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Sean Lewis

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The woolly and wildly expressive style of Toronto artist Sean Lewis hearkens back to frenetic and lawless history of the taming of the American continent. While completing his thesis year in illustration at OCADU in Toronto, Lewis has already carved out a unique body of work, and is currently involved in Cavalcade, a collaborative group mural project at Xpace in Toronto. With a new series in the works for his thesis, Lewis discusses his learning experiences and plans for after graduation. Continue reading

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Koyama Press

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Annie Koyama, founder of Toronto’s small but mighty Koyama Press, has single-handedly built a successful publishing business bringing the brightest and weirdest of Toronto’s art and comics scene to world at large. Since its inception in 2007, Koyama Press has released an incredibly diverse catalogue of comics and art books, showing no sign of slowing down! We caught up with Annie Koyama to ask her about her approach to publishing and what the future holds for Koyama Press. Continue reading

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Jesse Jacobs

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The natural world and the otherworldly converge in strange and beautiful ways in the comics of Canadian artist Jesse Jacobs. We caught up with Jesse to ask him about comics, the great outdoors, and his forthcoming book “Even The Giants”. Continue reading

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Tin Can Forest

Tin Can Forest

The deep, dark forest of our collective unconscious has never seemed more beautiful and mysterious than in the images of Tin Can Forest. The Toronto-based team of artists Pat Shewchuk and Marek Colek spin tales where barter-happy demons and animal spirits, drawn from Slavic folklore, walk in step with witches and villagers. We caught up with Tin Can Forest to ask them about their work and new book “Baba Yaga and the Wolf” from Koyama Press. Continue reading

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Peter Diamond

Peter Diamond

Canadian artist Peter Diamond got his first taste of illustration drawing gig posters for his buddies punk rock shows in high school. Now, from his home in Vienna, his work has evolved into beautifully intricate and surreal compositions. Continue reading

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The Dazzle

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Walking into The Dazzle exhibition, at Narwal Art Projects in Toronto, is like entering the private museum of some forgotten masonic lodge. Continue reading

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Asterios Polyp

Asterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli

Asterios Polyp
by David Mazzuchelli
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Sam Bosma

The Hobbit Part 4 by Sam Bosma

We stumbled across Sam Bosma’s work quite a while ago and instantly fell in love with his illustrations. Continue reading

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Jacob Rolfe

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Jacob Rolfe’s beautiful screen prints encourage viewers to eat local, grow their own veggies, and care for the environment. Continue reading

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Julia Hepburn

Fausta by Julia Hepburn

Julia Hepburn knows what a good story feels like. The scenes in her doll-sized vignettes give us the sense of catching a dark fable somewhere in the middle. Continue reading

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Dani Crosby

Onward and Upward by Dani Crosby

At last weekend’s Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition we were fortunate to discover the mesmerizing work of Canadian artist and illustrator Dani Crosby. Continue reading

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Anita Kunz

Anita Kunz Interview: The Naughty Show

The always beautiful, funny and incisive work of artist/illustrator Anita Kunz has long been a favorite of ours here at S&TM. Her new exhibition, with fellow artist Maurice Vellekoop, titled The Naughty Show treats us to no less than 100 nude portraits of famous men. Continue reading

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Nick Sheehy

"Hate Love" and "Owl Trumpet Box" by Nick Sheehy

Many-eyed minstrel chickens and severed scaly dragon tails are but a few of the recurring motifs in the wonderful works of Nick Sheehy. Continue reading

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Wilson

Wilson by Daniel Clowes

Wilson
by Daniel Clowes
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Talita Hoffmann

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These are the beautiful paintings of Brazilian artist Talita Hoffmann. Inspired by the world around her, she says “my ideas come from the things I see and keep with me”. Her epic stories of mythical civilizations, reminiscent Hieronymus Bosch’s depictions of the afterlife, seem of a time yet to be or from some distant past. Continue reading

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