Matthew Catalano was born in Oshawa Ontario and received his BFA from the University of Waterloo. For the past several years he has participated in solo and group shows, festivals and mural projects. “I enjoy the puzzle aspect of creation. Everything needs to fit together and then fall apart again. It is this constant cycle that I strive for with my compositions.” He currently lives and works in Toronto Ontario.
Painter turned graphic designer. I love working with all types of medias. I don't have a favourite colour, I like to relax and I have a "healthy" obsession for zombies and video games.
I am currently an art student at OCAD University, majoring in illustration and minoring in jewellery. I specialize in acrylic painting and draw my inspiration from nature and my passion of biology. I love both 2d and 3d art for the challenges that are presented in both artistic disciplines.
I graduated from O’Neill in 2008 from the Advanced Visual Arts program. I Studied at Durham College until 2011 where I graduated from the Graphic Design program. This year, I entered The Juried Art Show at The Robert McLaughlin Gallery and won second place for my multimedia piece.
Born in 1978 Shaun Downey spent his childhood in Oshawa, Ontario. His father worked at the local General Motors plant, as do many of the residents of the small but mighty city. As the end of high school drew near Shaun decided to stick with his gut and pursue a career as an artist.
After getting rejected for entry to the animation program at Sheridan College, he found a small animation school opening up in Toronto where a few fellow art students from his high school were working . When he arrived at the school he was amazed to see rows of charcoal cast drawings, highly rendered figure drawings and classically inspired paintings. The animation classes were a new addition to the already thriving classical drawing and painting school called "Angel Studios", which was headed by painter Michael John Angel.
A student of the great Italian painter Pietro Annigoni, Michael John Angel was running two schools at the time, one in Toronto and one in Florence Italy which he still heads today. Once Shaun saw the level of quality in the student's work, he immediately switched his focus from animation to figurative drawing and painting, and began classes the next week.
After a year of study at Angel Studios, he decided to pursue an illustration career and enrolled in Sheridan College's three year illustration program. At Sheridan Shaun built his sensibilities and tastes regarding what he wanted to express in his work, and at the end of the three years he decided that being an illustrator was not for him. He wanted to spend more time on his work than the profession usually allows, so decided to start exhibiting his paintings.
Shaun's first exhibition at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition in 2003 was a great success, and Shaun soon moved to Toronto's west end. After showing at several group exhibitions around Toronto, he became represented by Ingram Gallery in 2005, having two solo exhibitions and showing at four Toronto International Art Fairs with them. In 2010 Shaun joined the roster of Engine Gallery in Toronto's historical Distillery District, and had his first solo exhibition in October 2011.
Shaun's painting "Blue Coco" has been selected for exhibition in the BP Portrait Award 2010, that is exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London England in June. The most prestigious exhibition of its kind, Shaun's work was one of about 50 paintings selected from over two thousand entries. "It is a great honour to be a part of such an important exhibition, important both for myself and for the increased appreciation of figurative painting in general".
In 2011 Shaun joined the roster of Galerie de Bellefeuille, one of Canada's most respected galleries, with a solo exhibition slated for Autumn 2014. In 2012 Shaun was honoured to be part of a three person exhibition at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, the exquisite public galllery located in his home town of Oshawa. Also in 2012, Shaun started exhibiting at Quidley and Company in Boston Massachusetts. In 2013 Shaun has joined the roster of Bau-xi Gallery, located directly across the street from the Art Galery of Ontario.
Chantelle Lacoursiere graduated with honours from O’Neill C.V.I. in 2001 and from York University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours and a Bachelor of Education. Chantelle excelled in historical reproduction painting, printmaking, foundry, welding and installation art. Chantelle was honored at the 44th Annual Juried Art Show at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery this year by being awarded first place in print media. Her latest print show “Recurrence” was recently exhibited at Wasted Space in Oshawa and showcased 25 print works based on nightmares. Chantelle currently teaches Visual Art and Fashion Design at Eastdale C.V.I.
Val Sears (b. 1988) is a Toronto-based artist born in Oshawa, Ontario. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Art from OCAD University in 2012. She was selected to receive the David W. Bain award for her thesis series This Place Then as well as the Best Student Painter title at the 2012 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition. Although she works in various mediums, painting is her primary focus as she continues to explore colour, texture, and processes to depict the everyday.
Cameron Edmonds attended O’Neill CVI, wrestled with teen angst and graduated to self-effacing humour while completing his BFA at York U. He then spent many years looking for his hair until he discovered that his rather awkward conversational style was well suited to a career as a Paramedic. He now enjoys building puppets and playing with his children.
Avala Moore is a body painting artist based out of Toronto. After graduating from O’Neill’s art program, she graduated from the Arts and Contemporary Studies Program at Ryerson University in 2012. In past years Avala’s work has been shown in multiple venues including The Gladstone Hotel in Toronto.
James A Minett practices his art which he calls, Romantic Mythticsim, anywhere and everywhere. He lives and works in Toronto, a graduate of O.C.V.I. in 1995. He carried on to study at OCA(D) and later to learn 3d animation and compositing at the BCCC. For the last 12 years he has worked as a Lighting and Compositing artist for feature films.
Jesse Stewart is an award-winning composer, percussionist, visual artist, instrument builder, researcher, writer, and educator dedicated to re-imagining the spaces between artistic disciplines. His music has been performed around the world and has been documented on over 20 recordings. In 2012, he was honoured with the “Instrumental Album of the Year” JUNO award for his work with Stretch Orchestra. As a visual artist, Stewart has exhibited work in over a dozen solo, group, and juried art exhibitions at public and private galleries in Canada and the United States. He now lives in Ottawa where he is an Associate Professor of Music in Carleton University’s School for Studies in Art and Culture and an Adjunct Professor of Visual Arts at the University of Ottawa.
Charlotte Ficek is a recent graduate of Queen’s University’s Bachelor of Fine Arts program, where she studied painting and minored in Art History. She is currently living and working in Toronto, pursuing different creative endeavors and enjoying the vibrancy of the city’s artistic community.
[Megan Nowick (Rigelhof) is currently in her 3rd year at York University in the Honours BFA program for Fine Arts with a minor in Geography in preparation for a career in Education. Graduating from O’Neill C.V.I. in Oshawa, Megan earned the enriched art award for each of the four years. Although her focus is on painting, sculpture and wax crayon media, she also hand-crafts wire jewelry and designs stencil prints.]
Rosalind Aitken was part of the inaugural class to complete the entire Specialized Art Program at O’Neill. Post-graduation, she went on to complete a Specialized Honours BFA in Visual Arts at York University, where she specialized in painting, drawing, and sculpture. Her other artistic interests include relief printing, pastel work and wood pyrography. Through her participation in the Downtown Festival of Hydrants over the years, and her mural work, she is firmly dedicated to the concept of the “Artist in the Community”. Her work on the Room One Eighteen Show Committee has been invaluable and she relishes the opportunity to give back to O’Neill and Oshawa.