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.
Join Jacqui Oakley for her artist talk Inspiring the Art June 18 at 7:00 p.m. at the AGH Design Annex!
Jaime Angelopoulos: The Incandescence
September 11 – November 21, 2015
Curated by the Supercrawl Curatorial Committee
Co-presented by Supercrawl and the Art Gallery of Hamilton
Jaime Angelopoulos is a featured Supercrawl artist. Her large abstract and colourful sculptures will be situated on James Street North, commissioned for the festival. The AGH Design Annex will showcase a closer look at her studio practice, including eleven of her mixed media drawings made along the same themes as her sculptural work. Using elementary materials such as oil pastel and conte, the forms she expresses are playful, while full of human gestural characteristics. They seem to emanate an electric charge in their neon brightness, like the definition of Incandescence, one of her works for which the exhibition is titled. Angelopoulos is a Toronto-based artist working in sculpture and drawing. She is represented by Parisian Laundry, Montreal.
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 Hamilton’s James Street North Arts District.