ARTOGRAPHY

                         
MJ live painting during the second round of the 
Spoke Art Attack competition in Toronto, ON in August 2017

Paintings
Series
Illustrations
Publications
Live art show     3
Exhibitions   

ARTIST STATEMENT

I create to better understand the world around me with the purpose of uncovering the mysteries behind people, nature, places and how they relate to one another. I study them through my sketches, drawings and paintings, analyzing every details looking for connections, substance and meaning. I have an obsession with finding meaning behind my subjects : looking for the unseen and bringing them into light for others to see more. 

When I draw a portrait, I aim to convey more than physical appearances and incorporate personalities. When I paint a location, I aim to not only convey the forms but their connection to people, and their history. When I draw patterns, I aim to align them with the blueprint of geometry found in nature. 

Creating art makes me feel more connected to people because I feel I understand them (and myself) better. With my art, I wish to convey a sense of human connection, curiosity, wonder, awe, and happiness. Uplifting people’s spirit through my art energizes me. Knowing that there’s a chance that my art can help others appreciate life more fully gives me a great sense of purpose. 

The main message I aim to convey with my art is that our world is more wonderful and magical then we can ever imagine and that we are all connected. My goal is to be able to not only help others see and feel that as well. It has always been a goal of mine to participate in increasing the presence of positive, uplifting and insightful art and share it with as many people as possible so that I can contribute in positively impacting the lives of as many people as I can.

I’m fascinated and continuously inspired by artists such as Alfonse Mucha, Salvador Dali, Alex Grey, Leonardo DaVinci, Carravagio, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Gustav Doré and Lawren Harris who give me a great sense of awe, wonder and belonging whenever I look at their work and inspire me to keep growing as an artist.

ART SERIES

First African Americans (2015)
100 cloud paintings (2017)
Mindfulness (2018)



PUBLICATIONS 

2015, Color your stress away (Amazon)
2015, Urban Sketching Disappearing Landmarks in Toronto (Amazon)
2016, Color Your Stress Away (Pocket Edition) (Amazon)


EXHIBITIONS


YEAR LOCATION EVENT
2016-present TTC Subway Sketching the Line [Group Exhibition]
2018 Earl Selkirk Gallery Fill'er Up Sketchbook Challenge [Group Exhibition]
2017 Coffee Public, Toronto Featured Artist [Solo Exhibition]
2016 Northern Contemporary Gallery, Toronto Started From the Bottom Drake Art Show [Group Exhibition]
2016 South Core Financial Lobby, Toronto Landscape vs. Cityscape [Group Exhibition]
2016 Steam Whistle Brewing, Toronto Celebrate Toronto  [Group Exhibition]
2015 Pattison Outdoor Screens, Toronto & Edmonton Sketching the Line [Group Exhibition]
2015 Areej Art Gallery, Toronto & Edmonton Toronto Urban Sketchers [Group Exhibition]
2011 Ottawa Home and Garden Show, Ottawa High vs Low Outdoor Spaces [Solo Exhibition]
2010 Ottawa Home and Garden Show, Ottawa Four Design Trends in Four Dining Rooms [Solo Exhibition]


LIVE ART COMPETITIONS



Live art competitions are events where artists get to paint in the middle of an audience during a limited amount of time and the audience get to pick their favourite artworks. Typically there are three rounds of painting session, and at each round the top voted artists gets to go to the next round. At the final round, a winner is announced. The paintings are also available for sale during an auction at the end of the event. Below are the life painting competition I participated in thus far. 


YEAR LOCATION EVENT NB ROUNDS NB SOLD
2018 Spoke Club, Toronto (ON) Spoke Art Attack 10
2017 Spoke Club, Toronto (ON) Spoke Art Attack 2 2
2015 Purina Pawsway, Toronto (ON) Paint for Paws 1 1
2014 Markham Theatre Underground,Markham (ON) Art Battle 93 Markham 1 0


MURALS



YEAR 
CLIENT
LOCATION
2018 Bell Canada  Bell Box - Dundas W. & Lakeview, Toronto (ON) 
2017 UrbanArts Community Arts Council UrbanArts Community Arts Council, Toronto (ON)
2016 Private home Toronto (ON)


GRAPHIC RECORDING AND LIVE PORTRAITS







YEAR
CLIENT
SERVICE
2018 Ontario Trillium Foundation  Graphic Recording
2017 The Spoke Club Live Portrait
2017 Rumeet Billan, PHD Graphic Recording
2017 Karlyn Percil Graphic Recording


MEDIA

2018 | Blank Spaces Magazine | September 2018 Volume 3, Issue 1
2009 | Je Décore Magazine | 4th quarter
2009 | Je Décore Magazine | 3rd quarter
2009 | Je Décore Magazine | 2nd quarter
2007 | Méchant Chagement TV Show Designer

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