Night of the Living Artists

Florence exhibition
Friday, December 7, 2007 - 5:00am to Sunday, December 9, 2007 - 5:00am

An exhibition of contemporary art by students of the Ontario College of Art & Design in Florence (drawing, painting, photography, animation, sculpture and installation).

Venue & Address: 
OCAD Florence Campus. 3rd Flr. Via Nazionale 7, Florence, Italy

Book Launch: Body broken--Body redeemed: art of Maria Gabankova

Maria Gabankova
Wednesday, November 28, 2007 - 10:00pm to 11:30pm

Faculty of Art Professor Maria Gabankova celebrates the launch of her new book, Body broken--Body redeemed, published by Piquant in Great Britain.
The second volume in the Piquant Editions VISIBILIA series of 'visual biographies' features over 40 full-colour reproductions of paintings and installations by Czech-born Canadian artist Maria Gabankova. Introduced by John Franklin, director of the Imago arts organization in Canada.
'Gabankova's theology, like her art, sounds a wake-up call. It calls us to pay attention to the state of our world and the signs of our times. Nobody who passes by her art can fail to be touched, shaken or, indeed, shocked by the power of her imagery. It is, in one word, wake-up-art. More than that, however, it invites our tired, fragile and broken bodies to the wedding banquet of the Body Broken For You, where we can be fully re-nourished and redeemed.'
--Adrienne Dengerink Chaplin

Venue & Address: 
Rm 284 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

Blossom, Grow, Transcend

Blossom, Grow, Transcend
Thursday, November 29, 2007 - 5:00am to Monday, December 10, 2007 - 5:00am

IMA Gallery in Toronto presents new work by Drawing & Painting students Elahe Koneshlo, Bahar Daee and Neda Omidvar.

Venue & Address: 
IMA Gallery 114 Yorkville Avenue, Toronto, Ontario

Homework - Illustrative Drawing and Painting Exhibition

Monday, March 21, 2016 - 12:00pm to Saturday, March 26, 2016 - 6:00pm

Students from Gillian Iles 3 sections of her Illustrative Painting course are having an exhibition.

Homework Illustrative Drawing and Painting Exhibition in the Youngplace Hallway Galleries on the 2nd and 3rd floors / March 21 – March 26 / Students from OCADU’s Illustration Program exhibit twelve independently curated exhibitions developed in their Illustrative Painting course.

/ Free / Open Daily 8 am – 8pm except Saturday Mar 26, 8am – 2pm / Informal artist reception March 23, 7 - 9pm in the 2nd & 3rd floor hallway galleries.

Venue & Address: 
Artscape Youngplace 180 Shaw Street Toronto, ON M6J 2W5

Waters of life and art

North America’s Great Lakes hold 21 per cent of the planet’s fresh water. These five massive bodies of water are vital to the health and wellbeing of 33 million people in Canada and the United States. It’s little wonder the Anishinaabe call them the “lifeblood of Mother Earth.”

Presented by the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, the exhibition Identity: Art Inspired by the Great Lakes offers glimpses of the lakes and their landscapes through painting, photography, sculpture and social media. Among the sundry artists gathered for this show are three with deep OCAD University roots:

  • George Agnew Reid: a student at the Ontario College of Art in 1879 and its principal from 1912 to 1918
  • Bonnie Devine: founding chair of OCAD U’s Indigenous Visual Culture Program
  • Meryl McMaster: graduate of OCAD U’s Photography program

In this InStudio feature, we are re-presenting the works by Reid, Devine and McMaster on display in Identity. And we shot a video that will give you a virtual tour of the exhibition, which is mounted in the Lieutenant Governor’s magnificent nineteenth-century suite at Queen’s Park.

The curators of the exhibition — Debi Perna and Lani Wilson — also kindly shared their professional insights on the show’s origins, guiding concept, landscape art and OCAD U’s participating artists. (Perna also designed the lush catalogue that accompanies the exhibition.)

INSTUDIO: What was the genesis of this exhibition?

Debi Perna: Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell’s key objective was to bring emphasis to the Great Lakes as a source of pride and identity for all Ontarians.

Lani Wilson: In order to accomplish that goal, Her Honour sought to showcase contemporary artworks, while at the same time acknowledging the traditional inspirations of historical paintings.

INSTUDIO: What is the significance of the title “Identity”?

Perna: Identity functions as the exhibition’s title on many levels. At its deepest, personal identification with these lakes was a sentiment expressed by almost all the participating artists, however diverse their approaches and experiences. Wanda Koop’s painting, for instance, reveals the powerful impression made on her by a voyage down the St. Lawrence Seaway. Tom Campbell says the shores of Georgian Bay hold a central place in his psyche, while Charles Meanwell returned to the region around Lake Superior where, as a young man, he had spent time planting trees.

