The Painted Page: Book Illustrations by Jacqui Oakley
May 8 - August 29, 2015
Curated by Melissa Bennett, Curator of Contemporary Art at the AGH
Jacqui Oakley | Shear Murder 2014 | ink and digital colour | Published by Harlequin
Hamilton-based Jacqui Oakley’s painted images have been circulating the globe in such widely recognized publications as The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Penguin Books, National Geographic, Amazon, and most recently as illustrations in re-releases of the complete novels of Jane Austen, Sherlock Holmes and the works of L.M. Montgomery, including Anne of Green Gables.
Featured at the AGH Design Annex will be selections of Oakley’s original paintings, never-before shown to the public, exhibited alongside the books themselves. Highlighting their contemporary yet nostalgic style, and Oakley’s adept use of mixed media techniques, the exhibition allows us a behind the scenes view into the graphic design process through the presentation of Oakley’s source paintings, works of art in their own right.
Jacqui Oakley was born and currently lives in Canada, but spent her formative years watching BBC reruns and animé in Bahrain, England, Zambia, and Libya. She teaches in the illustration program at OCAD University in Toronto.
The Design Annex exhibition space features experimental contemporary art installations by artists from Hamilton and farther afield. Exhibition receptions are held on the second Friday of each month during the James Street North Art Crawls.
The Design Annex provides artists with a new location in which to present works in all media, including new media. The space welcomes Hamilton residents and visitors to engage with contemporary art in a highly visible and accessible venue in the heart of Hamiltonís James Street North Arts District.