At Toronto’s newest museum on Dundas West, there’s no umbrella storage or coat checks, no half-priced admission or well-dressed security kindly requesting you don’t touch the art. Instead, the works are all there in the street, a patchwork of murals telling the story of what and who the neighbourhood is and will be. The dundaswest.museum is an open-air street art museum. And it’s Toronto’s first.
The Essencia Arts Collective believes that art can be a tool for social change and community empowerment. With members from across six continents, Essencia expresses itself from a unique and global perspective. Having over 10 years experience working in diverse communities around the world, the collective has run artistic projects with youth, first nations, refugees, immigrants, prison inmates, galleries, and festivals. Essencia encourages artistic storytelling, and expresses itself through muralism, street art, graffiti, graphic design, photography, video, music, poetry, dance and love!
Through street art, Chileans and Canadians are celebrating creativity and diversity. Alongside local partners, the Embassy of Canada in Chile is showing that communities are stronger when we work together, respect our differences and give everyone the chance to participate.
Commissioned art work for Lula Lounge and Dundas West BIA.
The spray can application can be appreciated in its’ details, that expose the experience of the artists and the passion of this collaboration between Shalak & Smoky.
Dundas West Open Air Museum featured prominently today in “El Mercurio”, one of Chile’s widest read newspapers. See the full report here.
Located at the north laneway behind Dundas St. West, between Dufferin St. and Gladstone Ave. lies a beautiful grayscale portrait of a women smoking. The drip technique can be observed in this artwork, as the gracious expressions are elegantly placed in the composition.
Our community is blessed to have such great talent present. We thank the artist for his inspiration and art.
Commissioned art work created in 2017 for the building located at 2 Federal Lane. More info to come about this piece, created by emerging latin american artist Moises AKA Luvsumone.
You can check out more of his recent art pieces at: http://.instagram.com/luvsumone/ and https://www.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1696797&jwsource=cl
An original classic drawing located in the most conspicuous location, the Boland Laneway.
By the observation of the elements that accompany the portrait, we can calculate its creation back to the 1980’s.
The mural has transformed the city, its colours decorate the entire neighbourhood, providing citizens a reference point to meet, and also admire the majestic designs, a common stamp known in Ortegas’ works.
A collection of great pieces of artwork created by many collectives, an effort to colourize the laneways and attract visitors to these special corners of the City.
This artist we knows draws inspiration from human figures and faces. This particular piece is a private commissioned artwork, located at the The Loft Urban Salon.