Hee J. Jo was born in Seoul, Korea and studied Educational Psychology before immigrating to Canada and earning a BFA from OCAD U. Her identity as an immigrant and asian woman in an interracial marriage are major subjects of her work. She questions the boundaries between normal and abnormal, experimenting with tradition, universal value, and rational ways of thinking.
Farah Yusuf shares her six artists (and art pieces) to collect, as well as some tips for first-time art buyers. Read on to discover her artist picks from the OCAD U Showcase.
This week we have artist spotlights, takeovers and a curator chat with OCAD U's Farah Yusuf; all focused on promoting emerging, Canadian, and BIPOC artists across the Partial site. Read on to see our three features for this week.
Partial is thrilled to announce our first-ever sitewide summer sale ☀️ along with an incredible artist-led programming schedule sure to inspire. Discover and own art from the best emerging artists at the best price of the year.
Nadiya Svirsky is a multidisciplinary artist working primarily in printmaking, painting and sculpture. Svirsky’s main preoccupations lie in themes of memory, in-betweenness, heritage, and depictions of moments that connote the passage of time.
Theatre! Art! Music! Art events are back, and Plum Viewing is a popular and insightful regular roundup of things to do IRL and virtually all across Canada and beyond. We have the pleasure of sharing highlights for July 2022 here.
Partial’s goal of ‘more art on more walls’ means that we have the pleasure of championing visual artists from across Canada. Here are six artists from Beautiful B.C. that are on our collectors' radar.
Toronto-based multi-media artist Margie Kelk takes an exploratory and experimental approach as she appropriates and reconstructs visual fragments of ideas through diverse media.
Harley Yang is a street photographer interested in documenting the everyday through lines, angles, light, and shadows. After working as an IT specialist for years, Harley only fully re-engaged with photography in 2015. Since then he has been awarded the first place prize for the National Award from Sony World Photography and has received several other accolades for his work.
Sophia K. Kim is a visual artist and illustrator based in Toronto. Through her experience as a police officer in Korea and as a mother of three, her love and communication to ignored and devalued beings are constantly reflected in her art. Informed by her love of nature, she discovers unnoticed beauty, and dreams of a sustainable world.
Donny Nie is a Toronto-based interdisciplinary artist with a BFA from OCAD University, and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. From large-scale oil painting, monotype, digital projection, to small-scale ceramic and glass form, her interdisciplinary abstractions coalesce to manifest an intuitive, gestalt experience.
With a principle focus on abstract, Sobo seems to consistently capture the essence of the human condition in her works. With a style that varies from the layering of colour to vibrant palette knife painting, she continues to grow in style and confidence with each new work.
You’ve added some original art to your wishlist on Partial – now have you seen them in your space? We are happy to announce Partial’s new WallSpacer AR feature. You can now use your smartphone to situate the artwork from your wishlist as a 3D model. (We know, very cool indeed.)
Michael Hu is a Toronto-based illustrator. Most of his works are digital, composed of various color blocks and few lines, and often inspired by verse fragmentation thoughts from dreams.
April is a visual artist living in Moncton, New Brunswick. Her work explores minimalist objects, simplified shapes and fragmented forms that are reminiscent of interiors, exteriors and sky. April is self-taught and has studied the language of abstract art, while creating a visual vocabulary of her own.
Announcing the VIP (Very Important Patron) Subscription Plan. We'd love it if you'd join our waitlist.
OCAD University's annual graduate exhibition kicks off May 11-15, returning to its original in person format after two years. To celebrate Toronto’s largest free art and design exhibition, featuring over 600 emerging artists, we’ve chatted with 7 of the artists to give you a sneak peek of what to expect.
Afifa Bari is a contemporary realist oil painter and textile artist based in Toronto. She earned her BFA from York University in 2020. Through representational art, she examines the contemporary world through the lens of capitalism, and discusses the constant desire to purchase more in modern society from a socio-political and environmental outlook.
Our latest Meet the Artist feature is of Justin Mezzapelli, a multi-media artist interested in domesticity, multiplicity and queerness. Currently working with pointillist ink illustration, his images depict activity of everyday life, suggest an attention to time, and reference media of the public domain.
FACES has partnered with Partial, Artscape Gibraltar Point, and Urban Alliance on Race Relations to offer a week-long residency inviting emerging BIPOC artists’ to participate in dialogue, artmaking, and inclusive community building revolving around lived experiences with the intention of further diversifying the arts community in Toronto.
Artist Project returns April 21-24, 2022 to Toronto, bringing together 200+ Canadian independent artists showcasing their work under one roof. Hosted at the Queen Elizabeth Building at Exhibition Place, the annual art fair invites visitors to meet artists, learn the stories behind their artworks, and support the next generation of culture in Canada.
Marianne Sung is a contemporary Korean-Canadian artist whose art is intended to spark feelings of magic and warmth while inspiring nostalgia. Her works are expressive through the application of thin layers of acrylics as well as through the use of mixed media.
OCAD University’s RBC Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers and Partial are excited to share that artist Hau Pham currently has work installed as part of Gladstone House’s Art Program.
Lee Petrie is not just the curator for the renewed historic Gladstone House in Toronto – she also prioritizes putting the art community in Toronto front and centre. She shares with us her journey into one of the coolest career paths in art, and some simple advice for new art collectors.
Partial recently collaborated with Toronto real estate agent Miranda Caldwell, a boutique real estate provider whose savvy use of digital media has made her one of Toronto’s most successful sellers. She shares why she chooses original art to shine in today's competitive market.
As we approach the end of the Black History Month, the stories of Black Canadians are stronger than ever; To celebrate new progress on the Canadian landscape – and more to be made throughout the year – here is a roundup of some noteworthy emerging Black Canadian artists that you should know about (and invest in).
Of all the hundreds of artists on Partial, from paintings to photography, landscapes to pop art, your favourite works to look at were as diverse as the artists that created them. Take a look at Partial's 21 most viewed artists of this wild year of 2021
The podcast Bet on Yourself is back with another incredible innovator, as Fred VanVleet and Derek Folk are joined by Tammy Yiu Coyne; she's the co-founder and CEO of Partial, an online art platform and marketplace for collectors to discover and elevate outstanding Canadian and BIPOC artists.
Parallax, a Toronto-based premier developer, partnered with Partial, a proudly Canadian online marketplace for Canadian artwork, to display the work of Canadian artists in its latest condominium development, Theory Condos.
Today is an important and necessary day for reflection, and getting comfortable with discomfort is the first step. We can each do so much more as Canadian settlers on an individual and organizational level to move the dial closer to reconciliation.
In this collection, we've gathered works that echo traditional approaches to art, but infused with something contemporary; they are paired alongside inspired interiors by noteworthy BIPOC interior designers from across the country to show how these Canadian original paintings can enhance beautiful spaces.
We asked Janna Robins Walters with ten questions about her art practice, studio, and what inspires her. "I explore the use of various media in unison and independently to delve into the fragments of people’s lives. What lies beneath the surface of each individual? Where are you from? What is their story?"
Art can be a big purchase, so it’s important that each step in the buying process is concise and easy.
We created a new and better way to connect in an art buying transaction.
Partial, a proudly Canadian online marketplace for Canadian art work, is delighted to announce a partnership with The Indigenous Curatorial Collective (ICCA), an Indigenous run and led non-profit organization. Through this partnership, Partial will direct 1% of its 2021 sales to the ICCA.
Recapping Pride Month 2021 in Canada with a series of art to support our LGBTQ2S+ communities depicting the human condition, beauty, and powerful reminders of the legacy of the LGBTQ2S+ community
We are thrilled to announce the addition of Maggie Fairs to the Partial team, who is bringing her passion and know-how of the Canadian arts sector to grow Partial's platform into new cities across Canada as Head of Strategic Partnerships.
A statement from our co-founder, about our commitment to Reconciliation. "Our team is comprised of immigrants to this country. Partial was established and nurtured on the traditional territory of the Wendat, the Anishnaabeg, Haudenosaunee, Métis, and the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation. We are settlers."
Art is akin to the "cherry-on-top" when it comes to the world of interior design. Adding "soul" to a vacant space through design and art is relevant, if not essential, in today's wild real estate environment, and Toronto-based realtor Parimal Gosai embodies this philosophy.
The artist's work is the most important thing on the screen, and our new artwork pages reflect that. Larger pictures, cleaner layouts, with more artist information on each page. "Individual artworks are the heart of Partial, and ultimately what artists and collectors exchange with one another," says CPO Travis Hines.
OCAD University’s 106th Annual Graduate Exhibition is upon us again, inviting us to explore the work of hundreds of Canada’s best emerging creatives and a chance for for art collectors to support these artists through the OCAD U x Partial Artist Showcase.
Ending the month of April with art picks from the Partial Team! Check out what they are currently eyeing.
Congratulations to David Brandy for being selected amongst a short list of artists to exhibit their work in the York Art Gallery in the United Kingdom for the 2021 Aesthetica Art Prize.
This month's picks from our dedicated Artist facilitator and co-curator, Cat, sets the theme of transformation, evolution, growth, and hopefully in the end, rejuvenation.
So, you're an artist and you've just sold a piece of art online; that's great! But now you need to ship it. It might seem intimidating, but with some guidance from a pro and some practice, the more confident you will feel about it.
Being an independent artist in the 21st century isn't just about making art. Nowadays, selling art online comes with a whole slew of other requirements beyond just uploading a JPG. Knowing how to properly provide customer service is an essential skill for any successful visual artist.
Through art, we share our stories, find common ground, and connection to one another. #stopasianhate
In a recent survey, 80 interior designers were asked what people most overspent on (single-use gadgets, window treatments, and furniture sets), and underspent on (sofas, rugs, and art). With art, design, and living in mind, we've put together a practical list of 10 things that anyone can do to update their home – no matter the size or space
From our 2020 Art Advent Calendar, a curated selection of original artworks from affordable to gift-worthy for your reference!
Cat with her first art picks in 2021! Her choice of artworks range from abstract, photography, and illustrative painting, all to inspire your space.
Partial moved more Canadian art than ever before. Through 2020, Partial proudly housed close to 6,000 artworks by 354 active artists, generating 26 million art impressions. Dive in and see our first-ever Year in Review blog post!
Recent OCAD University graduates and upper year student artists applied to an open call announced in October 2020 and were selected through a juried process. To celebrate the new year, an initial round of eight new artists have launched their profiles on Partial’s platform with original artwork for purchase and rent.
We've entered 2021 and it's hard to believe. Here is some new original works to inspire your growing art collection.
We invite you do something beautiful for your home to remember this year. Learn about how Collective Art Buying works for your holiday gift list and your family, and some pretty compelling reasons for why now is the time to do it!
How would you like to end 2020? Over the next few weeks we'll be featuring works that fit into any budget: from as low as $20 to bigger investment choices that you can make together as a family or household.
Announcing... Season 2 of Art Talks! Ep. 1 of Art Talks launches this coming Wed., Nov. 4 with new interviews released each week on Artifier's Instagram and YouTube, in partnership with Culture Fancier and Partial.
In November 2019, Partial Gallery and OCAD University announced an inaugural opportunity for OCAD U students and recent grads to display and sell their work on Partial’s online platform. This season, 10 new artists were added to the OCAD U Showcase.
In this series, we get to know the Artists behind the work with ten questions about their practice, their space, and their ideas. These are their Stories. Lorette C. Luzajic is an award-winning mixed-media artist in Toronto, Canada.
