Saturday, July 7, 2012

What's new in the July studio

This year has been all about experimentation for me, and I especially like to experiment in the summer. Here are three paintings I did for a Japanese-Canadian art show, so I used my favourite pop colour along with with maps on Japan. I played with abstract shape, floating areas of paint, and photo transfers. Instead of resin, I sealed them with acrylic medium, so they are subtly shiny, if anything I paint can ever be called subtle.

pink map of Japan, 16" x 16"

Pokemap of Japan, 16" x 16"

souvenir map of Japan, 16" x 16"

These three paintings have just gone to Toronto, where they will be in the Artsu Matsuri show. Here are all the details:

Artsu Masturi
July 12 - 28, 2012
Opening: Thursday July 12, 7 - 9:30 p.m.
with music by Bruce Tatemichi and wieners by Chef Shoji, cash bar, and Artsu Matsuri artists
Pechu Kucha Thursday July 19, 7:30 p.m.

JCCC Gallery
6 Garamond Court, Toronto, ON M3C 1Z5 
416-441-2345 email: 

I wish I could be there, Chef Shoji's weiners sound especially intriguing.


  1. well done mat! toronto is a lucky city - i'm especially a fan of souvenir map of japan.

    speaking of - a pop up gallery opened in victoria for the summer - it's called "souvenir."

    1. Yes, I like that too, the text came with a doll my parents brought back from a trip to Japan 50 years ago, i found their original itinerary and all these papers in it. They were buying gifts for $3.75! But strangely the price of flights is the same as it is now!

  2. These are great-and not just because they have maps!

    1. I do love maps, but not as much as you, clearly.

  3. I would call this experiment a huge success! These are gorgeous!

    1. Thanks Lesley, the summer is an especially good time for fooling around in the studio.