A nostalgic look at Mirvish Village
Here is the result of a recent commission to design and produce a three-colour silkscreen print based on two new exhibits now on display at Markham House. Tonight only, along with free hotdogs, they’re giving away 200 of these limited-editions away!
Anne Mirvish: The Artist in Her Studio
and Welcome to Yesterday:
Ephemera from Mirvish Village
Come take a look at Anne Mirvish’s art practice and her influence on the neighbourhood known as Mirvish Village. In addition check out the wonderful collection ephemera and memorabilia from the Mirvish Family archive, collected over the past 50+ years. Here you will discover the tale of the Onion Pot and the name of the first shop opened by Honest Ed Mirvish.
The shows run from May 28th to July 10th, 2016.
610 Markham St. Toronto
Open daily from 12pm – 7pm
It’s Freedom to Read Week, so I thought I’d post my illustrated book cover series.
Probably one of the more famous of fictional books, appearing in Rosemary’s Baby. The central illustration is the tanis root pendant that Mia Farrow’s character dropped down a sewer
A fictional press for fictional books. I call it The Cinotext Library.
A Country Made of Ice Cream from The Way We Were
Each time I see one of these movies, I am reminded of this idea I’ve had to illustrate the covers of all the fictional books from movies that I like to watch. Here are a couple of pairings of books:
Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams. Breakfast at Tiffany’s and The Night of The Iguana. Of all of these books, Collected Verse Vol. 1, is the only title we don’t actually see in the film, and it’s only mentioned once.
I’ve always hesitated carrying out this project because there are a lot of artists and illustrators who paint and draw old book covers — Harland Miller and Anna Hoyle immediately come to mind. But I concluded my idea is unique enough, if I stick to the cinema. I’ve also really just wanted to do this for such a long time.
Woody Allen’s Manhattan and Deconstructing Harry
The design is based on old Pelican and Penguin classics, but I’ve changed a few things, notably the colours! These will all be available as limited edition prints, in my Esty shop, in just a few days, sans the 50-cent stickers (did that just for Instagram).
Whenever I visit my hometown, my first stop after the airport is either Coney Island, McKellar’s Confectionery or the aptly named Thunder Bay Restaurant. You see, there’s this thing Thunder Bay has about coney sauce. Anything you order can be served with a huge helping of gravy, and yes, they pour it all over the burger too, in fact, over everything on your plate. And the burgers and hotdogs always have the most delicious coney sauce, ever! Locals love to debate which place has the best. You can even buy it in jars at the local farmers markets.
There’s nothing like it anywhere. Some of the confectioneries drawn on the map still have lunch counters and serve french fries in paper bags! The best!
Here’s a close-up of the part of town I lived in:
I’ve only included places that are still in business. The places I frequented as a kid are long gone
Inside the McKellar Conf. Note the portrait of Gus Kelos on the wall, by Thunder Bay artist Ray Swaluk. Gus would balance dogs on his arm as he readied them for customers. Legendary!
Westfort essentials: Coney Island and The Salsbury Grill. What I remember most about Coney Island is their phone number – it was almost the same as my parents. We frequently received calls!
Merla Mae is another favourite!
Thunder Bay’s cuisine is not limited to this coney stuff, either. I’ve done a lot of work based on the other local delicacy, the persian:
I have many more projects about my home town in the works!
I grew up in a place called Green Acres. When I was really small I would go to Phil’s Shoe Box at Green Acres Plaza for new shoes. I’ve named my series of shoe-themed prints after that place.
Shiny gold foil shoe horn print, Empire Shoes!
Got a whole little shoe shop happening in my Etsy Shop!
There are a lot of extra steps when using gold foil. Black ink is applied last, and prints are set to dry
I printed the shoe horn as a companion piece to the shiny silver Brannock Device I printed last year:
My drawing of the classic Brannock Device. Silk screened in black ink and silver foil!
Later on, I found myself walking down Yonge Street, and I spotted these abandoned shoes:
Y is for Yonge Street, the longest street in the world
They gave me the inspiration to go home and draw a bunch of odd shoes for another print:
This antique frame I found at a local thrift shop suits this vintage-style print pretty nicely!
One final mini-print, which I just finished yesterday:
Who doesn’t love a shoe sale?
New print available in my Etsy Shop!
I love this vintage Canadian peanut vending machine! I am particularly attracted to the little tray of peanuts in the upper left corner and the fact that it’s bilingual – it has a very circus-like quality about it. I took some photos and did a drawing of the machine and recently pulled this two-colour silk-screen print which you can now get from my Etsy Shop.
Spent the day silk-screen printing and heat-pressing some new metallic prints. It’s a little tricky printing on black paper in a ceramic studio!
One Night Only at Nook!
This is the first group show – over 40 artists – at the nook collective studio space that I am participating in. The Green Man is an open interpretation of the enigmatic and leafy green guy:
A multitude of ideas popped into my head – a re-rendering of the jolly green giant perhaps? A little green man from outer space? Already adorned with bushy beards and moustaches, I decided to use some of my square-headed gentlemen. In place of leaves, gold-leafing functions as an additional botannical embellishment.
Nook Creative studio/gallery
156 Augusta Ave., Toronto
One night only:
Thursday July 4th 2013, 7 pm
The show will stay up for a month, but with appointment-only access.
I have three ink-tranfer prints with gold-leafing embellishments on paper, available for purchase. Come on out and see the work of over 40 artists!
More info on facebook.