Photo of Gary Taxali
gtaxali@faculty.ocadu.ca
Photo of Gary Taxali
Gary Taxali
Associate Professor
Faculty of Design
gtaxali@faculty.ocadu.ca

Area(s) of Expertise

Illustration, Fine Art, Toy Company

Overview

"Gary Taxali visually blends now with then. His style, inspired by vintage comics and advertising art, is repurposed with the goal of communicating the ironies and comical essence of popular culture. His work is at once alluring and endearing. Despite the vintage look, he is neither maudlin nor nostalgic. His imagery is rich in satiric verve." - Steven Heller

Gary Taxali was born in Chandigarh, India in 1968. A year later, he and his family immigrated to Toronto, Canada. The encouragement of his parents led Gary to take art classes as a child which eventually led him to pursue an art education. In 1991, he graduated from the Ontario College of Art and immediately began working as a professional illustrator. A few years later, he began showing in various exhibitions and galleries throughout North America including the Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles. In 2005, he launched his first vinyl toy, The Toy Monkey, which includes a special edition specifically created for The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. Gary was also asked by the Whitney Museum to donate a limited edition print to be given to top donors at their annual fundraising Art Party. Aside from his gallery shows and illustration work, Gary also devotes a portion of his time traveling through lecturing and teaching at various arts organizations and schools such as The Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, Canada. He is a Founding Member of IPA (The Illustrators' Partnership of America) and sits on the Advisory Board of 3x3: The Magazine of Contemporary Illustration. Currently, Gary is working on his first children's book, 'This is Silly' and a solo show this September at Magic Pony in Toronto.

Education

1991: Ontario College of Art

Selected Exhibitions

SOLO SHOWS 2006: La Luz de Jesus Gallery, October, 2006 2005: "Chumpy?s Specials" - OX OP Gallery, Minneapolis, MN "Toy Monkey Launch and New Prints" - Magic Pony, Toronto, ON 2005: "Chumpy?s Night School" - La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 2001: "Sweet Shop Toys, Candies and Books" - CPOP Gallery, Detroit, MI 2001: "America Lucky Service" - La Luz de Jesus Gallery 2000: "New Work" - Anno Domini Gallery, San Jos?, CA GROUP SHOWS 2006: ?Rumble Rumble: An Art Throw Down?, Artlab, Toronto, Canada 2006: ?MTV Overground #3?, Toy Tokyo, New York, NY 2006: ?Customized Munny; Traveling Show?, Kid Robot, New York, NY 2006: ?Nanospore Series 01, Customized Figures?, NY Comicon, New York, NY 2006: ?Juxtapoz 2006 Group Show?, OX-OP Gallery, Minneapolis, MN 2005: "Everything But the Kitschen Sync" - La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 2005: "Art Party" - Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY 2005: "I Am 8 Bit" - Gallery 1988, Los Angeles, CA 2005: "Day of the Doon" - Bonny Doon Vineyard, Santa Cruz, CA 2005: "Circus Punks Rule" - Toy Tokyo, New York, NY 2005: "Blab Show" - Track 16 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA 2005: "TAAFI" - Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, ON 2005: "Toronto Art Fair" - Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, ON 2005: "Prints and Posters" - Outer Edge Studio, Monterey, CA 2005: "Built for Speed" - L?Autre Galerie, Montreal, QC 2005: "Partridge and Pear Trees" - Magic Pony Gallery, Toronto, ON 2005: "Picture Mechanics Show" - Musuem of American Illlustration at the Society of Illustrators, New York, NY 2005: "Art of Denim" - L?Autre Galerie, Montreal, QC 2005: "Pop Pluralism" - Jonathan Levine Gallery, New York, NY 2005: "Weirdo Deluxe" - StuARTGallery, Burbank, CA 2005: "Male Pattern Baldness and Hummingbirds" - Reading Frenzy, Portland, OR 2005: "The Postcard Project" - Fosterart, London, UK 2004: "Uncommercial Art by Commercial Artists" - La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 2004: "The Dress Up Show" - Star Shoes, Los Angeles, CA 2004: "A Day on the Lawn" - Froden Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 2004: "The Art of Laughter, A Salute to Humor" - Jewish Community Center, Santa Monica, CA 2004: "V&A Awards" - Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK 2004: "Contemporary Culture" - City of Brea Gallery, Brea, CA 2004: "10th Anniversary Show" - Giant Robot Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 2004: "Qeedrophonic Doll Show" - OX-OP Gallery, Minneapolis, MN 2004: "Picture Mechanics Group Show" - Exploding Head Gallery, Sacramento, CA 2004: "Dialogue: The Fine Art of Conversation" - Abbey Church, San Diego, CA 2004: "Ghost Town" - Tin Man Alley, Philadelphia, PA 2003: "Uncommercial Art by Commercial Artist" - La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 2003: "Robots Have Feelings Too" - Culture Cache Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2003: "Cubed" - Tin Man Alley, Philadelphia, PA 2003: "Hand to Eye" - Magma Books, London, UK 2003: "Doll House Show" - Copro Nason Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 2003: "Cartoon Musuem Show" - Cartoon Museum, San Francisco,CA 2003: "Picture Mechanics Group Show" - Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, TN 2002: "Quartered de La Luz" - The Cartoon Network, Los Angeles, CA 2002: "Picture Mechanics Group Show" - 69A Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2002: "Circus, Carnival, Freaks and Oddities" - CPOP Gallery, Detroit, MI 2002: "Decipher" - 450 Broadway Gallery, New York, NY 2002: "La Luz de Leche" - Milk Bedroom Gallery, Toronto, ON

Awards \ Grants

American Illustration, Communication Arts Illustration Annual, Society of Illustrators (Gold Medal), Print, Society of Publication Designers, National Magazine Awards (Gold Medal), Chicago Creative Club, Advertising and Design Club of Canada, Gold Addy (National and Regional), Nomination for Cannes Lion

Selected Publications

Rolling Stone, Esquire, Time, Newsweek, Fortune, The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Fast Company, Reader's Digest, Business Week, Warner Bros., Paramount Pictures, Converse, Levi's, Sony, MTV, Coca-Cola, Bonny Doon Vineyard