It's not official, but it sure feels like it. Autumn making it's way into our wardrobes and home, and what better time to transition our summer art tastes for something more cozy.
Discover curated art picks by Rosa Wan, a Toronto-based sketch artist, visual stylist, and founder of COOL OBJECTS. Plus, details on a Show, Tell & Draw event on Sept. 15, 2020!
Long-time artist on Partial Gallery, Diana Rosa, chooses six works that she connects with. She is internationally-collected and her work has been seen in Toronto Life and the hit series 'Suits'.
Jason Balducci's artworks attract attention with their charisma, dynamism, and wit. The rebellious styles of Basquiat, Willem de Kooning, Warhol are named among his sources of inspiration.
Meet Partial's Communications Coordinator & Artist Relations, Cat. You may know her from your customer service inquiries, but she's here with her artwork picks!
This has been a challenging and necessary couple of weeks for all of us. We are listening and hurting alongside our Black community at the continued racism in North America, including in our hometown of Toronto.
While the shutdown has turned otherwise vibrant and diverse neighbourhoods into ghost towns, a small but powerful act of visual art is helping to revitalize some of Toronto’s neighbourhoods.
We are so happy to be supporting Lauren Pirie's COVID RELIEF SALE. As if there wasn't already a reason for adding her work to our collection now, we've just added two more very good reasons to.
#RemoteArtTalks is a special web series produced by Artifier in partnership with Partial Gallery. "We believe in the power of connection, even if we're at home in isolation," says Carla Rojas, founder of Artifier.
As the impact of COVID-19 on the arts community and economy at large emerges, as does the need for information and support for artists. While it isn't clear what the outcome may be, here are a few ways for artists to remain informed.
These are uncertain times, but we're proposing a small act to prove that although our cities are in shutdown, the arts community has, as always, the resilience to push through.
Born in Chennai, India, Keerthana has chosen to set most of her paintings in her hometown. Some of her collections are inspired streets and localities such as thousand lights and Besant nagar.
If one picture is worth a thousand words, then coming to Artist Project 2020 will not only expand your vocabulary, but allow you to explore exceptional artwork from over 300 independent artists. From Feb 20th to the 23rd, the Artist Project will feature everything from Encaustic to Telegenic Art.
Travels, daydreams, field guides, coffee and film. Laura Kay Keeling pulls inspiration from beautiful everyday moments shared through her 35mm photography, collage work and installation projects. Her focus is on creating work that instills an overall feeling of calm, curiosity and peacefulness within others as well as introducing opportunities for celebration and self reflection often with her own humorous twist.
Introducing Partial Gallery x OCAD University Artist Showcase! Art lovers can now buy and rent art by outstanding OCAD U emerging artists. Read on about our partnership.
Daniel Maluka is a self-taught Toronto-based visual artist and writer. His work takes an Afrocentric approach while incorporating surrealist elements. In using his interest in the subconscious, Daniel brings what lurks in the deep recesses of the mind into the forefront of his work.
A collector's treasure trove: our January 2020 picks for original art by emerging artists under $200 from artists like Donny Nie and Jill Huang. May art find you this year!
Jordan Clayton focuses on restructuring narratives that intersect between art, science, fiction, and queerness in a melange that forecasts a reality only a few degrees separated from the present. His painted “worlds” employ techniques rooted in abstract and surrealist painting tropes and allow him to create spaces wherein he believes he truly fits as a self-proclaimed oddball.
Whether you're an avid buyer yourself, or thinking of an art-lover on your gift list, small, affordable works by emerging artists are guaranteed to be special for all parties involved: the gift-giver, the artist, and the recipient!
If you're shopping for gifts this season (gifts for yourself included), why not consider the gift of art? Decide how your dollar can bring joy and also make an impact. We've curated a list of original artworks that are just $500 and under to help ease your holiday shopping.
