Paul Kelly is a Toronto-based artist working in drawing, painting, and print to explore the interaction of colour and geometric form. He is a graduate of the Bolton College of Art and Design, Manchester UK (1972), holds a Masters Degree in Art and Art History from University of Wayne State, MI (1977), and a PhD in Education and Semiotics from University of Oregon, OR (1989).
Kelly started two Art Departments during his extensive academic career, one in Medicine Hat College, Alberta and one at Nipissing University, North Bay, before retiring in 2014. He has been the subject of numerous exhibitions in Canadian and International venues and his work in included in various private and public collections.
Paul Sloggett, AOCA, RCA, graduated from the Ontario College of Art in 1973 and was awarded a Teaching Assistantship Scholarship to work under the direction of Royden Rabinowitch chair of Experimental Art. Paul taught Drawing and Painting as an Assistant Professor at York University from 1977-1985.
He joined the College as a faculty member part time in 1978 and in 2001 became a full Professor of Art in Drawing & Painting. In addition to his teaching Paul is currently the Assistant Dean of the Faculty of Art in charge of curriculum planning and student advisor for Drawing & Painting , Printmaking and Photography.
In his professional practice has produced 26 solo exhibitions in Painting and site specific installations in New York City and in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Sarah Dufresne is an Abstract Expressionist artist with a Drawing & Painting degree from OCAD University. Born and raised in Thunder Bay, Dufresne completed her Honours Bachelor Degree in Psychology at Lakehead University. Dufresne uses her Psychology degree by expressing herself with a brush and canvas as an act of therapy.
Through drawing and painting courses at Lakehead University, Sarah was introduced to many opportunities to showcase her work in Thunder Bay. These opportunities included 2 collaborative exhibitions, 3 solo exhibitions, and 2 juried exhibitions. Other opportunities such as magazine features and local awards led her to pursue painting at a post-secondary level at OCAD University. In her years at OCAD, Sarah honed her Abstract Expressionist style and explored outside of her comfort zone. This experience at OCAD brought her more opportunities in the art community such as magazine features and a group show. She gained invaluable insight and connections during her time at OCAD which has propelled her into the next stage of her artistic career. The way that her work functions in the material world is an act of therapy unto itself. Dufresne seeks to heal herself and the viewer in the process of creating and showing her work.
The discovery of his true heritage and the culture that it carries now informs all of his art and especially his painting. His exhibition at Hatch Gallery will feature his most heartfelt exploration of imagery that tells the story that he has only begun to uncover. “My art is a continuation of my long way home,” Tom says. “It is my way of showing honour and respect to a culture that I’m just shaking hands with.” Since authenticity is Tom’s calling card in all things, his paintings are in the same vein of truth-telling, story-sharing and heart-stirring as his other art. As Tom states, “My truth was hidden from me – I was born a Mohawk baby, and finally I’m becoming a Mohawk man.”
Tony Urquhart began his career as a painter. Some of his earliest work includes landscapes such as Primavera, 1957. His association with Av Isaacs, the owner of the Isaacs Gallery (one of Toronto’s most cutting-edge art venues which emerged in the mid 1950’s). In 1956, Isaacs asked Urquhart to join his growing stable of artists, including Michael Snow, Joyce Weiland and Graham Coughtry. Urquhart had his first works shown at the Isaacs Gallery in Toronto when he was only 22. He also had a one-man show in January 1957 and a second in November of the same year with Isaacs. At the time, Urquhart’s influence was from Buffalo, directly from the New York Abstract Expressionists and in 1956 the influence of this movement was still new to the Toronto public.
Urquhart lived in Niagara Falls until September 1960 when he went to London to be the first artist-in-residence at the University of Western Ontario.
Urquhart stayed at the University of Western Ontario in a teaching capacity until 1972 when he joined the faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Waterloo, where he remained for three decades, retiring in 1999. Tony Urquhart was named to the Order of Canada in 1995. He is the winner of the 2009 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts, and the CARFAC Outstanding Contribution Award.