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The Artist Project: Opening Night Party

Last night, the Artist Project celebrated its 8th annual art fair with its opening night party at the Better Living Centre in Toronto. The Artist Project exhibits works of art from over 250 top contemporary artists from Canada and abroad, and offers the unique opportunity of connecting the artists with buyers, collectors, curators, designers and visitors directly. I had the opportunity to attend the opening night party and was overwhelmed by all the incredible talent that was on display. It was a pleasure to meet and chat with the artists about their works. Here are just a few highlights of the evening: 

Neil Young:

I have to start with this piece, Momentum, a 60"x60" mixed media with resin on panel by Neil Young, by far my favourite in the show. It immediately grabbed my attention and I couldn't stop staring at it until the artist pulled me out of my reverie. I had to know what inspired Neil's art, he told me that he used to be an architect, and that is evident in his art by what can be interpreted as aerial views of buildings, streets, cities. 

Laurie Foote

It was lovely catching up with Toronto artist Laurie Foote, painter of original oil and acrylic paintings. Much of her work is inspired by the people and landscapes of Creemore, Ontario. My favourites were these paintings of scenes from her bedroom window. So calm, so serene, so idyllic. 

Tony Koukos:

I loved this photograph by Tony Koukos when I was first introduced to it via Brian Gluckstein, who commissioned the piece for the 2014 Princess Margaret Lotto Showhome in Oakville, where I received a tour from the designer. Tony is expanding his artistry by creating kitchen backsplashes with his art behind glass.  

Nacho Cartagena

Nacho Cartagena is a sculptor and cork artist. Have you ever wondered what to do with your cork after opening a bottle of wine? Send it to Nacho and he will create a beautiful sculpture like this. 

Jessica Lin

Last but not least is Jessica Lin. My favourite piece of hers was "Woman on the Balcony." The piece consists of three layers of photos: 1. the building, the balconies and the woman on the balcony was a picture taken in Nice, France; 2. the ivy hanging from the balcony was taken in The Junction neighbourhood of Toronto (and was originally green, of course, but she changed the colour to this vibrant pink/fuchsia hue); and 3. the quatrefoil pattern of a gate in Ireland (look closely and you will see this motif repeated subtly throughout the piece). 

The Artist Project is an event you don't want to miss. The show is on from February 19 to 22, 2015 at the Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place, Toronto. Visit their website for show info, ticket sales and directions. 

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