26 Jan 2011
Colourshift – a new abstract art collective in Toronto
Since I have joined the Artists’ Network, I have met many talented artists, who live and work in Toronto and the area. Part of the Artits’ Network’s goals is to create opportunities for artists to market and sell their art, and it achieves it by many ways. One of them is the Artists Cell. Small groups of artists from the network have formed, based on common interests, to help each other and come up with mutual opportunities.
One of these group is the abstract art collective. Started by artist Karen Taylor, who previously initiated the SolidColour group of four abstract artists - including herself, Kate Taylor, Bill Philipovich and Ben Stansfield – Karen felt that a there is a place for a larger collective.
There were many reasons for putting a collective together. The main one was to promote abstract art. There isn’t a great deal of it out there in Toronto, and as a result many people I speak to seem a little wary of it. I have noticed that galleries have a tendency to favour figurative art over abstract, and there are many outlets for photographic work. So I thought that I’d jump there and do something to help redress the balance.
With the help of Scott Garant, who offered to share some of the workload, the collective started, and has now published their show schedule and artist members. Currently, in addition to the four SolidColour members, there are also Joe Calleja, Scott Garant, Lisa Hickey, Salomon Khammi and Laurie Skantzos. The plans for the future are to grow the collective to about 12-15 members, and to put several shows a year.
Colourshift’s first successful exhibit was just held at the Ben Navaee Gallery. Unfortuanatliy I didn’t have a chance to see it myself, but there are two more shows planned for the near future. The first will be held at the Gallery 1313, February 16-27, and the second will be in August 31-September 6, at Gladstone Hotel Art Bar.
Check out the collective’s website and each of the members:
- Colourshift - www.colourshiftcollective.ca
- Joe Calleja - www.callejadesign.com
- Scott Garant - www.garillaarts.com
- Lisa Hickey- www.lisadhickey.ca
- Salomon Khammi - www.salomonkhammi.com
This is a wonderful initiative, coming from within our artists community, and a great example of opportunities built by the artists. Well done Karen and the entire group, and good luck with all your shows!