Exhibition: February 7 – 18, 2017
Opening Night: Tuesday February 7, 7 – 10 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased online or at The ARTS Project’s box office (519-642-2767)
THE SHADOWOOD COLLECTIVE proudly presents their 7th show… DO WE MAKE YOU UNEASY? After 6 years of hibernating the collective crawls out of the shadows and presents a stunning collection of dark imagery. With original works from Clive Barker and Anita Kunz at the helm of the exhibition, not to mention a fantastic assortment of whimsical miniatures created by an incredible group of award winning artists, you simply don’t want to miss opening night!
Special deals on much of the artwork will be exclusively available to everyone who purchases a ticket. On Opening Night, “SEDATIVE” (Mark Thibideau) will be performing darkly ambient noises, beats and groves to emphasize the themes within the show. For those who would like to imbibe within the shadows… this event will indeed be licensed.
It’s worth noting that anyone who buys a VIP ticket will also get a very limited nickel enamel “Shadowood Collective” pin (see the design below, each one with a unique number etched on the back). A VIP ticket holder also gets an exclusive SHADOWOOD COLLECTIVE poster signed by the artist. Order your advanced VIP ticket now before they are gone… there are only 100 available.
Artists Included (scroll below for artist bios):
Clive Barker, Anita Kunz, Alex Garant, My Pet Skeleton, Sarah Legault, Sara Deck, Richard A. Kirk, Jeremy Hobbs, Ryan Price, Paige Reynolds, Gary Pullin, Justin Erickson, FN Vegas, Anthony Veilleux, James Zirco Fisher, Josh Deck, Chris Austin, Nidia Martinez, Sean Chappell, and Steven Restagno.
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A visionary, fantasist, poet and painter, Clive Barker has expanded the reaches of human imagination as a novelist, director, screenwriter and dramatist. An inveterate seeker who traverses between myriad styles with ease, Barker has left his indelible artistic mark on a range of projects that reflect his creative grasp of contemporary media — from familiar literary terrain to the progressive vision of his Seraphim production company. His 1998 “Gods and Monsters,” which he executive produced, garnered three Academy Award nominations and an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. The following year, Barker joined the ranks of such illustrious authors as Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Annie Dillard and Aldous Huxley when his collection of literary works was inducted into the Perennial line at HarperCollins, who then published The Essential Clive Barker, a 700-page anthology with an introduction by Armistead Maupin.
Barker began his odyssey in the London theatre, scripting original plays for his group The Dog Company, including “The History of the Devil,” “Frankenstein in Love” and “Crazyface.”. Soon, Barker began publishing his The Books of Blood short fiction collections; but it was his debut novel, The Damnation Game that widened his already growing international audience.
Barker shifted gears in 1987 when he directed “Hellraiser,” based on his novella The Hellbound Heart, which became a veritable cult classic spawning a slew of sequels, several lines of comic books, and an array of merchandising. In 1990, he adapted and directed “Nightbreed” from his short story Cabal. Two years later, Barker executive produced the housing-project story “Candyman,” as well as the 1995 sequel, “Candyman 2: Farewell to the Flesh.” Also that year, he directed Scott Bakula and Famke Janssen in the noir-esque detective tale, “Lord of Illusions.”
Barker’s literary works include such best-selling fantasies as Weaveworld, Imajica, and Everville, the children’s novel The Thief of Always, Sacrament, Galilee and Coldheart Canyon. The first of his quintet of children’s books, Abarat, was published in October 2002 to resounding critical acclaim, followed by Abarat II: Days of Magic, Nights of War and Arabat III: Absolute Midnight; Barker is currently completing the fourth and fifth in the series. As an artist, Barker frequently turns to the canvas to fuel his imagination with hugely successful exhibitions across America. His neo-expressionist paintings have been showcased in three large format books, Clive Barker, Illustrator, volumes I, II & III, with volumes planned for release to VIII.
In 2012 Barker was given a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Horror Writer’s Association, for his outstanding contribution to the genre.
Canadian by birth, Anita Kunz has lived in London, New York and Toronto, and has been widely published in countries including Germany, Japan, Sweden, Norway, Canada, South Africa, Holland, Portugal, France and England.
Her work has been seen in Time magazine, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, GQ, The New York Times, Sony Music, Random House Publishing and many others.
Articles about her work have appeared in Graphis and Novumgebrauchsgrafik magazines (Switzerland), Communication Arts and Step by Step magazine (USA), Idea, Illustration and Creation magazines (Japan), Applied Arts (Canada), Nuvo (Canada) and The Design Journal (Korea).
