Partial Gallery and OCAD U's RBC Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers have partnered to provide an exceptional career opportunity for OCAD U student artists and recent alumni. Learn more here. Congratulations to the first group of featured artists in 2022!
Claudia Menecola (b. 1996) is a Toronto-based artist and recent graduate of OCAD University where she received a BFA in Drawing and Painting. In her practice, Claudia draws upon intuition and dreams to create abstract works that seek to find a balance between the irrational and the deliberate. She identifies patterns within her environment, the decaying structures of Toronto, and recreates those patterns in her paintings. The unpredictable nature of paint and degree of control that can be maintained is something that also interests Claudia. Her process involves learning and knowing, intent and accident, personal experience, and trial and error.
Dana McCool is an interdisciplinary visual artist, designer, writer, activist and anarchist. Using symbolism, colour harmonies and universal archetypes, her work opens gateways into the unseen dimensions of Self, Other, Spirit and The Unknown. With a background in sociology, religious studies and philosophy, she is interested in contemplations that lead to revelations about the expansive core of our human condition.
Dana is a graduate from OCAD University in Toronto, with degrees in fine art and social sciences, as well as an academic background in religious studies with the University of Toronto.
Emily Zou is an emerging artist who graduated from OCADU’s BFA Drawing & Painting program (2020). She studied on exchange at DJCAD in Scotland and has received scholarships such as the Project 31 Drawing & Painting Award and the Women's Art Association of Canada Lynne Ritchie Scholarship. In 2021, Emily showcased her work at TOAF60, Bloom Festival, John B. Aird Gallery, Florence Contemporary Gallery, and Gallery 1313. Working primarily with drawing and painting media and sculpture, Emily creates landscapes and surreal spaces that reflect a psychological state, using imagery from personal narratives, memories, and dreams while focusing on themes of mental health.
Jasper Urbina is a Canadian-born Filipino artist from Toronto, Ontario, and is a graduate of OCAD University's Drawing and Painting program. His practice combines use of analog and digital work, some of which start out as analog backgrounds that are then mocked up digitally then painted back onto the original background/surface into contemporary/surrealistic abstractions. His works are based on life: stemming from emotional experiences, mental health, cultural exploration, memories, and the loss/grief of a younger sibling. Some of his more digital-oriented works explore his life experiences in more illustrative-focused drawings that at times are satirical/humorous."
Vicky Talwar is a Hindu-Canadian fine artist living in Stouffville, Ontario, with a lifelong passion for painting with mixed media. She is recognized for her uniquely vibrant and colourful artwork that engages with themes of cultural disruption, movement, and memory.
She has exhibited both nationally and internationally, including Toronto, Los Angeles, New York, and the United Kingdom. Vicky has participated in group exhibitions at The Graduate Gallery at Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) and The Elaine Fleck Gallery in Toronto as well as two solo shows at Hashtag Gallery in Toronto. In 2017, she was the recipient of the Juror’s Award for the Annual Juried Exhibition presented by Latcham Art Centre.
Vicky holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Ontario College of Art and Design and a Bachelor of Education from York University. Vicky is completing a Master of Fine Arts in Art, Media & Design at the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD). She is currently an elementary Visual Arts Teacher for the York Region District School Board.
Find these artists and many more Partial Gallery where you can now find, buy and rent artworks directly from OCADU artists and alumni working in painting, illustration, photography, printmaking and much more. Visit ocadu.ca/buyart to view the full artist showcase.
Image: Willing Release Acrylic and Mixed Media on Canvas (40" x 30") by Vicky Talwar