Interviews

Awesome interviews with artists discussing their work, process, and inspiration. We love to hear from you, so feel free to contact us!

Rajni Perera

Just like the Russian doll in Matryoshka with Golden Panties, Rajni Perera’s paintings are all about the delight and dread of peeling back cross-culture layers of meaning. Her pop sensibilities, applied to traditional miniaturist style, work their way deep into the tangle of Eastern/Western culture and gender questions. While exploring heavy territory, there’s something undeniably weird and fun about Rajni’s work. Having recently been awarded the Drawing/Painting Medal for this year’s graduating class at OCADU, Rajni spoke with us about her latest series “The New Archaeology”. Read More...

Nadja Sayej

Watching an episode of ArtStars* is like a shot of high-grade art criticism, cut with sly wit and humour. The perfect cure for gallery opening blues. The online art show, hosted by Gonzo art critic Nadja Sayej, quickly turned the Toronto art scene on its head, with guerrilla tactics drop-in interviews at local art openings. Read More...

Root Rot

One look at Michael DeForge’s deeply weird and beautiful cover art, depicting the romantic entanglements of a forest dwelling ghost and a Sasquatch, will tell you that Root Rot is no typical forest-themed art book. Read More...

Even The Giants

The bleak expanse of the arctic can get lonely, so it helps to have company – even if it comes in monstrous forms. Even The Giants is a story of solitude, wonder, and turbulence, as it follows the adventures of an Arctic giant couple crossing paths with the motley inhabitants of their polar neck of the woods. Read More...

Andrea Wan

The illustrations of Vancouver-based artist Andrea Wan read like dreams, mystifying yet lucid. Her characters explore environments of the subconscious, seemingly suspended in a white void. The usual flow of time breaks up and objects take on a life of their own. Read More...

Heather Watts

At the heart of every one of Heather Watts’ paintings are an epic struggle, a sinister threat, a tragic loss, and an underdog victory. The heroes of her allegorical scenes face the full range of life’s slings and arrows, yet the sense is always there that good might yet triumph over evil. Read More...

Edward Kwong

Montreal-based illustrator Edward Kwong proudly mines the gamut of art movements of the first half of the 20th century to create images both familiar and strikingly new. His graphic approach is a mashup of Art Deco, Futurism, German Expressionism, crossed with the urgency of comic book art and bold typography. Read More...

Andy Kehoe

The characters in Andy Kehoe’s paintings inhabit a place frozen between the last golden days of autumn and the coming dead of winter. Similarly, their lives seem stuck between some previous idyllic period where nature was untamed, and the encroaching trappings of civilization. For his upcoming show at Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York, the Pittsburgh-based painter continues to evolve his complex, wild and melancholy world. Read More...

Luke Ramsey

Looking closely at one of Luke Ramsey‘s images, one sees the big bold shapes dissolve into a chaos of squiggles only to find new patterns emerging. Somehow he manages to distill the sense of order and chaos found in nature into his work. From his home studio in Pender Island (BC) Luke Ramsey works independently and in collaboration with the many artists participating in his Islands Fold residency. Read More...

Sean Lewis

The woolly and wildly expressive style of Toronto artist Sean Lewis hearkens back to frenetic and lawless history of the taming of the American continent. While completing his thesis year in illustration at OCADU in Toronto, Lewis has already carved out a unique body of work, and is currently involved in Cavalcade, a collaborative group mural project at Xpace in Toronto. With a new series in the works for his thesis, Lewis discusses his learning experiences and plans for after graduation. Read More...

Koyama Press

Annie Koyama, founder of Toronto's small but mighty Koyama Press, has single-handedly built a successful publishing business bringing the brightest and weirdest of Toronto's art and comics scene to world at large. Since its inception in 2007, Koyama Press has released an incredibly diverse catalogue of comics and art books, showing no sign of slowing down! We caught up with Annie Koyama to ask her about her approach to publishing and what the future holds for Koyama Press. Read More...