Faculty of Art

Drawing and Painting



Contemporary Figurative Artist

“I’ve always been drawn to figurative painting and often use my own figure as my muse. It allows me to express clear focus on notions of the self, such as identity and personal experiences. My art is also influenced by inner and outer perceptions toward beauty and aesthetics through line, form, and colour. In my work, I utilize the silkiness of oil paint to exude an illustrative and luxurious quality to my rendered figures. I intertwine digitally inspired elements into my work as well by using crisp, clean lines that act as a colour palette dripping from my images.”

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Jodi Tu is a figurative artist primarily based in Toronto but oftentimes based in her hometown Guelph as well. With a BFA from OCAD University, she specialized in Drawing and Painting and continues to grow her audience and clientele through commissioned work. She grew up in an artistic household with her older sisters being a large influence in her embrace of visual arts. Jodi works predominantly in oil paint and focuses on the human form. She often paints self-portraits to reflect upon her own personal identity, experiences, emotions, and sentiments. It allows her to connect with her inner self and to relate to her viewers so they can connect with her as well.
OCAD U - Faculty of Art
Drawing and Painting
Major Completed, 2021

Painting Portraiture Figurative Art

2021, Kunstmatrix Virtual Exhibition
2020, Art Collective Launch
Axes Smoke, 1050 Queen Street West, Toronto
2020, Double Mirror: A Portraiture Exhibition
OCAD University, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto
2018, First-Year Art Celebration Exhibition
OCAD University, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto
2017, Creative Endeavours
Guelph City Hall, 1 Carden Street, Guelph
2016, Behind the Faces
Guelph Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street, Guelph
2019, Ernie & Rivette Herzig Bursary
OCAD University
2017, Visual Arts Award
Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute
2016, Contemporary Arts Award
Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute