The stark black-and-white aesthetic and fine line-work suggest the effects of wood-block engravings, or possibly metal etching prints. Not only this, but the incredible amount of detail leads one to believe that these works resulted from a process of serial reproduction, since it’s reasonable to assume that the artist wished to yield multiple copies from the hours of handiwork that went into them. Upon closer inspection however one realizes this is not the case. A sustained viewing reveals the works to be unique and original brush and ink paintings, comprised of thousand of accumulated marks that mimick traditional printing methods. The effect is one of obssesive ornamentation and preciousness. If nothing else, these paintings are labours of love created by a steady and patient hand.

Venue & Address: 
Angell Gallery 890 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario

Labyrinth of the heART

Labyrinth of the heART by Maria Gabankova
Saturday, January 12, 2008 - 5:00am to Sunday, February 3, 2008 - 5:00am

Loop Gallery is pleased to announce exhibitions by OCAD Professor Maria Gabankova, entitled Labyrinth of the heART.
Labyrinth of the heART is a selection of drawings and paintings featured in a recently published book body broken body redeemed on Maria Gabankova's art. Published by Piquant Editions in Great Britain, this second volume in the VISIBILIA series of 'visual biographies' features over 50 full-colour reproductions of paintings and installations by Czech-born Canadian artist Maria Gabankova. Introduction by John Franklin.
The exhibition presents a large copy (94" x 108") of the Crucifixion panel of the Issenheim Altarpiece by Matthias Gr'newald, a work which Gabankova travelled to Colmar, Alsace, France to study at the Unterlinden Museum in 2003. She was commissioned by the Biblical Museum of Canada in Vancouver, B.C. to paint a copy of the Crucifixion panel, which she completed in the summer of 2007. The painting has had a profound influence on Gabankova's work and its spiritual content and expressive power relates to the themes of her previous work.
The exhibition's title pays homage to a literary allegory Labyrinth of the World and Paradise of the Heart by the 17th century Czech philosopher, educator and theologian Jan Amos Comenius.

Venue & Address: 
Loop Gallery 1174 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario