Artist Profile: Jennifer McGregor

Jennifer McGregor‘s abstract works are playful and delicate. Her sensitivity to technique and keen sense of colour is evident in the delicate brushwork of her newest series. Calmness and subtlety define these watercolours.

Click on the images to see the incredible detail.

Jennifer McGregor grew up in rural Alberta. She studied visual communications at the Alberta College of Art and Design and moved to Toronto for a short-lived career in design. She then studied drawing and painting at the Ontario College of Art and Design (now OCAD University). After a three year stint in Florence, Italy to study and paint, she now lives and paints in Toronto.

“I paint these watercolours to wind down. Methodical and precise, these pieces require a quiet mind, balancing the large studio paintings with their smallness and stillness.”

Artist Profile: Ryan Louis

Ryan Louis creates surreal works that flirt with the conventional. We are loving these bright and whimsical photographs.

Ryan Louis is a Toronto based visual artist who creates contemporary mixed-media and photographic images often using paper cutouts. His work is playful in nature and addresses nostalgia and the familiar. He is interested in creating open-ended stories while questioning the meaning of looking often by way of juxtaposing and recontextualing subject matter. Ryan graduated in 2009 from the University of Western Ontario after studying Media, Information, and Technoculture.

Check out Ryan Louis' art in the February issue (pages 72-77) of Canadian House and Home on newsstands.

An Erin Vincent Commission

As a gift for my youngest sister, I commissioned Erin Vincent to paint her childhood teddy bear. A memento of her past immortalized in a miniature work of art.

Client Profile: Julie’s Bedroom

Former Art Interiors’ employee Julie Piotrowski purchased some smalls from the Festival this year to hang in her elegant bedroom. Pretty sheets from Au Lit Fine Linens complement ephemeral works by Diliana Popva and Erin Vincent, creating a very dreamy space.

Artist Profile: Erin Rothstein

In her newest series Tasting Room, Montreal-born, Toronto-based painter Erin Rothstein captures indulgence and desire in high realism.

The Tasting Room Series, my latest still-life endeavor, was inspired by my passion for food – how it tastes, how it is presented, and how our relationship with food is cultivated. I wanted to take culinary aesthetics to new heights with this series, painting palatable treats against clean & contemporary backdrops.

Client Profile: Virginia & Pierluigi, Revisited

My older sister Virginia and her husband Pierluigi have finally settled into their apartment, and have hung up all their art. I especially adore that she has placed the pieces in her daughter’s bedroom at a child’s eye level (for little Gianna to enjoy).

Emilie Rondeau, Phil Irish, and Erin Vincent.

Kelly Grace

Close up: Kelly Grace

Erin Vincent (top, left) is grouped with Virginia's own photography.

Close up: Erin Vincent.

Festival of Smalls: Inspiration

The other evening, my super talented roommate found inspiration while sifting through the Festival of Smalls online gallery. Armed with limited art supplies, Michael created a mock up Festival of Smalls grouping that I just had to share. (There are still 24 days left of the Festival, so come check us out).

Festival of Smalls: Groupings II

Here are a few more examples of groupings, with new smalls work.

Arleigh Wood (top, left), Lindsay Chambers (bottom, left) and Iza Mokrosz (right).

Aaron Jones (left), Talia Shipman (top, middle), Dionne Simpson (bottom, middle) and Beverly Owens (right).

Hanna Ruminski (left) and Diliana Popova (right).

Linda O'Neill (left), Erin Vincent (top two) and Emily Bickell (bottom, right).

Festival of Smalls: Installation Shots

Here are a few pictures from the opening hour of our annual Festival of Smalls. Smalls work is arriving daily, so drop by for a visit to check out what’s new.

Festival of Smalls: Groupings

Lisa and I have a habit of creating mock groupings with Festival of Smalls works, before the official opening of the show. Here are a few examples.

Erin Vincent (top), Helene Lacelle (bottom).

Elizabeth Lennie (left), Erin Vincent (top, right), and Jay Hodgins (bottom, right).

Danielle Hession (left & top, right) and Lori-Ann Bellissimo (bottom, right).

Diliana Popova (top two), Cybele Young (bottom), and Emilie Rondeau (right).