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About

Midway lights - Sim Posen

Sim Posen Midway lights

Faun After Bakst - Rachel Isadora

Rachel Isadora Faun After Bakst

After Bakst II  - Rachel Isadora

Rachel Isadora After Bakst II

Platalea - Johnathan Ball

Johnathan Ball Platalea

Strix Aluco - Johnathan Ball

Johnathan Ball Strix Aluco

Exhibiting Artists

  • Johnathan Ball  (+)

    Biography : I have been painting and drawing my whole life. I started, according to my mother, at age 4. She still has a great little ship drawing I did at that age. Drawing came easy to me but I had to work hard to be a good painter - I’m still working. Painting for me is a process of meditation, it’s a constant pursuit to describe the mental landscape as influenced by its surroundings. As well as painting, I work as a photographer, shooting everything from events, editorials, and sometimes celebrities. My grandfather was an avid amateur photographer and gave me my first camera at a young age. Photography and painting have always gone hand in hand for me. One feeds the other. Photography as a tool has been employed by painters and artists since its invention. One could make a strong case that the advent of photography could not have been achieved without the help of painting and classical tools such as the camera obscura to help painters recreate scenes. I use photography in this way, creating images from reference subjects I capture. My work is an ongoing process. I try not to just do one thing, I don’t think standing still and producing one product time and time again is a good thing. An artist has to be careful to not let their work become stale. 1950s abstract expressionism is my jam. The New York school was a big influence on me as a young artist, but also the Montreal scene. The artist Jean-Paul Riopelle and Paul Emile Borduas were heroes of mine. Leader of the Automatistes and main author of the manifesto Refus Global, Borduas broke from all convention. I remember vividly seeing L’étoile Noir in person when I was young and being blown away by its bold simplicity. The surrealists also had a profound impact on my practice - specifically Dali for his character and brashness. His ambitious paintings and tight style always impressed and humbled me. H.R. Giger and Francis Bacon are also worth mentioning. Both artists’ approaches to painting were violent,

    Exhibition :
    Solo Shows:
    2017: Flights of Fancy, Liss Gallery, Toronto, Canada.
    2016: Empire, Liss Gallery, Toronto, Canada.
    2015: Icon, Liss Gallery, Toronto, Canada.
    2014: West, Liss Gallery, Toronto, Canada.
    2013: Analog, Liss Gallery, Toronto, Canada.
    2012: The Good, Liss Gallery, Toronto, Canada.
    2011: Nuit Blanche at Liss, Liss Gallery, Toronto, Canada.
    2010: Fame & Fortune, Liss Gallery, Toronto, Canada.
    2010: New Work, Liss Gallery, Toronto, Canada.

    Group Shows:
    2016: Northern Lights, Ivy Brown Gallery, New York, United States.
    2015: Architectural Digest Home Show, New York, United States.
    2014: Group Show, Headrow Gallery, Leeds, England.
    2014: Instant Stints of Intervals, Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival, Toronto, Canada.
    2013: Urban Artists Federation, Gallery Catalyst, Toronto, Canada.
    2012: Beast, Gallery Beast, Toronto, Canada.
    2012: International Design Expo, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Canada.
    2011: Interior Design Show, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Canada.
    2011: 666 Group Show, Gallery Beast, Toronto, Ontario.
    2009: Toronto International Art Fair, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Canada.
    2009: International Design Expo, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Canada.
    2007: New Work, Gallery 1313, Toronto, Canada.
    2007: Farrago, Inter Access Centre for Digital Media Arts, Toronto, Canada.
    2006: Media Darling, Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, Toronto, Canada.
    2006: Art New York, Artera Fine Art, New York, United States.

    Media:
    2018: Klassik Magazine, Barcelona, Spain.
    2014: Where Essentials Magazine, Toronto, Canada.
    2013: Inner Space Interview Spotlight, Space Television Network, Bell Canada.
    2011: CP24, Rogers Media, Toronto, Canada.
    2010: First Local, Rogers, Vaughan, Canada.
    2009: CP24 Morning, Liss Gallery, Toronto, Canada.
    2009: Where Magazine, Canada.
    2007: ARTnews Magazine, New York, United States.
    2007: Artfacts.com, Toronto, Canada.

