Jour Noir.

Recently I became part of a talented artists collective here in Toronto, called The Guild.

http://www.theguildtoronto.com

It was co-founded by three super cool and talented chicks: Heather Jean Taylor, Holly Russel and Carmen Leah. In their debut event this past June, Meet the Guild ~ the presenting artist were suppose to incorporate gold in their work.

I painted two girls: 

CALIFORNIA

The Glitter – Goddess – City of Angels – Free Spirit – Sunshine – Beach - GOLDEN State.

Watercolor – Gold Acrylic – Prismacolor Pencils

18x24 - Framed 19 ¾x 27 ½"

 

 ZENA

Determination – Heart of GOLD  – Pain – LOVE – Warrior – Tears - Feathers.

Watercolor – Gold Acrylic – Prismacolor Pencils

18x24 - Framed 19 ¾x 27 ½"

I got to see some awesome work including a piece by a graffiti artist I admire named Anser, whose work I have seen all over the streets of Toronto: Read more: Here and Here

Jour Noir Poster

Now I'm back in their second art show Jour Noir, in conjunction with Scotiabank’s Nuit Blanche. The show is themed  after the book 1984 by George Orwell, artists are encouraged to mainly use the color white. (I tried, I tried!)

 

REX 84.

Acrylic on Canvas. 48 x 48

I fucking hate rats. They make me sick. O'Brien and I have something in common. 'the worst thing in the world (for both of us) happens to be rats.'  Interestingly enough, the rex rat is white. So I painted some white rats. When researching I was twitching with discomfort. I wanted to combine my hate and fear of the rats with the love and tranquility I feel from painting my girls. I must admit, it helped a little and I do like my little rex rats... But it doesn't mean I want to be in the same room as them, dead or alive. I also found out (randomly) that title of this piece Rex 84, short for Readiness Exercise 1984, was an alleged classified "scenario and drill" developed by the United States federal government to suspend the United States Constitution, declare martial law, place military commanders in charge of state and local governments, and detain large numbers of American citizens who are deemed to be "national security threats", in the event that the President declares a "State of National Emergency".

Nothing really to do with my painting, or the book, but it resonated with me because of the "state of emergency" part. That's me, my panic button going off if I ever come across a rat, god forbid.  

Like the poster says above, the show is this Saturday from 5:00 - 8:30. Be there for more bright white 1984 inspired works. And, don't forget, Big Brother is watching you...