From 1988 to 1990 she was one of two artists chosen by Rolling Stone magazine to produce a monthly illustrated History of Rock ‘n Roll end paper.
She has produced cover art for many publications including Rolling Stone Magazine, The New Yorker, Sports Illustrated, Time Magazine, Newsweek Magazine, the Atlantic Monthly and The New York Times Magazine. She has also illustrated more than fifty book jacket covers.
Anita frequently teaches workshops and lectures at universities and institutions internationally including the Smithsonian and the Corcoran in Washington DC. Her summer workshops have been conducted at the Illustration Academy in Sarasota Florida, and at the Masters of Art degree program at Syracuse University.
She has been honored with many prestigious awards and medals and her critically acclaimed paintings and sculptures have appeared in galleries world wide, including the Norman Rockwell Museum in Massachusetts and the Teatrio Cultural Association in Rome Italy.
Her works are in the permanent collections at the Library of Congress, the Canadian Archives in Ottawa, the McCord Museum in Montreal, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome, and a number of her Time Magazine cover paintings are in the permanent collection at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC.
In 1987 she showed a collection of her works at Canada House in Trafalgar Square London.
In 1997 she had a one woman show at the Foreign Press office in New York City, in 1998 she had a solo show at the Creation Gallery in Tokyo, and the Society of Illustrators Museum of American Illustration mounted a mid-career retrospective of her work in the fall of 2000.
She has also had solo shows at the Govinda Gallery in Washington DC and more recently at the Art Institute of Boston and Massachusetts College of Art and Design. In the fall of 2003 she was the first woman and the first Canadian to have a solo show at the Library of Congress in Washington DC.
In 2000 she was invited to speak as one of The New Yorker magazine cover artists at the annual New Yorker Festival in New York and in 2001 and again in 2004, she was invited to speak at ideaCity, a think tank of luminaries from the fields of medicine, politics, science and the arts in Toronto.
In spring of 2007 Anita gave a presentation about her New Yorker covers at the prestigious TED conference in Monterey California.
From 2000 to 2003 she served on the Board of Directors of the Illustration conference. In 2004 she served as chair for the Society of Illustrators Museum of American Illustration annual exhibit and she has most recently served as chair of the Museum Committee there.
In 1997 she received the Les Usherwood Lifetime Achievement Award from the Advertising and Design Club of Canada and in 2016 she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Applied Arts magazine in Toronto.
Anita has been named one of the fifty most influential women in Canada by the National Post newspaper.
“My Pet Skeleton” is the pseudonym for the award-winning graphic artist Vincent Marcone. This curious-sounding epithet caught on, crept in, and slowly replaced his own name. As “My Pet Skeleton”, Vincent catapulted to early success when his work and online worlds caught the attention of David Bowie, Guillermo Del Toro, Clive Barker, and the Godfather of Goth himself, Peter Murphy. His particular approach to painting album covers, designing intricate online worlds, and directing weirdo music videos has earned him awards from places as diverse as the Emmys, the Junos, and even a Cannes Film Festival nomination for his short film, “The Facts in the Case of Mister Hollow.”
Vincent developed his unique style by combining his affection for the 600-year-old art of intaglio printmaking with his love of computer graphics. Early in his studies he would scrape and etch and carve his images onto zinc plates of all shapes and sizes, then send them hurtling through antiquated hand-turned presses. This experience and love of an old world aesthetic is what sets him apart from other digital artists. He handles his digital paintings as he handled his etchings, focusing in on the line work and meticulously placing each pixel to convey a sense of mood and ambiance. Drawing from a personal library of over 500 original textures (each created with metal plates and hand-wiped inks), Marcone uses his computer to fuse together media of all sorts to create imagery that is part of a larger story.
Vincent lives in Kitchener, Ontario where he is currently painting new pictures and crafting new tales.
Queen of Double Eyes, Alex Garant studied visual arts at Notre-Dame–De-Foy College just outside Quebec City. After graduating in 2001, she ultimately settled in Toronto, Canada.
She decided to truly commit to her passion for Arts after suffering from a heart attack in 2012, changing forever how she would see the world.
