The Officially Unofficial Fan Art Show is a group of talented local and international artists celebrating a movie franchise that changed us all and influenced pop culture and the ways movies are made forever. This is our tribute to that universe.
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Bowman grew up like most kids of the ’80s: with Star Wars and acid-washed jeans. Comic books and Sci-Fi movies had a big influence on him. His choice in materials is fuelled heavily by his schooling and experience in animation as he treats all his glass canvases as an animation cell by drawing on one side of the pane and using the other for colours and backgrounds. Bowman also incorporates old window frames and tabletops to give his work a retro, organic, lived-in feel. New School Lounge Pop for all those old school kids out there.
Full of “whimsy and menace,” Willow Dawson’s illustrations are conceptual and many-layered, requiring viewers to look and look again. She uses a combination of traditional and digital media and techniques. Her work is inspired by current issues, politics, history, mythology, oral storytelling, symbolism, science fiction, science, biology and the natural world.
Julio Del Hierro
Julio Del Hierro is a Surfacing/Texture artist in the film and television industry. Julio was born in Lima, Peru but has called Canada home since the age of five. He has worked on several films and television shows including The Incredible Hulk, Resident Evil: Afterlife, Thomas and Friends, and Elena of Avalor to name a few. You can follow Julio’s work on Instagram or check out his full filmography on IMDb.
EGR (pronounced e•grr) is a contemporary visual artist based in Toronto, Canada. An artist with an edge, she picked up a spray can as a teen inspired by the many forms of art she was immersed in. Inspired by music, culture and graffiti visible along and beyond the train tracks; pop culture and social themes abound as her work challenges views of fine art vs. street art and the dichotomy between nature and our industrialized world.
Internationally renown as the 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. She decided to truly commit to her passion for Arts after suffering from a heart attack in 2012, changing forever how she would see the world.
As a pioneer of Contemporary Figurative Op Art, her oil paintings offer a graphic quality combined with traditional portrait techniques. Garant establishes herself as one of the leaders of analogue Glitch Art by using patterns, duplication of elements, symmetry and image superposition as key elements of her imagery. Her paintings are a reflection on human duality, the battle for self-definition between one’s inner self and outer persona.
Rossi Gifford is a Toronto-based creator originally from West Coast Scotland . After graduating in 2014 at Duncan of Jordanstone, she moved across the pond to pursue comics and conceptual design in animation. Known for the critically acclaimed creator-owned series Spirit Leaves, her latest graphic novel, Wildflowers, is currently in production.
Rossi is an in-demand Illustrator and Character Designer whose clients include Nickelodeon, Image Comics, and CBC.
Nathan Hamill is an artist from Los Angeles with an affinity for large eyed creatures, ranging from cute to macabre, bashful to bellicose. He was raised on a healthy diet of cartoons, comics, movies and toys, which informed his personality and artistic sensibilities. He plays well with others. Illustration/Design/Toys. He makes what he likes.
Artist. Muralist. Gallerist. aka DJSawtay
Director & Curator at #hashtaggallery
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.
Artist, designer, storyteller. Scott Hepburn is a Toronto-based comic book artist most known for the Marvel comic series Deadpool (of which he is the current regular artist on), Spider-Man/Deadpool, and Drax. Other titles in his career include Detective Comics, Flash, Powerman and Ironfist, Nova and Star Wars: Clone Wars.
Paul Jackson’s unique take on popular culture has gotten him noticed across the world. Inspired by everything surreal and sci-fi – he remixes the world to his vision.
Originally from Brighton UK, now residing in Toronto Canada, Paul fuses the natural with the supernatural while adding elements of technological failings – most famously his glitch drawings.
The British artist predominantly creates art for the music and film industry while consistently creating works for his own collection. Pauls client list is vast and it includes 20th Century Fox, Universal, SyFy, Pearl Jam, Blink 182, Ancestry.com and many more.
Joe is a concept artist & illustrator with over a decade of work experience in various industries including comic book, animation, video games and toys. His client list includes Microsoft, Udon Entertainment, Capcom, Blizzard/Tokyo Pop, Marvel, DC comics, Wildstorm, National Geographic, Silicon Knights, Sota Toys, LeapFrog, SEGA, Mattel and much more. His main focus is character and creature design.
Jason Loo is a Toronto-based cartoonist who got his start freelancing illustration work for magazines, newspapers and educational books for children.
In 2014, Jason created Toronto’s pretty decent superhero The Pitiful Human-Lizard. The comic series follows a thirty-something office clerk who finds a more fulfilling purpose in his life as a (struggling) superhero. Other comic works by Jason include a short story for volume three of Toronto Comic Anthology and art for volume five of Kill Shakespeare (IDW Publishing).
AKA Paul McCue
I am a Lifelong maker of things. I have been creating in one form or another for as long as I can remember. As often as possible in the foreground of my life. For several years it was painting, drawing & photography. The last few years it has been a full-time pursuit. I started “playing with toys” in 2010. Incorporating my love of pop culture, primarily science fiction and fantasy into my work. I now make Space helmets, ray-guns and robots. mostly from found, salvaged and upcycled stuff.
Born in India and brought up in Dubai, Danesh has always had a love for art and comic books. He diverted from his passion for four years after graduating from high school, and expanded on his conceptual abilities by graduating with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of Toronto.
For the better part of a decade, Gabe has worked as an illustrator in the entertainment and ad industries, producing storyboards, concept art, and more recently, comics. After stepping into the comics scene with SCARE TALES, alongside co-creator Kyle James Smith, Gabe debuted his original story: “Death and Julie” in RAID Studio’s third anthology. Gabe is determined to keep the engine running on creator-owned and independent creative projects.
Kyle J Smith
For the better part of a decade, I’ve worked extensively in Toronto’s Film & Television Industry in various roles that include Writer, Director, Editor, and Colorist, and currently freelance as a Graphic Designer, Colorist, and Editor. I’ve worked on a wide range of projects that include product branding, commercials, music videos, episodic television, short films, and documentaries.
My other and equal creative passion is Comic Books. As a member of the comic artist collective known as The RAID Studio, I’ve worked as both Writer and Illustrator on multiple titles for publishers, independent IPs, and creator owned projects.
Janet Solowoniuk is an artist based out of Toronto, Ontario.
“I know what each painting means to me, but seeing someone find a new meaning personal to them is what I love.”
Janet has also been a tattoo artist for over 15yrs; and has had the honor of learning from,and working with, some of Toronto’s finest artists.
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.
If you had the privilege of attending 2015's Fan Art Show, I know you were not disappointed. If you are a fan of Star Wars and Art, make sure to come out to this show.
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The Officially Unofficial Fan Art Show is a series of gallery art events that feature local/international artists celebrating everything from movie franchises to various other pop culture that have inspired countless generations. Proceeds to F.U.MS – series of events from axe throwing to golf tournaments to rock concerts to raise money and awareness for youth affected by Multiple Sclerosis, created by Aaron Solowoniuk, drummer for multi-platinum-selling Canadian rock band Billy Talent.
(Bo-Man-Eye-Tis) – Adding Personality to Pop Culture since 1998.
I grew up like most kids of the 80’s: with Star Wars and acid-washed jeans. Comic books and Sci Fi movies had a big influence on me. My choice in materials is fueled heavily by my schooling and experience in animation as I treat all my glass canvases as an animation cell by drawing on one side of the pane and using the other for colours and backgrounds. I also incorporate old window frames and table tops to give my work a retro, organic, lived-in feel. New School Lounge Pop.
“I would love to change the world, but they won’t give me the source code.”
I live and breathe the web. A passionate online geek, I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit from launching successful web development and hosting start-ups such as Nerd North Media to social media networks and blogs like GeekPr0n. Nerd North was Joey’s answer to bringing all his loves under one roof – a media company that brings people together through music, entertainment, web and events.