— Meet our artists
Hugo Alonso’s individual recent projects are November (Miquel Alzueta Gallery, Barcelona, 2017), RAW (Galerie Youn, Montreal, 2017), Blonde (Pigment Gallery, Barcelona, 2016), Pendulum (CEART, 2016, Madrid), Believers (La Salina, 2015, Salamanca), How to resurrect a dead fly (Medina Film Fest, 2013), To my father and to the memory of my mother (Adora Calvo Gallery, 2011, Salamanca), Drop (Faquir Fest, DA2, Domus Artium 2002, 2010, Salamanca), Frederick Treves and the surgeon's room (Salvador Díaz Gallery, 2010, Madrid) or Paintingdrome (DA2, Domus Artium 2002, 2007, Salamanca).
Chris Austin is a multi faceted artist currently living and working in Toronto. He creates three-dimensional sculptures that he uses as inspiration and then translates them into paintings.
Austin's current series is inspired by his North American travels, and more specifically, the Pacific Northwest. The underlying theme that is present throughout each piece is the current climate crisis and the irreversible impact it has on wildlife.
His latest solo exhibition at Galerie Youn, Destined Fauna, represents and depicts various wildlife escaping and thriving in an otherworldly utopia, an environment that has been untainted and preserved in perfection.
Joey Bates was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. He would love to identify as a child of the woods, but in fact he grew up just north of Seattle and is very much a city boy who can’t live far from bodies of water or wooded areas. He received his B.F.A. at Kendall College of Art and Design in painting in 2005. Post college, he has found his home in drawing and cut paper sculpture. In January 2018, he made the move to Stockholm, Sweden with his wife, who is half Swedish and a Swedish-to-English translator. As Stockholm is a city on the water, it meets his requirements as far as living situations are concerned. Bates plans to live out the rest of his days making art.
Peter Chan’s paintings focus on the quiet moments with characters in reflection, solitude, and mediation. We encounter his characters immersed in a silence that’s almost palpable.
In his recent ‘Ecstasy’ series, contemporary-looking individuals seem to be in the grips of encounters with the divine, drawing back to his inspiration of Bernini’s Ecstasy of Saint Teresa. While the subjects are depicted in moments of ecstasy, there is the suggestion of gentle human touch as the subjects experience moments of self acceptance and inner peace.
Originally from Western Massachusetts, Robin Crofut-Brittingham received her BA from Bard College in Annandale-On-Hudson (New York) with a focus in poetry and art history.
She has spent the last two years living and working in San Francisco where she completed her MFA at the San Francisco Art Institute. She was recently a recipient of the Murphy Cadogan award through the San Francisco Foundation and of a Martha Boschen Porter Award through the Berkshire Taconic Foundation.
Jay Dart is an artist working primarily in drawing but has recently begun creating installation pieces based on his two-dimensional narrative works. He received a BA from the University of Guelph’s Fine Art programme.
His work has also been shown in numerous art fairs and exhibitions.
Over the past few years, Sébastien Gaudette’s work has been seen throughout Quebec. His works have been selected for numerous solo exhibitions in large institutions, most notably at the Musée des beaux-arts de Mont-Saint-Hilaire, the Centre national d’exposition de Jonquière, the Musée du Bas-Saint-Laurent in Rivière-du-Loup, UQTR’s Galerie R3, as well as Montreal’s Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur. The artist has received several honourable mentions and prizes, and many of his pieces are now part of public and private collections.
In 2014, he founded the LAB/Dessin project, a research laboratory where notions of hybrid design are explored and different forms of collective creation are pushed forward. The collective comprised of four artists focuses on projects in which drawing independently takes them towards new avenues, which translates positively in each of their personal practice.
Maxwell Hyett's works explores issues of meaning, simultaneity, and the relationship between language and reality. These issues emerge primarily as a concern with information and its effect: how is information made, where do we keep it, how do we retrieve it, and how does it translate through this process in psychological terms?
Maxwell develops these ideas by creating collisions between synonymous and related terms to question the unconscious connections we make while reading.
Kit King (b. 1987) is a Bahamian Canadian emerging contemporary artist who has been the subject of solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums nationally as well as internationally—showing throughout Canada, the United States and United Kingdom, Australia, and the United Arab Emirates. King has participated in numerous art fairs such as Scope Miami, Texas Contemporary and The Hampton’s Art+Design.
King has also won several awards for her hyperrealistic portrait paintings, including being a three time people’s choice winner of Canada’s Portrait competition, The Kingston Prize. Her work can be found in permanent collections worldwide, and has been published in American Art Collector, Hi-Fructose, Le Petit Voyeur, Juxtapoz, and Beautiful Bizarre.
Annyen Lam is a multi-disciplinary artist whose practice operates in printmaking, paper-cutting and installation. Her work explores the mutable characteristics of perception in relation to one’s experiences with the natural world. Drawing from personal histories of escapism through imagination, Lam creates two- and three-dimensional paper works of fictitious environments while investigating the sculptural possibilities of paper.
A Toronto-based artist transplanted from Ottawa, Lam holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from OCADU as well as the Medal for Printmaking. She has exhibited throughout Canada and has participated in shows and print exchanges in Japan, Russia and Venezuela.
Originally from Kapuskasing, Ron Loranger is a Franco-Ontarian visual artist based in Toronto. His practice, usually entitled “Blobettes”, involves watercolour and India ink on Arches paper, but also takes the shape of painted installations in urban settings.
