About Our Artist Instructors
- Kelley Aitken
- Aleks Bartosik
- Lynn Crosbie
- Janieta Eyre
- Claire Greenshaw
- Jim Hake
- Brian Hoxha
- Kerry Kim
- Sholem Krishtalka
- Bogdan Luca
- Christy Langer
- Carol Matson
- Amish Morrell
- Susy Oliveira
- Brian Piitz
- Lauren McKinley Renzetti
- Derek Sullivan
- Jessica Thompson
- Michael Toke
- Margaux Williamson
Through the 80’s and 90’s my work was primarily narrative: dream landscapes and figurative works that used the geography of the body to map psychological and emotional states. These works were executed on canvas, wood, and paper in mixed media and painterly collage. I continue to work with figurative imagery at a larger scale in gouache, acrylic wash, ink, graphite, encaustic and papercut.
Aleks Bartosik works figuratively and most often large-scale, where she combines drawing elements in painting, sculpture, performance and installation, and film/video. Bartosik’s work explores the boundaries between the real and the imaginary often depicting the artist as the protagonist within invented narratives.
Aleks Bartosik teaches Figurative Painting.
As a professional writer, editor, cultural critic and English professor, Lynn Crosbie has published eight books and is a regular columnist for The Globe and Mail newspaper. Her experience ranges from journalism to poetry, prose, plays, screenplays, critical essays, lectures, products and advertising. She has taught English and Creative Writing at the Ontario College of Art & Design, the University of Toronto, the University of Guelph, York University, and to at-risk youth in the community.
Lynn Crosbie teaches classes related to poetry and writing at the AGO.
Janieta Eyre (b. 1966) studied philosophy at Toronto University, then magazine journalism at Ryerson Polytechnic University and photography at the Ontario College of Art and Design. She took up photography professionally in 1995. In her distinctive self-portraits, she frequently presents herself as a set of twins, engaging with the possibility of morphous identities and fictional doubles. Often employing fantastic and carnivalesque settings, she uses props and costumes to disrupt the fixity of image and identity. She manipulates the theatricality at play in her work by incorporating art-historical and literary references, while leaving space for the integration of fictional representations. Janieta's show Selected Poems at the Mulherin & Pollard Projects NYC launches November 8th.
Janieta Eyre teaches Introduction to Creative Photography.
Claire Greenshaw received her BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, Canada in 2002 and her MFA from the Glasgow School of Art in 2009. Greenshaw has shown in many group exhibitions across Canada, in the UK, USA and Sweden, including shows at The Night Gallery, Los Angeles; The Khyber Arts Centre, Halifax; and The Royal Standard, Liverpool. Her solo exhibitions include Sweet Geranium, Glasgow; Hunter and Cook HQ, Toronto; and Helen Pitt Artist Run Centre, Vancouver. Claire Greenshaw is also co-editor/designer of Millions magazine.
Claire Greenshaw teaches Experimenting with Sculpture.
Jim Hake received his BFA in sculpture at the Maryland Institute, College of Art in 1990, a MA in sculpture at California State University, Sacramento in 1994 and a MFA in sculpture at the Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts, Indiana University, Bloomington in 1996. After graduation, Hake moved to Turin, Italy and became an Italian citizen where he began his career as a professional sculptor and teacher. Before moving to Toronto in 2008, Jim Hake has shown his work extensively throughout Italy and Europe, in particular, Milan, Bologna, Venice, Lugano, Stockholm, and London. In the past 5 years, Hake has mounted 5 solo exhibitions throughout Ontario. He is currently represented by Lonsdale Gallery.
Brian Hoxha is a painter, printmaker and educator whose work explores the natural world. Taking inspiration by painting on location in Ontario, and journeying to areas as diverse as Western Canada, Newfoundland and Montana, Hoxha works in both oil and watercolour. He also has a studio-based practice in which he translates painted works into etchings, lithographs, and woodcuts. Hoxha is currently being represented by Open Studio, Gallery 133, The Denison Gallery, Art Interiors, Tracey Capes F.A., Gallery Noveau in Regina, Saskatdhewan, Gibson Fine Arts in Calgary, and the Christina Parker Gallery in St. John’s N.F. Brian Hoxha currently teaches Introduction to Printmaking.
Kerry Kim regards drawing as a vehicle for exploration of chaotic visual reality while he does not imbue his works with symbolism, nor does he merely record what he sees. Rather, he draws out the structural movement within the human form, thus conveying thoughts and emotions that otherwise could not be elucidated. Kerry graduated from Ontario College of Art and Design in 1981 and studied old master drawings in Florence, Italy. He taught drawing and painting at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Dundas Valley School of Art, Sheridan College, Centennial College and Ontario College of Art and Design. He is presently the director of Mississauga Valley School of Art. Kerry’s works have been represented through many group and solo shows.
Kerry Kim teaches Life Drawing.
Sholem Krishtalka is an artist and writer. He holds a BFA from Concordia University and an MFA from York University. He is the art critic for Xtra Magazine and his writing has been featured in Canadian Art, C Magazine, Taddle Creek, and CBC Arts Online, in addition to which he is a regular contributor to Ryeberg.com, a curated video blog. His artwork has been featured in Carte Blanche Volume 2: Painting, a survey of contemporary Canadian painting. Most recently, he had a solo show in Brooklyn, New York, at Jack the Pelican Presents, where he launched a commissioned folio of prints with ArtInvestor, a Munich-based multiples store and magazine. His paintings were featured in the premiere issue of Headmaster, a queer arts and culture magazine out of Providence, Rhode Island. He maintains a web-project called Lurking, which can be seen at sholem.tumblr.com.
