Emerging and established artists from the Hamilton Ontario region. Printmakers, painters, photographers, visual artists.
My recent work focuses on the landscape, using bright colours and a loose, painterly style to convey energy and happiness. My style is probably best described as Contemporary Impressionism, using expressive brush strokes and layering to create movement and life. I move freely between different subjects, but am currently inspired by nature. Although I live in the middle of a busy city, my work evokes a more slow-paced, bucolic life, including images of water and the way it moves, hidden beaches I call “Dreamscapes”. I am daily inspired on my walks through the community and in my conversations with neighbours and other artists.
Dana Cowie is a professional visual artist of over 20 years who lives in Hamilton, Ontario. Cowie is a graduate of the visual art program at Central Technical School in Toronto. She has also lived in Japan and in Victoria, British Columbia. Her work has been exhibited in solo shows and group exhibitions throughout Canada. Her paintings have been featured in the Hamilton Spectator, Hamilton Magazine, House & Garden magazine (UK), and The Mayfair Life Magazine (UK). For more about Dana Cowie, click here.
Laine Groeneweg is printmaker currently living in Hamilton, Canada. He received his BFA from York University in 2004 and subsequently trained as a professional printmaker at Fondazione Il Bisonte Per Lo Studio Dell’Arte Grafica in Florence, Italy. He is most widely recognized for his work in mezzotint and amp; etching and exploring the possibilities of traditional technique in the wake of more contemporary production methods. His prints have been exhibited Nationally and Internationally in Canada, Australia, Russia, Japan, Finland, Italy, Taiwan and the United States. In 2013, Laine founded Smokestack, a custom printmaking space in Hamilton where he currently works and collaborates with others.
Laura Kay Keeling spent her childhood summers camping across Northern Ontario. Drawn to photography from an early age, she captured everyday moments and the natural beauty of Northern Ontario with her film camera. She has distinct memories of collecting stones from different quarries and admiring their beauty. It is this nostalgia and appreciation for the natural environment that informs her recent body of work, The Hot Rock series. Using field guides as her source material, Keeling describes her collage work as an obsession.
Laura Kay Keeling has recently shown her work Wish You Well at The Artist Project, Better Living Centre and Walks with Lex at the Toronto Public Library. In 2017 she had a solo exhibition, Long Road, at the Akin Vitrine Gallery. Other shows include Untapped Artist at the The Artist Project (2017), Untitled outdoor sculpture at Oeno Sculpture Garden, Prince Edward County (2017), Artifacts at Project Gallery (2016) and Wild Plants/Hot Rocks at The Gifted in Hamilton (2016). Between exhibitions, Keeling teaches collage workshops at Lakeshore Arts and CAMH. She is a recent recipient of an Ontario Arts Council Exhibition grant.
Janice Kovar is a visual artist from Hamilton, Ontario, who has exhibited her work in numerous exhibitions both individually and collaboratively. Having been an artist for over twenty years, her work reflects themes of memory, fragmentation, architecture, landscape, and materiality. Janice works in an abstract format and often incorporates wood, plaster, fabric, collage, photography and encaustic in her constructed works. She studied Art and Art History at McMaster University where she received her Honours B.A and continued her studies at Queen's University completing a B. Ed. She currently works and teaches in Hamilton, Ontario.
Gordon Leverton breaks down the city into component parts. Shadows, buildings and skylines, all become part of the same plane and transform into pieces of a puzzle. Using acrylic paint and soft pastel mediums, Leverton explores a theme common to the urban experience – how community connects us all.
Leverton is currently creating two new series. “Sight Lines” uses acrylicsto look at the city from a bird’s eye view, connecting buildings through circuitry in a graphic style. “Certain Terms”examines our hot real estate market using wood, plastic and metal assemblage to form faux house facades.
Leverton has shown extensively throughout Ontario, and in Berlin. His recent solo shows include the Shifting City at AGH Design Annex (2017), and New Works at the Conservatory of the Arts (2015). He has most recently shown at AGH Spring Sale (2018), the Hamilton Biennale (2017). He was recipient of the Best in Show award at the Art on the Street festival in Guelph in 2017 and has been featured in Urbanicity, West of the City Magazine and the Hamilton Magazine.
Gordon lives in Hamilton, Ontario with his wife and two children. For more about Gordon, click here.
Jonathan Mahood is a Canadian artist who’s work is rooted in the eastern shores of Georgian Bay. Through his daily hikes along the wind-carved rocks and pines, his photographs capture the seasonal interplay of natural shapes and changing textures. Using camera movement and multiple exposures, the photographs reveal a deeper rhythm of this ancient landscape and its waterways.
