Meet Sandra Di Leo!

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” — Picasso

A Little Bit about Sandra!

Sandra Di Leo is an International award-winning designer and contemporary abstract-expressionist artist. She was born in Wawa (northern Ontario) in 1978 and has lived in Toronto since 1997. She studied art and design at George Brown College where she graduated from the graphic design program in 2000.

She is represented by Spence Gallery, Petroff Gallery and Denison Gallery in Toronto as she regularly exhibits in art galleries and major art events in Canada and the United States; so, we are lucky enough to have her at our current exhibit, Energy! Her pieces are in private collections across North America and also donated to charitable foundations, such as Design Hope Toronto, Sunnybrook and ISAND.


A Little Bit about the Pieces:

Sandra asks: “Can we see things the way children do? Can we appreciate the beauty in simple things? Can we feel and express emotion with the same intensity as a child?”

Since she has been painting since childhood, she explores childhood themes that are both imaginary and real through the fundamentals of colour, composition and texture in solely acrylic paint. Her artwork evolves as she continues to produce pieces, just as a child does with experience.

“In this collection, I explore these questions and conceptual ideas of memory and emotion based on childhood themes. Themes of innocence, joy, adventure and make-believe are examined and communicated through a series of paintings which document my childhood.”


How does a focus on childhood influence the way you paint?

“Fueled by memories of my joyful youth, I paint intuitively, as I am pulled between the conscious and the unconscious of my divided self. As I connect to the piece, I explore the crossover between my past observances and the present, and translate these elements into my art. I start by silencing the mind and free myself of any preconceived notions — by applying the process of unlearning I am given a new beginning which allows me to interpret my experiences with the same free spirit as they were once observed.” 

How does Energy come out in your work?

“I apply bold, vivid colours and relay these captured recollections through the use of colour psychology. The cheerful colour palette evokes a positive response and allows my viewers to see a world that is best described through colour instead of words.

Loose expressive brushstrokes and black fluid lines are applied to convey certain emotions more boldly and express a sense of play. I add layers of colour and texture, patching and recovering until I find perfect balance and harmony.”  — SANDRA



Come check out Sandra Di Leo’s artwork in person!

Visit us at 1100 Queen Street West! Our doors are open every Tuesday to Saturday from 11am till 6pm.

You can call us at (416) 588 - 2222 or email your questions and inquiries to info@twistgallery.ca.


You can check out Sandra and the other Energy artists at Twist Artist Showcase: CLICK HERE.

Or Sandra’s website : https://sandradileoart.com/

Meet Tanmay Upadhyaya!

Who is Tanmay Upadhyaya?

Source: @tanmay.art

Source: @tanmay.art

“I'm a Toronto based marketer, passionately in love with colours. My venture into the joys of merging colours with canvas only began very recently. I look forward to seeing where this new voice for expression will lead. I enjoy creating abstract art - using acrylics primarily - and try to evoke a sense of beauty and inspiration through the interactions between colours as they find their place on the canvas. I endeavour to create pieces that produce the same passion for colours in others that I have always felt.”

What are you passionate about?

“54 Shades of Happiness”, acrylic on canvas (32 x 48”), $600

“54 Shades of Happiness”, acrylic on canvas (32 x 48”), $600

I LOVE LOVE LOVE colours. They make me happy, energize me and inspire me. My lifelong love for colours started quite early in my childhood. I grew up in a culture that is very colour-centric and that affected my sensibilities in the most positive way. My work on display at Twist Gallery screams COLOUR. I have employed bold, vibrant colours in a congrous manner, laid on the canvas using non-traditional painting tools. All my pieces also explore order in chaos. There is a sense of controlled randomness.”

What does ‘Energy’ mean to you?

“And a Very Good Evening to You Too Mr. Rothko”, acrylic on canvas (32 x 48”), $600

“And a Very Good Evening to You Too Mr. Rothko”, acrylic on canvas (32 x 48”), $600


“Energy, to me, is the invigorating power of colours. Colours have immense transformative powers and are capable of affecting our moods and general well being. I hope that my work is able to channel this energy and help people feel the joy.”


Energy at Twist

Don’t miss this fantastic exhibition! Be sure to visit us at 1100 Queen Street West and check out our newest artists featured. Our doors are open every Tuesday to Saturday from 11am till 6pm.

You can call us at (416) 588 - 2222 or email your questions and inquiries to info@twistgallery.ca.

And since you’re here, why not browse the Twist Artist Showcase? CLICK HERE.

To see what’s Upcoming at Twist Gallery CLICK HERE.

Follow us @Twistgalleryand @TwistGallery!

Meet Courtney Senior!

Meet Courtney Senior!

Source: Courtneyseniorart.com

Source: Courtneyseniorart.com

A Bit About Me

“I am a self-taught abstract artist located in Toronto, Canada. 

“Ever since I was little I would immerse myself in creative activities - from colouring and drawing to painting and writing. Despite my passion for the arts, as I got older it took a backseat to sports. 

“While I was in university, I experienced several years of severe anxiety, which led me back to art. It seemed to be the only thing that would ease my angst and bring my mind back to serenity. 

“As my anxiety subsided and as I pursued my career in marketing, painting was pushed to the sidelines again; that is until my late-20’s when I lost my father in a sudden accident and went through very difficult life changes. From that moment on, I spent every free minute I had painting. I used it as an opportunity to put all of the emotions I couldn't express verbally into a form that helped my grieve and ultimately helped me heal. 

“I created so many pieces of artwork that my condo quickly became a studio. At first, selling my work did not seem like an option. I didn't know where to start, it seemed like a scary road of trying to figure out where to sell, how to market myself, pricing, shipping, packaging etc. 

“Whatever Comes Next” acrylic on canvas (48”x 36”) $1,475

“Whatever Comes Next” acrylic on canvas (48”x 36”) $1,475

“And I wasn't in it for the money. I loved creating and loved sharing it with people. So, I thought why not just give it away? But as a marketer, I knew I should come up with something that made more of an impact, had some longevity could be tracked

“I initiated a social project called #ArtandFound. I would neatly package up my work with a note on the outside that read: Hello, I'm an original abstract painting in need of a loving home. FREE ART #ArtandFound.

“I would also leave a note on the inside saying who I was, what the painting was about and contact information for anyone who wanted to follow up with me. I would leave them around different neighbourhoods in the city and hope that someone would pick them up. The response was so incredible that eventually it gave me the confidence to open an Etsy shop. 

“The first day I posted my work, someone purchased a painting! I was overwhelmed with excitement and I haven't looked back since. That was 5 years ago and I still spend every spare minute I have painting and building my business.”

  • Courtney Senior

“Where the Magic Happens” acrylic on canvas (48”x 48”) $2,000

“Where the Magic Happens” acrylic on canvas (48”x 48”) $2,000

“What seems like serendipitous movement is actually a reflection of life – it’s the journey of making bold decisions, connecting with your inner renegade and embracing the highs and the lows and everything in between.”

Courtney


“Forget About the Pretty Things”

“This collection looks beyond first sight. It’s not about the beautiful colours or about matching trendy decor. It’s my introspection of life. Through the lens of synesthesia, I use movement to capture experiences, relationships and moments no matter how profound or mundane. This is my interpretation of life and trying to find beauty, meaning and mindfulness in both the simplicities and complexities of daily life.

“Cosmic Horizon – 03” acrylic on canvas (36”x 48”) $1,475

“Cosmic Horizon – 03” acrylic on canvas (36”x 48”) $1,475

Thoughts on Energy?

“Energy is the essence of all of my work. The energy I embody from daily experiences, musings, encounters etc. is exactly what I am trying to convey through movement on canvas, no matter what the source.”

  • Courtney Senior

Energy at Twist

Don’t miss this wonderful exhibition!

Be sure to visit us at 1100 Queen Street West and check out our newest artists featured. Our doors are open every Tuesday to Saturday from 11am till 6pm.

You can call us at (416) 588 - 2222 or email your questions and inquiries to info@twistgallery.ca.

 

And since you’re here, why not browse the Twist Artist Showcase? CLICK HERE.

 

To see what’s Upcoming at Twist Gallery CLICK HERE.

 

Follow us @Twistgalleryand @TwistGallery!






Meet Elizabeth "Ela" Szymczak!

Our exhibit, Energy, has a special place in Ela’s heart, quite literally. She started painting late last year after suffering a heart attack at 48 years old. This event jolted her onto a new life trajectory that includes a special focus on art. 

Ela’s Heart

She bravely took fear from this traumatic experience and used it to facilitate a new love and appreciation for life. For her, energy translates to life. While inspiration sometimes comes to her in dreams, her paintings always exude pure, raw emotion. 

“Catharsis” acrylic on canvas (30”x 40”) $750

“Catharsis” acrylic on canvas (30”x 40”) $750

While she hates talking about herself, her art does the speaking for her. Her piece, “Catharsis” illustrates a purge from repressed emotions and the subsequent relief created through this expression. The deep yet bright red oscillating lines seem to call to the lines created on a heart rate monitor. This new heartbeat is painted over the dark background, representing the new life created out of trauma. The thick textures create dimension, making the piece come to life, much like she did. It hangs on the wall with her other works seemingly radiating from it and creates a storyboard on the gallery wall for her experiences.

“Energy to me is life. All my paintings are driven by pure emotion. Some have come to me in dreams. I really don’t know how else to explain it. It’s raw emotion.”

- Elizabeth “Ela” Szymczak

Energy at Twist

Don’t miss this rest of this amazing collection! Be sure to visit Twist at 1100 Queen Street West and check out our newest exhibits. Our doors are open every Tuesday to Saturday from 11am till 6pm.

You can call us at (416) 588 - 2222 or email your questions and inquiries to info@twistgallery.ca.

And since you’re here, why not browse the Twist Artist Showcase? CLICK HERE.

To see what’s Upcoming at Twist Gallery CLICK HERE.

Follow us @Twistgalleryand @TwistGallery!

Meet Elena Dinissuk!

Elena Dinissuk is a painter who works out of her home studio in Mississauga, ON. Elena has always felt like an artistic soul; she took to painting later in life, and is constantly working on perfecting her technique. Elena’s main medium is acrylic. She likes acrylic due to its vibrancy and versatility. She started by painting landscapes inspired by Ontario’s outdoors, and has since branched out to abstract works. This has taken her to a new direction. 

“Sunlight Through a Foggy Forest” acrylic on wood, (12”x 16”) $220

“Sunlight Through a Foggy Forest” acrylic on wood, (12”x 16”) $220

Elena uses acrylic gels and modeling paste to add opaque and transparent layers, as well as texture, to her work. Her style is distinct and memorable, with paintings containing movement, flow and positive energy. Elena enjoys painting by palette knife (pictured below), and teaches her technique to art schools when invited.

A palette knife (source: Pexels)

A palette knife (source: Pexels)

Elena is proud to say that she’s been participating in art shows and exhibits since 2017. Both her landscapes and abstract works have been featured in juried exhibitions. Elena has twice participated in the prestigious Paint Ontario, at the Lambton Heritage Museum. She later went on to be included in the Impact 2018 Juried Show and Overzealous 2018, both at Neilson Park Creative Centre in Etobicoke. Elena has also been included in group gallery shows in Propeller Gallery, and Artusiasm Gallery. She has also participated in art shows in Mississauga, and in Riverdale Artwalk 2019.

Elena with her work. You can follow her @lenadv_ art and #lenadv_ art

Elena with her work. You can follow her @lenadv_art and #lenadv_art

Elena strives to promote joy and peace through her work, while making people think and feel.

Dinissuk’s latest collection at Twist!

It highlights air, water, and earth elemental energy! The earth energy is warm and grounding, the water energy is rejuvenating, and the air energy is clean and fresh. 

“My paintings are inspired by landscapes. Sometimes I incorporate all three of these elements, sometimes I concentrate on only one.”

-Elena Dinissuk

Energy at Twist

Don’t miss this fantastic exhibition! Be sure to visit us at 1100 Queen Street West and check out our newest artists featured. Our doors are open every Tuesday to Saturday from 11am till 6pm.

You can call us at (416) 588 - 2222 or email your questions and inquiries to info@twistgallery.ca.

 

And since you’re here, why not browse the Twist Artist Showcase? CLICK HERE.

 

To see what’s Upcoming at Twist Gallery CLICK HERE.

 

Follow us @Twistgalleryand @TwistGallery!

3 Reasons to Add Artwork to Your Work Space / Office

By Twist Gallery

 

Art can certainly energize a room in your home, add a touch of ambience to your next cocktail party and even be the perfect gift to a dear friend. But what about art and your workspace? Sometimes we focus so much on the “work” of work, that we forget we spend loads of time in these settings. A work space should be considered a second living space. And whether it be your home office, your company’s break-room or just a personal cubicle; art can impact your workspace for the better. 

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Below are Twist Gallery’s 3 reasons to add art to your office. Enjoy!

 

3 REASONS TO ADD ART TO YOUR WORK SPACE / OFFICE

🖼 📊 Art Inspires.

Art has the power to open your mind and affect your thoughts. Remember the last time you saw an inspirational post on Instagram? Remember how the image made you see things more clearly? Or maybe it gave you the opportunity to consider a situation from an alternative perspective? Contemplating art and reflecting on a vibrant or powerful piece can lead to innovation at work. For example, consider The Northside Series limited edition collection by Patrick Skals below.

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"Paint the Town Red" mixed media on canvas (48"x 60") $1,900

His work evokes chaos, jubilation, intense passion and symbiotic conflict. The mixed media calls attention to Toronto’s mixed landscapes and neighbourhoods, while the entire canvas promotes unity and a sense of place. The piece reflects city history in the eyes of the artist. Imagine putting this in one of your company’s group-work settings. Just think of all the ideas people could envision when staring at this overwhelming piece.

🖼📉 Art can reflect your company’s brand and character. 

 

Modern consumers are learning about companies, including yours, more than ever. People really like getting to know their favourite brands. The brands’ uniqueness is probably what attracted consumers in the first place. So why not let your freak flag fly with a funky and vibrant piece? Also, work culture is changing and evolving to allow for more self-expression at the office. Maybe a Velvet Elvis is the perfect way to tell you co-workers or customers that you love rock and roll?! Or better yet, take a look at the work of Jessica Robbins.

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"Bowie" acrylic on canvas (12"x 24") $250

Ziggy Stardust is iconic and sensational. This work tells a very specific story that speaks to extraterrestrials, glam rock and social taboo. TO BE VIEWED WITH MAXIMUM VOLUME. 😉

 

🖼📈 Art affects the atmosphere of a space.

Why is it that spas display artwork of calm and serene settings? Because these kinds of works can affect the atmosphere of a room. Art and imagery can evoke a spectrum of feelings. It can invigorate and stimulate just as well as it can relax and ease. Is your workspace too chaotic? Consider something tranquil and still. And if energy is what you need, consider something with colour! Look at the colour-FULL work of Tanmay Upadhyaya.

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"A New York Whiteout" acrylic on canvas (24"x 32") $300

Dreary work spaces don’t stand a chance against this vibrant and joyous work. 

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Did we miss any other benefits of art? Have you tried this? We’d love to hear from anyone who has an art-in-the-office success story!

 

By the way, how’s your workspace looking? Check out our Artist Showcase CLICK HERE.

 

There’s always something new at Twist Gallery. To see what’s Upcoming CLICK HERE.

 

Art is just so good for ya! So keep us in your life and at your workspace by following us @Twistgalleryand @TwistGallery!

Exclusively at Twist Gallery - The Northside Series by Patrick Skals

Hey Toronto! Remember when the Raptors made basketball history in the 6ix smashing records, defying expectations and winning it all!? We do too. ☺️ 🏀 🎨

And we are thrilled to share with you an exclusive series created by Patrick Skals.

The Northside Series

“The limited-edition series celebrates the beautiful mayhem and unadulterated jubilation that ensued following the Toronto Raptors odds-defying championship.

 

“Inspired by graffiti that embroiders the city streets, by the introspective rawness of Jean-Michel Basquiat and the history-making ‘Northside’ Raptors – the series is loud, energetic and unapologetic

 

“The mixed media paintings embody the city and country’s’ collective passion using abstract symbolism, emotionally charged colours and urban-inspired composition. It is meant to be conceptual versus a literal interpretation of the championship.”

-Patrick Skals

“0.9 seconds” 2019; mixed media on canvas (48 x 60”); $1,900

“0.9 seconds” 2019; mixed media on canvas (48 x 60”); $1,900

“paint the town red” 2019; mixed media on canvas (48 x 60”); $1,900

“paint the town red” 2019; mixed media on canvas (48 x 60”); $1,900

“midnight marauders” 2019; mixed media on canvas (48 x 60”); $1,900

“midnight marauders” 2019; mixed media on canvas (48 x 60”); $1,900

About the Artist

Patrick Skals is a multi-disciplinary artist from Toronto. His work is inspired by ground-breaking artists and the vivacity of urban life. He draws audiences in with engaging colours and stimulating composition. 

Patrick’s style is distinctive, spirited and curated to provoke reverie and mindful reflection.

His work can be found at juried shows, galleries and private collections throughout Canada, United States and the UK.

Energy at Twist

Don’t miss the chance to add this to your collection! Be sure to visit us at 1100 Queen Street West and check out our latest exhibit: Energy on NOW till August 29th. Our doors are open every Tuesday to Saturday from 11am till 6pm. And our dedicated staff can help you take this gem, and many more like it, home! You can call us at (416) 588 - 2222 or email your questions and inquiries to info@twistgallery.ca.

And since you’re here, why not check out our all the other incredible artists showing now at Twist in our Artist Showcase? CLICK HERE.

To see what’s Upcoming at Twist Gallery CLICK HERE.

Please follow us @Twistgalleryand @TwistGallery!

3 Tips for Hanging a Painting

So, you’ve just fallen in love with a piece of art you’ve seen in your local art gallery. You know that it would be the PERFECT addition to your home, so you pass through and buy it. The gallery director puts a little red sticker on it, signifying that this particular piece is spoken for; its dance card is full. Now comes the hard part: waiting for the exhibition to be over, so you can proudly display your new cherished treasure. But how should one display art? There must be rules to follow or a guideline? Sort of. Below are Twist Gallery’s 3 Tips for Hanging a Painting. Enjoy!

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 3 TIPS FOR HANGING A PAINTING

🎨 Hang a painting by its focal point.

Every piece of art is exceptional and different. Art tells unique stories, boasts diverse triumphs and impacts viewers individually. Therefore, it’s your job; nay your duty, scratch that; your privilege to decide where the art’s focal point is located. Essentially, the focal point, is where the viewer’s eye is naturally drawn. Often times, this is the centre of the painting, however many artists play with asymmetry in space and varying scale. So, what does that mean? It’s up to you! You fell in love with this painting for a reason. Where does your eye naturally fall on the canvas? This part of the painting should be hung level with your eye. 

For instance, check out this vivid piece by Sandra Di Leo below.

Figure 1 “Rebel” by Sandra Di Leo; 30 X 40 acrylic on canvas; $2,100

Figure 1 “Rebel” by Sandra Di Leo; 30 X 40 acrylic on canvas; $2,100

At Twist, we’ve been debating where one’s eye instinctively falls on Di Leo’s work. Some follow the curves of the powerful black lines reaching rest inside the circular shapes. However, other eyes tend to focus on the bright colours, especially the electrifying greens and glowing pinks. Wherever you decide the focal point is located, it should be hung close to eye level. 

 

🎨 Carefully think about lighting the artwork. 

 

Lighting can be tricky, especially if you don’t have track mounted lights at your home. You want to avoid direct sunlight because it can be very damaging to surfaces. Try to mount the art in a room with lots of natural indirect light. Also, you’ll want to give your artwork even light. This is why many gallery’s mount works on walls with numerous light sources to ensure an even amount of light bathing the canvas. Lastly, consider the type of light (if not natural light). Fluorescent light is awful for dramatic art.  You’d be wise to stick with bulbs and light sources that replicate soft daylight. For example, take a glance at Courtney Senior’s “Where the Magic Happens”.

Figure 2 “Where the Magic Happens” by Courtney Senior; 48 x 48 acrylic on canvas; $2,000

Figure 2 “Where the Magic Happens” by Courtney Senior; 48 x 48 acrylic on canvas; $2,000

As the bright colours shatter and splinter apart revealing the strong dark tones of the background, Senior’s expression is fully realized. A robust piece such as this requires a room full of indirect light. Any direct sunshine or incandescent light would overwhelm the already strong colour pallet presented. 

 

🎨 Group pieces of art together for dramatic effect.

When you are decorating a space, consider how several paintings can work together. Perhaps the canvas’ were created by the same artist and represent similar thematic elements or feelings? Conversely, this can work when the paintings are dissimilar. Imagine the contrast and complication to viewers by pairing pieces that clash or challenge each other. Can you think of a time when artistic elements clashed so strongly that the effect was incredibly profound and memorable? After all, art is about expression and creativity. Ultimately, it's up to you. Consider the work of Elena Dinissuk featured next.

Figure 3 “Beach Tranquility” by Elena Dinissuk; 24 x 24 acrylic on wood; $500

Figure 3 “Beach Tranquility” by Elena Dinissuk; 24 x 24 acrylic on wood; $500

Figure 4 “Flying Over the Ocean” by Elena Dinissuk; 24 x 24 acrylic on wood; $500

Figure 4 “Flying Over the Ocean” by Elena Dinissuk; 24 x 24 acrylic on wood; $500

These two pieces compliment and accent each other. The wild and energetic ocean waters of the first painting is referenced by the same blue hues in the second. Furthermore, viewers regard the land and sky embodied with oranges and pale blues in the second painting. This only highlights the lack of land in the first painting. As viewers begin to consider both paintings simultaneously, they see elements that are repeated and elements that exists individually. Dinissuk’s work instigates an exciting story of the majestic mighty ocean and our beautiful planet.

 

We hope you’ve enjoyed reading our 3 tips for hanging a painting. And if you think we’ve missed anything, please comment below and let us know your tips. We’d also love to hear from anyone who has purchased from Twist Gallery in the past. How did you hang your art? Share a picture on Instagram and remember to tag us! @twistgalley 

 

And since you’re here, why not check out the other artists in our Artist Showcase? CLICK HERE.

To see what’s Upcoming at Twist Gallery CLICK HERE.

Keep us in your focal point by following us @Twistgallery and @TwistGallery!





5 THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT THE QUEEN WEST NEIGHBOURHOOD

With its many cafés and hip s it’s no surprise West Queen West was named one of the coolest neighbourhoods in the world by Vogue magazine. Here are a few things you may not have known about the stylish street.

Photography by Kathy Dwulit

1. Queen St. was originally named Lot St. - For the first 60 years Queen St. was known as Lot St., although in 1837 the famous street was renamed in honour of Queen Victoria.

2. “First Thursday’s” - A majority of the galleries of Queen St. are open to showcase their art exhibits for the following month.

3. The 501 streetcar - It is the longest route on the TTC, as well as one of the longest streetcar routes in North America.


4. It’s a popular filming location - Around 25% of Hollywood movies are actually filmed in Toronto. When looking at Queen Street in specific, Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy has used Queen and Gladstone to resurrect the old Gladstone Café as Gritty’s Doughnuts.


5. Queen St. is home to one of the oldest bars in Toronto - The Black Bull Tavern formerly known as Clifton House has been brewing since 1833.

No wonder Queen St. is continually referred to as Toronto’s very own SoHo!


Come visit us at Twist Gallery, 1100 Queen St. W. Tuesdays to Saturdays, 11AM-6PM.

Colour and Form: A Delicate Balance of Elements, Experience and Personal Heritage

By: Andy Ingram

Figure 1 Feathers by Eva Horthy Turkewitsch; $450

Hey Queen West: there’s a brand-new exhibit for you to come check out for free at Twist Gallery. Our World with Colour and Forms is open now till June 28th. Many featured artists are members of the Hungarian Visual Artists of Canada (HuVAC) and several select invited painters. The exhibition explores the interaction between colour and form; coupled with the personal and unique heritage of each artist.

When viewing and analysing visual art, often times experts consider the various elements of art. According to the J. Paul Getty Museum, these elements, “are the building blocks used to create a work of art.” The main elements are:

·     Line     

·     Shape & Form  

·     Space  

·     Color   

·     Texture

For the purposes of today’s discussion, we can focus on just colour and shape & form.

COLOUR

Colour is essentially the reflection of light off of a surface of an object, in this case a canvas. However, colour is so much more than that. Colour can be broken down into three distinct characteristics:

·     Hue (where does it fall on the colour spectrum)

·     Value (how light or how dark it is)

·     Intensity (how bright or how dull it is).

Artists showing at Twist Gallery, exhibit an elegant dance of these characteristics, all working in synchronicity.

For example, look how Kati Siklos interweaves the dark and light values of colour in her piece “Burst of Sunshine”, featured below.



Figure 2 Burst of Sunshine by Kati Siklos; $1,150

She captures the notion of fading sunshine on the trees and roofs of the quiet Toronto neighbourhood by fluctuating the intensity of the colours. The skyline of the city is seen less intense in the background, evoking a feeling of familiarity, home and distance. Yet, the interplay of reds, oranges, browns and yellows remind of a distinctly European heritage.

“Kati Siklos was born in Budapest, Hungary and completed her studies at the Budapest Art School. She left during the 1956 Revolution and immigrated to Canada. Her career started in Montreal as a lithographer while participating in art studies and exhibitions. In 1973, she moved to Toronto with her family. Some of her work has been featured in government buildings, Etobicoke’s City Hall, several coffee houses and galleries in the GTA.”

SHAPE AND FORM

Shape and form are used to define an object in space. Shape mainly refers to height and width in a two-dimensional space. However, “form has depth as well as width and height,” says the Getty Museum.

Below, consider “Sunset Landing” by Rita Vindedzis.


Figure 3 Sunset Landing by Rita Vindedzis; $500

See how Vindedzis creates depth with the altering values on the horizon? The dramatic sky is made more mysterious in the contrast between dark and light. She also uses lines to create the shape of the horizon to signify the landscape beneath the sunset. She employs key geometric shapes with lighter colour values to signify the grid pattern of a city when observed from a distance. Viewers begin to share a common experience with Vindedzis, seeing and feeling what she was when she first saw this gorgeous sunset. Maybe she saw this from an airplane when landing at Pearson Airport? It’s for the viewer to decide.

“Rita’s work is often included in lifestyle and decor magazines such as Canadian House and Home, Chatelaine, and Style at Home. Her work has appeared on various television programs and noted interior designers regularly select her work. Surrounded by the city and living in the heart of Toronto’s Entertainment District, Rita is inspired by tall glass and steel, concrete structures, and the way the light plays through the buildings. Streetlights and reflections provide the backdrop for the moodiness of her work. Every painting tells a story.”

Lastly, study Katalin F. Lowy’s “Margit Chapel” seen below.


Figure 4 Margit Chapel by Katalin F. Lowy; $1,500

The eye is naturally drawn along the smooth curves of the path toward the more rigid structure of the chapel. The viewer regards the altering colours of the natural and man-made landscape and objects and feels a sense of place and memory. Moreover, the darks signify the cool shade whereas the lights arouse a feeling of bright, warm sunshine and good weather and optimism. The delicate relationship between colour and form is fully realized by the artists’ gentle touch.

“Katalin Lowy has been painting for over 35 years and studied under the famous Canadian painter, Doris McCarthy. Over the years, she has won many juried art competition awards for her exceptional work. The paintings reflect a wide range of different European and Canadian East Coast selections.”


We’ve only begun to scratch the surface to Our World with Colours and Forms. There is so much beautiful work to come and see. Why not take a stroll and come and visit us? Entry is free to all, and we really love when folks from the neighbourhood stop by for a visit. Bring a friend and enjoy our quiet and calming space. Or you can relax with some of our colouring books. Maybe it’s time for you to explore colour and form yourself and make something beautiful? Our doors are open Tuesday – Saturday, 11a.m. to 6p.m.

To see more beautiful works in our Artist Showcase CLICK HERE.

To see what’s Upcoming at Twist Gallery CLICK HERE.

Never miss a paint stroke by following us @Twistgalleryand @TwistGallery!

Yoga in an Art Gallery

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On Wednesday May 22nd we had the pleasure of having Alyssa Pawlak come into the gallery and teach a Hatha Flow Yoga class right here in our space! We could not have asked for a better turn out as everyone who attended was ready to start and thoroughly impressed with the session. The group enjoyed a refreshing yoga class surrounded by some beautiful landscape photography from “The Walk Through Nature” exhibit. Luckily for the beginners, Alyssa led a beginners class which everyone was able to take part in and enjoy.


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This was our first but definitely not last class, fortunately we are having Alyssa come back on Tuesday May 28th at 12pm to teach another one of her great Hatha Flow Yoga classes and we are so excited. Everyone is invited meaning you and your friends can come! Just dm us on instagram @twistgallery to reserve your spot today.



Artists Connection to Nature

Andrew Collet Photography

Andrew Collet Photography

There is something about getting out in nature, following the most beautiful path, hiking the dangerous ways just to get that 2 seconds worth of footage from the camera. But the 8 artists displayed in Twist Gallery’s nature exhibit let it be known that these hikes and that beautiful path are worth it.

Andrew Collet, has been in the photography business for 15 years and says he loves to shoot “very moody” nature photography. He says sunrise is the best time to take pictures. Unlike most photographers, he says, “I love to start at 4 am, and as the sun rises, land reveals itself.”

Getting up early to get that perfect picture of the sunrise or that fresh feeling of the first peak of the sun upon your face is what the landscape photography is all about. This contact season is what nature photographers thrive off of as May is the perfect season to get those amazing pictures.

Larry Herscovitch Photography

Larry Herscovitch Photography

Larry Herscovitch had an opinion about the connection of taking photos of nature and the calmness inside your mind. “My art is a demonstration of an appreciation of the beauty of nature. Being out in nature whether it be, hiking or taking photos while hiking is very therapeutic. Being in nature is a chance to slow down from our busy fast paced world.”


Twist holds exhibitions every month to support local artists from Toronto. Nadia Kakridonis, Director of the gallery says she enjoys seeing artists with their artwork “coming into life” and talking to artists about different ways of displaying their art in the gallery.

Vincent Apa Photography

Vincent Apa Photography

“I got very lucky getting into Twist. I started photography in 2012 when I bought my first DSLR. I pursued it as a hobby that would bring together my love of motorsports and photography. I’m not artistically inclined, I’m a science geek at heart. My degree in physics helped me learn about light and how to manipulate it and capture through the lens of my camera.” Says Vincente Apa another artists displayed in this months exhibit.

He shows that sometimes the love of nature and photography can come out of nowhere when you least expect it and maybe it can come from checking out our “Walk Through Nature”  exhibit this month before it ends on May 28th.



5 Hidden Gems in Toronto

By: Paol Wierzbicki

Toronto is a bright city with many hidden treasures. Our current exhibit Lights of Toronto showcases some of the most exciting places in the city. To celebrate these treasures, here is a list of the 5 best places in Toronto you haven’t seen! And yes, all of these photos can be found in our gallery!

Kajeh Mehrizi,  The Bridge - Humber Bay Shores

Kajeh Mehrizi, The Bridge - Humber Bay Shores

Humber Bay Shores is one of the most beautiful sights in all of Toronto. Enjoy some fresh air by the lake as you stroll through the great white bridge. Encompassing the Humber river, the bridge connects Toronto's nature to its vibrant city life. In the summertime, you can go swimming at the Sunnyside pool and explore the beach. Warm up in the winter at local restaurants Eden Trattoria, or watch a hockey game at Firkin at the Bay. If being by the water is your thing, then you will love Humber Bay Shores.

