Tiger suits and jaunty poodles

I have two paintings in the latest Super Wonder Gallery extravaganza, The Super Big Top. This circus-inspired art show will feature the works of dozens of artists, plus games of chance, a museum of sideshow oddities, and circus freaks.

Tigress. 30"x40", acrylic on canvas, 2015. $600

Tigress. 30″x40″, acrylic on canvas, 2015. $600

Tigress is a classic Rob Elliott painting – sex and violence and cigarettes and animals – on a bright blue canvas.

Sideshow, 18"x18", acrylic on canvas, custom painted wood frame, 2006. $400

Sideshow, 18″x18″, acrylic on canvas, custom painted wood frame, 2006. $400

Sideshow features an unlikely duo of circus animals, a goat and a poodle. It’s a fun piece, and is custom framed with white-painted pine.

The Super Big Top Opening Reception is this Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Admission is $10.

The Super Big Top
A Group Show of Contemporary Art inspired by the Circus
Super Wonder Gallery
876 Bloor St. West (near Ossington subway station), Toronto
July 24 & 25, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
www.superwondergallery.com

Non stop dancing in heaven

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If you ever caught me DJing at Gin ‘n’ Sin at the Niagara in the 1990s, or if you’ve just been to one of my parties, you know the key role James Last plays in my social life.

The German bandleader, whose rock medley-stuffed Non Stop Dancing records can be found in every thrift store bin, has died at 86 years old. The records were the sound of a square culture learning to have fun, complete with a singalong choir to help the listener get into the groove.

Great as James Last’ss medley records were, my favourite was 1972’s psychedelic rock-infused Voodoo Party, in particular the completely mad track “Mr. Giant Man”.

Saint paintings

I like the idea of saints, those haloed helpers for every imaginable problem.

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These little paintings are inspired by the prayer cards I find left on the seats of my local bus by the evangelically-minded. I’ve done them in earth tones on a baroque blue background, and added a pewter metallic halo to each one.

I’ve replaced the ecstatic expressions of traditional paintings with more human ones of irritation and recrimination, and maybe annoyance at being turned into a symbol.

The paintings of three saints – St. Agnes of Rome, St. Sebastian, St. Peter of Verona – are $150 each, or $400 for the triptych.

They will be featured in the Super Holy Show at the Super Wonder Gallery (876 Bloor St. W, Toronto) this Friday and Saturday night.

St. Sebastian. Acrylic on canvas, 5'x7"

St. Sebastian. Acrylic on canvas, 5’x7″

St. Peter of Verona. Acrylic on canvas, 5'x7"

St. Peter of Verona. Acrylic on canvas, 5’x7″

St. Agnes of Rome. Acrylic on canvas, 5'x7"

St. Agnes of Rome. Acrylic on canvas, 5’x7″