Anson Liaw

Anson Liaw is an illustrator based in Toronto, Canada. Upon graduating from the Ontario College of Art from the Communication & Design Department Design Advertising Program in 1989, his versatile illustrations have been an integral part of many projects ranging from magazines, book publications, corporate, packaging and advertising communications.

His illustrations take on critical views; both light and heavy about life in the world around us and that deals with social, political, cultural issues and lifestyle subject matter.

Drawing at First Sight

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 9:30pm to Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 11:00pm

First Year Art and Design present: 

Drawing at First Sight, an exhibit highlighting the wide range of drawings produced by First Year Art and Design students. 

November 1-10, 2016

Reception: Thursday Nov. 3, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street, 2nd Floor, Ada Slaight Student Gallery
Drawing at First Sight poster with event info with black & white drawing of house

Derek Sullivan, Faculty of Art, presents: On Filling In

books with white covers scattered on the floor around a low laying structure
Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 4:00am to Saturday, November 26, 2016 - 5:00am

Please join us for the opening on Thursday, 20 October from 6 to 8 p.m.

For his first exhibition with the gallery, Derek Sullivan presents new drawings completed while on residency in Paris. Although not specifically ‘about’ the city, they do gesture towards the activity of walking, marching, approaching—extended processes of encounter with a specific environment, at a particular time. Each drawing depicts a could-be book, not likely a would-be book. Books of technicolour shapes and patterns; books of men sculpted either in marble or through the act of sport; books of the stuff of metro tickets and scraps of paper that float from our hands to the street; books that form an index of time spent reading, looking, and considering.
For Sullivan books are tools, able to both find and possess functions outside the intent of author, designer, printer, binder, publisher, distributor, seller, reviewer, and reader. Therefore, along with a site-specific installation, this exhibition explores the before-life and after-life of books to shift the emphasis towards a book’s circumstances and away from its contents. For while books may be both literally and figuratively heavy, they are also flexible. Their meaning and physicality mutates over time to perform a variety of roles: whether spatially as objects that occupy our environments; emotionally and intellectually as things that organize and enrich our lives; or professionally as bearers of legitimacy.

For more information please contact the gallery or visit our website.

Venue & Address: 
Susan Hobbs Gallery 137 Tecumseth Street Toronto, Canada M6J 2H2
416 504 3699

Ecotecture: Bigger, Bigger, and more Desperate

Friday, November 7, 2008 - 12:00am to 3:00am

DeLeon White Gallery in Toronto presents new works by Marcia Huyer, Karen Kraven, and alumnus Gareth Bate, curated by Colin Kent and Joanna Sheridan.

Bate will be creating a large scale wall and window drawing in honey of the roman coloseum, relating to the fragility of civilization.

Venue & Address: 
DeLeon White Gallery 1139 College Street, Toronto, Ontario

Drawing at First Sight

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008 - 5:00am to Wednesday, November 19, 2008 - 5:00am

Welcome to highlights of the wide range of drawings produced in First-Year Art and Design, as students develop both their technical and conceptual skills over the two dimensional plane.

Image credit: Samantha Ross

Venue & Address: 
Transit Space 100 McCaul St., 2nd Floor, Toronto, Ontario

Faculty of Art Drawing Marathon

Sunday, November 9, 2008 - 5:00pm to Monday, November 10, 2008 - 5:00am

The Faculty of Art at OCAD hosts its annual Drawing Marathon on Sunday, November 9, from 12 noon to midnight. Two rooms on Level 4 will offer gestures and sustained poses to keep sketchers motivated! Everyone is welcome to participate (entrance fee of only $25 for 12 hours of fabulous models). Bring a lunch, and get some sponsors! Your pledges will support the creation of a calendar showcasing Drawing & Painting program students' work.

For more information contact Elizabeth Barnes, Model Coordinator, 416-977-6000 Ext. 330.

Venue & Address: 
Rooms 488 and 487 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario
$25 entrance fee

Free Drawings Issue #2

Wednesday, September 3, 2008 - 4:00am to Saturday, September 6, 2008 - 4:00am

Peruse the exhibited drawings and pick up your copy of Free Drawings for zero dollars. The party features DJ Jenny Orenda, Vomit Mountain, LSDoubleDcup, Yomul Yuk, and the Bush League.


XPACE is a non-profit artist- and student-run centre committed to the exposure of multi-disciplinary emerging artists in a professional context that is recognized within the local and international contemporary art and design community. Their goal is to build a bridge between art and design students and their professional counterparts by offering a platform in which they may exhibit their works and be externally recognized, which in turn promotes relevant programming that instigates public discourse and propels the development of contemporary art and design.

All OCAD students are members of XPACE Cultural Centre, which is a membership driven organization governed by The OCAD Student Union Board of Directors.

Venue & Address: 
X-space 58 Ossington Ave., Toronto, Ontario

Cathy Daley

Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 4:00am to Sunday, June 1, 2008 - 4:00am

Cathy Daley is a Toronto-based artist and Instructor at OCAD, who mines contemporary vocabularies of glamour, fashion, popular culture, to examine the iconography of femininity as it exists in cultural imaginary, personal memory, and fantasy. Building on persistent cultural images inspired by ballerina tutus, the garb of fairy-tale princesses and Barbie doll couture, her large scale pastel-on-velum drawings investigate childhood memories of what it means to be female in Western culture and explores cultural representation of the feminine and the body. She often incorporates the iconography of cartoons, street signage, Hollywood cinema, fairy tales, and mythology into her work.

“These drawings constitute a virtuoso performance... [and] reflect a contemporary post-feminist ambivalence toward fashion, critiquing the garment industry’s wrapped-and-bound feminine ideal and the notion of woman as spectacle.” - Roni Feinstein, Art in America

Venue & Address: 
Edward Cella Art + Architecture 10 E. Figueroa Street, Suite 3, Santa Barbara, California