Drawing 2014 at John B. Aird Gallery – Update

February 9th, 2014

I am exceptionally excited to announce that I have won third prize in Drawing 2014 for my drawing Quiescence.

Quiescence, 2013, graphite on paper, 78" x 50"

Quiescence (detail), 2013

Drawing 2014 opened at Toronto’s John B. Aird Gallery on Thursday evening to a packed house. Over 150 people were in attendance to take in the Drawing 2014 awards ceremony and celebrate with the 27 artists who were accepted into this 15th Annual Juried Exhibition.

Five awards were announced and handed out at the opening. First Prize was awarded to Toronto artist Mary Kainer for her mixed media drawings, Frack I and Frack II. The Second Prize was awarded to Toronto artist Lumir Hladik for two works, a mixed media drawing entitled Vertical When Wet, and a mixed media drawing object entitled Avoid My Den. Third Prize went to Amanda Burk of North Bay for her large scale graphite on paper drawing Quiescence. Two Honorable Mentions were awarded in the form of gift certificates from Curry’s Art Supplies. Susan Avishai received an Honorable Mention for two works constructed of shirt fabric and wire entitled Gyre and Gimble and He’s Come Undone. A second Honorable Mention was awarded to Jeanette Luchese for a mixed media drawing entitled Life’s a blur, then you focus.

- John B. Aird Gallery Media Release

You can find the full media release complete with images here.

Drawing 2014 is on view until Friday, February 28, 2014
Gallery Hours: Monday to Friday, 10 am – 6 pm
Location: 900 Bay Street, Macdonald Block, Toronto, ON M4Y 1N4

I would like to thank the Ontario Arts Council for their support and contribution towards the making of this series of drawings.

Drawing 2014 at John B. Aird Gallery

February 3rd, 2014

I am thrilled to have my work, Quiescence, selected for Drawing 2014 at the John B. Aird Gallery in Toronto.

For this 15th annual juried drawing exhibition, 72 artists submitted 137 drawings for consideration by two jurors. A variety of drawing styles, media and techniques reflecting a spectrum of ideas about drawing were represented.

Two jurors, Ed Pien and Dale Barrett, selected the 33 works in the exhibition. Drawing 2014 celebrates the diversity and vitality of drawing, showcasing a range of processes, styles, materials and conceptual approaches.

I will be showing alongside: Angela Aitken, Ivo Arnaudov, Susan Avishai, Jim Balzan, Pat Bond, Linda Chen, Nomi Drory, Erin Finley, Heidrun Gabel-Koepff, Phyllis Gordon, Jacquie Green, Toni Hamel, Jessica Hein, Brynn Higgins-Stirup, Jennifer Hinrichs, Lumir Hladik, Mary Kainer, Pegi Kosa, Jeanette Luchese, Gavin MacDougall, Robert Quance, Lauren Satok, Tai Selbach, Winnie Truong, Olex Wlasenko, David Woodward.

If you get a chance, be sure to check out the show. This exhibition is one of the only juried drawing exhibitions in Canada and it is always proves to be an excellent show.

Drawing 2014
February 4 – 28, 2014
Reception Thursday February 6, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

John B. Aird Gallery
Gallery Hours: Monday to Friday, 10 am – 6 pm
Location: 900 Bay Street, Macdonald Block, Toronto, ON M4Y 1N4

I would like to thank the Ontario Arts Council for their support and contribution towards the making of this series of drawings.

Drawing 2012 at John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto

February 5th, 2012

My drawing Dual was recently accepted into the 13th annual drawing exhibition Drawing 2012 at the John B. Aird Gallery in Toronto and I am thrilled to announce that I was awarded second place.

Drawing 2012 runs February 7 – March 2, 2012

Opening Reception:  February 9,  6-8 pm

Here is more information about the exhibition:

This year, 78 artists from across Canada submitted more than 150 works
in a variety of styles, media and techniques for consideration. From
these, two jurors selected the 35 works in the exhibition and awarded
prizes.

The jurors awarded two First Prizes, one to Erin Finley of Toronto,
Ont. for an ink, watercolour and gold leaf drawing entitled
“Conversion of Saint Paul in Brogues”; and one to Julia Vandepolder of
Hillsburgh, Ont. for a charcoal, graphite, oil/chalk pastel & conté
drawing entitled “The Green Room”. The second prize went to Amanda
Burk of North Bay, Ont. for a large scale charcoal drawing entitled
“Dual”. Two Honorable Mentions were awarded. Peter Large of Stella,
Ont. received the Japanese Paper Place Award for a graphite and colour
pencil drawing entitled, “Spike’s Nest”. David Woodward of Kingston,
Ont. received the Curry’s Art Store Award for a colour pencil drawing
entitled “The Century Lost Its Hold”.

