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J Walters

I curate visual arts under The Art Junkie banner

From rock music, to medicine to light-filled art

Terry Watkinson’s light-filled art extends a journey that began in the North, traversed architecture, barreled through the world of rock music and encompassed a university career in medical illustration. (Above: Stars & Bars) He’s equally at home connecting with inspiring landscapes, drawing body organs, and painting cityscapes. –Cityscape […]

O Canada in Lips: Joyce Wieland

Consider this combination of feminism and patriotism in Joyce Wieland’s famous O Canada lithograph of women’s mouths singing the national anthem.  To make this print, Wieland put on greasy lipstick and pressed her lips onto a clean lithography stone, forming the syllables of O Canada. [Above: Joyce Wieland, […]

Doctored Thrift Store Art & Lyrics

How inventive.  Laura Kikauka’s installation, Strength Thru Embarrassment, converts a collection of garish thrift store art into musically labelled mixed media pieces.  She collages, draws and paints excerpts from song lyrics onto the art, “making the original artist and lyricist unwitting collaborators,” says Toronto gallery MKG127. Above: Lyric […]

The Art of The Puppet

Recognized as one of Canada’s foremost theatre artists, Ronnie Burkett has been credited with creating some of the world’s most elaborate and provocative puppetry. The artistry that has led to worldwide acclaim is front and centre in his current show, Penny Plain, opening soon in Ottawa on its […]

Aleks Bartosik’s Dark Karma

Aleks Bartosik’s work is on exhibit at the Bartlett Gallery through this weekend, in Caledon, north of Toronto. A previous show at Line Gallery in Toronto built on her “dark Karma” approach. (Above: She was not his Venus in furs) -Detail, Ice Maiden,  from the Venus in furs […]

Glamour Girls, Encaustic Style

Sylvain Roberge uses an edgy encaustic technique to create the ‘Glamour Girls’ series he’s showing at The Artist Project 2012, opening tonight and on through this weekend in Toronto.  (Above:  Cosmic Girl 2) -In the Sun If you aren’t familiar with the ancient art of encaustic painting, have […]