"The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls."
- Pablo Picasso
The "Melinda Corridor" of Commerce Court leading to the King Subway station has been transformed through art. Art Walk at Commerce Court celebrates aspects of "Urban Life" through vibrant bold images that are sure to inspire and delight passersbys.
Meet the Canadian artists who contributed to this Art Walk and learn more about their pieces below.
Canadian painter Samara Shuter channels her passion for fashion, street art, and graphic design into lush canvases dedicated to the ubiquitous menswear item, the tailored suit. For Shuter, the men’s suit provides a sturdy architectural template from which to explore formal concepts of line, color, and geometric structure; while also blurring the lines between high art, animation, and comic-book drawing.
Getting To Know You #8
"Following my very first body of work The Introduction came my next series of paintings, Getting to Know You, a slightly more realist and graphic-novel-esque portrayal of the Bay St. bombers.
This entire creation was made to elaborate on form over function - experimenting with all kinds of new styles and materials and entering the world of large-scale artwork, and I haven't looked back - only painting bigger and more detailed ever since."
Ode To Pop
This larger than life painting is a medley of colour, made to honour the most iconic and great pop artists of previous generations, incorporating my foundational signature, the suit- re-created in multiples much like the beginning of Warhol’s and Lichtenstein’s screen prints.
Soon to depart to Beverly Hills, this piece will breathe new and old life into a Collector’s home, alongside paintings that inspired its creation.
Jessica Gorlicky is a mainstay in Toronto’s trendy art scene. Her urban chic style and live, colorful creations have resonated with city socialites and clients for the past decade. They’ve brought her art to the walls of fashionable restaurants, the runways of retail powerhouses, and the spotlight of some of the most publicized events of the year. Jessica is not just an artist, she is a bundle of creativity, bursting with innovative ideas to express her zest for life. It was only a matter of time before Jessica turned art into a spectacle.
Originally Inspired by Brooklyn and made in Brooklyn in a stairwell for a large global hair product brand Amika. Infused with femininity and colours resembling power for all women who speak their truth through creativity, through self expression and exploration living every moment to the fullest.
Jessica Gorlicky's work always has and always will be charged by LOVE in all ways imaginable. Colours and movement in random acts of creation is how and why this artwork was created… Plus blasting music, while dancing with the canvas on the floor, making a chaotic disaster in a frenzy of energy and seizing all moments of trusting the process and giving the painting life. Is there anything more full of love? Because what is life without love and expression?
Alexandrya Eaton is a contemporary Canadian artist who works in paint and textiles, incorporating the same vibrant palette and feminine icons across all mediums. Eaton’s studio practice examines phases of womanhood and the powerful force that exists between generations of women drawing from the artist’s own personal family experience. Alexandrya Eaton has had over forty-five solo exhibitions of her work and her paintings hang in numerous private and public collections across Canada. Eaton lives and works on Canada’s east coast, in Sackville, New Brunswick, within the traditional unceded ancestral territory of Mi’kma’ki.
Canadian artist, Alexandrya Eaton works in a very physical way, painting quickly and on the floor. Her inclusion of tools such as rollers, tape and handmade stencils facilitates her fascination with the repetition of images. Eaton draws inspiration from her own personal experience as a working mother to create bold saturated images of strong powerful women.
Little Black Dress
Alexandrya Eaton’s paintings are constructed slowly and deliberately by building layer upon layer of vibrant acrylic colour. Referencing pop culture with a feminist twist, Eaton’s artwork draws inspiration from working mothers, and offers a playful perspective of working women as everyday superheroes.
This Art Walk was curated in partnership with Curator on the Go.
Liza Zhurkovskaya, aka Curator on the Go, is a Toronto-based Art Curator & Art Advisor. For more than seven years, Liza worked directly with clients to help them buy and commission art and has brought hundreds of artworks to the public eye. Liza is passionate about helping people make a living through their creative work. She is known as a community leader and her goal is to support artists and contribute to the Toronto arts and culture with thought-provoking and divergent exhibitions.