Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition is on right now in Nathan Phillips Square by the City Hall. It began today, July 6th and will last through Sunday July 8th. TOAE takes place once a year and is one of the best art shows to be seen in Toronto. Having just come back from it – very impressed – I just wanted to write a quick post about a few of the neat things I saw there so as to encourage everyone who’s in town this weekend to go wander around a huge, free outdoor exhibit of amazing art.
Being fascinated with the beauty of tactile, dimensional, multi-media art objects, I tend to be less captivated by paintings than I am by sculpture or applied arts. Nevertheless, there are some very good painters on exhibit at the TOAE.
Here’s a painter whose work I really liked for being colourful, featuring Toronto, and having old maps for backgrounds:
As someone formally trained in watercolor who made a mess of it more often than not, another category of paintings I tend to notice are masterfully executed, spontaneous, light-filled watercolours. This artist’s work, which also features views of Toronto is a stunning example of the medium.
From airy flights-of-fancy to a bleeding mechanical heart, there is choice metal sculpture on display. There is also a giant robot, the discovery of which I leave up to you.
Maybe this is a new trend, but I haven’t noticed quite so much embroidery at art shows before. Turns out lots people are making really fascinating textile art pieces these days.
This artist is like the Andy Warhol of embroidery, with pop culture subjects, great colours and eye-catching minimalist design. Someone please get me one of her pieces for a no-particular-occasion present?
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