Jonathan Mahood lives in Parry Sound, Ontario. He received his BFA from York University in 1992, specializing in sculpture. His work was in carved wood and stone until a permanent hand injury in 2008 forced him to find a new medium. Eventually reconnecting with a love of photography from his youth, he found the camera allowed him to carry on exploring the themes of his sculpture work in new exciting directions.
Jennifer McGregor studied Visual Communications at ACAD and moved to Toronto to pursue a career in design. Once in Toronto, she turned her focus to studying drawing and painting at OCAD. She has lived and worked in Italy and currently resides in Toronto.
McGregor’s background in design in apparent in her work. She has taken a varied approach to abstract painting throughout her career, showing interest in experimenting with mark making and attention to the properties of the medium at hand. Her “Pour” series features her signature bold colour palette in various opacities creating rich, layered colour fields. Consistency of shape and palette make this body of work instantly recognizable.
Jennifer McGregor has consistently shown around Ontario over the last ten years, notably at Art Interiors, Marcia Rafelman and the AGH Annex.
Drawn to water for its calming qualities and inspired by the mystery and momentary escape from reality that submerging oneself in water allows, Lora Moore-Kakaletris’ Water series began in her backyard pool. The black and white images created are intended to offer a glimpse into the realities and fragments of life often hidden from view below the surface. Yet they also reference the past. For example, it is not difficult to imagine Shakespeare’s Ophelia in many of her images. Indeed, the inherent drama in the works is intentional as Moore-Kakaletris makes use of black and white in order to eliminate distractions forcing the viewer to concentrate on the subjects.
Moira Ness is an interdisciplinary visual artist specializing in contemporary photo-based landscapes and algorithm generated text. Her current work focuses on the graphic representation of raw telecommunication data, merging visualized systemic information with highlighted personal connections. Moira lives in Toronto and works out of Ushers Studios. She recently joined Arts Etobicoke's board of directors. Moira has exhibited at The Los Angeles Center For Digital Art, Red Head Gallery, Latcham Gallery, The Art Gallery of Mississauga, OMNI MODERN and The CICA Museum. She was a finalist for both RMG Exposed 2016 and 2017, a finalist and overall winner for the 2017 UNTAPPED Emerging Artist Competition for The Artist Project and a finalist for SNAP! 2017 Photo Auction. Moira participated in the 2017 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition where she won the Emerging Artist Award and was shortlisted for the Founding Chairman's Award. Moira participated in the 2018 Toronto Outdoor Art Fair where she won the Catherine Bratty Award for Best of Art Fair, judged by Bruce Eves. Moira showed her work at NordArt in Büdelsdorf, Germany in the summer of 2017. She had work in Gallery 44's 2018 Salon 44 and showed at The 2018 Artist Project. Moira will have a solo show at Akasha Arts in September 2018. In 2017 she was the artist in residence at The 108 Residency in Upstate New York and was the artist in residence at Main Street Arts in May 2018.
Eileen Reilly's passion for photography started as a child with her first camera. She has fond memories of her using her dad's Polaroid Land and her grandfather's Brownie cameras. This nostalgia has informed Reilly's recent body of work, featuring her personal impressive collection of vintage cameras sourced from her travels.
Eileen's start in photography goes back to highschool where she honed her craft in her own darkroom. She completed a BA and MA in art history at the University of Toronto. After graduating, she worked at the Royal Ontario Museum, Art Gallery of Ontario and in the auction business. In 2015, she decided to focus on her photography full-time. In 2017, Eileen relocated from Toronto to Hamilton Ontario. Eileen has shown work at Steel City Studios, LEN Gallery and has upcoming shows at the HPL and the Capitol.
David Trautrimas’ practice is an exploration of contemporary cultural phenomena, in which shared cultural references and embodied experience become the basis for idiosyncratic architectural forms and icon-like images. Embodying mortality, self-awareness, and déjà vu, the work is an attempt to put in order the bits and bytes of an ever-rebooting existence.
Notable museum exhibitions include Let There Be Light at The Gardiner Museum Toronto (2017) Downtown/s: Urban Renewal Today for Tomorrow at The Art Gallery of Windsor (2017) True North at The Harbourfront Centre, Toronto (2013) Imagine Earth at the Korean Arts Center, Seoul (2011) and Empire of Dreams at MOCCA, Toronto (2010). Recent solo exhibitions include In The Wake of The bind at Zalucky Contemporary, Toronto (2016) Eidolon Point at the Prince Takamado Gallery, Canadian Embassy, Tokyo (2015).
He has received national and international acclaim from publications such as The New York Times, ArtNews, The Globe and Mail and NOW Magazine.
Trautrimas’ work is held in numerous collections worldwide, including the New Mexico Museum of Contemporary Art, The Queensland Centre for Photography, Foreign Affairs Canada, BMO, GO Transit, and Microsoft Corporation.