Wilson: As we developed the show, we found that artists wanted to tell us about their own connections to the Great Lakes. They spoke of the lakes with awe at their vastness and of their importance to the province and its history. The sense of connection to and identification with the lakes is vivid, for example, in Laura Pedersen’s The Leuty Project, which combines photographs of the same Lake Ontario view she took each day for a year and shared on social media.

INSTUDIO: How do you explain artists’ ongoing engagement with landscape art?

Perna: Identity also speaks to the perennial fascination of landscape art, which itself, I believe, stems from the natural environment’s undeniable presence in our lives.

Wilson: Artists are forever pursuing new ways to depict their surroundings. They seek to re-experience the landscape through new and various media, and to use these outlets to create memories, moods and emotions at the same time as the landscape continues to change around us.

INSTUDIO: How do you interpret the works of George Reid, Bonnie Devine and Meryl McMaster within the context of the exhibition?

Wilson: The eight George Reid paintings that greet visitors as they step into Her Honour’s suite are part of a donation of over 400 paintings Reid made to the Government of Ontario in 1944. They are superb examples of traditional landscape art, and their specific connection to locations across southern and northern Ontario make them easy to relate to and enjoy.

But Reid’s canvases are more than historical illustrations of Ontario’s landscape in the early 20th century. They are high-quality examples of technique, line, form and colour. Each one is a deeply thoughtful composition.



Perna: Meryl McMaster’s series In-Between Worlds explores her bi-cultural heritage and self-identity. Here, McMaster incorporates imagery that I’m not sure can be confined to the landscape genre per se. That said, both landscape and identity factor significantly into her inspired art.

Bonnie Devine’s conceptual mixed media and cast glass sculpture bring a powerful contemporary connection to her Ojibwa heritage. Devine’s visual interpretations of cultural stories from her past and her strong link with the place where she grew up in Northern Ontario express the essence of the theme of landscape and identity this exhibition sought to illuminate.





Video by Martin Iskander

DRPT Thesis welcomes Hamilton-based painter Jane Corrigan

painting of a woman braiding another woman's hair
Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 5:00pm

DRPT Thesis welcomes Hamilton-based painter Jane Corrigan. She has had solo exhibitions at White Columns, Kerry Schuss, Retrospective and Feuer/Mesler, New York. Her paintings have appeared in group shows at White Columns, Sikkema Jenkins & Co., 247365, and Wilkinson Gallery, among others. She was a 2012-13 Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, a 2013-14 resident at the Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program, as well as a 2013 recipient of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award.



Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul St., 190 Auditorium
painting of a woman braiding another woman's hair

OCAD U’s The Big Draw - Silent Auction- Call for Submissions

illustration of a hand
Friday, December 11, 2015 - 5:00am to Friday, January 8, 2016 - 5:00am

The Big Draw is back this year on February 9th, 2016 and we hope you can be a part of it!

The Big Draw is an annual silent auction of juried work from Drawing and Painting students, alumni and faculty with proceeds going to support the Graduating Catalogue for our Drawing and Painting students!!

We are looking for submissions of both artworks and experiences to be included that highlight the work of our current students, alumni, and faculty as well as allowing for a unique opportunity for these three groups to work together! We are asking alumni to also consider donating their time through experiences or mentoring opportunities for current students/recent alumni such as studio visits, portfolio reviews, workshops, etc.

Submissions will be juried, and accepted alumni work will be part of our silent auction, with the work being sold as 50% donation to the Drawing and Painting catalogue fund, and 50% to the artist.

We look forward your ideas and artworks to be submitted by our deadline of Friday, January 8th, 2016 at 4 pm.

Artwork Details:
Maximum size of actual work: 24" x 24" (Flat, wall mounted artwork please)
Any medium
Please send all proposals to: by Friday, January 8th, 2016 at 4 pm.

For proposals of artwork submissions please send jpeg’s
150 dpi, maximum height/width 1000 pixels
Within the body of the email, please include: full name, title, medium, dimensions, DRPT year (if applicable), best email contact. Please title your jpg with your name and title of work so it looks like this:

For proposals of experiences to be donated:
Within the body of the email, please include: full name, DRPT year (if applicable), best email contact and your idea for your donated experience. Where possible, include an estimated value.

Please consider submitting for this terrific event to support our graduating students!

And on Tuesday, February 9th, 2016- Get ready for THE BIG DRAW!
Starting at 5 pm
Location: The Great Hall
100 McCaul St. Toronto

For more information, please contact:
Vivian So, Program Assistant

Derek Liddington: Reclining Nude, Sitting Fruit

abstract image
Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 5:00am to Saturday, January 9, 2016 - 5:00am

Opening Reception:
Thursday, November 12, 6 - 8pm
Artist in attendance

The Daniel Faria Gallery is delighted to present Reclining Nude, Sitting Fruit, Toronto-based artist Derek Liddington’s third solo exhibition with the gallery.

