Some of my favorite Canadian links; great talents that should be visited, supported, and known. Listed in alphabetical order.
"The scum also rises". Absolute underground is a punk, hardcore and metal magazine from Western Canada.
Montreal artist Susanne Apgar challenges us through her exploration of issues that include biological research and genetic manipulation… to what extremes we will go to thwart the inevitability of our mortality, and what are the consequences and motivations behind such actions? Her work is beautifully executed, striking, and thought-provoking.
Great Calgary based metal band. One of my best finds. I am a huge fan of their work!
Illustrator and artist, Trevor Browne has quickly established himself in the Montreal art scene with his distinctive style.
A genuine Canadian circus troupe. If Carnival Diablo passes through your town, make a difference in your day! Creepy and sickening good times. You won’t believe it!
Unique vintage items for less, great finds!
Citizen shift is an interactive web site that serves to make the NFB even more accessible to emerging filmmakers, individuals and communities in Canada.
The work of Grant Cunningham is addictive. His art is a toxic, bold, and humoristic view of the world he lives in. Truly a visionary painter.
Clothes and wearable goods, made with pride and rage. Hand produced, not mass produced!
Photography with a tasteful darker twist. Adventurous and off beat with a Goth influenced.
Divinity is THE up and coming Calgary metal band. Visit the site, see them live, and you will know what I mean. Just make sure you remember the name…While you visit their site, click on www.albertametal.net for a deeper look into the Alberta metal scene.
Canadian painter Shaun Downey... Haunting imagery, executed with force.
Hyper realistic painter, Francois Escalmel juxtapose existing elements and turn them into complete surrealist visions. Sometimes bizarre and strange, his art does not go unnoticed. Very strong and amazing work. Mille fois bravo!
There is something about this painter’s work…Not sure what it is, but please enjoy and drift off while contemplating his pieces in awe as much as I do.
Great little gallery boutique from Montreal that promotes emerging and established artists: something for all tastes, including art, vintage, books, and more.
Nikki Henderson's refined sense of design exudes a quiet Zen. Her work is clean, transitional and eloquent.
Em Hunter’s painstaking and exquisite works offer social commentary through surrealism and portrayal of popular culture. Her sheer figurative talent and use of color coupled with flawless composition provide stunning contemporary work.
The craziest chef I know… You try making this stuff out of sugar!
Not all girls like to play with dolls. As good live as they are on disc, the LOE are coming to a club near you soon! Talented kick-ass performers, they are not just a band, they are an experience.
Maya Kulenovic gives her subjects many voices. The psychological and cultural implications reach beyond the individual and extend to the viewer. A master painter that engages her subjects and their viewers through the overt and the subtle.
Multi-talented Sophia Male is a filmmaker, artist and journalist (and a natural snake handler/charmer!). Check out Democracy 4 Dummies, as socially relevant works are our responsibility to view. When you are done, make sure you view her paintings. Soothing and beautifully executed.
Sex is art and Dayna knows how to deliver. From video, art and performance, her commentary is razor sharp!
Oldbury, a band from Alberta that will rock you! I did the artwork for their promotions. Support Canadian rock!
A re-interpretation of sub-cultural identities that challenges viewer perceptions. Sexuality and gender are forthright in her paintings. Ropeleski extends the boundaries of portraiture, stripping away the defenses and honoring the individual.
Metal turned into art. Beyond the expected, her art is a new approach to this cold medium. Magnifique!
Derek’s work is marked by its perfection of composition and execution. His zen-like capture of urban images through abstracted glimpses and reflections creates a meditative quality belying a maturity rare for a young artist.
Wow. Seriously… check her out. WOW!
Calgary author done good. Publisher/author of the Dentist and the Tooth Fairy, a modern fairy tale of love, lust, secrecy and revenge. Beautifully illustrated by Jerome Prieur. The first of many collaborations between 2 talented young artists.
Deranged, deliberate, twisted, sick and boundless. Munkaspeni is a crude and shameless artist. Your devil-horned inner child can become a member of the cult of Munkaspeni. Absorb his artistic visions and hang on and enjoy the ride!
Montreal based photographer/filmmaker, Pierre Tremblay, takes the profance and makes it sacred through his stills and film.
MistahD (Scotty Waters). Upcoming urban artist who is probably sitting on my couch as you read this. A great fusion of urban-comic-graffiti.
Toronto based artist Scott Waters produces jaw dropping works of art. In-your-face thematic executed with finesse… a painter that will go far… very far. The “Hero book” series is worth the worship.
Darcy J. Watt produces what I see as being "fluid figurative" work. Darcy presents socially scathing commentaries in a variety of mediums. I could be more verbose, but I will just say that I really enjoy his work and encouage you to take the time to investigate it on your own.
Other favorites from outside Canada:
All I can say is "genius". A term I reserve for the few.
Known as the artist behind KMFDM’s record covers yet he has much more to offer!
Cella is an excellent North Hollywood project, and they are my agents in Hollywood. I am proud to hang next to so many amazing talents.
A great gallery, and my representatives in Boston. You will find my work alongside some fantastic talents
Hugh Herrera, a music lover and great supporter of the arts.
An American artist whose work is political, controversial, and from the heart. I respect the boldness of what he is doing and admire the man that has chosen to do it.
La Luz De Jesus is an outstanding gallery and it is one of the best American galleries for art lovers. Internationally recognized, this gallery brings you the ultimate in arts.
Not all art hangs on your wall…
Chris Mars’s work is beyond art. There are no other ways to describe him. Completely mind blowing.
Night gallery ceramics is a dark place with dark works. On the other hand, this Santa Ana gallery offers and delivers the best in all mediums. From ceramics to original artwork, a perfect sanctuary for the daring art lover in you that appreciates such beauty.
Brilliant social commentary, twisted sense of humor, and from what I can see little or no boundaries. A funny man producing funny art.
Internationally known artist whose work I admire.
All you need to know about the art nouveau art and architectural movement.
Bitchin’ Devil Babe, who pop culture fucks her subjects in the most sublime and gorgeous way. Definitely worthy of your worship.