Past Exhibitions

GALLERY

  • Bobby Mathieson Solo Exhibition: Sept 29 – Oct 16

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    Opening Reception: Thursday September 29th, 6-9pm RSVP

    Project Gallery Toronto – 1109 Queen St E, Toronto
    Bobby Mathieson captures historically or culturally significant moments in his work, and expands on the emotional content through his paintings and imagery through the use of vibrant shocking colour and form. Positioning historically and culturally significant subjects within a visceral and highly textured figurative expressionism, Mathieson’s paintings reflect the emotional complexity shaping his relationship to these figures through a portraiture that is at once provocative, grotesque and deeply reverent.

    The intuitive use of brushstroke and palette knife creates a sense of controlled chaos, marking the works with the rhythm and immediacy of their production. This alla prima or wet-on-wet technique bears an element of the violence and gestural abstraction associated with action painting while retaining key facial cues to allow a certain level of recognition and iconic legibility in the obscured faces of subjects. Vampire teeth and pointed ears become playful motifs in Mathieson’s work, confounding the elegance of posture and pose with monstrous and absurd qualities, forming characters that appear both playful and terrifying at the same time.

    Bobby Mathieson is a graduate of the Vancouver Film School (degree in Classic Animation) and Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in British Columbia (BFA). He has had numerous solo exhibitions with Neubacher Shor Contemporary in Toronto, ON and has presented his work at art fairs such as Art Toronto, Art Southampton, AQUA Art Fair in Miami, FL and VOLTA in New York. His work has also been featured in the Art With Heart auction as well as auctions at Angell Gallery for several years. Bobby Mathieson lives and works in Toronto, Ontario.

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    Please direct inquiries to devan@projectgallerytoronto.com, 416.315.1192.

    Opening Reception: Thursday September 29th, 6-9pm RSVP Project Gallery Toronto – 1109 Queen St E, Toronto Bobby Mathieson captures historically or culturally significant moments in his work, and expands on the emotional ...
  • GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS: Sarah Letovsky

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    GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS: September 8 – 25, 2016

    A Solo Exhibition by Sarah Letovsky

    Opening reception: Thursday Sept 8th, 6-9pm

     “Men act and women appear. Men look at women. Women watch themselves being looked at.”

    - John Berger from Ways of Seeing

    GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS brings together an assembly of women, each distinct, separate, and detached. Are they strippers, Mötley Crüe groupies, single moms or curatorial graduate students? Are they Teenage Dreamgirls or Olay Aging Cream Consumers? Why are they wearing clothes? Are they on display for looking or are they looking?

    In a new series of paintings and works on paper, Sarah Letovsky focuses on the expressive nature of paint to explore ideas of subjectivity, tension, and hidden thought and feeling. Letovsky uses the painting process to create a force of opposites; her brushstrokes are at once gestural and deliberate, spontaneous and confined, bringing the figure forward with an empathetic gaze and pushing it back into abstraction with explosive colour, flat space, and restrained texture.

    Sarah Letovsky (b. 1987, Toronto ON) finished her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting at OCAD University in 2014. She was the recipient of the 2014 Mrs. W.O. Forsyth Award for Excellence in Painting. Letovsky’s work has been exhibited at Art Toronto, Only One Gallery, Hashtag Gallery, and featured in FASHION Magazine. Her work has been auctioned at Art With Heart for Casey House Toronto as well as the ArtsEffect Auction as selected by Jamie Angell. GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS is her first solo exhibition.

