Gary Taxali: Originals

Saturday, April 5, 2008 - 4:00am to Saturday, April 26, 2008 - 4:00am

And now for something completely different... we welcome Gary Taxali to the Project Room at Drabinsky Gallery. Drabinsky Gallery is pleased to present a discrete collection of Taxali's distinctive paintings on board, in a show called Originals.

Gary Taxali, an artist and professional illustrator, is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art (1991).
A fabulously successful illustrator with clients such as Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Esquire, and Bonny Doon Vineyard, Taxali immediately began showing in exhibitions and galleries throughout North America and Europe as well as undertaking to return to his alma mater and assume an Assistant Professor at the renamed Ontario College of Art & Design.

Venue & Address: 
Drabinsky Gallery 122 Scollard Street, Toronto, Ontario

Mark Heflin Lecture

AI 25th
Thursday, February 14, 2008 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Mark Heflin is the Director of American Illustration and American Photography. Founded in 1982, these annuals have showcased the cutting-edge of editorial, advertising, book, graphics, packaging, video, animation and experimental work, and have featured such prominent image makers as Richard Avedon, Milton Glaser, Annie Leibovitz and Andy Warhol, while promoting the early careers of Gary Baseman, Elinor Carucci, David LaChapelle, Christoph Niemann and Chris Ware. Mr. Heflin has also served as a juror for the SPD and the Society of Illustrators, curated contemporary illustration exhibits in Rome, sits on the Savannah College of Art and Design advisory board and is a member of the nominating committee for the Heinz Family Awards which offers grants in the fields of Arts and Humanities, Health Care, Human Condition and the Environment. He is currently working with the ICON5 Board in producing their Illustration conference for New York City 2008.

In his presentation, Mr. Heflin will discuss AI's history, the Illustration industry, and new trends in the marketplace.

Illustration: Yuko Shimizu

Venue & Address: 
Central Hall 100 McCaul St., Rm 230, Toronto, Ontario

American Illustration 25th Anniversary Timeline Exhibition

AI 25th
Monday, February 11, 2008 - 5:00am to Tuesday, February 19, 2008 - 5:00am

American Illustration is widely regarded as the leading juried annual and advocate of contemporary illustration in North America and the world. To commemorate its 25th anniversary, it commissioned some of the industry's biggest stars to each depict the mood or seminal event of one year in the past quarter century. Appearing for the first time in Canada, this unique collection of prints created by Seymour Chwast, Sue Coe, R.O. Blechman & Nicholas Blechman, Vivienne Flesher & Ward Schumaker, Henrik Drescher, Filip Pagowski, Ruth Marten, Matt Mahurin, Steven Guarnaccia, Jordin Isip, Frances Jetter, Jeffrey Fisher, Juliette Borda, Jason Holley, Karen Barbour, Mark Ulriksen, Robert Parada, Steve Brodner, Guy Billout, Katherine Streeter, Tomer Hanuka, Saelee Oh & Souther Salazar, John Hendrix, Nathan Fox, and OCAD alumna and faculty, Anita Kunz, will be on exhibit in the Great Hall, February 11-19, and will coincide with a presentation by AI's Director, Mark Heflin, in Central Hall on February 14, 1-3pm. Following his presentation, attendees are invited to view the exhibit and meet Mr. Heflin.

Illustration: Yuko Shimizu

Venue & Address: 
Great Hall 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

Gary Taxali: Toy Signing & Print Launch

Gary Taxali at DvA Gallery in Chicago
Sunday, November 11, 2007 - 7:00pm

DvA Gallery in Chicago toy signing and print launch by Illustration Instructor Gary Taxali.

Venue & Address: 
DvA Gallery 2568 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, Illinois

Last Year's Winner

Fried 24 HRS by Gary Taxali.  Alkyd oils on plywood, 11 x 17.
Thursday, September 6, 2007 - 4:00am to Sunday, September 30, 2007 - 4:00am

Gary Taxali's work mixes vintage advertising vernacular with contemporary jest, simultaneously poking fun and embracing the sheer absurdness of human nature.
Taxali's original long forgotten characters are unearthed and altered through silkscreening, drawing and painting. The end result is an oddly nostalgic presence that evokes a disconcerting wit amongst layers of memory. The show also includes original collaborative art with musician pals Jad Fair, Aimee Mann and Danko Jones.
"The work of Gary Taxali takes a basically juvenile bibliophilic impulse - doodling in the leaves of borrowed books - to a more artistically sophisticated level. The books he appropriates aren't the precious kind one sees fashioned into delicate, romantic assemblage works but the thick, hardy sort that fill high school libraries and suffer the consequent abuse. He arranges their covers and pages in grids of varying sizes and embellished these grids with an entertaining cast of cartoonish characters, random words and phrases, and icons of one sort and another. There (sic) is an appealing sense of play, drawn from childhood but supported by a mature iconographic sensibility."
-Holly Myers, Art Critic, The Los Angeles Times

Venue & Address: 
Magic Pony 694 Queen St West, Toronto, Ontario

Carousel fantastical: The return of the Ex

INSTUDIO asked 2016 Illustration grad Avery Kua to help us celebrate us celebrate summer at the CNE. Watch a time-lapsed video of Avery’s creative process in Carousel Illustration Speed Draw. Or, view more of her work online.


