26 Jan 2011

Colourshift – a new abstract art collective in Toronto

Posted by Moshe Mikanovsky

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.

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Artists, from left to right: Laurie Skantzos, Ben Stansfield, Karen Taylor, Bill Philipovich, Salomon Khammi, Lisa Hickey, Scott Garant, Joe Calleja, Kate Taylor. Art on the wall, from left to right: Laurie Skantzos, Joe Calleja, Salomon Khammi, Bill Philipovich, Scott Garant

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.

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Colourshift openning at the Ben Navaee Gallery

Check out the collective’s website and each of the members:

Colourshift openning at the Ben Navaee Gallery

Colourshift openning at the Ben Navaee Gallery

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!

Cheers

Moshe

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2 Responses to “Colourshift – a new abstract art collective in Toronto”

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  2. Hi! I’m also an abstract artist like you…my question is how can i joined to your group. I would like to be a member of Colourshift – a new abstract art collective. I live i scarborough..
    Thank you.

    Alexander Gonzales

     

    alexander gonzales

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