The unpainted canvas just leaning against my studio wall has been bothering me for a while. I bought five 36″x36″ canvases for the Monkey Modern show, but only used four. Flipping through a sketchbook this week, I found this cluster of Proboscis Monkey drawings.
I’ve done a 6″x6″ study to figure out the colour scheme, and later this month, I’ll paint the ornery primate big.
Proboscis Monkey, study, 6″x6″
Volume, a great old-school record shop in Toronto’s Mirvish Village, is currently exhibiting one of my largest paintings, Entertainment. Part of my 2004 Veal series, Entertainment features a young boy dancing to the music of an accordion-playing monkey.
Entertainment hanging in Volume record store.
Pizza A Casa‘s Mark Bello and I met Volume owner Rob Sikora last spring, while doing research for the DIY Pizza Pie app. Mark was looking for a copy of ZZ Top’s Tres Hombres so he could show his design team what sort of colour palette he was looking for. Rob brought in his own copy to the store the next day so Mark could photograph it.
The glorious gatefold sleeve of ZZ Top’s Tres Hombres.
While Mark and I were showing Rob a beta version of the app, we started talking about my own art background and the old Swizzle Gallery. Rob suggested I show something in the store, which also exhibits vintage posters and some contemporary art pieces.
It was great to unwrap the painting again and get it up on a wall. Drop by Volume (588 Markham Street) during regular store hours (Thursday through Saturday) to have a look, and maybe pick up some good vinyl as well.
Volume, Mirvish Village, Toronto
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