Her alla prima oil paintings offer a graphic quality combined with traditional portrait techniques. Garant uses patterns, duplication of elements, symmetry and image superposition as key elements of her imagery. Alex Garant’s paintings are certainly conversation pieces as they are meant to engage the observers into an image investigation process and hopefully enlist their senses differently while doing so. View Gallery
Alex has shown works in Art Galleries all over Canada and the U.S., Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York as well as Australia and Portugal. Her works also been shown at The Fullerton Museum and The Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH) in California. Full List of Past Exhibits
She has been featured on CBC in a mini documentary about Contemporary Canadian Artists and her works have been seen in Magazines including: BAZAAR, Le Petit Voyeur, Tattoo Fest Magazine, The Art Education Journal, Beautiful Bizarre Magazine and on multiple online platforms including: VICE, The Huffington Post, Mashable.com, BUzznet, ViralNova, Tory Burch Trends and many more. Full List of Past Press Features
Alex Garant was honored to be one of the judge of the 2016 prestigious Toronto Emerging Artist Awards. Alex has over 100,000 fans on social medias combined and is a huge believer is staying closely connected with her followers.
Sara is a visual artist residing in Ontario, Canada. She studied Editorial Illustration at Sheridan College and now works as a freelance artist focusing on pop culture and surrealist art. In between projects, she can often be found on creating mysteriously creepy images in her spooky studio and sculpting the most peculiar little dolls.
Sarah is an award winning filmmaker, director, producer, animator, and writer. Her first stop-motion animation Dear Love earned the Best Animated Short Film award at the 2014 Toronto Independent Film Festival. Sarah recently teamed up with Canadian electro-goth band Johnny Hollow to direct and animate their stop-motion music video Firefly. Since 2005, she has won over 10 awards for her unique custom motorcycle paint work and participated in about 50 group exhibits in Toronto, Berlin, Krakow, or Los Angeles. Sarah’s work spans illustration, stop-motion animation, doll making, painting, photography and curating multimedia shows.
Richard is a visual artist, illustrator, and author. He exhibits internationally. Richard has illustrated works by Clive Barker, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Christopher Golden, China Mieville, the rock band Korn and others.
Richard’s work is drawn from an interest in the forms and processes of the natural world. He explores these themes through the creation of meticulous drawings, which often depict chimerical creatures and protean landscapes. Metamorphosis is an underlying narrative in all of Richard’s work.
Richard is working on a new series of works. Future shows will be announced later in the summer.
Writer, Director, Photographer, Musician
Jeremy Hobbs is a multidisciplinary artist, living and working in his hometown of London, Ontario. A graduate of London’s esteemed Bealart program, Hobbs specialized in the areas of film and photography, his photographic work being featured in countless exhibitions, the most notable of which are Diametric (2004), Incision (2005), Asylum (2006), Cirque de la Lune (2006), and Nebulous (2014). Hobbs is a member of the art group The Shadowood Collective, a cabal of cheerfully macabre regional artists (including Vincent Marcone, Richard A. Kirk, and Sarah Legault) who have curated and displayed in a variety of multimedia exhibitions, including A Curious Collection of Monstrous Tinies (2010), and Stranger! (2011).
A multi-instrumentalist, Hobbs has also been active in the Canadian music scene, collaborating with various notable musicians (such as Sebastien Grainger of Death from Above 1979 and Damo Suzuki of legendary krautrock group CAN). From around 2004-2006, Hobbs performed as a guest guitarist with London’s seminal noise outfit Nihilist Spasm Band, while simultaneously being featured in avant jazz musician Eric Stach’s Free Music Unit series. Hobbs is a founding member of improvisational group Exit 2012 (who have been featured in both the LOLA and Electric Eclectics music festivals) and Audioforge (a multimedia collaboration with blacksmiths Scott McKay and Jeff Werkmeister). Hobbs recently contributed liner notes to the Lion Productions reissue of Nihilist Spasm Band’s legendary first album No Record.
In 2009, Hobbs infiltrated the theatre community, as both playwright and director. His inaugural effort The Hero (2009) garnered the Brickenden Award for ‘Bravest Production’, and his subsequent production Neverland (2012) won the Brickenden Award for ‘Outstanding Original Script’, as well as a ‘Best Solo Performance’ award for lead actor Harry Edison. Hobbs’ theatre work examines the dark underbelly of contemporary suburban life, giving a voice to outsider characters that Nietzsche might have described as the “bungled and botched”. Hobbs is currently working on several new theatre pieces, to be staged by his production company The Black Room.