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    Please direct inquiries to devan@projectgallerytoronto.com

    GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS: September 8 – 25, 2016 A Solo Exhibition by Sarah Letovsky Opening reception: Thursday Sept 8th, 6-9pm  “Men act and women appear. Men look at women. Women watch themselves being ...
  • Facade: Brian Harvey
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    Exhibition Dates: Aug 18 – Sept 4th
    Opening Reception: Thursday Aug 18th, 6-9pm
    Toronto’s built environment is uniquely piecemeal; evidence of a history of development and repurposing on an individual and local scale, and nowhere is this more visible than in the architectural pastiche of its older streets. In this new body of work painter Brian Harvey continues his exploration of Toronto’s urban landscape through a collection of portraits of its architecture and infrastructure. He is drawn to the humble and disorderly facades of old buildings, forgotten and often overlooked, and disappearing in the face of rapid change. Each change speaks to a personal story, and the layers of transformation are visible as wrinkles and scars, evidence of a lifetime of transformation and growth. Through a layering of rapid and gestural application of paint, Harvey seeks to naturalistically depict light and form, while maintaining a focus on the physicality of paint.
    Brian Harvey was born in 1978 in Toronto, Canada. After studying digital media and animation his focus shifted to drawing and painting. He has training from Seneca College, Sheridan College, Toronto School of Art, the Art Centre at Central Technical School, and has recently completed a BFA from OCAD University in Toronto. He has been painting and exhibiting for over a decade and his work can be found in public and private collections across Canada, the United States and Europe. His paintings are studies of the commonplace and the typically mundane; everyday objects, spaces and urban landscapes which are frequently overlooked. Brian lives and works in Toronto.
    Exhibition Dates: Aug 18 – Sept 4th Opening Reception: Thursday Aug 18th, 6-9pm Toronto’s built environment is uniquely piecemeal; evidence of a history of development and repurposing on an individual and local ...

STUDIOS

  • ERIN LOREE & LISA JOHNSON: Duo Exhibition, Oct 24 – Nov 11, 2015

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    Opening reception: October 24, 2015 from 6 – 9pm

    Exhibition dates: Oct. 24 – Nov 11, 2015

    Project Gallery Studios is excited to present a duo exhibition of contemporary works by Canadian painters Erin Loree and Lisa Johnson. With an emphasis on abstract sensibilities and gestural mark-making, both Loree and Johnson work with paint in different ways to create imaginative and evocative results.

    As part of the exhibition, Project Gallery invites you to meet artist Lisa Johnson at Project Gallery (1109 Queen Street East) on October 24 from 2-5PM where her current solo exhibition ‘Mazinaw’ is on display until October 28. Following the afternoon reception at Project Gallery, Project Gallery Studios invites you to attend the opening reception for Erin Loree and Lisa Johnson’s duo exhibition on October 24 from 6-10PM.

    Project Gallery Studios is located at 184 Munro St, and accessible through the back entrance at the southeast corner of Blackburn St. and Mount Stephens St. The studio exhibition space is open for receptions and by appointment only.

    To arrange a viewing contact Devan Patel at 416.315.1192 or email devan@projectgallerytoronto.com

     

    About Erin Loree

    Born in 1988, Erin Loree completed her studies at the Ontario College of Art and Design University (2012), at both the Toronto and Florence campuses, followed by a 3-month artist residency at the Sachaqa Art Center in Peru. Along the way she has been honoured with many awards and scholarships, including the OCADU Drawing & Painting Medalist Award (2012), Nora E. Vaughan Award (2012) and the Karl Heinz Wiesen Memorial Award (2010). She is also the recipient of the Visual Artists: Emerging grant, awarded by the Ontario Arts Council (2015). Her work has been exhibited in Toronto, Montreal and in a number of art fairs and auctions including Art Toronto, Love Art Fair (Toronto), SCOPE Miami Beach and Waddington’s Concrete Contemporary Art Auction for Canadian Contemporary Art. She currently lives and works in downtown Toronto.

     

    About Lisa Johnson

    Johnson has been painting professionally for over 20 years and her influences include old and new masters, from de Kooning and Soutine to Tom Thomson and Susanna Heller. Her paintings enquire into space and movement within the context of landscape painting. Through her ethereal and sculpted pigment Johnson depicts vast landscapes where figures seem to poetically emerge.