What does it mean to be an “art collector”? Meet Drew Burton, a young art collector from a small town just outside of Niagara. "I collect art as a representation of who I am. I also collect art because it is a way of escaping everyday life."
We exhibited a digital showcase at Daegu Art Fair of a range of works straight off of the directory, including these selects that are part of our Fresh Finds for this last week of November.
You often hear phrases like “a modern day Picasso” in reference to an innovator or original thinker. However, a deeper look into art history warrants a more skeptical approach to this notion and the origins of mainstream art movements.
The concept in question is Primitivism, an artistic trend pioneered by the likes of Pablo Picasso, Paul Gauguin, and Henri Matisse.
Art collectors, take note! As the sole Canadian exhibitor at Daegu, we considered a few factors when selecting works to showcase. Here are the six art pieces making their way to Korea to show internationally.
Partial Gallery will be presenting selected artworks by emerging artists from Toronto, Ontario: Nelson Cheng, Jordan Clayton, Leone McComas, Laura Keeling, Melissa Patel, and Bianca Roco. This will be the first time that these artists have shown work outside of North America.
The Artist & The Viewer is a Toronto Art Newspaper with the goal of "Making Art accessible in Toronto". It is our pleasure to announce a new collaboration with them beginning with their September-October 2019 issue.
Metaphors of transformation sift the surface of her work, reflecting ideas of change and perspective shifts; while contrasting matte black paint magnifies the sensation of renewal despite the unknown.
Partial partners with OCAD University, Canada's largest and oldest educational institution for art and design, for an exciting pilot project.
The Daegu Art Fair in South Korea is a 5-day event which will provide the attendees with the opportunity to explore the exhibits of various art forms, meet various renowned artists and designers, and much more.
It's the last weekend of August. It feels like there's a chance to refresh, to turn over a new leaf, and to start packing lunches again... for a new start. Welcome to our back-to-school edition.
Jordan Nahmias is a photographer living and working in Toronto, Ontario. Jordan captures images of places and things which he comes across in travel and daily life. His works instill nostalgia while focusing on issues of solitude, loss, and abandonment.
Let's revisit the 58th Toronto Outdoor Art Fair. Here's a recap of artworks and art talks at the Partial Lounge + TOAF artists in the spotlight.
The words “art collection” often evoke images of cavernous galleries, socialite gatherings, and exclusive auctions. But is that the only way? Geoff Plant-Richmond, an avid young collector in Toronto, offers sage advice for anyone interested in growing, or starting, their own collection.
Born and raised in Cuba, visual artist Diana Rosa draws inspiration from her hometown of Holguin, a city rich in culture, tradition and history. As a child, she fondly remembers growing up in a house full of music, surrounded by relatives who played in bands or sang in groups.
The Partial Lounge will be at Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, Canada's leading contemporary outdoor art fair, July 12-14. Sign up for free art talks, panels, a PechaKucha, and a titillating live podcast taping of CANADALAND's Wag the Doug at the Partial Lounge.
Getting to know the artist is as important as the art itself. We reach out to artists to tell us their story. Meet Christina Essue, artist and creative strategist. Her artwork focuses on watercolour paintings and patterns with a minimalist approach. Learn about what inspires her and how she gets creative!
Art is generally accepted as a "free" form of creative expression — explored through the artist's own will and for the artist's own fulfillment. But is this an honest reflection of why some of history's great masterpieces were created?
With all of the art events and art spaces in the city, how can we navigate it all in a beautiful way that makes sense? Artifier solves this, and does it in style. Celebrate with them on June 15 in Toronto.
Partial is a growing curated directory of noteworthy independent and emerging artists in Canada (and beyond). Artists must submit their work for review and approval by our team. It should be easier for art-seekers to discover your work.
In this series, we get to know the Artists behind the work with ten questions about their practice, their space, and their ideas. Meet Jill Huang, a Toronto artist with a Bachelor of Visual Arts. She describes her art as visceral, textural, colourful, playful and raw. Get to know her process and inspiration when it comes to creating art!
