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J Walters

I curate visual arts under The Art Junkie banner

Tristram Lansdowne: Defaced & Derelict

From the reality of the inner city to the imaginary and fantastical, Tristram Lansdowne’s art emerges with surgical precision.  Represented by LE Gallery in Toronto, his delicately painted watercolours depict incongruous, sometimes mysterious, structures. I’m drawn to the areas of cities that are on the fringe, in-between zones, […]

Muscle Cars & Soap Opera Romance

Nick Morris grew up in a small Australian town with lots of beer, muscle cars,  soap opera romances and not much else to do but watch TV.  The art of this former graphic designer, represented by Artêria Gallery in Bromont, Quebec, features evocative, retro-style images that emerge as […]

Wilf Perrault: Beauty of the Commonplace

Even the titles of the works of  Saskatchewan artist Wilf Perrault reflect the simplicity of daily life: Home Time (above), Kitchen Lights (below).  His meticulous paintings of back alleys and streetscapes in Regina, where he has worked since the 1970s, create an understanding of the beauty of the […]

The Art & Culture of Convenience

Artist Meghan Dauphinee pays homage in this vibrant series to the convenience stores that occupy key corners across Canada, notably in London, where she is from.  We recognize variety stores as hangouts, ice cream shops, DVD rental outlets and pickup spots for milk and bread, but we infrequently […]

Alberto de Castro’s Christmas Dinner

Alberto de Castro’s painting – Christmas Dinner – captures the extended family excitement that many Canadians experience. The detail is remarkable, given that de Castro (1952-1995) grew up in a Portuguese family in Angola, then studied art in Spain. It wasn’t until de Castro immigrated in 1969 to […]

Jen Stark’s X-Acto Knife Sculptures

These 3D paper sculptures are by Jen Stark, an American artist represented by Toronto gallery Cooper Cole.  Stark, who exhibits widely, is inspired by the patterns of nature and anatomy, right down to the microscopic. Stark takes construction or acid-free colored paper and intricately cuts each sheet with […]