Museum Of The Street

Painting by James Hill for the Canadian Opera Company’s 1979/1980 season poster

Painting by James Hill for the Canadian Opera Company’s 1979/1980 season poster

Yesterday I was feeling down about the recent loss of Murray and Carol Tinkelman (HAS MFA program) and so I headed to The Museum Of The Street, an illustration show at the John B. Aird Gallery (Queen's Park). I had heard about the show, which features the work of some of my former teachers at OCA, and had wanted to go check it out. Now seemed like a perfect time.

It was really refreshing (and oh so familiar!) to see a show of T.O. illustrators (how rare is that???), as I have been focused more on illustrators south of the border for the last few years (which has been wonderful I might add). 

The show features the work of some pretty big names in the world of Canuck illustration such as: Will Davis, Anita Kunz, Huntley Brown, Julius Ciss, David Chestnutt, Tak Bui, Ken Dallison, Blair Drawson, James Hill, Barbara Klunder, Jerzy Kolacz, Roger Hill, Joe Salina, Maurice Vellekoop, Gerry Sevier and more.

When I left my mood was lifted, I was inspired and thankful to have met (and been taught by) so many superstars in the world of illustration, both at OCA (OCAD Uni) and more recently in the Hartford MFA program. However of all the superstars I've had as teachers, Murray Tinkelman is definitely at the top of the list.

illo2.jpg

Top: Tom McNeely (love the Expo '67 ad!) and Ken Dallison
Middle: Anita Kunz
Bottom: Barbara Klunder (poster from "The Bamboo," a fav hangout of mine) and Will Davies