Illustrator Milan Pavlovic

Monday, January 11, 2016 - 3:00pm

Milan illustrated Kabungo, his new book is published for Groundwood Books:

Stamps that skate and slither

Canadians’ love of hockey is a defining national trait. Our passion for blades, ice, sticks and pucks stretches even as far as the postage we use to mail our letters.

Legends of the rink

In 2012, OCAD University Faculty of Design professors Avi Dunkelman and Joe Gault — co-founders and partners of Mix Design Group — were commissioned by Canada Post to design a series of hockey-themed stamps leading up to the 100th anniversary of the National Hockey League® (NHL). Over the course of five years, that commission will total nearly 70 different stamps, including commemoratives, souvenir sheets (about the size of a hockey card) and coils.

Canada Post issued the duo’s first NHL stamps on Sept. 3, 2013. They illustrate jerseys worn by seven Canadian teams, including the Montréal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs. Year 2 — 2014 — saw stamps featuring legendary defencemen from the Original SixTM era — stars such as Bobby Orr and Tim Horton. In fall 2015, Dunkelman and Gault’s work highlighted great Canadian goalies. Among the heroes are Tony Esposito, Martin Brodeur and Gump Worsley. Themes for the final two years have been chosen, but the designers are keeping the lid on their work until the stamps launch publicly.




Serpentine luxury

Dunkelman and Gault’s first foray into the world of stamp designing actually began a year before they skated their way into hockey-themed design history.

In 2011, they won a Canada Post competition to create stamps honouring the Asian lunar zodiac’s Year of the Snake, which began on February 10, 2013. Through extensive research into Chinese cultural symbolism, Dunkelman and Gault created — with the help of calligrapher Tan Chao Chang — stunning Year of the Snake stamps. “Not every project gives you an opportunity to design using seven colours, two foils and embossing,” Gault notes. “In Chinese astrology, snakes love luxury, and that’s an element we sought to slither in to our water-snake design.”

In a short video, Dunkleman and Gault talk about their careers and collaboration, and share details about their NHL and Year of the Snake projects.

The Year of the Snake stamps have met with international acclaim. They nabbed second place in a competition organized by the Chinese Shengxiao (Zodiac) Philatelic Society (China took first prize); a Certificate of Merit from the Premier Print Awards; and second place at the 2015 Vienna International Stamp Exhibition.


Video produced by Martin Iskander
Morgan Holmes

Illustrator Doug Panton has 2 pieces chosen in Creative Quarterly 42

Thursday, December 17, 2015 - 1:15pm

Illustrator Doug Panton has not one, but two pieces chosen as winners in the Professional Fine Art category of Creative Quarterly 42, New York.

National Magazine Awards Foundation Interviews Illustration Alumnus

Monday, November 23, 2015 - 5:00am

The National Magazine Awards Foundation has just published an interview with Hudson Christie, 2015’s Best New Illustrator or Photographer winner. Hudson graduated OCADU’s Illustration program in 2014.

Be sure to follow the related links to two other OCADU grads (2009): Selena Wong (two-time NMA-winning illustrator) and Gracia Lam (two time NMA winner for Spot Illustration).

Faculty member and student win international motion art awards

Image from Rube Goldberg Machine Created by Unfortunate Mishaps
Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 4:00am

OCAD University received recognition in both the professional and student categories of the American Illustration-American Photography International Motion Art Awards.

Jon Todd, an OCAD U assistant professor in Illustration, won in the Animation – Illustration category for a stop motion animation called I am me created for McGill University Mental Health Service.

McGill University approached the animation studio Thought Café to create a video based on a series of monologues and poems written and recorded by students affected with mental health issues. The studio collaborated with Jon Todd to paint a portrait of the student with visual elements to colour her monologue. The goal of the project is to spread mental health awareness and education.

Third-year Illustration student Andrea Heisz received a student award for her gif, Rube Goldberg Machine Created by Unfortunate Mishaps.

This is the fourth edition of the International Motion Art Awards, which celebrate photographers, illustrators and designers who make their work move in all media.


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Sara Sniderhan

Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 4:00pm to Sunday, November 1, 2015 - 12:00am

Illustration Faculty Sara Sniderhan's show "A Room of Her Own" runs October 15-31, 2015
Opening Celebration with the Artist is Thursday, October 15th at 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Venue & Address: 
Ingram Gallery 24 Hazelton Avenue Toronto, ON 416-929-2220
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Secret Lives

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 - 4:00pm to Monday, November 30, 2015 - 12:00am

Secret Lives
A Group Art Show
Illustration Thesis Graduates:
Rosena Fung; JW Pang; Derrick Chow; Gracia Lam; Suharu Ogawa; Dallas Conte; Michael Pitropov; Ana Altamira; Hudson Christie; Sophia Feesh; Stephanie Kenzie; Brandon Celi; Orlando Grunewald; Aaron Millard

Venue & Address: 
Steam Whistle Brewery Roundhouse Park 255 Bremner Blvd.
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Figure Ground - Christina Sealey Exhibition

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - 2:00pm to Saturday, November 21, 2015 - 10:00pm

Please join Illustrator Christina Sealey on Friday, October 16th from 6 -9 pm for the public reception of her exhibition, Figure•Ground at the Boarding House Gallery in Guelph.

This show officially opens next Tuesday, October 7th and will run until November 21st. This is a unique show for me in that it will feature her figurative work from 1998 - 2015, covering nearly 20 years of her painting practice. The exhibition includes generous loans from a number of private collections and from the public gallery, the Varley Art Gallery of Markham. This exhibition was also generously supported by the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.

Venue & Address: 
Boarding House Gallery 6 Dublin Street South Guelph, ON
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Canadian Fine Art Gallery (CFA Gallery)

Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 10:00pm to Friday, October 2, 2015 - 12:00am

Associate Professor Jean-Christian Knaff (Illustration Program) has an exhibit with Claude Miceli, sculpture, opening October 1 at the Canadian Fine Art Gallery (CFA GALLERY), 108 Yorkville Avenue, Toronto.

Venue & Address: 
Canadian Fine Art Gallery 108 Yorkville Avenue Toronto, ON

Feminist Architectures

Poster for Feminist Architectures
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - 4:00am to Sunday, September 27, 2015 - 4:00am

Wall works by New York artist Adrienne Reynolds and Toronto-based ARTIFACTS (Pam Patterson & Leena Raudvee) explore imagery which defines how, and engages with, the limitations and potentials of feminist theoretical and architectural space. They articulate imagery through vectors of activity and/or, as bodies contained by/in structures. The work is critiqued and reframed by academic and cultural critic Dina Georgis.

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Curated by OCAD U Illustration student Julia Pereira
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Venue & Address: 
Artscape Youngplace 2nd floor Hallway Gallery Opening Reception: Wednesday Sept 23, 6.30 p.m. with Panel at 7 p.m. Exhibit Dates: Sept. 16 – 27