Category Archives: Projects

Recent Paintings

Last month, fellow artist and friend Melanie MacDonald and I exhibited some large paintings in the Dennis Tourbin Members Gallery at the Niagara Artists Centre.

The recently renovated exhibition space was treat to show at, with crisp white walls and a new lighting set up.

The paintings paired up nicely together, with lots of interplay between themes and colour palette. It also was the first time I’ve shown all three of my “1970s” paintings in one space.

Here are photos of the show (click to view large):

Recent Paintings
Rob Elliott & Melanie MacDonald

28 April – May 16 2017

Niagara Artists Centre
354 St.Paul Street
St.Catharines, Ontario

Law of Work illustrations, part 2

Mike Thompson of Emond Publishing asked me to create a new round of cartoons for David Doorey’s Law of Work textbook series. David has a good sense of humour, and I always enjoy refining his ideas into finished artwork.

Working on cartoons about workplace strife also makes me glad to be working here in the studio!

Long Weekend Monday maps and icons

I designed a map of Toronto’s Junction Triangle for Ryan Bigge’s project Long Weekend Monday (@long_wkndMonday). This Twitter project shows which bars and coffee shops are open on long weekends in a quick snapshot.

The map posed an interesting challenge, conveying a lot of specific information in the small space of a tweet.

I used a modern typeface (Helvetica Neue Bold) for readability. I drew the icons and map by hand to counter the machined aspects of Twitter. A mix of colour fields for the grid added a mid-century modern feel.

Coffee and beer icons by Rob Elliott

Ryan also turned the icons into this nice atavar: