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.