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 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 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.
I like the idea of saints, those haloed helpers for every imaginable problem.
These little paintings are inspired by the prayer cards I find left on the seats of my local bus by the evangelically-minded. I’ve done them in earth tones on a baroque blue background, and added a pewter metallic halo to each one.
I’ve replaced the ecstatic expressions of traditional paintings with more human ones of irritation and recrimination, and maybe annoyance at being turned into a symbol.
The paintings of three saints – St. Agnes of Rome, St. Sebastian, St. Peter of Verona – are $150 each, or $400 for the triptych.
They will be featured in the Super Holy Show at the Super Wonder Gallery (876 Bloor St. W, Toronto) this Friday and Saturday night.
St. Sebastian. Acrylic on canvas, 5’x7″
St. Peter of Verona. Acrylic on canvas, 5’x7″
St. Agnes of Rome. Acrylic on canvas, 5’x7″
The Super Wonder Gallery presents The TV Retro Super Show this weekend at its giant new Bloor Street space. As always, the opening will be a huge bash with entertainment and entertaining people. The TV Retro Super Show leans heavily towards TV and Movie pulp imagery and features the work of over 100 artists.
Bang! Pow! by Rob Elliott. Acrylic on canvas, 36″x36″.
I contributed this portrait, Bang! Pow!,Â of a machine gun-wielding Batman. According to comics canon, Batman never uses a gun. My leap over this moral checkpoint is intended to be funny, startling, and maybe make the viewer think about the real world’s rules of violence and war.
The TV Retro Super Show
Artwork Inspired by TV and Movie Pop Culture
Double night opening reception:
Friday, April 24 and Saturday, April 25. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Show continues for three weeks
Super Wonder Gallery
876 Bloor St. West (near Ossington Subway station)
Admission: $10 (portion of proceeds benefit Canadian Dachshund Rescue Ontario)