Loranger is very much involved in the world of artist-run centres: indeed, he has been part of several boards and committees, such as B.R.A.V.O.-SUD, Galerie GN-O and Le Labo. His professional experience includes exhibits in both public and private galleries in Toronto, New York City and Berlin; he also took part in the Biennial of Textile Art in San Jose and the Fair of Alternative Art of Sudbury. His works are part of private collections throughout North America and Europe.
Bernice Lum has been telling stories through her work with a sense of humour, play and wit.
Born and raised in Toronto, Bernice has about 50 books published, while continuing her commercial work with clients in the UK, North America, Korea and Japan. Her first two books, ’12 steps to heaven’ and ‘more steps to heaven’ sold over 150,000 copies worldwide combined.
Her series "Not for Bowling Pins", containing stories within every pin, is both a diary and an homage to her brother and her father.
Born 1975 in Toronto ON, Bobby Mathieson’s work has been featured in various solo and group exhibitions throughout North-America.
Bobby Mathieson’s intuitive use of brushstroke and palette knife creates a sense of controlled chaos, marking the works with the rhythm and the immediacy of their production. His practice shifts from painting scenes in which haunting visceral floral laden landscapes and still life expressively inform their subjects: these images move towards a form of portraiture that is increasingly locating these signifiers within the subjects themselves.
Taking inspiration from his surroundings, Paul is an avid bird watcher, musician and traveller with a special interest in Africa. Paul shows his work in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, and Portland, Oregon. His work belongs to private collections in North America, Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa. He studied visual art and animation at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, and has won Canada Council Grants to help continue his practice.
Born and raised in the western provinces of BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan, Paul moved east to Montreal for 10 years to work for the National Film Board of Canada where he directed short, hand drawn, animated films. His longing for the Pacific Rim brought him back west to East Vancouver where he now lives and works.
Sean Mundy (Montréal, QC) creates conceptual imagery through photography and digital manipulation. Working through self-doubt and questions of identity, Sean constructs austere, yet neutral and distant scenes of palpable tension and uncertainty. With a subtle, minimal approach he aims to disrupt, select from, and delete classical narrative formula to form scenarios that are reliant on subjective associations.
Sarah Nind is a professional artist working in painting, photo-based and mixed media. Her work has been exhibited widely nationally and internationally including the Museum on the Seam, Jerusalem, Israel; Yuanfen New Media Space, Beijing, China; the National Gallery of Canada, and the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, Ottawa.
Sarah Nind was born in Kuala Belait, Brunei. She currently lives in Toronto, Canada, where she is a professor in the Drawing and Painting Department at OCAD University. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Architecture, University of Toronto, a Master of Fine Art, York University, and a Ph.D of Philosophy, European Graduate School, Saas-Fee, Switzerland.
Mark Puchala graduated from OCAD in 1999. He left a successful career as an award winning Creative Director in 2013 to pursue his painting. He has headlined exhibitions in Toronto and Montreal (Angell gallery, Mark Christopher Gallery, Only One Gallery, Youn Gallery).
Mark has been included in many group shows in Toronto and Boston and has exhibited alongside artists like Andre Ethier, Kim Dorland, Nick Bierk, Gavin Lynch, Erin Loree among others.
Mark lives and works in Toronto with his wife, Michelle, son Jack and bulldog, Roscoe.
Raised in Canada, Jonathan Savoie moved to Europe to study art and design before relocating to Tokyo in 2000 to pursue a career in photography. He has worked with some of Japan’s leading design firms and architects as well as some of the world’s largest agencies.
His work has been used in advertising campaigns as well as being featured in editorial magazines such as Casa Vogue, The Guardian, GQ Italy, Frame, InteriorDesign and Tokion.
Damián Siqueiros is a Montreal based image maker, a photographer, not the kind that reflects reality, but the kind that imagines one to transform it into something tangible, most often through multidisciplinary work, may this be art direction, stage design, make-up or styling.
As a commercial photographer he helps clients find their visual voice and express themselves through compelling imagery that makes long lasting impressions. That not only improves their sales, but inspires their public. Such is the case of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Vogue Mexico, Elle Mexico and Porrua bookstore.
As an artist he is an avid defender of gender equality and he works for the acceptance of diversity as key elements to better our world. He does it ever so gently through an aesthetic that draws from the great masters of painting, such as Caravaggio, Rembrandt and JW Waterhouse. With his work he seeks to provoke emotions, change conversations and respectful confrontation.
His work has earned him great opportunities of being exhibited in museums and galleries throughout North America and Europe. It has also earned him the opportunity to work with amazing artist who he admires, such as choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Canadian dance icon Margie Gillis.
Mark Liam Smith developed an interest in art at an early age and spent much of his childhood drawing obsessively. After completing three bachelor degrees—Fine Arts (Painting), Science (Physiology), and Arts (Linguistics)—at the University of Saskatchewan, he moved to Paris to continue studying art in some of the world’s greatest museums. After some time, he returned to Canada to pursue a Ph.D. in Linguistics at McGill. Shortly thereafter, he moved to Ottawa, where he worked on behalf of the Canadian Department of Defence for several years before returning to his first love: painting.
Michael Toke is a Toronto based visual / installation artist, born Hamilton 1964. He attended Sheridan College and OCA in the 1980s, moved to NYC and worked as head assistant to J.S.G. Boggs, a commerce based performance artist.
Exhibiting internationally in art and film venues, Toke's installations combine painting, photography, video and sculpture hung on a conceptual armature of documentary film practice.