Franziska Barczyk was born in South Germany and emigrated with her sister and mother to Canada in 1996. Having settled in Toronto, in 2008 she graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design with a major in illustration. She subsequently moved back to Berlin in 2011, and has worked there as an illustrator and art director ever since. Franziska has exhibited her art in group shows in Germany, The Netherlands, and in New York City. She currently divides her time between Toronto, Berlin, and New York.
Early in Bill’s transition from painting and lithography to chalk pastels he began working with various forms of abstraction. This shift provided the most direct way to explore with the new medium. It also led to continuing and reciprocal exploration of various modernist and post-modernist theories, which influenced the visual strategies he employed. He continues working across genres ranging from landscape, portraits, and still life, to Post-Pop colour field paintings, which he returns to on a regular basis. With his abstract works, Bill uses colour and scale to confront and provoke an emotional response from the viewer. These pieces also embody an internal visual logic, which keeps the viewer engaged in a manner that allows a cathartic and intellectual resolution.
Marco Bertuzzo is a multimedia and watercolour artist from Toronto, Canada. After studying at both OCAD University and Parsons Paris, in fall of 2016 Marco began his Master's degree in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins in London, England. Marco’s work is sociologically active, probing how we create concepts in our society, such as gender, language, and culture. In Marco's view, society is not something we can actively observe; instead, we must observe it through its effect on what it produces and consumes. Having exhibited in various group shows in Toronto and Paris, Hidden marks Marco’s first solo exhibition, as well as his first exhibition with Coldstream Fine Art.
Mr. Hydde’s work is a running conversation of different strains of emotions, stories, and possibilities. The negotiation of internal narratives colliding with external elements is given expression through a dynamic combination of imagery, colour, and texture. The overlap of imagery mirrors Mr. Hydde’s own process of navigating through both conscious and subliminal information. However, a completed work’s complexity is not limited to his individual experience of it, and is able to resonate with a viewer in uniquely personal ways.
Mr. Hydde is a painter living and working in the greater Toronto area. He holds both a BFA and an MFA from prestigious Canadian universities in what he refers to as “traditional” art education. An ardent admirer of Street art, Pop, Surrealism, Dada, and, particularly, the European art collective COBRA, he has distilled these influences with his own instincts to form a unique artistic identity.
Mr. Hydde’s varied personal history, including a variety of day jobs, health struggles, and adventures in Tokyo, has contributed to his creative capacity.
Born in 1979 to a Finnish mother and a Hungarian father, Reka started painting even before she could walk or talk. This led her to New York at the age of 17 to study painting at SVA. After graduating, her love of photography was ignited when she started modeling, traveling, and working in Asia and Europe. Reka subsequently moved back to NYC in 2004 and started her career as a photographer. She works and plays in New York City, creating fashion editorials, campaigns, CD covers, artistic portraits, and erotic photography. Her work has been exhibited in numerous galleries in the United States and Europe. Her commercial client list is extensive, and includes Nexxus, Kiki de Montparnasse, RADO Switzerland, AOL, Liz Claiborne, MODO, Caress, DC Comics, Sally Hansen, and Ultra Records. Her work has also appeared in numerous magazines, including Esquire, Vanity Fair, Tatler, Korean Cosmopolitan, and Twill. In 2010, she won first place at the prestigious International Photography Awards (IPA) in the Professional Beauty Category. Her monograph, titled “Femme Fatale: Female Erotic Photography”, has been translated into 6 languages and is available worldwide.
Barry Oretsky is one of North America's foremost Realist painters. He was born in Owen Sound, Ontario in 1946, and received his early training at Toronto's Central Technical School. He furthered his studies at St. Martin's School of Art, London, England. Barry left a teaching position to pursue his art career full-time in 1986. He has been showing in major galleries in Canada, the United States, and Europe since then. In March of 2004, in recognition of his demonstrated excellence and achievements, Barry was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (RCA.) Barry continues to travel internationally to discover much of his art's subject matter. He currently resides in Toronto and works from his home studio at Dundas & Ossington.
