What can I say? I live, breath and play art and music. I’ve been creating visual art since I was a kid and played in bands since high school. I work professionally as a designer/illustrator for Mamone & Partners. I play guitar for the band HEAVY EARLY. I also create all visual art ie: album cover, web site, t-shirts, posters etc…for the band. I’ve produced a fairly extensive body of work over the years, from large scale, outdoor murals to editorial illustrations for magazines and prop building for the National Ballet of Canada.
WHO WE ARE
The Officially Unofficial Fan Art Show is a group of 21 talented local and international artists celebrating a movie franchise that changed us all and influenced pop culture and the way movies are made forever.
This is our tribute to that universe.
We are 21 artists celebrating 7 episodes.
Coming soon to a gallery near you.
MEET THE ARTISTS
Drawing inspiration from icons of our time, Bowman’s work provides personality to contemporary pop culture. He boldly explores the humour in today’s society and its over saturation with idolization, the media, and consumerism. The recycled, retro feel of Bowman’s work comes from his use of discarded, common-place items – old mirrors, windows, door and a variety of other surfaces – as his canvas. New School Lounge Pop for all those Old School kids out there.
Check out his website bowmanitis.com
Cube Works Studio
Cube Works Studio has become world renowned for our work twisting Rubik’s cubes and Rubik’s-style cubes into stunning, cutting-edge works of art. As a small collaborative of specialized talents, our studio is focused on pushing the boundaries of modern art using the brightly-coloured cubes as a distinct and universally identifiable medium.
Check out their website cubeworks.ca
Erica Balon aka EGR is a Toronto based contemporary visual artist; her works are sexy and powerful, acknowledging women’s ever-changing roles. Since ’98, her work has appeared in The Globe and Mail and The Toronto Star newspapers, Revolver, XXL, Urbanology and Elemental magazines. Her work has been featured in events such as the Toronto International Film Festival opening party and LuminaTO; and album covers for Tommy Boy Entertainment. She has appeared on CosmoTV, MUCH Music, and music videos for Classified and Naughty by Nature. Her work was exhibited in Canada’s first national exhibition of street art at the Royal Ontario Museum, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and in galleries, events and city walls worldwide.
Check out her website egrart.com
E.V.IL aka Eric Vedder
Eric Vedder career has spanned nearly 20 years in the industry. From comic book artist, illustrator, animator to painter, concept artist and art director, he’s had the pleasure of working on many high profile projects. Currently he is employed as the lead concept artist at Digital Extremes, a triple A studio responsible for the smash hit game, WARFRAME. Alongside this, he works tirelessly away on his personal project AARDEHN, the Devil’s Leech, which will be released in 2016.
Check out his website e-v-il.tumblr.com
Henry is a graduate of Sheridan College’s Classical Animation program. For over 15 years, he has worked in the film and television industry in Toronto and Montreal as a conceptual designer and production designer for feature films and game trailers. He is also a freelance illustrator and graphic designer for various entertainment media.
Henry’s clients include: 20thCentury Fox, Legendary Pictures, Sony Pictures, Cirque du Soleil, Relativity Media, Universal Pictures, SK Films Toronto, Atlantic Records, Warner Music, Universal Music, Ubisoft Entertainment.
Check out his website henryfong.ca
100% Motherfucker. Hydro74 is a Orlando based designer, otherwise known as Joshua M. Smith. The soul purpose of my career is to push the boundries in doing what I feel is relevant to the market as well as extract various elements and trends to be able to offer them up in my own personal work. But let’s be honest. I do what I love because I love it. Not because I have to do it, nor am forced to do it, but rather passionate about doing what I do. I firmly believe in having set style tones, yet a sense of diversity to make any various project unique to the demands that are set forth.
Check out his website hydro74.com
Queen of Double Eyes, Alex Garant studied visual arts at Notre-Dame–De-Foy College just outside Quebec City. After graduating in 2001, she ultimately settled in Toronto, Canada. Her alla prima oil paintings offer a graphic quality combined with traditional portrait techniques. Garant uses patterns, duplication of elements, symmetry and image superposition as key elements of her imagery. Alex Garant’s paintings are not far from a perfect optical illusion: her protagonists trying to escape themselves, almost possessed by a distinct version of their own individuality, an exorcism of the soul.
Check out her website alexgarant.com
There has always been a strong internal drive or compulsion to create images. My art practice is borne from a steady diet of cartoons, comics, music and other low brow sentiments. Figures/forms as contemporary iconography distilled through a pop-cultural lens. Ink, aerosol, and acrylic paint is used to create abstract, ephemeral spaces where figures float ungrounded. Creation of places where form, line, colour, pattern and melancholy collide. Robots are used primarily as a symbol of mankinds’ folly and fears, manifested in mechanical form.
Check out his website soyjuice.blogspot.ca
The Gnarled Branch
The idea behind the Gnarled Branch first evolved in 2004 when David Irvine noticed a wooden table that was discarded in the trash. He repaired it, refinished it and it became a beautiful painted piece of functional art. The positive reaction to it from friends and family paved the way for Dave to expand from traditional art formats (i.e. canvas, paper, board etc) into making furniture art.
Check out Gnarled Branch website gnarledbranch.com
Blurring the lines between graffiti and ultra realism, Adrian’s voice and vision is instantly identifiable. His works include countless portraits and illustrations for various magazines and collaborations with the City of Toronto to develop murals for vacant community spaces.
In the past Adrian has painted complete buildings and city blocks, designed award winning video games and animated television shows. He has also successfully developed and filed a functioning patent for the Stud Horse Foldable Drawing Bench and is the Principal and Founder of Behind the Front Visual Arts Studio.
Check out his website adrianhaylesproductions.com
British artist currently based in Toronto. I love drawing stuff – the weirder the better. Gold record for the album ‘Old Crows/Young Cardinals’ by Alexisonfire.
Platinum record for the album “Little Hell’ by City And Colour.
Young Guns album ‘Bones’ voted best cover by Kerrang! in 2011.
Check out his website pjackson.bigcartel.com
Check out his website joevriens.blogspot.ca
Director Mike Roberts started as a Classically trained animator and storyboard artist in Toronto. From there he tried New York and London, but chose weather. He now lives and works in LA. Writing and directing on Triptank. Directing on Bojack Horseman.
Check out his website michaeljohnroberts.com
Hailing from the cold shores of Lake Ontario, Toronto artist SKULLUXE (Dan Springer) paints, draws, builds and creates things to make him and his friends laugh and the ladies swoon.
Working mainly with acrylics and wood panels, Dan’s main focus is to simplify and beautify in a basic visual way. Big bold lines and imagery make the eyes pop and the brain whirl.
Check out his website SKULLUXE.com
Tim was born and raised in Allentown Pennsylvania. Home of Yocco’s, “the Hot Dog King”, and the Liberty Bell Replica Museum. By the time he was 15 all of the factories had indeed “closed down” (please excuse the Billy Joel reference) . As such, he was forced into life as a carney, drawing caricatures at Dorney Park and Wild Water Kingdom, where his mediocre talent and charm made many a tween girl cry, and incited numerous threats of violence. Tim also tries to pretend he’s a real artist from time to time hoodwinking some less-discerning galleries to occasionally hang, what he adore-ably claims, are “paintings”. He is currently the Assistant Director of the pre school show Bubble Guppies for Nickelodeon, lives in Jersey City with his wife and 2 sons, and is now only threatened with physical violence for mediocre artwork periodically.
Check out his website timshankweiler.com
21 ARTISTS CELEBRATING 7 EPISODES
Our tribute to our favourite universe
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