Get ready for our 4th annual Tingfest!
April 25 – May 13, 2017
Opening Reception: April 29, 6 – 8 p.m.
Returning to The ARTS Project this Spring, Tingfest is a three-week celebration that showcases the artwork of several comic and graphic artists from London and the greater Southwestern Ontario area. Click here for this year’s lineup of exhibiting artists.
Named after Merle ‘Ting’ Tingley, the editorial cartoonist for the London Free Press from 1948 – 1986, Tingfest is a celebration of his work and influence on multiple generations of artists.
Tingfest centers around an art exhibition at The ARTS Project, that will also feature a pop-up comic shop, panel discussions, workshops, and more. All programs are FREE to attend (unless specified) and for ALL AGES!
Shout out to Andrew Lewis for designing this year’s Tingfest logo, where he put his own spin on Ting’s iconic cartoon mascot, Luke Worm!
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We would like to thank our festival sponsors. This event would not be possible without your generous support and enthusiasm:
We would also like to acknowledge the support of our community partners:
2017 Tingfest’s Featured Artists
Andrew is an internationally recognized Canadian art director and graphic artist, based in London Ontario. He has been acknowledged for award-winning corporate identities, branding, poster art, packaging, and multimedia applications, and his portfolio includes the Royal Canadian Mint, Canada Post, Starbucks Coffee, Converse, and Stratford Festival. He also has work featured in numerous international collections, including The International Poster Biennial in Mexico City, the National Library of France and the Museum of Modern Art in NYC. To date, Andrew has designed over 850 posters, 150 brands and continues to explore new forms of visual communication and fine art.
Anthony Wallace is an illustrator creating wondrous images for storybooks, comics, boardgames, and covers. With his wide ranging work, Anthony tries to tell a story with each image he creates. His work has been featured by comic conventions and comic stores. When not drawing gnomes in his studio, Anthony can be found exploring mysterious forests and woodlands.
With a background in architecture and philosophy, Cai’s work often features retro cityscapes and conceptual, whimsical scenes. Working often in advertising, her work has been a part of numerous campaigns including poster art for the 2015 & 2016 HotDocs Film Festival, editorial art in WestJet Magazine, animations for Second Cup Coffee and countless beer art for breweries including the illustrations on Brickworks Cider cans. Cai lives in Guelph with her dog, cat and partner, and can be found kayaking on it’s many rivers and lakes.
Cailen Dye is a multidisciplinary artist based out of London Ontario. He is known for his work in visual art, music production and most recently his clothing brand, Snewzy. Dye is fascinated with culture, perception and visual communication. Objects and characters in his work often appear quite abstract, suggesting elements of architecture, street art, impossible objects, pop culture and fictional or lost civilizations. Influences include Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keiichi Tanaami, Greg Curnoe, Daniel Johnston, Keith Haring and friend/collaborator Jason Mclean.
Charles Vincent has been an active participant in the London ON music and arts scene since the early 1980s. He was among London’s first producers of punk zine comics published in Heart War, The Livin’ End, and Mind Theatre zines. During the 1990s he created music and showed art at techno events, and recorded with Detroit’s Planet E Communications. Since 2002 he has concentrated his efforts on his ongoing winged women series, Faterfair.
His original artwork is in private collections across Canada and in the USA, and in the permanent collection of The Art Gallery of Ontario.
The work in the Ting exhibition focuses on the long-format illustrated story of Brandy Cinnamon Wages, The Black-Winged Lady of Country Music.
Georgia Webber is a comics artist, craniosacral therapist, and sound enthusiast currently living in beautiful Hamilton, Ontario. At the crossroads of art, presence, and healing, she’s exploring what’s possible.
Gillian Wilson is a Guelph-based illustrator and screen printer with an affinity for cats and scary feelings. She grew up in Toronto and attended Concordia University (Montreal), where she received a BFA in painting, drawing and printmaking in 2006. Since then, Gillian has been busy as a freelance illustrator and developed her own line of hand printed cards goods, available in stores throughout North America. Her work has been featured in both Frankie and Uppercase magazines and some of her clients include VICE, Wellington Brewery, Kazoo! Fest and Broadview Press.
Jill grew up in Belleville, Ontario where she spent a lot of time drawing mean pictures of her peers. She moved to London in 2008 for school and has been there ever since. Jill’s first comic was a rewrite of a “Digimon” episode for her little brother, who was very upset over Puppetmon’s fate. She is still drawing mean pictures of her peers, but she is an adult now, so she has to call them ‘comics’, ‘show posters’ and ‘album covers.’ Jill’s work has been published by Runciman Press and has appeared on Japanese noisecore releases, so there.
Merle “Ting” Tingley
Ting was an editorial cartoonist for the London Free Press for almost forty years (1948-1986). Over the years, his whimsical humour has attracted a loyal following, not only in the Free Press but across Canada in more than 60 daily and weekly publications. His diverse body of work includes political cartoons, social commentaries, and his famous cartoon mascot, Luke Worm, who is immediately recognizable and famed among readers of all ages. Tingley has been awarded national and international awards for his work and has inspired generations of comic artists in Southwestern Ontario.
Owen Marshall is an artist and illustrator currently based out of Toronto. After recently graduating from the BealArt Program, he is currently pursuing a BFA in printmaking at OCAD University. Owen’s practice is largely centred around drawing, but has grown to include zinemaking, screenprinting, sculpture and ceramics.
Owen’s illustrative work can be seen around London in the form of t-shirts, posters, stickers, album covers and other merchandise. His work has also been included in multiple exhibitions and zine fairs, including a solo exhibition at Good Sport in 2016. Owen is also a founding member of Spot Mop, a 3-piece art collective comprised of other emerging artists, Good Rugz (Emily Clark) and Luke Van H., producing both collaborative and individual work.
“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 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 crafting multiple layers to convey a sense of mood and ambiance.
Vincent lives in Kitchener, Ontario where he is currently painting new pictures and crafting new tales.