Ideas & Art from Rob Elliott and Christine Cosby

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The monkey has landed

Shipping artwork overseas is a bit stressful. The combination of extortionate shipping rates, rough seas and customs caprice always has me cautioning a client before they make a purchase. After over a decade of doing this, I’m pretty good at building sturdy boxes and tidy paperwork trails. That said, I still breathed a sign of relief when Spacemonkey emerged from a ship’s hull in London six weeks after I had shipped it.


Mick Flynn has been collecting my work for years. When he saw I was promoting Spacemonkey in a couple of Toronto group shows, he wrote to tell me he would give the locals first chance at the painting, but he was interested if it did not sell. Fast-forward a couple of months and Mick has added the painting to his collection, where it joins a lion I painted to celebrate the birth of his son Leo (and a groovy felt “bug” Christine sewed). He sent me lovely note to let me know Spacemonkey had arrived:

OMG! It’s amazing! It’s exquisite R! I have already temporarily hung it in Leo’s room. The colours are so vibrant and it is stretched so beautifully. As you said, it really does pop off the wall. Gonna go and see my chap who will fashion a frame for it. . . I am thrilled I bought it Rob, I got lucky – your Canadian audience missed out on this one . . . P.S. Packaging was phenomenal!

Leo the Lion, 6"x6", acrylic on panel

Leo the Lion, 6″x6″, acrylic on panel

Felt "bug" Christine made for Leo.

Felt “bug” Christine made for Leo.

Spacemonkey, 20" diameter round canvas, $400

Spacemonkey, 20″ diameter round canvas

The return of Spacemonkey

Spacemonkey, 20" diameter round canvas, $400

Spacemonkey, 20″ diameter round canvas

For those who missed it at the Nook Holiday Sale, my painting Spacemonkey will be exhibited at The Amazing Sci-Fi Show this weekend. Over two dozen artists will be exhibited art from outer space and worlds beyond. As is always the case with Super Wonder Gallery productions, the opening party promises to be a spaced-out blast.

The Amazing Sci-Fi Show
A Giant Group Exhibition of Intergalactic Art

Opening reception: Friday, January 17, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Admission $5
The Super Wonder Gallery
99 Sudbury Street, Toronto

Exhibit continues through the week, check the Facebook page for details:

Spacemonkey in NOOK Holiday Sale


Spacemonkey, 20″ diameter, acrylic on canvas

I painted this Spacemonkey for the NOOK holiday sale. The cheeky organizers insisted that every piece in this powerhouse group show be round, and the shape was perfect for my helmeted simian hero.
It all starts on Friday evening with a group show upstairs featuring over 40 of your favourite artists. Meanwhile, on the main floor, is the Sock it to ’em Sale featuring more than 10 artists selling their one-of-a-kind handmade objets d’art.
Come on by from 7pm until late for the big party. The Kensington Brewing Company is our upstairs beer sponsor, while organizer Julia will be whipping up holiday cocktails downstairs. Two floors of fun and holiday gift ideas!
The two shows continue on Saturday December 7th from 11am until 6pm.

NOOK Holiday Sale and Group Show Spectacular!

Friday, December 6, 7 p.m. to 12 p.m. (opening party!)
Saturday, December 7, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (shopping day!)

NOOK, 156 Augusta Ave (Kensington Market), Toronto

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