I did a quick run through of the visual feast that is the TOAE (Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition) at Nathan Phillips Square on Saturday. Roughly 300 artists participate every year. High profile notables like David Blackwood, Ken Danby, and Joanne Todd all did, back in the day.
The usuals (Rotter, George A. Walker, Debra Tate-Sears, etc) were there, with more good stuff.
The same but different.
If you didn't make it out, here are some highlights (I go so you don't have to!):
Picked up his book Freudoscope, which plops our favourite cigar obsessed psychiatrist into famous paintings, including The Garden of Earthly Delights. Wonderfully rendered, playful illustrations with a mischievous edge. He's best known for his award winning Alice's Adventures in Wonderland illustrations, published by Tundra Books.
Reminiscent of Paul Klee
(One of my art heroes), his warped, boisterous abstracts are wildly
free and creative. You'd never know he has no formal art training; his
work is better than many who do. On top of that, he's an airline pilot.