Sholem teaches Portrait Painting.
Bogdan was born in Romania and has been living in Toronto since 1994. After graduating from Sheridan College's Classical Animation program, he worked in the animation world in various roles including animator, designer, concept artist, storyboard artist and art director. Bogdan also studied at OCAD University and the University of Toronto. Since 2010 he works as a drawing and painting instructor in the Faculty of Art at OCAD University. Bogdan has exhibited his work in Canada, Italy, Romania, Germany and the US. He is represented by Neubacher Shor Contemporary Gallery in Toronto. Visit Bogdan's website at www.bogdanluca.com.
Christy Langer graduated with her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Ontario College of Art & Design in 2003; since then her sculpture work has been exhibited extensively both locally and internationally. Her sculptures are recognized for their meticulous execution; she combines a variety of techniques, processes, and utilizes materials ranging from silicone to porcelain. Langer is currently represented by Christopher Cutts Gallery in Toronto.
Christy Langer teaches Figurative Sculpture.
Carol Matson was born in Vancouver, B.C. and attended the University of British Columbia, where she was granted a B.Ed. with a Double Art Major. After spending time in London, England, Carol completed an Honours Degree in Printmaking from the Emily Carr School of Art and Design, and at Concordia University in Montreal where she received a Masters in Art Education, with Studio Studies. Carol taught at Concordia in the Fine Arts Department before moving to Toronto.
Her paintings are in collections in Canada and the United States.
Carol Matson teaches Introduction to Painting.
Amish Morrell is Editor of C Magazine, a quarterly journal on contemporary international art, and Special Lecturer in Visual Studies at the University of Toronto Mississauga. He has written for publications including Art Papers, Ciel Variable, Fuse Magazine, History of Photography and Prefix Photo. His curatorial projects include The Frontier is Here, an exhibition of works by contemporary Canadian and international artists that explore landscape and identity, The Walking Projects, a collaborative project to produce new artworks that investigate walking as aesthetic practice, and an upcoming exhibition on back to the land countercultures in Atlantic Canada. He has been an avid long-distance cyclist for over 25 years.
Amish leads a 5-week cycling workshop titled Art on Bikes.
Susy Oliveira lives and works in Toronto. Oliveira received an MFA from the University of Waterloo and is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art & Design. Oliveira's work has been widely exhibited including shows at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto; Erin Stump Projects, Toronto; the Hole, New York; the Khyber, Halifax and PLATFORM centre for photographic + digital arts, Winnipeg. Oliveira is the recipient of arts grants from the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. Oliveira also teaches as a sessional instructor at OCAD University.
Brian Piitz lives and works in Toronto. He graduated from Ryerson Polytechnic in 1986. Since 1984, he has exhibited in solo and group shows nationally and internationally. His work was included in the touring exhibitions Persistent Documents (1995-2000), The Pressing of Flesh (1993-1995) and The Body-Le Corps (1993-1994). He was a founding member of the Blanket Artist Collective and the Phoebe Street Project. Piitz has been an instructor of photography since 1999 and is presently a photography studio instructor at York University.
Brian teaches Figurative Photography.
Lauren McKinley Renzetti
Lauren McKinley Renzetti is an artist, designer, educator, maker and writer who has shown her work throughout Ontario. Her role as an educator has taken her to Georgian College, McMaster University, Ryerson University, the Art Gallery of Hamilton and art Works art School as well as the AGO. Her work predominantly is texture based: relief printmaking,collage, paper making, mixed media sculpture and high relief detritus painting in acrylic. She is represented by ArtBomb and is also the artist–in-residence at Unicamp of Ontario where she facilitates large community building art projects. Her editorials on education, art and community building have been printed widely in e-newsletters, The Canadian Unitarian and in Snap.
Derek Sullivan is a Toronto-based visual artist whose work spans drawing, sculpture, installation and book works. Recent solo exhibitions have been held at The Power Plant, Toronto, where he was awarded The Power Plant's 2011 commission;Galerie Emmanuel Hervé, Paris (2012); Galerie Tatjana Pieters, Ghent (2012); Jessica Bradley Art + Projects, Toronto (2011); KIOSK, Ghent (2011); University of Waterloo Art Gallery (2010); Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge (2008); and White Columns, New York (2008). He has taught undergraduate courses at The University of Guelph, The University of Toronto, OCAD University and the Toronto School of Art; and has been a graduate adviser at York University. In 2012 he was shortlisted for the Sobey Art Award.
Michael Toke is a Toronto based visual / installation artist, born Hamilton 1964. Attending Sheridan College and OCA in the 1980s, moved to NYC and worked as head assistant to J.S.G. Boggs a commerce based performance artist. Exhibiting internationally in art and film venues. His installations combine painting, video and sculpture hung on a conceptual armature of documentary film practice.
Born in Pittsburgh, but now living in Toronto, Margaux Willliamson has exhibited paintings at Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects in Toronto, at Marvelli Gallery in New York, and at Fette's Gallery in Los Angeles. She premiered her first movie project at the Toronto International Film Festival and a variation on that project, a DVD called Teenager Hamlet, was distributed in Canada in the fall of 2010 and the U.S. in 2011. Her work has been featured by the National Post, Eye Weekly, The New York Times, the Artfag, Canadian Art magazine, among others. In 2010 Williamson created the blog Movie Is My Favourite Word, and since then helped found, alongside Carl Wilson and Chris Randle, the cultural review site Back to the World. In 2012, Williamson will be contributing movie reviews for The Believer magazine. She was AGO Artist in Residence from January – April 2012.
Margaux Williamson will be leading a four-week workshop entitled Toronto Art Crawl in November 2012.