Jeremy Penn was born in 1979 in New York City and studied Fine Art at both the University of Maryland and Pratt Institute. His works have been exhibited internationally and have received honours from curators at museums such as The Museum of Modern Art, New York and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. In 2009, Penn was honored as the “Featured Artist” for New York City’s Freedom Week. In 2010, his art was awarded ASFD’s Pinnacle Award, ADEX Gold Medal in Design, and also the Peace Maker Award for his painting “War Child.” In 2011, Penn was the artist selected to represent the United States during Rosafest, a global art exhibition celebrating the Pan-American Games. He currently lives and works out of Brooklyn, NY.
Penn’s work explores the initial feelings of a single gaze and the deconstruction of that moment in time. With a concerted interest in his subject’s eyes, he creates a seductive power-play between the viewer and the art. In more recent work, Penn has taken that notion one step closer by literally inserting the viewer into the work, and forcing them to become not only viewer, but also participant.
Alex Landon Richardson was born in Vancouver in 1986. Her love of art later led her to London, England, where she obtained a Master of Fine Arts from Goldsmiths, University of London. Her work has been exhibited internationally and she has participated in artist residencies in Spain and South Africa. Her work is held in private collections in Europe, North America, and South Africa. She is currently a faculty member in the Fine and Performing Arts department at Nipissing University in North Bay, Ontario. She lives and works in Toronto.
A self-taught artist, Gareb began his art practice after he built his career in the magazine and event business. He eventually transformed the Superhero business with global audiences through starting Comic Cons and his Wizard branded magazines. His work has been exhibited in Los Angeles and New York City, he shows with Scope art fair, and he has upcoming exhibitions internationally.
Pick a Path (detail,) 2016
Pick a Path, 2016
Peak (detail,) 2016
A native of Toronto, Harrison Taylor works mainly in photography, and, within this medium, explores his passion for abstraction. The result is a unique fusion, which challenges the conventional 'limitations' that photography imposes.
Harrison received his Studio Art undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College, where he focused on photography and architecture. He then furthered his studies in photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has been working professionally as an artist in Toronto for over five years now, and has built a respectable portfolio, having exhibited works at such events as Powerball and Nuit Blanche, in addition to having had work acquired for NBC’s permanent collection. Previously represented by the Elaine Fleck Gallery, which resulted in six exhibitions, this is Harrison's first and highly anticipated exhibition with Coldstream Fine Art.
"I seek and make subjects that emulate patterns which can be taken out of contexts of size and time. This creates a shift in scale that allows for a reinterpretation of preconceived visuals and ideas. As a result, my work suggests a constant struggle between nature and order; a play between what we know and what we are allowed to make up is brought to the fore.”
Laura Thipphawong is a Toronto-based artist, writer, and historian. She has exhibited art in group and solo shows in several Canadian galleries, and has presented her research and writing throughout various international academic forums. As a self-taught oil painter since the age of twelve, Laura made her way from small-town Northern Ontario to Toronto in order to pursue a career in the arts. She is a graduate and Medal winner from OCAD University with a degree in Visual and Critical Studies, an interdisciplinary program that reflects her process of combining art making with intensive academic research, and will begin her Masters in art history at the University of Toronto in the fall of 2017. Her work focuses on the critical theory of violence, sexuality, and abject psychological elements in visual culture and folklore.
Pearl Van Geest is an artist, art writer, and visual arts educator based in Guelph, Ontario. She has been working in these fields since graduating from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 1996. She also holds a Bachelor of Science, a Bachelor of Education, and a Master of Fine Art. She has exhibited her work widely across Canada, and some of her art also belongs to collections in the United States and Europe. She was a finalist for the RBC Painting Competition 2003 and was selected for inclusion in the Magenta Foundation’s 2008 publication, Carte Blanche 2: Painting. Pearl's work has been supported through Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council grants, and is part of the national Art Bank collection. She has written reviews and features for Canadian Art magazine, C-Magazine, ArtWindsor, as well as essays for exhibitions including: Julie Sando: (he called me his) Fully Transistorized (2016, Thames Gallery); Gary Evans: Farther Afield (MacLaren Art Centre, 2016); Philippe Blanchard, Inbetweeningand Eli Howey, Waking Gates (Open Studio, Toronto, 2016). Some of Pearl's writing is posted on her blog at: https://pearlvangeest.wordpress.com/ She was recently the Writer in Residence at the Est-Nord-Est Artist Residency in St. Jean Port Joli, Quebec (Fall Session, 2016), and in 2015 was the recipient of the Canadian Art Foundation’s Art Writing Prize.