What makes The ARTS Project unique in London?
Artists working in their own studios in a downtown, urban environment; influenced by the space around them and then creating works of art that reflect their experiences…
Resident Artist, Barb Hyatt Studio
Holly Pichette is a London-based visual artist whose practice includes painting, contemporary and traditional forms of beadwork, and more recently large scale mixed media sculptures. She is of Swampy Cree and French Canadian ancestry. Her work is deeply influenced by her culture, and reflects her experiences and perspective as a First Nations person. In 2014, Pichette left her community in Northern Ontario and relocated to London, ON to follow her passion for visual arts and pursue formal training. She is a recent graduate of the 3-year Advanced Diploma Program in Fine Art at Fanshawe College, where she graduated on the Dean’s list and was selected by the Fine Arts Program Coordinator for the BMO 1st Art! Invitational Student Art Competition.
That same year she was part of a student group exhibition, Pushing Back, at the Satellite gallery, where she displayed a series of life size road signs sculptures that addressed issues of privilege, land and water rights, and environmental racism. Her artwork was also part of the First Nations 2017 art exhibition at the Woodlands Cultural Centre in Brantford. She is currently doing an artist residency through the Emerging Artists Studio Program at The Arts Project, and plans to continue pursuing a career working as a professional artist.
Resident Artist, Studio 2B
Angie Quick (b. 1989, Calgary, AB.) is a self-taught painter and poet working in London, ON. She is a known for her large oil paintings which explore flesh in a historical and contemporaneous manner. Her practice experiments with the nature of language and sensation within both a visual and performative context.
Her work can be seen at: www.everythingipromisedyouisbeingsold.com
Resident Artist, Studio 2E
Saturday Night, The Look, Elm Street, Interview… these are just a few of the publication credits for the photographs of Rob Nelson. Living wherever the work takes him, Rob has spent time in New York, Montreal, Toronto, and everywhere in between in order to shoot notable faces such as Karen Kain, Prince Andrew, and musicians Basia Bulat and Olenka Krakus.
As a second generation photographer, Rob entered the darkroom at age eight and never looked back.
For more information on Rob, visit his site: robnelsonphotography.com
Resident Artist, Studio 2F
Born to Slovak immigrants to Canada, Stefan had an initial background in research biochemistry, followed by a medical degree and internship in cardiovascular surgery. A subsequent residency in psychiatry lead to an initial career in a private practice in the field. Due to tragic life circumstances, Stefan re-awakened interest in fine art and acquired an Honours Bachelor of Fine Art Degree with distinction at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada. He completed a Master of Fine Arts degree at Bathspa University in the U.K. and returned to Canada to take courses in Art Gallery and Museum Management. Stefan recently completed a diploma program in the Arts Management program with distinction at the University of Western Ontario in Canada. He also completed a short term contract job as partnership assistant at Museum London in London, Ontario, Canada. He has been taking a number of courses in sculpture and invested time studying bronze casting. He is continuing my studies in psychiatry and is a Guest Member of the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. Connected with the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society, Stefan is currently studying in the Infant Mental Health program.
For more info see: www.stefanandrejicka.com
Resident Artist, Studio 2G
Craig Guthrie was born and raised in Guelph, Ontario. Early on Craig felt connected to nature, spending countless summers of his childhood fishing with his father around Georgian Bay and the Kawartha lakes.
Following four years of study in the the University of Windsor’s Fine Arts Acting program, Craig stepped behind the scenes and into the world of set design and scenic art. This path lead Craig to many scene shops throughout Ontario, including those in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Hamilton, Grand Bend, Stratford, and Toronto.
The last decade has been spent in the Forest City of London, Ontario which Craig, his husband Richard, and their cats Tina and Doug all call home.
Resident Artist, Studio 3A
The earliest visual influences on the artist’s work were l’Art Brut, l’Art Informel and Matter paintings – Antoni Tapies for example, as well as certain aspects of North American Abstract Expressionism – most particularly as reflected in Cy Twombly’s works.
Peter’s “Open Works” constitute an exploration of the symbolic and communicative power that we distill from texture and colour alone. His mixed media paintings typically incorporate some combination of sand, ashes, dust, chalk, marble dust, modelling paste, paper, cardboard and varnishes - coloured with raw pigments, acrylic paints, pencil, pencil crayon and watercolours.
Resident Artist, Studio 3B
Davita Guslits wants to be painting while she’s at band practice, and while painting she wishes she was drumming. While drumming she wishes she was playing guitar. When in the middle of writing a riff with the lead singer of Never Betters, she wonders why she hasn’t filmed a weird video in a while. She rarely stays in one place for very long.
Davita’s art can be seen on Instagram @_davita_guslits_art_
Resident Artist, Studio 3C
Joanna Skiba is an emerging artist who is based in London, Ontario. She has graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Western University and has recently joined Good Sport, an artist run gallery. Her work ranges from bright backlit drawings to plush sculptures. Inspired by the pleasure that is experienced by scrolling through social media, she uses the aesthetics of the internet to create work that stimulates those same positive feelings. An interest that Joanna has about the internet is how it is used as a professional playground for adults. On the internet, people can play without judgement as they continue into adulthood. Joanna wants to continue this playground into a gallery space because galleries are places that adults use for fun.
Joanna was welcomed to The ARTS Project in June 2017 through our Emerging Artists Studio Program.