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Faculty of Art

Drawing and Painting

In the Drawing & Painting program, students learn to become a creative and engaged artist. Students concentrate on their painting studio skills and study art theory, history and contemporary social issues.
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Yoon Han
Yoon Han

Drawing and Painting

Yoon Han

“My work is an exploration of the intricate relationship between perception and representation, inviting viewers to embark on a captivating journey into the depths of human experience. Through a series of four large-scale paintings, I challenge... More

Paige Bowen
Paige Bowen

Drawing and Painting

Paige Bowen aka. Paige Bowen

“Through life we are taught to endure spaces of uncomfortability - fast paced working environments built to break people down or familial homes filled with tension. Growing up as an international nomad, my experience of home is less about place and... More

Madhura Thavalingam
Madhura Thavalingam

Drawing and Painting

Madhura Thavalingam

“We lay our scene in a domestic interior reminiscent of those from another time, where decorative patterns of green foliage line the walls and over which hangs a small collection of landscape paintings. More

Francis Pitsadiotis
Francis Pitsadiotis

Drawing and Painting

Francis Pitsadiotis aka. FP

“I’m interested in cycles – making up stories and speculating about the ambiguity of God, or the sexual merge, or in my body as it rests inside somebody else's. The hybridized body is both the giver and receiver; concealed and unconcealed – A manner... More

Jennifer Reis
Jennifer Reis

Drawing and Painting

Jennifer Reis

“Through my work, I aim to connect with the natural landscape, imitating the stillness and beauty around me. Through my use of unprimed collected wood as substrates, I add a sense of materiality to my work, the texture acting as my guide and base of... More

Liv Shepherd
Liv Shepherd

Drawing and Painting

Liv Shepherd

“I am exploring the unconscious mind, looking closely at my own dreams and translating them into illustrated scenes that deal largely with themes of magic, violence, healing, death, and rebirth. Within these dreamscapes, sensations of pain and... More

Connor Rothe
Connor Rothe

Drawing and Painting

Connor Rothe

“You’re Like Water, I’m Like Glue explores dissociation as the loss of self/reality, as a state of complete mental detachment. Mirroring sentiments of loss, loneliness, disembodiment, and groundlessness, dissociation is more than a detached lens. It... More

Jiarui Yan
Jiarui Yan

Drawing and Painting

Jiarui Yan aka. Gaga

“Through my art, I long to share my personal journey with the world—a tale of awakening, self-discovery, and independence. Inspired by my own experiences, my work is designed to inspire those on the path to finding themselves and their courage. I... More

John Calara
John Calara

Drawing and Painting

John Calara

“I’m interested in the shared anonymity and the white noise of space. My work is quiet and simple due to aphantasia, a push and pull relationship in my artwork. But I will thank it for my visual language. ”

Muhib Sahion
Muhib Sahion

Drawing and Painting

Muhib Sahion

“My artistic practice is deeply rooted in personal experiences of conflict, displacement, and loss; while reflecting upon my childhood memories of the Iraq/US war. This body of work explores, confronts, and captures the profound emotional, physical,... More

Grace Whittaker
Grace Whittaker

Drawing and Painting

Grace Whittaker

“My work aims to explore identity, domesticity, and the pervasive exhaustion inherent in navigating a consumer-driven world fueled by artificial dopamine. Within this framework, I examine the relentless pressure to constantly strive for more and... More

Sarah Young
Sarah Young

Drawing and Painting

Sarah Young

“I work through the careful consideration of images as reference to create paintings that represent figures and objects signaling a longing for a sense of home, love, and belonging. ”

Becca Fife
Becca Fife

Drawing and Painting

Becca Fife

“ I observe detail in every aspect of my life - I study the shapes, colours, lights and shadows that make up faces, places and things. Observation is the fundamental element to research. By observing my surroundings I am able to learn more about... More

Joshua Deneumoustier
Joshua Deneumoustier

Drawing and Painting

Joshua Deneumoustier aka. Crayfish Graveyard

“Within art I like the nonsensicality of things, the ability to patch together abstract nothings into familiar yet off-putting assemblages of imagery. I once described myself as someone who tries to draw the essence of crustaceans lingering in the... More

Stella Obedi
Stella Obedi

Drawing and Painting

Stella Obedi

“Through my work, I explore the intricacies of the immigrant experience in Canada, delving into themes of displacement, identity loss, and identity formation. Utilizing a diverse range of mediums, and collage images, I symbolically articulate the... More

Meera Dinh
Meera Dinh

Drawing and Painting

Meera Dinh

“I depict my body because it is all I know, because I am confined within it, and because it is the lens through which I perceive and navigate the world. Yet, beyond this physical form lies a mind, a heart, and a soul— but again, who cares about... More

Baghaee Brandon
Baghaee Brandon

Drawing and Painting

Baghaee Brandon

“My thesis body of work highlights four scenes in a day from my adolescence, exploring ideas around spirituality, religion, race, culture, and gender. The oil paintings and scenes are informed by the everyday but illuminated and conceptualized... More

Bianca Nam
Bianca Nam

Drawing and Painting

Bianca Nam

“With a focus on the synthetic nature of closed environments and the identities fabricated from materials used in relation to one another, my biomorphic installations expand into dynamic, phenomenological organic beings meant to take on the form of... More

Nuno Paulino
Nuno Paulino

Drawing and Painting

Nuno Paulino

“Engaging with the pulse of the process, with the "now ", I am attempting to establish a balance in my world, to clear a path that transcends the noise. I am sustained by an enduring faith that I will find something in nothing. Through a filter of... More

Maariyah Mohiuddin
Maariyah Mohiuddin

Drawing and Painting

Maariyah Mohiuddin

“I often found myself looking at the world around me, trying to find a semblance of representation in my surroundings, of something that remained me, of myself. ”

Megan Bierman-Brophy
Megan Bierman-Brophy

Drawing and Painting

Megan Bierman-Brophy

“I combine the meaningless, self-contradictory spirit of Dada with confessional narratives. Working with psychic automatism, my process is a purely experimental and impulsive. I tend towards expressions of crass, shameful, and satirical subject... More

Ali Sheikh
Ali Sheikh

Drawing and Painting

Ali Sheikh

“The invention of the ship was also the invention of the shipwreck. Why does love inherently come with the baggage of dread? Questioning the sublime of the human experience, I investigate how the pervasive overstimulation of the modern world shapes... More

Asha Hall
Asha Hall

Drawing and Painting

Asha Hall

“My paintings allow me to both re-enter a world that is long gone, one without worry and with endless time ahead, but also to find acceptance in the passing of time. I am driven by a longing for my childhood, and a fear of losing those around me as... More

liane chan
liane chan

Drawing and Painting

liane chan aka. lichan

“a sympathetic love letter for all that is sinicized, feminized, and objectified. ”

Katrina Kuras
Katrina Kuras

Drawing and Painting

Katrina Kuras aka. Katrina Starke Kuras

“I am painting maternal time and fertility in reverse to identify and confront my fears of a more complicated future filled with sites of interruption. By choosing to be a mother, the artist no longer lives in the world of the isolated,... More

Jessica Lui
Jessica Lui

Drawing and Painting

Jessica Lui

“My artistic practice finds its foundation in process-based work, a heartfelt tribute to navigating life experiences with deliberation, patience, and mindfulness. Through my art, I seek to mirror the profound journey of overcoming cancer and how the... More

Isaak Fong
Isaak Fong

Drawing and Painting

Isaak Fong

“I use performance and instinct to facilitate my desire for ancestral communication and to connect with family after death. More

Judith Librach
Judith Librach

Drawing and Painting

Judith Librach

“As a multidisciplinary artist, I explore ways of knowing through materially embodied narratives in natural ecologies, using them as frameworks to critically examine the body as land. Foraging urban and natural environments for materials and... More

Miko Liang
Miko Liang

Drawing and Painting

Miko Liang aka. Koko

“Besides that, she received her scholarship in the first year in OCAD university. Miko also participated in Mackenzie Health mural painting exhibition with other Ontario based artists in the past. She also involved in the Arts Program in Alexander... More

Sara Dankha
Sara Dankha

Drawing and Painting

Sara Dankha

“Art has been my constant companion since childhood, a medium through which I navigate the complexities of identity, heritage, and human experience. As an Iraqi-Assyrian Canadian, my work is a fusion of diverse influences, reflecting a harmonious... More

Bri (Brianna) Dyer
Bri (Brianna) Dyer

Drawing and Painting

Bri (Brianna) Dyer

“Inspired by everyday life, I look to create a physical representation of memory and recollection specifically regarding childhood and seemingly mundane moments. ”

Patty Bowman Kingsley
Patty Bowman Kingsley

Drawing and Painting

Patty Bowman Kingsley aka. PLBK

“As a multi-disciplinary artist, people, materials, and creativity frame the breadth of joy and hope explored and expressed in my work. My changing collections and publications can be found here -- https://issuu.com/plbk ”

Shannon Sandwell
Shannon Sandwell

Drawing and Painting

Shannon Sandwell

“I want to paint human connection, whatever that means at any given moment. ”

Talla El Senoussi
Talla El Senoussi

Drawing and Painting

Talla El Senoussi

“I have a paintbrush for a megaphone. In light of the current political climate in the Middle East, my work has evolved from highlighting the beauty and nuances of my Egyptian identity and culture to mirroring the escalating political unrest and... More

Abrar Al Mouktaran
Abrar Al Mouktaran

Drawing and Painting

Abrar Al Mouktaran

“This year, as I mark half of my life as a refugee, my work resonates with the enduring trauma etched into every fibre of my being. Delving into the depths of memory, I unearth references from my family's buried box of photographs, a poignant symbol... More

Eden Rafuse
Eden Rafuse

Drawing and Painting

Eden Rafuse

“A Drawing and Painting Graduate who has dipped their toe in every medium pond. Expanding into 2D Stop Motion Animation. Eden's favorite mediums are cut paper, paint, plant materials and anything with transparency they can play around with. More

Sydney Lad
Sydney Lad

Drawing and Painting

Sydney Lad

“Exploring the absurdity of limitation and the joy in play and possibility, I create works that reflect the transformative experiences of the human body. Focusing on metamorphic processes of birth, growth, degeneration, and death, my works bring... More

Salma Alwer
Salma Alwer

Drawing and Painting

Salma Alwer

“Life is a process of surrender. I act as birth giver, to a painting sovereign. Autonomous. Separate from my being. ”

Farah Lutfi
Farah Lutfi

Drawing and Painting

Farah Lutfi aka. Beexozan

“At the heart of my work is a profound fascination with the human psyche and all things attached to it. There is a world of beauty and horror in the process of translating visceral emotion and personal history into something visible, something... More

Stacy Lucibello
Stacy Lucibello

Drawing and Painting

Stacy Lucibello aka. Stacy Athena May

“Art is my form of communication and I am developing, through the lexicon of shape, line, and colour, a new visual language. This language is one of transition — and fundamentally queer. It is informed by, and infused with, my trans identity that... More

Anthony Micallef
Anthony Micallef

Drawing and Painting

Anthony Micallef aka. Faggotron, aka. Dazzling Ant

“Existential introspection manifests itself in a myriad of forms through experimental photo and drawing based practices. From analogue photography, to digital augmentation, to the tangible traditional drawing realm-- This repetitive synthetic... More

Danielle Vincent
Danielle Vincent

Drawing and Painting

Danielle Vincent

“Viewing my own experiences in the threshold between the comfort of familiarity and the disquiet of ambiguity, I depict transitional periods marked by disorientation, doubt, and loss of identity. I use intimate and domestic imagery to create an... More

Ievgeniia Cherednikova
Ievgeniia Cherednikova

Drawing and Painting

Ievgeniia Cherednikova

“Now is all I have until the end of this day. ”

Ivana Tovilla-Bátiz
Ivana Tovilla-Bátiz

Drawing and Painting

Ivana Tovilla-Bátiz

“Digital technologies, maquette making, collage and photography are integral to my art practice. Process is everything, and it becomes my obsession. Drawing, for me, is intimate between the artist and the surface. Graphite and charcoal are how I... More

Diana Kiaee
Diana Kiaee

Drawing and Painting

Diana Kiaee

“A fragmented memory of a childhood ritual; one only as ephemeral as the lepidopteran forms it is depicted as, and only as tangible as patches, ink, wire, beads, and chains. ”

Zoryana Khrouchtch
Zoryana Khrouchtch

Drawing and Painting

Zoryana Khrouchtch

“My works explore personal glimpses into nostalgia and kinship ties surrounding my Canadian-Ukrainian identity. By observing collected artifacts ranging from embroidered tapestries to stamps, I am able to visualize the interconnectedness between the... More

