Every year art lovers, collectors, and curators attend Toronto’s Artist Project to discover work from over 250 of the world’s top contemporary artists. Among these top artists was a wide array of local talent, leading the Toronto art scene. We had the pleasure of exploring the alluring works of these 5 Toronto artists.
David Krovblit’s work sparks humor and controversy. Over the span of his career Krovblit has worked as an advertising photographer, which seems to be the clear precursor and inspiration to his later pieces. From creative photography of Ronald McDonald, to branded grenades, his contemporary pieces are both entertaining and conversation driving.
Alexis Fraser is taking the phrase “a picture is worth 1000 words” to new heights. Using photos of her chosen subject, Fraser paints a realistic portrait and layers her pieces with patterns and imagery that give the viewer a true statement of the subject’s personality. The portraits are enticing and leave the viewer with the curiosity to know more about her subjects.
The work of Jordan Nahmais’ is sure to make you feel nostalgic. His Toy Series highlights some very recognizable items for the children of the 80’s and 90’s. His photography often illustrates the subject in a way that makes the viewer feel a sense of reminiscence or loss. Sad looking video game consoles and figurines that have turned their back on you will make you feel further away from your childhood years than you’ve ever been before.
We first heard of Samara Shuter when we recently sat down with Andrew Bockner, owner of STRUCK Contemporary Gallery, and since then she has quickly become one of Toronto’s top artists to watch. Her paintings of men’s suits are aggressively eye-catching. Combining themes of fashion, power, and street art, Shuter’s works are a colourful delight.
Any Torontonian will appreciate the quirky works of Antonio Caballero. His miniature models illustrate some very humorous, yet very real pictures of the TTC. From sitting ducks on the streetcar to racoons taking over the St. Clair subway station, his woodworking and model building talents demonstrate the element of fun that is often found in much of contemporary art.
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