It's hard to believe that it is that time of the year already; 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’.