Nicole Mezzapelli
Nicole Mezzapelli

Drawing and Painting

Nicole Mezzapelli

“My work is a reflection of my day-to-day life, with memory and perception serving as significant sources of inspiration. I have a love for transforming past thoughts, moments, and feelings into contemporary work that symbolizes the art of evolution... More

Hoon Kim
Hoon Kim

Drawing and Painting

Hoon Kim

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Hana Hozhabr Pour
Hana Hozhabr Pour

View Medal Winners

Drawing and Painting

Hana Hozhabr Pour

Minseo Choi
Minseo Choi

Drawing and Painting

Minseo Choi

“As an immigrant myself, I always had tension between two cultures and sometimes had a feeling of disconnection even when I was physically part of the social group. Instead of trying hard to fit myself in, I decided to take my current state of... More

Tara Hiller
Tara Hiller

Drawing and Painting

Tara Hiller

“I create artwork through memories and feelings of nature. I find inspiration from the texture of tree bark and the intricacy within leaves. I use repetitive patterns to emulate the complex simplicity of the natural world. Intricacy and details are... More

Margot Blackk
Margot Blackk

Drawing and Painting

Margot Blackk

“Life is a series of experiences that leave an impact, shaping my actions, feelings, and contemplations. Even seemingly insignificant experiences contribute to my internal makeup, tracing back to create a unique effect within me, which forms my... More

Susan Wood
Susan Wood

Drawing and Painting

Susan Wood

“I am a maker. Through the process of creating, materials and methods reveal their meaning. Using mediums interchangeably and in combination opens up possibilities that very often surprise me and like a magpie, I collect all manner of materials.... More

Ana Khundadze
Ana Khundadze

Drawing and Painting

Ana Khundadze

“In my interdisciplinary art practice, I delve into themes involving Georgia's cultural history, politics, memory and humor. Through sculpture, installation, and repoussé works, I challenge prevailing narratives in Georgia's history and present day.... More

Lina Sung
Lina Sung

Drawing and Painting

Lina Sung

“Starting with the theme of love, my paintings evoke a dreamlike atmosphere while portraying the process of getting to know oneself through experiences. The past and present selves pursue the same direction, harmoniously blending butterflies and... More

Ivy Ha
Ivy Ha

Drawing and Painting

Ivy Ha

“"It can be difficult to explore and determine which media you enjoy because of struggle, self-doubt, and a desire to move past what you have already learned. However, you might find something else at the end of the journey that you weren't aware... More

Mykke Tablatin
Mykke Tablatin

Drawing and Painting

Mykke Tablatin

“Hello, esteemed art enthusiasts and connoisseurs of creativity! Allow me to introduce myself: I'm Mykke, a passionate artist whose journey of self-discovery and artistic exploration has been shaped by the innovative atmosphere of OCAD... More

Grace Pedersen
Grace Pedersen

Drawing and Painting

Grace Pedersen

Vicki Shi
Vicki Shi

Drawing and Painting

Vicki Shi

“I dive into the wild ride of modern womanhood and my personal quest for identity, turning up the emotional volume and mixing vibes, all from a calm and feminine viewpoint. ”

Daria Khosravi
Daria Khosravi

Drawing and Painting

Daria Khosravi

“Offering myself and my craft to fire, I seek to develop an understanding of the elemental relationship between fire and earth, manifested in the clay vessel. Wood is reduced to its fundamental components as it burns—its minerals return to the soil... More

Samuel Wilson
Samuel Wilson

Drawing and Painting

Samuel Wilson aka. elegiac wound

Yasmine Ali
Yasmine Ali

Drawing and Painting

Yasmine Ali

Gabe King
Gabe King

Drawing and Painting

Gabe King

Emily Vera Hendrie
Emily Vera Hendrie

Drawing and Painting

Emily Vera Hendrie

Anna Nguyen
Anna Nguyen

Drawing and Painting

Anna Nguyen

Victor Hugo Marin
Victor Hugo Marin

Drawing and Painting

Victor Hugo Marin

Yueheng Zhao
Yueheng Zhao

Drawing and Painting

Yueheng Zhao

Sasha Gobin-Persad
Sasha Gobin-Persad

Drawing and Painting

Sasha Gobin-Persad

Celebrate the work of OCAD U’s class of 2023/2024!