"Restoration" Artist Spotlight: Conversations with Tyler R. Lambert

“Say you’re just walking down the street, you’ve done it 20 times over and, yet, there is this little tiny shop that has something in the window that you’ve never taken notice to. If you stop for a minute and actually look at it, you might realize what that is, how you feel about that and you might become curious about it. Like an old clock in an apartment. Everything has a story to it. More so about appreciation I guess.” - Tyler R. Lambert

The Heart of Nova Scotia by Tyler R. Lambert

The Heart of Nova Scotia by Tyler R. Lambert

What was your inspiration behind this collection?

This show, in particular, is about realizing what we lost. The art in the city closely mimics the city, its more modern, a lot of stainless steel and colt whites, pretty colors basically. My exhibit is an attempt at bringing something cozy to the city again, a modern twist, especially in the still life. To bring something old to a new era I suppose, to give them a different view on what it is that is around them. Encouraging people to slow down and appreciate, not necessarily historical things but everyday objects.

Morning at Stone Hill by Tyler R. Lambert

Morning at Stone Hill by Tyler R. Lambert

How long did it take you to complete this painting? 

It took me about a month, working on and off. Janette, that’s her English name, caught my eye, so I wanted to do her justice. This is taken from a photo.

You can tell how humble she really was by looking at her photographs and since she was also loved by everybody,  I wanted to capture that in the painting while also, leave a mark on whoever is looking at it.

The dress is beautiful, the hat hung down, as if, for whatever reason, she decided not to wear.

Geneviève Lantelme by Tyler R. Lambert

Geneviève Lantelme by Tyler R. Lambert

What can you tell me about this painting? 

It’s literally the perfect representation of a family, something that has been forgotten. It represents the idea of passing something down through generations.

As simple as a mother showing her two young daughters something she learned from her own mother. It’s like hearing that story your grandmother tells you every time you go visit. About the time she met your grandfather, that love affair they had, how they made them feel. 

It is also sad to do these paintings because these people no longer exist and nobody knew who they were. They are not in history books, they are just regular people. A photograph is one thing but to turn it into a painting to show the world… is entirely a different story.

A Mother’s Touch by Tyler R. Lambert

A Mother’s Touch by Tyler R. Lambert

Do you listen to music while working? If yes, what kind?

Always actually. In the odd time, I will indulge in something a little more electric, from the 90s, a little bit of Offspring but for the most part its classical. Something to relax, like a  concerto or a duet between a piano and a violin; there is nothing else that sounds quite like a piano or a violin playing together. 

The fluctuation, the high notes the low notes, give you ideas I suppose. Especially when I’m doing a sky, a whimsical tree just blowing around without direction.

Even the sun. Something light-hearted. Something by perhaps Bach. Everybody’s heard of stereotypical classical music that everybody plays but if you sit down and actually listen to it, and think of nothing else you’ll feel something stirring inside of you, lifting up and slowing down,  easing its way out…

A Quiet View by Tyler R. Lambert

A Quiet View by Tyler R. Lambert

What does your creative space look like? 

Some days, a complete disaster but I tend to keep it quite clean. If you were to step into my house or my studio, you’d be stepping back about 250 years. I have a great appreciation for antiques, old harvest tables and beautiful frames giant shelves. Think of a Renoir sort of studio, fabric strewn about on hooks, odds and ends of knick-knacks on shelves and stuff like that. Everything catches the eye. A few isles, set up in three corners and a  very big desk that holds all my materials. There are a few overhead lights, one would be for the isles, but a couple more are just for aesthetic reasons, like a stain glass lamp and an old library lamp that I use at my desk. Imagine an old library, that’s basically what it would look like, with bookshelves everywhere. 


What does  a day in your life look like? 

First and foremost, 5 am everyday. I love my mornings. I used to be a night person because a lot of creative people work at night, its peaceful and relaxing. I used to be the same way till I kept waking up after 4 hours and try to start my day.

Mornings are the best time for art because your mind is blank. Nothing is on your mind, you’re just relaxing especially if you take about 20 minutes just to sit and reflect on the day ahead of you.

I usually have something on the go and pick up where I left off. Maybe I’ll do a little bit of this tree over here or I’ll do this duck over there… and so on. Then I move on to different sections, until I  go into town or out on business. So that’s basically rinse and repeat every single day. 

Untitled by Tyler R. Lambert

Untitled by Tyler R. Lambert

 5 Tips for Finding Inspiration This Fall

As summer begins to wind down and the bright, vibrant scenery begins to change--finding inspiration can serve to be challenging. However, here are some easy, great tips to engage in creative practices that can act as a catalyst for inspiration this upcoming fall.

1. First and foremost, keep creating. I know this is easier said than done, especially when you’re creatively blocked, but committing to at least 15 minutes a day (a simple sketch, or a quick doodle on your commute home) you’re bound to solidify a creative habit that can lead to something bigger. 

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2. Make a list or journal. Inspiration can come from anywhere and the physical act of writing down your thoughts can give a big push for ideas to flow in. 

3. De-clutter: Clearing out your workspace is a great way to feel inspired again! (Think how great a clean, organized room feels after a hectic week. Similarly, cleaning your materials for a crisp page in a brand-new sketchbook or canvas can encourage inspiration.

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4. Take a walk-in nature:  Some would argue, fall is the best season of the year for artistic inspiration due to the ambiance of overcast skies, crunchy colourful leaves and the coziness of sweater-weather. These themes are a great mood setter for your work.

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5. Visit your favorite art gallery for inspiration. There are always great, upcoming exhibitions that can provoke thought and embolden your process. Twist Gallery is a perfect location to get your creative juices flowing and it’s free to the public. Hope to see you there this fall!

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“SEVEN UNIQUE DATE NIGHTS IN TORONTO THIS SEPTEMBER”


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1. Experience the “PaintLounge Toronto West”!

Why not spend an evening of painting and drinking wine together? Let it be a night of creativity and imagination! Celebrate your love alongside colors at 748 College St. Your excuse is you’re young and deserve a night of inspiration!

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2. Picnic at Trinity Bellwoods Park!

Grab a coffee and a donut and come enjoy an evening right around the corner of Twist Gallery! Escape the ordinary with nature, trees and wonder. Pop on the street 506 Streetcar and enjoy a weekend getaway with your date. Hurry up before winter slips in!

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3. Laugh Away at “Bad Dog Comedy Theatre”!

Life isn’t perfect but a comedy show can help lighten up your night! Get lost in a night of laughs, live entertainment and humor at 875 Bloor St. West. Book a show now!

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4. Attend a Concert Together!

Create a wonderful memory with a special someone! Aspire to inspire. Attend a live show with your loved one this September! If you never go, you’ll never know. Book your tickets today at https://www.ticketmaster.ca/discover/concerts/toronto 

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5. “Cook. Eat. Love at “Dish Cooking Studio”!

Food is the ingredient that binds you together. Book a class at “Dish Cooking Studio” located at 587 College St! There is always a “WE” in food! Add a little twist to your Friday night! Collect memories and recipes! 

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6. Volunteer together at “Volunteer Toronto”!

The higher your climb, the better the view! Do something new and different together this September! Enjoy quality time together as you volunteer for a great cause! Build a new dream together, focus on the simple things in life!

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7. Admire Art on Queen St. West!!

Last but not least, take a stroll with your date along Queen St. West and pop into the trendy art galleries! You can dish out some of your personal interpretations of each piece and learn more about each other in the process! And of course, check out Twist Gallery on your journey at 1100 Queen St. West!








Meet Gloria Blatt!

What inspires your art?

My inspirations come from nature and the natural beauty around us. I’ve always been able to view the world through a lens of colour, shapes, and dimensions, and have the ability to translate this into artistic expression.

“Wings” acrylic on birch (30” x 40”) $1,500

“Wings” acrylic on birch (30” x 40”) $1,500

Can you talk about your process? What tools do you use to create?

I begin my creations by imagining abstract renditions of images in my mind that have been formed through my life experiences. At times I even surprise myself when the process seems to take on a life of its own. I take advantage of a variety sources of mediums and continually experiment with innovative techniques. Some of my work is done with conventional paint and brush, and at other times they can involve my fingers and other non-conventional tools.   

Source: www.gloriablatt.com

Source: www.gloriablatt.com

When did you first discover art? Are you self-taught or did you go to school for it?

For as long as I remember, I have been fascinated by artistic expression. I attended formal study both at York University in the Fine Arts program, and Ontario College of Art and Design. York University provided me with a deep appreciation of art history, while OCAD allowed me the freedom to express myself in an incredibly innovative, fearless manner.

What is your personal goal as an artist?

My goal as an artist is first and foremost to be proud of my creations and share my passion for the craft with as many people as possible. It gives me incredible satisfaction when others are able to derive pleasure from my creations and discover their own life-story in my work.  

“Freeze” acrylic, oil, ink, enamel on birch, wood float frame (30”x 30”) $1,300

“Freeze” acrylic, oil, ink, enamel on birch, wood float frame (30”x 30”) $1,300

How do you title your artworks? 

The process of naming my art is often a reflexive response to the creation. It is always spontaneous and natural as my art always conveys a strong personal message.

Do you have a particular piece that has a special connection to you?

Of all of my paintings, the one that is closest to my heart is one inspired by my children, my greatest creations.

“Dragon” acrylic, ink, oil on birch, wood float frame, (30”x 30”) $1,300

“Dragon” acrylic, ink, oil on birch, wood float frame, (30”x 30”) $1,300

Who are some of your favourite artists?

Having studied art history and having visited many world-famous galleries, I am awe struck and overwhelmed by the works of Picasso, Monet, Modigliani, Chagall, and Miro (although my list could go on).  

What is it like to be an artist in today’s world?

Being an artist is both maddening and transformative, as I serve as my harshest critic.  At the same time, the creative process allows me to escape into a state of inner peace and tranquility.

“Dusty Rose” acrylic on stretched canvas, (42.5”x 51”) $2,500

“Dusty Rose” acrylic on stretched canvas, (42.5”x 51”) $2,500

What are you passionate about?

In today’s troubled world, being an artist affords me the ability to remain optimistic and inspired.

What does “Energy” mean to you?

Energy is the life force that I derive from my family and friends, and that ultimately manifests in my artistic expression in the form of colour and movement.

Energy at Twist

Don’t miss this one Toronto! 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, check out the Twist Artist Showcase? CLICK HERE.

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

 Follow us @Twistgalleryand @TwistGallery!

Meet Jessica Robbins!

What inspires your art?

In a word: colour. I know that sounds simplistic, but I thrive on bright and bold colours. I love colour and look for it everywhere! I take photos of anything that catches my eye, whether it's traveling or simply day-to-day life, and get a lot of ideas for colour palettes from life. My process can also be very collaborative. The majority of the pieces I have created have been special requests. While working with a patron may seem to allow for less freedom, it is so flattering to be asked (and trusted) to paint something so personal for someone. It pushes me out of my comfort zone and produced some of my best work.

“Magnificent Mile” acrylic on canvas (20”x 20”) $300

“Magnificent Mile” acrylic on canvas (20”x 20”) $300

Can you talk about your process? What tools do you use to create?

I work with acrylics primarily because they allow for the bright, bold colour palettes with which I love to work. While mostly brush work, I like to experiment with different tools and techniques to add variety to my work. Especially when working on abstract pieces, I use palette knives to layer paint in different ways and then add washes of colour to help unify everything on the canvas. Almost no brushes are used in the making of the abstract pieces in the show!

“Jaxx” acrylic on canvas, courtesy off Jessica Robbins.

“Jaxx” acrylic on canvas, courtesy off Jessica Robbins.

When did you first discover art? Are you self-taught or did you go to school for it?

I always loved art class in school. I had such a passion I knew I wanted to make it my life. I studied Fine Art (and Law) at the University of Guelph and was able to experiment with so many different mediums. In school I worked mostly in sculpture, wood working, metal works, plaster mold making, I love using my hands. Painting came a bit later, but it is where I found myself. Friends started asking for small pieces (my first few requests were dog portraits) and over the past six years I have been able to work at my own pace and really refine my style. I am also a high school art teacher and am so lucky to be able to share my passion with my students and be surrounded by something I love every day!

Jessica Robbins

Jessica Robbins

What is your personal goal as an artist?

At the beginning of 2019, my goal was to work towards an exhibition in a public space. Getting the show at Twist was a huge accomplishment for me. Moving forward, I would love to continue to work towards more shows in the GTA and creating pieces for a solo exhibition. One of my pieces for "Energy" is a streetscape of Kensington Market and I would like to work towards a series of similar pieces inspired by different neighbourhoods around the city. Toronto has such a rich diversity of architecture which lends itself very generously to artwork.

“Kensington” acrylic on canvas (24”x 48”) $850

“Kensington” acrylic on canvas (24”x 48”) $850

Do you have a particular piece that has a special connection to you?

I loved working on Kensington. The colours, the inherent culture, the vibrancy - everything about the neighbourhood shouts "Energy". I really wanted to showcase this in my painting and am happy with the result. My artistic collection of work varies from portraits to abstract pieces, but this was the painting that tied everything together. I used this piece as the focal point for my show as I am most proud of it.

Energy at Twist

Don’t miss out on this exhibition Queen West! 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 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.