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Entertainment at Volume Records

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.

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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.
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
Volume, Mirvish Village, Toronto
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Right On Futon murals

During a visit to Chicago last month, I =”ro”>O.E. stopped by furniture emporium Right On Futon to check out the murals I did for the store in 2003. After working out the themes with store owner Mark Bello, I painted futons in fantastic scenarios: as the iceberg that sunk the Titanic, as a cheap jerseys submarine battling a giant squid, wholesale Cleveland Browns jerseys and as a robot attacking the Windy City. The store is also decorated with three sideshow banners I painted for one of Right On Futon’s legendary store window displays. There’s even an 8’x4′ monkey painting to accompany Right On wholesale MLB jerseys Futon’s tiki bar sideline.

It is Heat always nice to wholesale jerseys revisit Stout work and find that it holds out up. Staff at the store say a week doesn’t Luxury go by that customers don’t ask about the murals.

Giant Squid vs. Jules Verne-esque wholesale MLB jerseys Futon

Sideshow banners painted on raw canvas

Iceberg mural and a sideshow banner

Monkey mural hanging over sales counter