An avid cinephile, Hobbs’ musings and reviews have been featured in various publications, most prominently as a frequent contributor to the internationally acclaimed Rue Morgue magazine. Hobbs also works as a PR liaison, helping take care of celebrity guests during FanExpo and the Toronto International Film Festival. Throughout 2014, Hobbs maintained the ‘Cinephilia’ column for local arts and culture publication The London Yodeller. In addition to this, Hobbs also contributes programming to the Hyland Cinema, London’s only independent/repertoire theatre, where he hosts the monthly screening series Retro-Mania.
Ryan moved to the Guelph in 1991 after graduating from the technical arts program at BealArt in London. His focus for the most part has been in printmaking, specifically in the areas of drypoint and monotype. His works in these mediums have won several awards and have been viewed and collected fairly extensively. Over the past few years, while maintaining his printmaking practice, Ryan has begun to branch into other mediums and fields. In 2006 he had published his first illustrated book, an interpretive version of Edgar Allan Poeʼs The “Raven”.
Paige is a Canadian visual artist based out of Toronto, Ontario. She has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Guelph; she studied fine art at Sheridan College followed by 3d modeling and visual effects at Humber College.
Paige’s artwork is surreal, figurative, metaphorical and macabre. Her main influences include horror, the human condition, morality, literature, film, anatomy and the obscure. She works with acrylics, mixed media, photography, digital painting and photo manipulation. Paige has been involved in art exhibits in both Canada and the US and her art has been featured in numerous publications and blogs.
Paige also applies her artistic and creative skills in the entertainment industry working as a motion graphics artist and visual effects compositor. She has worked on feature films, television series, documentaries, music videos and short films.
Along with illustrator/graphic designer Justin Erickson, Paige has founded a company called Phantom City Creative focusing on entertainment design for film, television and music. Paige has also created a jewelry line called Frills & Morbidity which can be found in various stores throughout Toronto.
A horror fan since he could stick a tape into a VCR, “Ghoulish” Gary Pullin has grown into a monster-making machine. As Rue Morgue magazine’s original art director, the London, Ontario-born artist created the famous look of the publication, which currently hosts his art column, The Fright Gallery. In 2009, Gary was voted Artist of the Year in the Rondo Hatton Awards. Now a full time creature creator, his colourful signature style has graced numerous magazines, books and movie posters. He’s had his work featured in
galleries across North America, created highly sought-after screen-prints for the likes of Mondo and Skuzzles, album covers for WaxWork and Death Waltz and created key art for various films, including Grabbers, Birth of the Living Dead, Why Horror? and The Babadook. Both Gary and his art will be seen in the upcoming documentary Twenty-Four by Thirty-Six.
Justin graduated from Sheridan College’s prestigious Interpretive Illustration program in 2004. Working first as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer, Justin gained valuable experience in the industry which landed him a job at Rue Morgue Magazine as graphic designer creating gruesome graphics in 2007. It was at Rue Morgue that Justin’s love and interest in entertainment design flourished inspiring him to cofound Phantom City Creative in 2010. At the beginning of 2012 Justin was promoted to Art Director of Rue Morgue Magazine. In addition to Phantom City and Rue Morgue, Justin works as a freelance illustration/graphic designer, puts together art shows and has been featured in numerous publication across the globe. In 2012 Justin received two silver Key Art Awards for his poster for The Cabin in the Woods created for Mondo/Lionsgate Films in the categories of Best Illustration and Best Festival One sheet.
Music inspired her early work but it is her journeys, both external and internal, that now fulfill this role. Visual art is her preferred medium but her background is much wider, encompassing tattoo, music, theatre and design, driven by an all consuming obsession for all that is strange, extravagant and erotic.
She holds a diploma in Plastic Arts but her real education came from the eccentric people with whom she has spent time and the unusual experiences she has shared – both of which continue to influence her to this day.
In recent years, Vegas has developed a particular interest for cork, both for his symbolism and for its texture. She uses it as a canvas on which to transfer images created digitally. This natural foundation seems to complement the perfect clash between the bizarre and erotic nature of her subjects.
Her art has been exhibited and showcased in Canada and Mexico.
James is a visionary artist obsessed with depicting a surreal world strained by an overpopulation of hopeful dreams.
Fisher is the creator of Rue Morgue Magazine’s popular Disfigures of Speech column. He has produced three graphic novelettes entitled “Fishead”, “The Taboo Floo” and “Mump + Smoot in Caged” and runs a
monthly online comic contest called “Creature Captions”. He is an Alumni of the Ontario College of Art & Design Illustration program where he honed his twisted sensibilities.
Fisher lives in Toronto with his cabinets of curiosity and his invisible cat named Meep.
Josh Deck grew up on art, & studied Illustration at Sheridan College. His favourite subject matters include machinery, monsters & misfits – or any combination of the three. He has produced a modest variety of works for album covers, game books, character designs & indie comics, as well as the occasional gallery show.
Sean Chappell was born to Jill and Gary Chappell, English immigrants who came to Canada in 1975. Growing up in Southern Ontario, Sean’s interest in visual arts showed itself at an early age. Preferring the quiet solitude of independent artistic expression over group activities such as sports, Sean quickly became a strong draughtsman. In high school, his teacher James Matheson introduced him to acrylic paints which he took to immediately. He’s been mastering them for the last twenty years and is now adding airbrushing and spray painting to his repertoire of techniques. Surrealism and imagination fuel Sean’s ambitions, weaving dreams and nightmares with the severe intent to eradicate the collective ennui plaguing society. Enjoy.
Born in the late sixties into an Air Force family in Quebec, Canada as the last of six kids to an amazing pair of supportive and creative parents. Change was the order of the day and adventures were always welcome. Anthony found his creative juices early on entertaining himself with efforts at drawing on
used computer punch cards his Mom brought home from work, painting along with William Alexander on PBS tv, making plasticine dinosaurs and aliens with tin foil armatures for stop motion epics (with the family super eight camera) making monster mask sculptures on styrofoam wig forms and fake bloody aftermaths of destruction with flesh coloured plasticine and morticians wax with syrup blood on the neighbourhood kids and himself.
His artistic pursuits found focus while attending Beal Art in London, Ontario in the late eighties and with an amazing stroke of being at the right place at the right time shortly after art school he landed an apprenticeship at Blue Dragon Tattoo in London, Ontario, (where he stayed for over 15 years) which has allowed him to make a comfortable living designing and applying tattoos, creating works of walking art, on a great many wonderful clients and now (ten years in) with True Love Tattoos in London has a schedule that allows even more freelancing in other areas of interest. His early work on such films as Ginger Snaps, George Romero’s Land of the Dead, Zach Snyders 300, a few of the Resident Evil films and Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim as a special effects make-up artist and sculptor are some of his proudest moments.
He has never stopped honing his skills with a multitude of mediums, styles and diverse techniques, being a part of the fine art world and showing in galleries with so many talented creative people helps fuel his creative ideas. His recent sculptures are an exploration of the beauty of the human and not so human form with a darker narrative, always enjoying both the final outcome and the journey to get there.
Chris Austin is a lifelong resident and self taught visual artist from Toronto. Working mainly in acrylic and spray paint, Austin’s work is a combination of kaleidoscopic, photo-realism, and a “mash-up” painting style that draws inspiration from many creative arenas. Some of his major influences include graffiti, collage, and sign-writing. From these worlds he creates a diverse visual framework that is bold, adventurous and appeals to the young at heart.
Painting is the passion that enriches and enlivens my soul. I view everyday situations from unexpected perspectives, in a wide color palette. From that, I enter a painting with no plan of attack. Instead, I allow the painting to guide me in the direction it wants to take. Embracing the natural progression.
Nidia’s creativity started at a young age. She quickly learned how much she could do with just a pair of scissors and needle and thread. Discovering she had a knack for the apparel industry, Nidia decided to pursue fashion as a career. She graduated from the Fashion Design Program at Fanshawe College in 2006. After graduating she worked as an Associate Buyer, a role that included product development and technical design. In 2011 she became a part-time professor at Fanshawe College for the Fashion Design Program. Here she has been able to teach her specializations: Drape, Pattern Making, Technical Design, Apparel Construction, and Historical Sewing. All in the meantime Nidia has been involved in the art group “The Shadowood Collective” where she has been able to let her creativity run wild. This brought in networking opportunities with led to her working on costume/wardrobe for Jonny Hollow’s music video called, “This Hollow World” and costume/wardrobe for a film called, “Kingdom Come”.
Steven Restagno is an artist based in Waterloo Region, ON, Canada. He is an ongoing exhibiting artist at the Art District Gallery located in St. Jacobs and is currently enrolled in the fine arts program at the University of Waterloo. Born in 1997, Steven is young and ambitious, pursuing many artistic visions that combine both abstract and realistic approaches to painting.