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Doug Panton's work winner in Fine Art; Anson Liaw's work Runner Up in Illustration for Creative Quarterly 45

Title: Introvert-Extrovert. Author: Doug Panton
Thursday, August 18, 2016 - 2:15pm

Creative Quarterly Journal is a publication that features some of the best work in art, photography, design and artists in all media from all countries.

For the Winter 2016 Edition (Creative Quarterly 45) the work of OCAD U Illustration's Sessional Instructor Doug Panton has been awarded winner in the categoy of Fine Art: Professional and the work of OCAD U Graphic Design's Sessional Instructor Anson Liaw has been selected as Runner-Up in the category of Illustration: Professional.

The winners will be exhibited in Creative Quarterly, on the newsstand Winter 2016. The winners and runner-ups work will be posted on the Creative Quarterly Online Gallery in Winter 2016.

The complete list of winners can be found here.


Illustrator Profile: Gary Taxali

Tuesday, August 2, 2016 - 4:45pm


Illustration Professor Gary Taxali has been featured on the American Illustration/American Photography website. 

Read more about his life, workspace, creative process, challenges and advice for students on his AI-AP's Illustrator Profile.

Luerzer's Archive 200 Best Illustrators Worldwide

Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 6:30pm

Thom Sevalrud has once again been selected for Luerzer’s Archive 200 Best Illustrators Worldwide for the upcoming 2016-17 volume. The bi-annual book has just been published and will be on shelves in August.


Meanwhile, his illustration ‘Lunar Orbit’ has received multiple recognition from recent award competitions. The image which was used for the poster of a documentary film of the same name making the festival circuit right now, was a chosen winner for the American Illustration 35 annual archive, was selected as a winner for the 3x3 Magazine Illustration Annual 13 and was also a winner in the Creative Quarterly  Journal  44 which will be published this fall.


More than 20 Illustration students win high-profile awards

Illustration of women walking
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 - 4:00am

OCAD University students were recently recognized by the Applied Arts Illustration Student Awards, the 3X3 International Student Show and New York Society of Illustrators.

Applied Arts Illustration Student Award winners

  • Avery Kua (4th-year Illustration)
  • Meaghan Way (4th-year Illustration)
  • Kelly Ye (4th year Illustration)
  • Francesca Ka Yu Chan (3rd-year Illustration)
  • Su Yeon Hyun (3rd-year Illustration)
  • Toko Hosoya (1st-year Illustration)
  • Mary Kirkpatrick (1st-year Illustration)
  • Katie Liang (3rd-year Advertising)

These students will see their work published in the November/December 2016 Student Awards annual and online in November in the Winners' Gallery and Awards Archive.

Their work will also be displayed from November 8 to 9 at the Creative Futures Expo at the Toronto Centre for the Arts. The exhibition is a national career fair for the visual communications sector and draws over 1500 visitors.

3X3 International Student Show winners


  • Avery Kua (4th-year Illustration) 

Distinguished Merit

  • Natalie Bochenska (4th-year Illustration) 


  • Roman Arabia  (4th-year Illustration) – multiple wins
  • Jenn Woodall (3rd-year Illustration) – multiple wins
  • Natalie Bochenska (4th-year Illustration) 
  • Jean-Luc Bonifay (4th-year Illustration) 
  • Jean Demers (4th-year Illustration) 
  • Marcy Peterson (4th-year Illustration) 

Honourable mentions

  • Toko Hosoya (1st-year Illustration) – multiple wins
  • Adam De Souza (2nd-year Illustration) – multiple wins
  • Avery Kua (4th-year Illustration) 
  • JS Godfrey (4th-year Illustration) 
  • Lily Snowden-Fine (1st-year Illustration) 
  • Meaghan Way (4th-year Illustration) 
  • Nicolle Lalonde (4th-year Illustration) 
  • Niki Park (3rd-year Illustration)

Founded in 2003, 3X3 Magazine focuses on contemporary illustration with the goal of promoting illustration across platforms, advancing the careers of illustrators and preserving and sharing the work being done, both in print and online.

The winning students’ work is to be published in the 3X3 Illustration Annual No. 13.

New York Society of Illustrators

Finally, the New York Society of Illustrators has accepted work by Francesca Chan (3rd year Illustration) and Meaghan Way (4th year Illustration) into the 2016 Student Scholarship Competition. Their work was chosen from 8,700 entries by an esteemed jury of illustrators and art directors representing various publications, such as the New York Times and Time magazine. Chan and Way exhibited their winning illustrations in New York’s National Museum of American Illustration this past May. In addition, their work was published in the Society’s annual, Illustrators 58.