Here and Now: The Art of Gary Taxali

Gary Taxalie prints
Friday, July 17, 2015 - 4:00pm to Monday, September 21, 2015 - 12:00am

Here and Now: The Art of Gary Taxali

Exhibition: July 17 – September 20
Joint Friday Night ART Live Summer Party: Friday, July 17, 7 p.m. with SHOW.15, Queen’s Square
Idea Exchange | Design at Riverside, 7 Melville Street South, Cambridge, ON

Seats available on bus from Toronto to Cambridge for opening night on Friday, July 17!
Departing from the Drake Hotel (1150 Queen St W, bus parked on Beaconsfield Rd) at 5:30 p.m. sharp.
Returning to Toronto at the Drake Hotel at 11:30 p.m. (Departing from Cambridge at 10 p.m. sharp).
RSVP to Cherie Fawcett, Gallery Assistant at
Seats are $5.

Internationally renowned artist Gary Taxali brings his colourful, poignant paintings, books, objects and installations to Design at Riverside for the summer and early fall. Gary’s work incorporates humour and well observed social commentary in his personal drawing style that references depression era typography, packaging and advertising, but which is firmly planted in the here and now. The exhibition showcases a wide range of Gary’s artwork and object/product designs including apparel, toys, books, wine labels and commemorative coin designs, alongside paintings, assemblages, limited edition prints and a salon style display of hundreds of drawings. Gary will create a one-off artwork for the five exterior facing windows of the gallery and the short documentary film Gary Taxali: the Art of Whimsy will also be on view.

Here and Now: The Art of Gary Taxali marks the first comprehensive exhibition of his work in Canada.

Image: Gary Taxali. Serigraph Assemblage #3 and #7, mixed media, 2012. Images courtesy of the artist.

Venue & Address: 
DESIGN AT RIVERSIDE 7 Melville Street South, Cambridge, ON N1S 2H4 T: 519.621.0460 Tues – Thurs 12:00 – 8:00pm Fri 12:00 – 5:00pm Sat 10:00am – 5:00pm *Sun 1:30 – 4:30pm *Closed on Sundays from May 17 – September 6
Admission is Free

Illustration Art Exhibit - Anson Liaw

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 4:00pm to Monday, August 31, 2015 - 4:00am

Anson Liaw was invited to exhibit 10 pieces of his framed illustration artwork at Rainbow Cinemas Market Square Art Gallery located at 80 Front Street East in downtown Toronto.

From July 1 to August 31, 2015, he will be displaying 10 selected pieces of my illustration artwork at the Rainbow Cinemas Art Gallery which is located in the St. Lawrence Market neighbuorhood in downtown Toronto. His artwork will be in the main lobby of the theatre.
Rainbow Cinemas Market Square is located at 80 Front Street East at Jarvis Street in Toronto, Ontario. When viewed from Front Street with St. Lawrence Market behind you, you will see the Rainbow Cinemas sign inside the walkway.

Being that this art exhibition is held at an art gallery space within a movie theatre, Anson found that it is fitting for him to exhibit a selection of illustration artwork that resonates a magical, dreamy and yet compelling vivid connection to viewers in relation to films, music, books, entertainment and performance related subject matter in general in an iconic manner visually. And in turn and like many illustrator artists do, enlighten people that behind the obvious and familiar iconic imagery in the world around us that there are always imaginative possibilities that there's more than meets the eye and mind in every iconic image and/or subject matter. Anson's goal to transform iconic familiar everyday scenarios and objects
All the illustration artwork featured in this exhibition are rendered predominantly with chalk pastel on archival printmaking and drawing paper.

Venue & Address: 
Rainbow Cinemas Market Square 80 Front Street East, Toronto, ON M5E 1T4 Gallery Hours: noon to 12 a.m. daily

Illustration students win big at international 3x3 Student Show No. 12

Illustration by Long Hui Wang
Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 4:00am

Six OCAD U students have won the honour of being published in the 3x3 Illustration Annual No 12. 3x3, The Magazine of Contemporary Illustration, is the first publication devoted entirely to the art of illustration. Published in the United States and distributed worldwide, its goal is to share what’s shaping international illustration.

