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Swizzle 2020 highlights

Swizzle Studio kept busy through 2020, despite it being an unusual year. Here are some of my favourite projects, both commercial and personal.

Murals

Alley Cats, Gerrard St E and Rhodes Ave
Chickadee-Dee-Dee! Keele St and Dundas St. W.

I got the opportunity to paint my critters BIG this year. I did the giant cats with my friend Andrew Horne, and the bird on the side of Williams Design’s often tagged storefront.

Duck Story

otter and duck page
A page from the children’s book

My friend Andreas and I worked on a book over the winter, with him sending me pages of a children’s story he had written, one page at a time. These installments arrived hand-written on creamy notecards; I would add an illustration to the bottom. We are about six pages from the ending. Something to finish in 2021!

Pizza School NYC goes online

Pizza school vimeo
Screenshot of Pizza School NYC’s Vimeo page

My longtime clients Pizza School NYC had to pivot quickly when the pandemic shuttered their cooking school. I worked on the technical and visual side of their new online school. In addition to getting the Vimeo page looking great, I designed labels for pizza mailing kits, and designed a zine to go with those kits. Pizza School is doing great these days, and it was rewarding to be part of this big effort.

Pizza School NYC’s pizza kit with zine.
Pizza Ghost, detail from Halloween Maze

Logos

I always enjoy type and logo work. Here are a few I did this year.

Tailfeather Shaker for a series of Zoom dance parties
Vintage sellers Williams Design came across this eponymous logo stamped on an 80 year old case of shotgun shells. I cleaned up the artwork for them. Great design never gets old!
Logo design for UXG website.

Stickers

I discovered Sticker Mule, an online printing company with some really great products. After signing up to their mailing list, I have been having fun with their promotional specials.

Colouring Pages

Birds Are On The Wing colouring page, Spring 2020

During the spring lockdown, several artists made activity pages that went out the Flying Pony Cafe’s weekly home deliveries. They were much enjoyed by the children of the households who received them. I did several colouring pages.

My Pandemic Diary

My Pandemic Diary! cover. Well into Volume 2 now.

I have been keeping a sketchbook diary since the Pandemic began. It’s a pretty heady mix of humour, news, and observations.
Volume 1: http://swizzlestudio.com/my-pandemic-diary/
Volume 2: http://swizzlestudio.com/my-pandemic-diary-part-2/

Detail of My Pandemic Diary

Pickle Diary

It wasn’t all COVID-19. I also did a lot of cooking this year.

Bird Paintings

Pear, 12″x12″, acrylic on canvas
Wandering and Wondering, 18″x24″, acrylic on canvas
My Friend Flicker, 10″x12″, acrylic on canvas

There wasn’t a lot of time for painting this year, but I did get the easel out for these three commissions and gifts.


That’s the highlights for 2020. We’re already galloping into the new year with two book design projects and some fun personal stuff too!

Cheers!
Rob

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Wookiee Modern

Chewbacca painting
Wookiee Modern, 24″x36″, acrylic on canvas. 2019. $750

I painted this handsome Chewbacca portrait for the Official Unofficial Show, a Star Wars themed fundraising exhibition for the MS Society. Chewie is available for $750, with 35% of proceeds going to charity.

Contact me swizzle [at] studio.ca for details.

Artist Rob Elliott with stormtroopers.
Artist Rob Elliott with an Imperial Guard from the 501st battalion.
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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