My practice focuses on self-realization through juxtaposing imagery, exploring the confusion of being in intense emotional states. My work has become a reflection of internal conflict and madness while navigating through the challenges of mental and physical manifestation of melancholy.
Each illustrative painting is done on wood further emphasizing the organic qualities of my work. Using the wood’s natural ability to absorb liquid I am able to achieve a watercolour effect through working and reworking many layers of paint, resulting in fluid movement and vivid colours.
In my current work, each piece begins with a focal point acting as an anchor to which the environment revolves around. The anchor unifies the individual components resulting in a vortex of chaotic thought through visual representation.
Cory’s passion has always been in the arts, hating painting for a long time, until he discovered Jean Michel Basquiat. Basquiat's work inspired Cory to start painting himself. He attended Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario and received an Advanced Diploma in Visual and Creative Arts. Cory’s father passed away when he was twelve. When he entered High School he fell into the wrong crowd. He delved into a serious drug problem with ecstasy, ketamine and morphine. At the age of fifteen he was removed from his home, believing he was a dangerous influence to his younger sisters, then placed in a group home in downtown Hamilton. Cory’s drug use only became worse after this. He AWOL'd many times and eventually got kicked out of the group home at 16. He couch hopped and slept on the street when he had to.
Eventually Cory got fed up with the life he was leading. Not wanting to live like that anymore, he forced himself to get sober, succeeding just before he turned seventeen. He attended a booklet school for troubled kids where he discovered Jean Michel Basquiat from a book his art teacher thought Cory should look at, the rest is history.
Jorge was born in Miami and now resides in Canada. Using painting as an outlet, Jorge rarely has a plan when he begins a project - it is simply about creating. Jorge works both on canvas and vinyl toys, using bright, vivid colours as well as creating rust effects.
Krissy Whiski, born in Trenton, NJ is a bohemian dream queen and a contemporary surrealist painter. For the past 13 years, she has been a majestic force, working in quirky galleries, organizing avant-garde gatherings, social media marketing for creative entrepreneurs, and small businesses.
Sigmund Freud emphasized the importance of dreams, and how our unconscious mind governs behaviour to a higher degree than people suspect.
She considers herself a dream worker, in that she lets her subconscious guide her. Many of her concepts are inspired by the subliminal symbolic language found in her dreams. She currently resides among the Amish in Dutch country Pennsylvania, where they supply her with delicious donuts (because they think she is a witch, albeit a good kind), adding to her sugar sweet mystique. Her two boys, adoring partner and old yellow hound dog love her and keep her from becoming a wandering gypsy.
Lydia is an Oakville, Ontario based artist whose work focuses on the weird, whimsical, magical, and mysterious. Lydia is highly inspired by tattoo art, graphic novels, literature and sci-fi and fantasy films. Most of her recent work revolves around crystals, animal skulls, and floral imagery using bold lines and colours. Lydia primarily works in acrylic but also enjoys using watercolour pencils, lino-printing and sculpture. She prefers the smooth surface and raw look of birch wood panels to traditional canvas; as a result, the wood compliments the natural subject matter, allowing the imagery to really pop.