Congratulations go to the following students whose work was displayed in the 3x3 Student Show:

  • Long Hui Wang (4th year) – Silver Medal/Multiple Merit winner
  • Hong Chen (2nd year) – Silver Medal/Multiple Merit winner
  • Lynden Joudrey (4th year) – Multiple Merit
  • Kaitlin Richardson (4th year) – Merit/Honourable Mention
  • Cornelia Li & Paige Clark (4th year) – Merit
  • Marley Allen-Ash & Heidi Berton (4th year) – Honourable Mention
  • Milena Bassen (3rd year) – Honourable Mention

All medal, merit and distinguished merit winners will appear in 3x3’s annual edition in print and online. Honourable mentions will be displayed online.

OCAD U alumnus named Best New Illustrator

Illustration by Hudson Christie of a male sitting on a toilet with genitals behind him
Monday, June 29, 2015 - 4:00am

At the 38th National Magazine Awards Gala, OCAD University 2014 Illustration Program Medal winner Hudson Christie was named Best New Illustrator in the Best New Creator category.

Hudson’s winning entry was an illustration for Maisonneuve’s article, A Portrait of the Artist with Testicles in Hand,” published mere months following graduation. Joining Hudson as one of the finalists shortlisted for the Best New Creator category was Min Gyo Chung (BDes, Illustration, 2014) for his illustration accompanying an article in Corporate Knights titled “Under the Climate," art directed by Jack Dylan (née Andrew Attard, BDes, Illustration, 2013).

In another category, Spot Illustration, the Silver Medal went to Joren Cull (BDes, Illustration, 2011), whose work was featured throughout the May issue of The Walrus magazine.  

The gala’s opening video features animations of Christie and Chung’s work.



Students chosen as semi-finalists in international design competition

A Hole in the Bucket
Ballet Noir
Friday, May 22, 2015 - 6:30pm

Three OCAD University students have been chosen as semi-finalists in the 2015 Adobe Design Achievement Awards competition.

  • Deshi Deng (Illustration) was selected for her work entitled A Hole in the Bucket. This series of quietly disturbing illustrations depicts several possible disappointing – and unexpected – outcomes of common “bucket list” items.
  • Danjie Jiessie Chen (Graphic Design) was picked for the evocative black-and-white Hometown photos taken on a trip to her own hometown in China.
  • Ashley Lo Russo (Integrated Media) got the nod for Ballet Noir – a short film that traces (partly through stop-motion animation) the bond formed between an animator and her puppet.

These OCAD U projects are up against other semi-finalists from around the globe. Finalists will be decided in September, and the winners will be announced in October. There are many prizes to be won (they vary by category), including cash, registration for and travel to the Adobe MAX convention in Los Angeles, Adobe software and mentorships with creative pros.

OCAD University Illustration students in the spotlight

Illustration of a girl wrapped in a scarf called Isolation, by Cornelia Li’s
Illustration by Long Hui Wang’s called Constructing Future Generations
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 7:45pm

The North American illustration industry has recognized OCAD University students with a plethora of awards in recent weeks.

New York’s Society of Illustrators awarded fourth-year student Cornelia Li a $1,000 scholarship in memory of Nancy Cheadle for her piece Isolation. Fourth-year student Long Hui Wang was awarded a $500 scholarship in memory of Helen Wohlberg Lambert and Herman Lambert for his piece Constructing Future Generations, which also won a prized spot in Communication Arts Illustration Annual. In addition to these prestigious scholarships, Cornelia Li, Long Hui Wang and fellow fourth-year student Paige Clark will be exhibiting their pieces at the Museum of American Illustration, opening Friday, May 8.

