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Curated Collections

Browse special collections of artworks curated by guest artists, curators, and collectors for inspiration and new entries into your art discovery journey. 

A dynamic group of seasoned and emerging artists, collectors, arts managers, and curators have put together a collection of their inspirations to bring new perspectives to art lovers. Enjoy browsing these collections! We hope they inspire you to find works of art for your spaces. 

 

Shellie Zhang

Artist

Shellie Zhang (b. 1991, Beijing, China) is a multidisciplinary artist based in Tkaronto/Toronto, Canada. Zhang has exhibited at venues including WORKJAM (Beijing), Asian Art Initiative (Philadelphia) and Gallery 44 (Toronto). She is a recipient of grants such as the Toronto Arts Council’s Visual Projects grant, the Ontario Arts Council’s Visual Artists Creation Grant and the Canada Council’s Project Grant to Visual Artists. She is a member of EMILIA-AMALIA, a feminist reading and writing group. In 2017, She was an Artist-in-Residence at the Art Gallery of Ontario. In 2021, she was a recipient of the Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts Artist Award. Her work has been published in Canadian Art, the Toronto Star, Blackflash Magazine, CBC Arts, and C Magazine. Recent and upcoming projects include exhibitions at Mercer Union (Toronto), Capture Photography Festival (Vancouver) the Institute of Contemporary Art San Diego.

Explore Ray of Sunshine

Ekow Nimako

Artist

Ekow Nimako is a Ghanaian-Canadian, internationally exhibiting LEGO® artist. Combining a multidisciplinary and formal arts program, Nimako explores Afrofuturism and Black narratives through an unmistakable figurative aesthetic that transcends the iconic medium. Nimako has exhibited works in Canada, Germany, Korea, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom.

Explore Surrealia

 

Lauren Sellen

Coyote Flowers

Coyote Flowers is a bespoke floral studio in Toronto, Canada. Designing with the unconventional in mind, their aim is to create meaningful compositions in flowers of unravelling beauty. Conscious of the emotional intent behind every piece, special importance is placed on the movement throughout. Coyote Flowers' style can be described as sculptural, juxtaposing edgy with feminine. Currently Lauren is in Berlin, Germany on a 1 year term project working with renowned studio Mary Lennox.

Explore Wonderlust

Tiffany Pratt

Designer and Creative Director

Tiffany Pratt is a Toronto-based multi-disciplinary designer and artist with an unmistakable standout style. She supports corporate clients and the public on projects ranging from Creative Direction, Product Design, Interiors and Fashion.

Explore Honest! COLOURFUL! Personal! LOOSE!

 

Amanda McCavour

Artist

Amanda McCavour works with embroidery to create large-scale embroidered installations. Through an exploration of line, stitch is used in her artwork to explore various concepts such as connections to home, the botanical world and more formal considerations of thread's accumulative presence.

Explore Hard and Soft Materials

Alex Jacobs-Blum

Artist and Curator

Alex Jacobs-Blum (Lower Cayuga of Six Nations/ German), photo-based artist and curator living in Ohròn:wakon (Hamilton, ON). Alex’s practice centres Indigeneity, reclamation, resilience and intergenerational love and healing while challenging colonial structures.

Explore A gesture of...

 

Mark Liam Smith

Artist

Mark Liam Smith is an oil painter based just outside of Toronto. Since he began painting professionally in 2015, Smith has shown his work in dozens of exhibitions and art fairs around the world, including SCOPE Basel, PULSE Art Fair in Miami Beach, Affordable Art Fair in NYC, Satellite Art Fair in NYC, Art Seattle, Art Toronto, and Papier Art Fair in Montreal. He is represented by two galleries in Canada and one in Australia. Smith is colorblind, and his palette reflects that: he uses highly saturated, often non-local colors to render his realistic still lifes. He draws from his linguistics background to inject narrative and symbolism into his paintings. When he’s not painting, Smith is teaching millions of others how to draw and paint on social media. His art and art tutorials have been featured by BuzzFeed UK, American Art Collector Magazine, The Jealous Curator, Art People, Create Magazine, Creative Boom, Hi-Fructose, Booooooom, and Bizarre Beyond Belief Magazine, among others.

Explore Just a Moment

Farnoosh Talaee

Curator & Director of Mayten Projects

Farnoosh Talaee is an independent curator, arts manager, and writer based in Toronto. Her curatorial practice explores the intersections of contemporary art with migration, diasporic identity, and decolonization, with an emphasis on art from the Mena region. She has contributed to curatorial research, exhibition management, and public programs at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto; Museum of Contemporary Arts, Toronto; and the Art Dubai, UAE, alongside a number of commercial galleries in North America and the Middle East. Most recently, she was the guest curator at MOCA to curate a series of public programming regarding the Shirin Neshat exhibition, and currently, she is the co-founder/director of Mayten’s Projects, a curatorial platform and commercial gallery exploring new trajectories for arts in different forms, consisting of artist talks, round tables, performances, group and solo exhibitions, and a hub for experimental ideations.

Explore Above and Beyond

 

Miranda Britton

Britton Gallery 

Miranda Britton is a jeweller, multi-disciplinary artist and gallery owner based in Muskoka, Ontario. As a jeweller, Miranda creates pieces that explore the multitude of ways that humans converge with the natural world. Using abstracted and simplified representations of organic motifs, her pieces celebrate many facets of the natural world, reminding the wearer of their place within the natural order of things. Together with her father, Miranda opened the Britton Gallery in Bracebridge in late 2019 and the experience has re-invigorated her love of art in its many forms.

Explore Human Nature

Melanie Egan

Director of Craft & Design at Harbourfront Centre

Melanie Egan has over 35 years of experience in the field of craft and design. She is Director of Craft & Design at Harbourfront Centre; Canada’s foremost artist-in-residency devoted to ceramics, glass, textiles, jewellery and design. She is a curator, organizes symposia, lectures, writes, mentors and advocates for craft & design in Canada and internationally.

Explore Materiality, Movement, Minimalism

 

Dahae Song

Artist

Dahae Song is a South Korean, Toronto based artist and visual philosopher. To paint the way a tree grows, Dahae uses various mediums to push and pull time. To document the world unseen, Dahae externalizes the internal landscape and materializes the immaterial world to serve as an impetus to look inwards and to contemplate this very moment that is forever fleeting us. Dahae Song received her BFA at OCAD U and has created meditative art objects and experiences in the city for global clients like Nike, Soho House, Samsung, Adidas, and Canadian clients such as Holt Renfrew, Tokyo Smoke, The Drake, and Hullmark.

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