In this exhibition, Liddington records the impossibility of stillness through mark-making. From his documentation emerges a new series of abstract mappings that fasten drawing and performance to one another; an association that Liddington rigorously pursues within his practice.
As the exhibition’s title suggests, living models and fruit arrangements—art historical leitmotifs that have been crucial to the development of representation and, later, abstraction—are employed as a point a departure from which Liddington unpacks the possibilities of observation and transcription. Further accentuating the still life’s affinity to historical painting, Liddington masks each one of his compositions under canvas rather than paper, reproducing the objects’ physical qualities through touch and, to some degree, memory.
In Self-Portrait (2015)—a central work in the exhibition—a male model is situated in the studio, directed to embody Liddington’s posture and physical articulations. In this way, Liddington continues to interweave autobiography and art history, a dimension in his work for which he has become known. By emulating the artist’s physical tendencies, Liddington’s work, although based on traditional artistic devices such as the live model, reflects a contemporary body language that resists associations to any other epoch.
Once the model is in position, he is draped in a canvas, the folds and creases of the material responding to his body’s lines and contours. Liddington, using graphite, tracks the human form over a long period of time; a prolonged action that confronts the model’s suspended movement and Liddington’s documentation of it. As time passes, adjustments in the body and to the material occur, disrupting Liddington’s ability to represent the form precisely. As the canvas is lifted and stretched open, amendments and unresolved markings are revealed on the surface, serving as evidence of Liddington’s longing to overcome the impossible, and his succumbing to the inevitable effects of time and flux.
Derek Liddington (b. 1981) obtained his MFA from the University of Western Ontario and BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Recent solo exhibitions include Every moment can be traced back to the first time I felt the warmth of the sun touch my face at Cambridge Galleries, Cambridge, Ontario (2014-15), It wasn’t until we closed our eyes that we could finally see what was there all along at aka Artist Run, Saskatoon (2015) and FLESH MARBLE LEAF AND TWIG at 8-11, Toronto (2015). Liddington’s work has been exhibited in numerous public settings, including The Sun Has Always Set From East to West, curated by Denise Markonish as part of Nuit Blanche, Toronto (2014). Liddington’s work has been shown at Art Berlin Contemporary (2013) and NADA New York (2014). Liddington has been the recipient of numerous grants, including the Emerging Artist Grant from the Toronto Arts Council and the Emerging Artist Grant from the Ontario Arts Council.

Hours: Tuesday to Friday 11:00 am to 6:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Venue & Address: 
Daniel Faria Gallery 188 St Helens Ave Toronto ON M6H 4A1
For more information please contact Dory Smith at:
416 538 1880

Oneirism: New Work from Bogdan Luca

contemporary painting of a male figure
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 5:00am to Friday, November 20, 2015 - 5:00am

Opening reception: November 7, 6-10pm
Visiting hours Tue-Fri 3-7pm Sat, Sun 12-6pm

Oneirism (onei•rism \ō-ˈnī-ˌriz-əm\) is a state of consciousness in which dreamlike, often disturbing illusions are experienced while awake. This group of paintings depicts moments or characters that belong to a liminal order of reality: where the boundaries between consciousness, dreams and imagination are permeable and not easily discerned. How do we digest the images we are surrounded by? How do we think about this process by way of painting and photography?

Bogdan Luca is a Toronto based artist interested in how external images inform the cinema of our minds and how fear/desire shapes the world that becomes subjectively visible to our eyes. Bogdan teaches drawing and painting at OCAD University and the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Venue & Address: 
192 Spadina Ave. 5th floor

Get lost inside incredibly detailed drawings by Matthew Chapman this #Inktober

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 - 4:00am


Matthew Chapman is a fourth year drawing and painting student at OCAD U.

Among Matthew’s creations is a murder mystery game inspired by the popular board game Clue.

“The Black Manor is a plan for an ultimate dollhouse murder mystery game. It’s based on the board game Clue, which I've been an immense fan of since childhood. This game, as you can see, is intended to have a multi-roomed mansion.”

Ink Drawing of the Interior of stacked houses


There was a deleted chapter from Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory that was first published last year and Matthew has illustrated a scene.

“There were extra children in the deleted chapter, including Miranda Mary Piker, a bratty teacher’s pet with a school head-master as a father. I decided to illustrate in pen and Photoshop the cut chapter detailing Miranda and her father falling into the Spotty Powder Mixer; a machine that grinds powder to make children sick to evade exams. The Oompa Loompas' sing: 


Oh Miranda Mary Piker,

who could ever, ever like her,

such a nasty, disobedient kid. 

So we said, we shall fix her, 

inside the Spotty Powder Mixer

and we'll like her even more than we did. 



Family looking down spooky stair well with giant spider at the bottom


Matthew doesn’t just focus on ink drawings – check out the incredible detail in this Titanic image.

“This is an accurate cross section is of the RMS Titanic back when I did a theme exhibition on the ship in 2012. Made this entirely on SnagIt 8.0.” 


Drawing of the Titanic