Meanwhile, an international jury of creative directors at American Illustration chose two pieces by fourth-year student Deshi Deng and one by Miranda Ly to appear on their website, while Creative Quarterly 39 chose as runners-up third-year students Jonathan Godfrey and Koko Lee, and fourth-year students Paige Clark, Justus Buenaflor, Janny Woo and Alejandra Paton. The Canadian Association of Professional Image Creators (CAPIC) also recognized work by Alejandra Paton and two works by third-year student Sienna Cho, among their Rodeo 7 runners-up. An Awards Gala in Toronto will be announced by CAPIC shortly.

Heritage Talks @ Lambton House: Charles Pachter

Image of a woman against an orange background
Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 10:30pm to 11:30pm

OCA Honorary Fellow, Charles Pachter: Wilderness Settlement - The Illustrated Journals of Susanna Moodie

Venue & Address: 
Lambton House 4066 Old Dundas Street, York
Free Admission Refreshments provided

Alexandra Zsigmond New York Times Art Director Talk

Alexandra Zsigmond poster
Friday, April 10, 2015 - 1:45pm to 3:45pm

The Illustration Program is pleased to present, Alexandra Zsigmond, Deputy Art Director of the New York Times Op-Ed, who will be giving a presentation on Friday, April 10th at 9:45 am.

Zsigmond has commissioned many of the world's top professional illustrators (as well as many emerging ones) during her tenure at the New York Times. She's spoken at ICON (Portland 2014), and juried The Society of Illustrators and American Illustration. She has an exciting perspective on Illustration which she will happily share with us. This event is not to be missed.

Venue & Address: 
Central Hall -- Room 230

Gary Taxali creates OCAD U’s 100th GradEx poster

Poster for OCAD U GradEx 100
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 6:45pm

Award-winning illustrator Gary Taxali’s work is featured on the poster for GradEx 100, the centennial edition of OCAD University’s annual exhibition of graduating students’ work. Taxali is an OCAD U alumnus and associate professor of Illustration in the Faculty of Design.

More than 600 promising young artists and designers will be exhibiting at GradEx 100, displaying their final thesis work to more than 25,000 guests from Wednesday, April 29 to Sunday, May 3. The exhibition will fill all six storeys of 100 McCaul St., including the landmark Sharp Centre for Design, and will be open to the public.

Taxali’s signature pop culture imagery is infused with retro/vintage graphic style. His fine artwork has been exhibited in galleries in the United States and Europe as well as museums such as the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and the Contemporary Art Museum in Rome. In 2011, two books of his work were released:  Mono Taxali, published by 279 Editions, and I Love You, Ok? published by teNeues. In 2012, the Royal Canadian Mint released a special edition of six 25-cent coins, which feature Taxali’s artwork.  

Taxali’s clients include Rolling Stone, GQ, Esquire, Time, Newsweek, Fortune, The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Fast Company, Reader’s Digest, Business Week, McSweeney’s, Warner Bros., Paramount Pictures, Converse, Levi’s, Sony, MTV and Coca-Cola.

OCAD University’s annual Graduate Exhibition is generously supported by Presenting Sponsor Mercedes-Benz Financial Services. Other sponsors include: C.A. Delaney Capital Management Ltd., First Capital Realty, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, CP24 (Media Sponsor), NOW (Media Sponsor) and Steam Whistle Brewing (Event Sponsor).

This event has been financially assisted by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, a program of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, administered by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund Corporation.

Avery Kua wins First Prize Scholarship from James Lee Foundation

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 5:00am

Third-year Illustration student Avery Kua was awarded the First Prize Scholarship from the James Lee Foundation, an organization established to recognize emerging non-professional creative talent from across Canada looking to enter the advertising industry.

The Foundation was formed by a partnership of advertising agencies, the AAABC, friends and family of James Lee, and has been awarding $5,000 scholarships since 2008. Lee was a copywriter for the award-winning agency DDB Canada. 2008 Illustration alumna Shen Plum was the first recipient of the Foundation scholarship.