    Lisa Johnson graduated with Honours from the Ontario College of Art and Design, where she also won the prestigious Mrs. W.O. Forsythe Award for 4th year women painters in 1996.  Johnson studied under sculptor Tom Dean and most recently with Harold Klunder. Lisa Johnson’s work has been shown in solo and group shows throughout Canada and can be found in numerous private and corporate collections in the Canada, U.S.A., and Europe.

    Opening reception: October 24, 2015 from 6 – 9pm Exhibition dates: Oct. 24 – Nov 11, 2015 Project Gallery Studios is excited to present a duo exhibition of contemporary works by Canadian ...
  • no more doubt, no more fears, : Sept 10-30

     

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    *The exhibition has an extended viewing at our studio location from October 2-22nd, 

    *Studio-Gallery Opening Reception: Friday Oct 2nd 6-9pm

    *Studio-Gallery Exhibition Dates:  Oct 2 -22, 2015 (at 184 Munro St. by appointment)

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    Gallery Opening Reception: Thursday Sept 10th 6-10pm

    Gallery Closing Reception: Sunday Sept 27th 5-9pm

    Gallery Exhibition Dates: Sept 10 – 30, 2015

    From September 10-30th 2015, artist Tessar Lo will inhabit Project Gallery for his exhibition ‘no more doubts, no more fears,’. Transforming the gallery space into a temporary working studio and home, Lo works to achieve an immersive and free stream-of-thought mode of creating, in hopes of revealing an essence of ideation and revelation through both successful and failing attempts at making intention visible.

    Sharing his artistic process with complete transparency, Lo aims to integrate and display a new level of vulnerability, creative power, and genuine expression through this exhibition. Regularly creating works on paper and canvas, as well as affecting the space through installation as well as his presence and process, Lo demonstrates how the act of creating can be an ambition, expression, and even a step towards a more abstract ideal or feeling of betterment.

    Tessar Lo creates bold works driven by otherworldly, but perhaps also autobiographical narratives that explore themes of time, identity, mysticism, innocence, transformation, symbology and abstraction. Through raw and expressive forms, figures, and environments Tessar creates dream-like atmospheres where different contemporary, historic, and fictional cultures find convergence. Lo’s artist practice emphasizes process and the importance of discovery, regularly innovating his use of media and artwork format while maintaining potent recurring themes, symbols, and a clearly unique aesthetic.

    Lo studied illustration at Sheridan College, and has been exhibited in group exhibition in Toronto, Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, San Francisco, Miami, Barcelona, Tokyo, and Amsterdam.

     

    For more details contact Devan Patel
    devan@projectgallerytoronto.com
    416.315.1192

      *The exhibition has an extended viewing at our studio location from October 2-22nd,  *Studio-Gallery Opening Reception: Friday Oct 2nd 6-9pm *Studio-Gallery Exhibition Dates:  Oct 2 -22, 2015 (at 184 Munro St. by appointment) _______________________________________________________________ Gallery Opening Reception: Thursday Sept ...
  • CIRCUS: Callen Schaub: Sept 3-30

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    Opening Reception: Thursday Sept 3rd, 6-10pm

    Exhibition Dates: Sept 3-30, 2015

    All in one go, artist Callen Schaub is creating a spontaneous series of large abstract spin paintings for his exhibition ‘CIRCUS’ at the Project Gallery Studios. With an extreme art practice, Schaub builds extravagant kinetic machines that focus the flow, application, and composition of paint on canvas. Experience the wild and dazzling spectacle September 3rd 6-10 during the opening reception or by appointment Sept 4th-30th 2015.

    Project Gallery Studios is located at 184 Munro St, and accessible through the back entrance at the southeast corner of Blackburn St. and Mount Stephens St. The studio exhibition space is open by appointment only.

    For more details call 647.377.1677
    visit www.projectgallerytoronto.com/studios
    or email cal@projectgallerytoronto.com

    RSVP Opening Reception: Thursday Sept 3rd, 6-10pm Exhibition Dates: Sept 3-30, 2015 All in one go, artist Callen Schaub is creating a spontaneous series of large abstract spin paintings for his exhibition ‘CIRCUS’ at the ...