Josh Meilach,  Empty Streets  - Old City Hall

Josh Meilach, Empty Streets - Old City Hall

Old City Hall celebrates its 120th birthday this year and while you can’t visit unless you’re planning to attend court or book a school trip, it’s still worthwhile to see the exterior of the building. Located at Queen and Bay, this stunning photograph captures one of Toronto’s most breathtaking views – the perfect shot of the clocktower. You’ll want to be around when that magical clock tower chimes. With Nathan Phillips Square and the Eaton’s Center within walking distance, this building is MUST SEE for first timer’s to Toronto.  

Nick Wons,  Honest Farewell - The Annex

Nick Wons, Honest Farewell - The Annex

While Honest Ed’s may be gone, The Annex remains one of Toronto’s most charming areas. Full of small shops, unique restaurants, used bookstores and all kinds of fresh farmer’s markets, the annex is a cornerstone of Toronto culture. Located at the intersection of Bloor and Bathurst, this spot is a must traveling to the city for the first time. And don’t worry if you missed the giant lit sign, there are plans in the works to relocate the sign to outside Ed Mirvish Theatre. You can also purchase a bit of Toronto’s history, as their hand painted signs are on sale for $60.

Julian Toh,  The Market - St. Lawrence Market

Julian Toh, The Market - St. Lawrence Market

If you’re a foodie fanatic, we’ve got the place for you! St. Lawrence Market is the perfect neighborhood area to explore delicious restaurants, art, and food markets. This is the ideal stop to enjoy a sunny day out or even a winter day. You can catch a glimpse of everything from jewellery stores to unique home accessories, and even outdoor events or festivals. St. Lawrence captures a moment of history as to being one of the greatest markets in Toronto. Food is for eating and good food is to be enjoyed.

Julian Toh,  The Photographer - High Park

Julian Toh, The Photographer - High Park

High Park is Toronto's greatest escape from the citylife. With a zoo, swimming pool, hockey rink, and countless nature paths to explore, High Park is a vacation destination in your own backyard. In spring there are the famous cherry blossoms, and in fall there are dozens of colours to admire. Skate on the frozen lake in the winter or their professionally built hockey rink, and enjoy the Canadian winter for what it is. Among the many dog walkers are plenty of birdwatchers searching for the elusive Canada Goose. Just kidding! Home to the Great Blue Heron, Belted Knightfisher, and the Purple Martin, among others, the park is full of interesting wildlife.

That concludes our list of the best places to visit! Lights of Toronto runs from January 3rd to February 22nd. Among the photos shown here, there are plenty more views to be enjoyed at the gallery! Drop by anytime From Tuesday to Saturday, from 11-6.

5 Artsy Activities for a Creative Holiday Season

By: Tiara Chutkhan

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Twist might be closed for the holidays, but you can still enjoy art this holiday season! With so much time for friends and family, here are our top 5 picks for art related activities you can enjoy over the holidays!

1.    Galleries 

Plenty of galleries around the city are still open throughout the season. Check online and on local blogs for exhibits going on and gallery hours. It’s the perfect way to spend an afternoon with friends or for a date with your sweetheart. End off with a warm drink and yummy treat at a local café and you’ve got the perfect holiday afternoon.

2.    Paint Night

Looking to create your own art? Try a paint night! Many local artists and art spaces hold paint nights. Some are structured, giving you something to follow along and paint, while others allow you to freely express yourself however you’d like. No matter your skill level, there’s surely an evening that can cater to what you’re looking for. Fun fact- some even include wine!

3.    Holiday Markets

If you’re not much of an artist, but still want to support the local artists in your community there are plenty of holiday markets this time of year. Whether you’re looking to finish your Christmas shopping or just shop for yourself, supporting local artists is a great way to do it. Check local blogs and social media for any markets happening in your area. You never know what amazing handmade goodies you’ll find!

4.    Crafting at Home

If you’re looking to enjoy more time at home, try doing some home craft projects. Whether it’s something you’re already familiar with or trying something new, looking on sites like Pinterest can give you a ton of inspiration on things you can do with items you have handy at home. Creating decorations for the holidays or repurposing old things can get the whole family involved. 

5.    Colouring Books

After the hustle and bustle leading up to Christmas, you may be looking to just spend some creative time alone. Colour books are perfect for those quiet evenings. With so many different designs and themes available, there are more than enough to choose from. All you need is a box of pencil crayons and you’ll be good to go for hours!

 

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