"What kind of design project would provide a positive learning experience for students, and also make Partial better?". Partial had the opportunity to be part of OCAD University's first Design4 program, and were paired with a dream team of creative students. Meet each one of them.
Toronto's largest FREE art and design exhibition! Be inspired by the work of 800 future art and design stars at OCAD University's 104th Annual Graduate Exhibition.
For freelance artists, it can sometimes feel like the industry is stacked against them. That’s why Xpace Cultural Centre decided to host a two-day conference to support and educate emerging artists in how to thrive within the arts sphere.
Self-taught artist Linds Miyo is a Canadian abstract painter. Born and raised in California, her work strives to evoke the strong, direct light of her childhood. A trauma survivor, Linds is interested in the balance between intention and that which is beyond our control, the meeting place between our best efforts and happenstance.
The unassuming lower level of Artscape Youngplace, the bustling cultural centre that was once a vacant public school in Toronto’s west end, is where SKETCH has called home for the past four years.
A bit of planning – and personality – can go a long way
to make your collection display shine with that certain "je ne sais quoi".
Here are four unique ideas brought to life.
For new and old fans of Ai Wei Wei's work, the Ai Wei Wei: Unbroken at Toronto's Gardiner Museum is a must-see. This compact exhibit spans a range of work by the recognizable contemporary artist and outspoken critic of China.
TOAF has created a unique opportunity for artist collectives, nonprofit & artist-run centres and galleries to showcase or sell their members work, promote their mission and reach out to new audiences at the 58th Toronto Outdoor Art Fair July 12-14, 2019.
As humans, we tell stories. Stories help us share information, experience connection and meaning. As artists and designers we have this special superhero power to tell stories and curate experiences on a very dynamic level.
We had the pleasure of attending the Opening Party on Thursday, Feb. 21 for a sneak preview and said hello to many familiar faces from our roster on Partial, and met a slew of new talents as well. Here are some of our favourites from the show.
What does it mean to be an art collector? Meet Regina Sheung, shop owner of Labour of Love in Toronto: "I look out for art that conveys emotion, that makes you pause, think beyond what is in front of you and provokes your imagination."
Most of us have at least heard the terms “emerging”, “mid-career” and “established” to describe where an artist is at in their career. That said, “emerging” isn’t necessarily synonymous with being junior or inexperienced.
Every January the Toronto Interior Design Show brings together vendors and suppliers to showcase their newest and most innovative offerings to both the design trade and consumers. In addition to being a resource hub IDS is dedicated to supporting North America’s up-and-coming design talent.
Design Week in Toronto kicked off last week with the Media & VIP Preview of CUTMR2019 with our partners DesignTO, featuring over 20 projects by artists and designers. We picked a few of our standout installations for 2019's theme of BAM! KAPOW! ZAAAP!
Toronto designer Alexandra Gater is all about beautiful spaces on a budget and features Partial Gallery's unique rental model as one of her top 5 ideas.
Relax and lean back.
Don't want to hang? Wall shelves, bookshelves, and picture ledges can be the supportive friend your artwork needs. We pull some of the best tips from "How to Hang a Picture" by Jay Sacher and Suzanne LaGasa.
This past fall, we had the pleasure of taking over the Art Nook walls in the back of Labour of Love, a Cabbagetown shop (and neighbourhood darling) in collaboration with a special Cedar and Vine trunk show. The art here helped transform an empty space into a room that fully encapsulated the modern country mood of the show.
Canadian artist Gwynne Giles is of Anglo-Welsh ancestry who came from an academic background but began painting when he retired from a successful career in the hospitality industry. He has lived in the Beaches in Toronto for 35 years and is “as happy as a pig in muck”. With no formal training in art, his ideas are at times quirky but always original. His work has been described by collectors as 'something new and completely different’.