    Awards:
    2010: Ontario Arts Council, Emerging Artist Grant, Ontario,

    Artist's Objects:

    • Johnathan Ball - Strix Aluco Strix Aluco
    • Johnathan Ball - Platalea Platalea

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  • Rachel Isadora  (+)

    Biography : Isadora started dancing as a young girl and went on to study at the School of American Ballet on a scholarship from the Ford Foundation. She studied under New York City Ballet founder and artistic director, George Balanchine, and costume and scenic designer, Rouben Ter-Arutunion.[3] She briefly danced with the Boston Ballet Company, until a foot injury caused her to seek work as a visual artist instead.[1] Her first book published in 1976, Max, is about a boy who realizes that taking ballet can help him become a better baseball player. Max was named an ALA Notable Book. Many of her other works incorporate ballet and dance, most notably the series, Lili at Ballet, Lili on Stage, Lili Backstage, and the Caldecott Honor award-winning Ben's Trumpet, which combines music and dance.[1] She lived in Africa for almost ten years,[2] and has adapted a number of well-known stories and fairy tales to African settings, including Rapunzel, The Princess and the Pea, Hanzel and Gretel, The Fisherman and His Wife, The Twelve Dancing Princesses, The Night before Christmas, and The Twelve Days of Christmas. Isadora's love for visual arts continues as well through her oil paintings. Her solo exhibit in 2016 called "Art of the Dance" featured 25 paintings about classic ballet and modern dance

    Exhibition : Max received the 1976 Child Study Association Children's Book of the Year award; Children's Choice award, International Reading Association/Children's Book Council (CBC), 1976; Children's Book Showcase award, CBC, 1977; American Library Association (ALA) notable book citation, and was designated a Reading Rainbow selection
    1979 ALA Notable Book citation, for Seeing Is Believing, written by Elizabeth Shub
    Ben's Trumpet received a Boston Globe/Horn Book honor book for illustration citation in 1979; Best Book for Spring designation, School Library Journal, 1979; and the Caldecott Honor Book award, 1980
    1982 Best Book award, School Library Journal, and ALA notable book citation for The White Stallion, by Elizabeth Shub
    1982 Children's Book award, New York Public Library, for City Seen from A to Z
    1985 Child Study Association Children's Book of the Year award for I Hear and I See
    1986 Child Study Association Children's Book of the Year awards for Flossie and the Fox, by Patricia C. McKissack (which also received a 1987 Horn Book honor list citation) and Cutlass in the Snow, by Elizabeth Shub
    1991 ALA Notable Book citation for At the Crossroads
    2008 Parent's Choice award for "The Fisherman and His Wife"
    2011 Virginia Reader's Choice award for "Hansel and Gretel"
    2012 Horn Book award for "Bea at Ballet"
    2013 ALA Notable Book award for "Old Mikamba Had a Farm"
    2013 100 top Children's Books of the Last 100 Years - New York Public Library includes "Ben's Trumpet"
    2015 Kirkus Review - 3 Star Reviews for "I Hear a Pickle"
    2016 School Library Journal, Amazon Featured Best Book of Month for January - "I Hear a Pickle"

    Detailed Description : Rachel Isadora (born 1953) is an American illustrator, children's book author, specializing in picture books, and painter. She is most famous for the book Ben's Trumpet, runner-up for the 1980 Caldecott Medal, or Caldecott Honor Book, and winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book honor. Ben's Trumpet was adapted to video and also translated into a ballet by the Boston ballet company BalletRox in 2009. The more than 150 children's books Isadora has written and illustrated span a wide variety of topics, including ballet and dance, American urban culture and family life, life in Africa, and traditional fairy tales. Isadora was a professional ballet dancer before an injury led to a change of careers.[1] In addition to freelance writing and illustration, Isadora shows and sells oil paintings, many of which reflect her love of dance, as well as her experiences living in Africa and New York City.[2]

    Artist's Objects:

    • Rachel Isadora - After Bakst II After Bakst II
    • Rachel Isadora - Faun After Bakst Faun After Bakst

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  • Sim Posen  (+)

    Biography : Born and raised in Toronto, Simeon Posen is a landscape and architectural photographer with works spanning over four decades. His studies in architecture and stage design contribute to the unique perspective evident in his black and white photographs – namely, illuminating the intricacies of the parts to express the structure of the whole, whether created by nature or by man. Posen’s technique, style and composition are also influenced by such photographers as Marie Cosindas, Wynn Bullock and Brett Weston and Ansel Adams with whom he studied in California. Receiving both federal and provincial grants, Posen has conducted extensive photographic studies of the architecture of France, Austria, Iran and Greece; as well as broadly documenting the Ontario landscape. Today, Posen continues his exploration of photographic art through blending new and old technology, frequently exhibiting while continuing his professional career in architecture.

    Detailed Description : Posen utilizes 8x10 and mid-size negative formats to express the beauty of natural form. He prefers the subtlety of ‘black and white’, maximizing the use of digital technology interwoven with more traditional methods. He uses ‘Pyro’ for negative development, a formula favoured by Adams and Weston, and continues to print on silver fibre-based papers. Simeon Posen brings an added dimension of brilliance to his works by carefully selecting the conditions of light and weather for the subject chosen. His exposures can require up to 30 minutes. This study and patience bring an intensity yet subtlety to his nature studies.

    Artist's Objects:

    • Sim Posen - Midway lights Midway lights

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