abstract figurative work, predominantly blue
Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 4:00am to Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 4:00am



OCTOBER 7TH - 29TH, 2016



“At what precise moment...

...does an individual stop being who he thinks he is?

You know, I don't like complications.

Cut off my arm. I say, "Me and my arm."

You cut off my other arm. I say, "Me and my two arms."

You...take out...

...take out my stomach, my kidneys,

assuming that were possible...

And I say, "Me and my intestines."

Follow me?

And now, if you cut off my head...

...would I say, "Me and my head" or "Me and my body"?

What right has my head to call itself me?

What right?”

Excerpt from the film “The Tenant”, 1976, by Roman Polanski.


Michael Antkowiak (Warsaw, 1977) is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design, and completed his MFA from the New York Academy of Art in 2003. He has since exhibited in public and commercial galleries in Canada and abroad, including the Queens Museum of Art, in New York City, and Carrie Secrist Gallery, in Chicago, Il. Michael is a recipient of several artist’s grants and residencies, including the Toronto Arts Council Grant, and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship. Michael lives and works in Toronto, and in addition to his studio practice, teaches as a drawing and painting instructor at OCAD University.



Blue, oil on canvas 12”x16” 2016

Venue & Address: 

Buildings I feel like

Buidings I feel like
Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 10:00am to Friday, March 30, 2018 - 6:00pm

Investigating the correlation of sobriety and artistic output, Dawe's current practice illustrates parallels between recovery and the act of re-covering. What if we could step into ourself like we do our front door or favourite sweater? Or read oneself like we do a book? Buildings, dresses, and other vessels figuratively stand-in for the self, alluding to how slow transformations can be reflected in layers of mistinted paint, swatches of mended fabric, or patches of drywall. These manifestations of repair are poetic indicators of effort: the more layers, the further the journey. 

Buildings I Feel Like depicts something in-progress without the implication that it is somehow incomplete or undone. Some people are sturdy Victorian homes or cozy basement apartments. Others are new condos, perpetually under construction. The house presents various rich metaphors of; interior and exterior, covered and exposed, private and public. The weightless compositions of Dawe's 'dress portraits' - both intimate and surreal - offer a place for poetic speculation. Culled from her experiences, the drawings - revealing, bold and approached with an unresting vigour - stake an unashamed tone. Devoid of wearer, the clothing becomes animate, declaring itself a subject free for interpretation. 

Dawe's paintings, drawings, and installations celebrate the adaptive, sometimes messy, and meandering paths taken in search of self-actualization. By presenting a journey at its midpoint, her installations reveal that these finite markers - that of beginnings and ends - are fictitious when talking about self-betterment. Reminders that the pursuit of balance and happiness is inherently, and perpetually underway - valuing progression rather than perfection.

Venue & Address: 
Division Gallery, 45 Ernest Ave., Toronto

Remembering alumnus Rob Gonsalves

Rob Gonsalves autographing a book
Monday, November 27, 2017

The Globe and Mail published a touching tribute to artist Rob Gonsalves, written by his sister, Debbie Gonsalves. Gonsalves attended OCAD University and Ryerson University’s Architecture program, practicing architecture briefly before returning to painting. After exhibiting at Toronto’s Outdoor Art Exhibition in 1990, he decided to pursue his art full-time.  

He became known for his fantastical paintings that combined surrealism, illusion and elements of architecture. His work appears in the 2007 book Masters of Deception: Escher, Dalí & the Artists of Optical Illusion.

Gonsalves passed away in June, near Brockville.

A short documentary about him can be found online.




Open Call to Continuing Studies Students - Illustrators and Painters

Friday, September 15, 2017 - 5:00pm

Narrative Lines

Continuing Studies Gallery

285 Dundas Street West

September 28 – December 7, 2017

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 28, 5 – 7 pm

Submission deadline: Friday, September 15, 2017 at 5 pm

Email to: Lindsay Maynard, lmaynard@ocadu.ca

While submission fees are not required, regretfully artist fees can't be paid at this time. You must provide work(s) ready to be installed/hung. Work(s) do not require a frame, and there are no size requirements.

If you are interested in being part of this exhibition, please submit the following electronically in ONE EMAIL (text in one attached word document – no PDF’s please):

1. Image(s) – low-res of work(s)

2. Statement of work – max 300 words

3. Biography – max 100 words

4. Link to your website – optional

Please note: This call is open to all current and former OCAD U Continuing Studies students. Not all submissions will be chosen to participate, due to limited space and thematic coherence.

Venue & Address: 
Continuing Studies Gallery, 285 Dundas Street West
Image of exhibition

Christina Sealey

Christina Sealey is a visual artist and musician. She has exhibited throughout Canada and the UK in both public and commercial galleries and in artist-run centres and regularly performs throughout Europe, North America and in Japan. Her work can be found in private, corporate and public collections.

Shelley Niro Wins 2017 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts

Shelley Niro and Ryan Rice
Thursday, February 16, 2017

OCAD U congratulates Shelley Niro (AOCA 1990) on receiving a Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts. Each year, the awards honour seven artists for their artistic achievements and one person for their outstanding contribution to contemporary visual and/or media arts.

A member of the Turtle Clan of the Kanien’kehaka (Mohawk) Nation, from the Six Nations of the Grand River territory, near Brantford, Ontario, she has demonstrated her dedication to producing art that contributes to Indigenous identity in Canada.

Niro creates complex visual experiences in a variety of media, including beadwork, painting, photography and film. Her work has been exhibited widely, both nationally and internationally, and she has received considerable attention for her films.

Known for challenging conventional, colonial representations of Aboriginality with directness and humour, Niro crafts and retells Indigenous narratives by drawing on lived experienced, as well as themes of identity, self-determination and liberation.

Her short film, The Shirt, was presented at the 2003 Venice Biennale and the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. In 2009, her first feature film, Kissed by Lightning, premiered at Toronto’s imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival and won the Santa Fe Film Festival’s 2009 Milagro Award for Best Indigenous Film. Niro’s work can be found in the collections of galleries and museums across Canada.

A graduate of OCAD University, Niro also studied at the Banff School of Fine Arts and received her MFA from the University of Western Ontario. To view some of Niro’s work, please visit her website.



Philip Delisle

Phil Delisle is a painter and writer exploring various methods for representing artistic process. His works explore the conventions of framing; often having many paintings within paintings. In recent works he has sought to leave evidence of process by allowing areas to be fragmented or suggestive.

Peter Chan

Born in Hong Kong, living in Toronto. Peter is a graduate of Sheridan College with a Bachelor of Applied Arts.

Peter is a full time independent artist with Imaginism Studios. He worked on projects such as Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, 'The Familiars', Mars Attacks and the Star Wars trading card series. His work is exhibited and collected in cities such as Paris, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Toronto.

Nicole Collins

Nicole Collins' artistic practice focuses on the effect of time, accumulation, force and heat on visceral materials, through painting, drawing, installation, intervention, video, and sound. Since 1994 she has exhibited extensively including solo exhibitions at The Koffler Art Gallery, Toronto (2018), The University of Waterloo Art Gallery (2013), The Art Gallery of Ontario (2013) and The Embassy of Canada in Tokyo (2001) and group exhibitions in Toronto, Hamilton, St. Johns, New York, Miami, London, Venice and Zurich.