Canadian government attempts to censor Franke James

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By Gerry Mak in New Trends on Wednesday 3 August 2011

US progressives often look longingly to the north at the supposedly more mild-mannered country of Canada. However, according to her website, Toronto-based illustrator and political cartoonist Franke James is receiving harassment by government officials who don’t like her message and want to block her upcoming traveling exhibition in Europe. Check out her account of what’s […]

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Inkyung Choi

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By Gerry Mak in New Art on Monday 15 November 2010

Here’s some cute, doll-eyed portraits by Toronto-based illustrator Inkyung Choi that pay homage to the Impressionists. The singer in my band, Yoshiko, does a very disturbing impression of a beaver. We call it her ‘beaver face.’ It looks a little bit like Choi’s paintings.

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Kathryn Macnaughton

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By Gerry Mak in New Illustration on Thursday 4 November 2010

Really digging the way Toronto-based illustrator Kathryn Macnaughton combines collage with drawing. She has a very distinct pastel palette which is integral to her style.

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Jessica Fortner

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By Gerry Mak in New Illustration on Friday 3 July 2009

Toronto-based illustrator Jessica Fortner creates really elaborate 3D scenes that she photographs to make final images that resemble stills from a claymation movie.

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Patrick Kyle

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By Gerry Mak in New Illustration on Tuesday 9 June 2009

Toronto-based illustrator and comic book artist Patrick Kyle definitely appeals to people who use the word “rad” a lot. His crude, counter-culture-informed images reference pop culture — heavy metal paraphernalia, the Simpsons, toys from the ’70s — as well as mystical, psychedelic, and scatological themes.

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