Month: March 2012

Homa Arkani: West-Crazed Women in Iran

Iranian artist Homa Arkani’s pop art portraits portray the socio-cultural issues faced by a generation of disillusioned women.  Born after the revolution and the Iran-Iraq war, she says the young women so outlandishly featured in her Share Me series “represent a people caught between traditional values and mores, […]

Glass Ceiling: Knocked off their Heels

There’s a fascinating story behind Jill Greenberg’s upcoming Glass Ceiling exhibition, an exploration of the depiction of the female body and the objectification of women.  The Montreal-born artist was commissioned in 2008 to do a fashion shoot using the US Olympic synchronized swim team as models, and found […]

Luke Painter: An eerie sense of loneliness

Toronto artist Luke Painter produces large-scale fictional landscapes rendered with India ink and brush on paper that resemble traditional wood engravings. Woodlot House (with Victorian Stained Glass Windows) , Acrylic on board. 48″ × 60″ 2010. The surreal outdoor spaces lack a human presence, and create an unsettling […]

Andrew Briggs: A People’s Choice

Andrew Briggs‘ widely varied art work won him a People’s Choice award at the Toronto Artist Project earlier this month.  From schematic style architecture to celebrities, Briggs works on canvas and glass. He learned screen printing while working at a commercial printer’s.  (Above: Madonna, 48 x 48″ on […]

Deborah Samuel: Pared to the Bone

Photo artist Deborah Samuel’s lyrical images reflect the frailty of life.  Elegy, her upcoming exhibit at the Royal Ontario Museum, features more than 30 haunting photos of afterlife bones and shells, created with clinical precision. (Above: Cobra II, 2011) -Barred Owl, 2012 Ten of the photographs are specimens […]

Janice Wu: Re-Imagining the Mediocre

Vancouver-based art student Janice Wu is capturing significant attention with her images of everyday items most of us wouldn’t look at twice. Wu – a student at Emily Carr University – says she explores “how seemingly worthless objects have potential for whimsy and how the ‘inanimate’, mundane can […]