The John B. Aird is one of the few galleries in Canada to showcase a juried
exhibition where drawing is promoted as an art form unto itself, is on
the ground floor of the Macdonald Block, an Ontario government
building at 900 Bay Street in Toronto. It is open Monday to Friday,
from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Honourable Mention – Drawing 2011

February 9th, 2011

Dual (Dooley and Healey), 2010

I am pleased to announce that my drawings have been awarded an honourable mention in the John B. Aird Gallery’s 12th Annual Juried Drawing Exhibition.

Here is the announcement released by the John B. Aird Gallery below:

This year, 115 artists from across Canada submitted more than 200 works in a variety of styles, media and techniques for consideration. From these, two jurors selected the 36 works in the exhibition and awarded prizes. The jurors for DRAWING 2011 were Sadko Hadzihasanovic and Dale Barrett.

The jurors awarded First Prize to Olexander Wlasenko of Oshawa, Ont. for a 5’ x 12’ charcoal drawing entitled “The Waiting”. The second prize went to Midori Fullerton of Tottenham, Ont. for a large format graphite, watercolour and india ink drawing entitled “Moth”. The jurors awarded to third prizes. One to Hanna Hur of Toronto, Ont. for a pair of colour pencil drawings entitled, “Home Run Who Cares” and “ Slam Dunk So What”. The other to Scott Waters of Toronto, Ont. for an oil, pencil, and gesso drawing entitled “The Glory Days”. Honorable mentions were also awarded. Amanda Burk of North Bay, Ont. received the Japanese Paper Place award for a pair of charcoal on paper drawings, “Dual (Cecrops)” and “Dual (Dooley and Healey)”. Saba Moghtader of Toronto, Ont. received the Curry’s Art Store award for her video “Friedrich–Goggle”.

DRAWING 2011 at John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto

February 2nd, 2011

Dual (Cecrops), 2010

I am pleased to announce that my work has been accepted into the John B. Aird Gallery’s Juried Drawing Exhibition this year.   The John B. Aird Gallery hosts a great, competitive drawing exhibition each year and I am thrilled to have two of my drawings selected for DRAWING 2011.

Here are the details for the exhibition:

DRAWING 2011
Tuesday, February 8 – Friday, March 4, 2011
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 10, 6-8 pm

John B. Aird Gallery
900 Bay Street
Macdonald Block
Toronto, ON

Drawing 2010 – John B. Aird Gallery

February 5th, 2010

This is my third acceptance into the John B. Aird Annual Juried Drawing Exhibition, now in its eleventh year.

Drawing 2010 is a juried show that attracts emerging and established artists from across the Province of Ontario. The jurors for this 11th juried exhibition were Todd Tremeer, artist/educator and a recipient of the Joseph Plaskett Award (2007); Robert Malinowski, artist and 1st Prize Winner, DRAWING 2009; and Gillian Reddyhoff, Curator of the Government of Ontario’s Art Collection. John B. Aird Gallery

The work that was chosen for the show is Cognisance. I am always impressed by the caliber of the work in this exhibition. If you happen to be in Toronto, it is worth a look.

Cognisance, 2009 - charcoal, acrylic and silver leaf on paper

Cognisance, 2009 - charcoal, acrylic and silver leaf on paper

The exhibition runs February 2 – 26, 2010

John B. Aird Gallery
900 Bay Street (Macdonald Block)
Toronto, ON
Monday to Friday
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Proximity at John B. Aird

February 13th, 2009

Proximity, 2009

Proximity, 2009

Proximity is one of my new works and is currently on exhibition in the Drawing 2009 show at John B. Aird Gallery until February 27th, 2009.

The DRAWING 2009 show presents 33 original works in a variety of styles, techniques and media.  Some works incorporate found objects, some are digitized and still others use traditional techniques.

As one of a few galleries in Canada to showcase drawing as an art form unto itself, the Aird attracts emerging and established artists who are really committed to the discipline. This year, 115 artists submitted more than 170 works for consideration. From these, three jurors selected the 33 works in the exhibition.

John B. Aird Gallery, Drawing 2009, Catalogue

Aleks Bartosik, Judith Geher, Robert Malinowski, Jenny Wing Yee Tong, and Lois Schklar are a few of my favorite artists in the exhibition.

This exhibition is a very strong show and a great representation of contemporary drawing in Ontario.

Drawing 2009 – Toronto exhibition

January 31st, 2009

I am pleased to have been juried into the 10th annual John B. Aird Drawing Exhibition in Toronto, Ontario.

The drawing accepted is a new work on panel from my Emergence series.  New images will follow soon.

The exhibition can be viewed at the John B. Aird Gallery, 900 Bay Street (near Wellesley in the Macdonald Block, an Ontario government building) from February 3rd to February 27th.  Gallery hours are 10 am to 6 pm from Monday through Friday.

If you have an interest in contemporary drawing, this is a great show to see.