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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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Susana Mingram
Susana Mingram

Drawing and Painting

Susana Mingram

“Susana Mingram's work focuses on empowering the female body through the symbiotic relationship of horses and women as the quest to find one’s power. The intensity of movement and clear gesture of the brushwork reflects the movement of her own body,... More

Isadara Bulaklak
Isadara Bulaklak

Drawing and Painting

Isadara Bulaklak

“Multimedia Artist ”

Damon Couto-Hill
Damon Couto-Hill

Drawing and Painting

Damon Couto-Hill

“I use digital collage to entangle images of my body with nature, the Western art canon, and the internet, generating an ambiguous tableau of fleeting figures and ambivalent spectacles. I then paint these charged associations onto slanted wood... More

Abbey Hall
Abbey Hall

Drawing and Painting

Abbey Hall

“My work is centred around parts of my identity that are more taboo, especially queerness and mental illness. Using hyper-feminine colour pallets, tactility, horror, and glitter, I want to draw people into the circus of my installations and create... More

Cissy Shi
Cissy Shi

Drawing and Painting

Cissy Shi

“I am not only a painter, I am a dream maker. ”

Yana Rzayeva
Yana Rzayeva

Drawing and Painting

Yana Rzayeva

“My work has always been inspired by nature because I appreciate its beauty and value its therapeutic qualities. However, when I think of paintings of nature, and the Canadian landscape tradition in particular, I picture something that has been... More

Chris Canales-Cisneros
Chris Canales-Cisneros

Drawing and Painting

Chris Canales-Cisneros

“My multidisciplinary approach is rooted in the practice of decreation. I burn documents and materials that are representative of homophobic ideologies and use the resulting ashes as pigment for oil paintings. The final compositions often contain... More

Rabiyah Sagheer
Rabiyah Sagheer

Drawing and Painting

Rabiyah Sagheer

“The heart of Lahore lies not in its physical location, but in the souls of those who call it home. Evading its grasp is futile, for Lahore has a way of permeating one's existence. More

Deirdre McIntosh
Deirdre McIntosh

Drawing and Painting

Deirdre McIntosh

“I explore the tactile process of staining fabric to create self-portraits which take on delicate abstract forms. Influenced by soak-stain painting, I strive to create a balance between controlling the paint and allowing it to flow freely, mirroring... More

Tyler Burey
Tyler Burey

Drawing and Painting

Tyler Burey

“A being in a state of flux is always becoming, never fully arrived. Am I reaching for a state of perfection or just a state of understanding? More

Hayley Chiu
Hayley Chiu

View Medal Winners

Drawing and Painting

Hayley Chiu

“My home is where I fall asleep and where I wake; not defined by place, but my being. I’m always where I need to be with what I need to thrive. “Snail’s Home”, or 「蝸居」, explores and celebrates this relationship with the self that gives me a feeling... More

Emily Tran
Emily Tran

Drawing and Painting

Emily Tran

“Working from memory, I take landscape scenes and transform them from their original form to a fluid place that is completely constructed from the positive recollections. Within my landscapes I aim to capture the light all around me and how the... More

Grace Emerson
Grace Emerson

Drawing and Painting

Grace Emerson

“Through the bold use of contrast in colour, material, form and texture, my work explores the undeniable connection between spending time in nature and caring for one’s mental health, as well as the complexity of human emotion and how we are... More

Claudia Kossak
Claudia Kossak

Drawing and Painting

Claudia Kossak

“I see painting as an escape from the real world. Allowing myself to listen to my emotions and feelings, and releasing that energy into my work has greatly shaped my practice as a whole. With the mindset of endless possibilities there is never a... More

Ksenia Danilova
Ksenia Danilova

Drawing and Painting

Ksenia Danilova

“"My work comes from a place of looking to the future with hope for the Earth and for the resilience of nature, but also an understanding of just how deep of a mess we're in. I approach each piece with curiosity and wonder, as well as a deep desire... More

Olivia Aguiar
Olivia Aguiar

Drawing and Painting

Olivia Aguiar

“In an 'auto-archeological' pursuit of identity, I began collecting my late grandfather's digital archives, downloading information from the library of floppy disks he left behind. The sloppily re-formatted Word documents and low-quality imagery... More

Mary Claire Page
Mary Claire Page

Drawing and Painting

Mary Claire Page

“Using methods of painting, sculpture and digital media, my art is a means to share my experiences and anxieties about the world we live in. My work tackles themes of the body as an exploited object, a keeper of personal history, the growing pains... More

Jen Wright
Jen Wright

Drawing and Painting

Jen Wright

“Painting as research by exploration. Pareidolia and marginalia; movement, colour, mark making, and mapping, figures and entities populate the work. I like not knowing what I’ll find. I follow my curiosity, working from notes, sketches, and... More

Oliver Ashton
Oliver Ashton

Drawing and Painting

Oliver Ashton

“My practice is about presenting materials as a means of contemplation. ”

Griffin McAllister
Griffin McAllister

Drawing and Painting

Griffin McAllister

“A dissection of the process of perception. Alternating between geometrically logical analysis and spontaneous free verse that tears an organic pattern into the seams of the once perfect symmetry. Allowing for my madness to be the catalyst in this... More

Kate Morgan
Kate Morgan

Drawing and Painting

Kate Morgan

“As an alternative to obsessive answer-seeking, my work embraces the gentle exploration of life’s greatest mysteries through contemplating the observable world, and graciously accepting the incomplete nature of the answers. My work seeks to capture... More

Ash  .
Ash .

Drawing and Painting

Ash . aka. Ashmitha Kunasingam

“These heroic-sized expressionism paintings are celebrations of varied perception, and the narration of one's innermost thoughts. Relying on pareidolia, I identified and built upon recognizable painterly elements during the creation process to be... More

Ethan Platt
Ethan Platt

Drawing and Painting

Ethan Platt

“Considering the contemporary cyber modes of existence, my paintings challenge boundaries of the physical and digital human. I utilize a hybrid approach to painting through digital simulations that inform my reflective, figurative oil paintings to... More

Anwyn Telford
Anwyn Telford

Drawing and Painting

Anwyn Telford aka. Annie

“I am a multi-disciplinary artist working in both painting as well as textiles and wearable artworks. My work in this years Grad Ex focuses on monsters and the alteration and disruption of the body through clothing. ”

Aly (Alexandra) Rosenzweig
Aly (Alexandra) Rosenzweig

Drawing and Painting

Aly (Alexandra) Rosenzweig

“Through my art, I aim to share the peace and stillness that I have found in the patterns of nature. My paintings are not just images of landscapes, but portals to meditative spaces that offer a break from the noise and chaos of modern life. More

Atkiya Raisa
Atkiya Raisa

Drawing and Painting

Atkiya Raisa

“The perspective of indigo travelling across the world and ending up in Toronto is fascinating. More

Lee Reid
Lee Reid

Drawing and Painting

Lee Reid aka. BERNOBAYOBAYLEE

“Lee Reid aka Bernobayobaylee is a artist who makes art that not only creates art to stimulate , emphasize and explore but develops conversations of internal psychological , anthropological, struggles of "the human enigma". Forever exploring and... More

Abby Tibon
Abby Tibon

Drawing and Painting

Abby Tibon

“Developing my Filipino culture, I’ve learned that it’s a process that continues. I present imagery that gives me a sense of comfort through nostalgia in my choices of subjects and colours. I share them hoping to invite conversations of both... More

Veerta Kumar
Veerta Kumar

Drawing and Painting

Veerta Kumar

“I paint and embellish childhood photographs through layered glazes and interlaced mark-making, producing an illuminated aesthetic of dislocation and protection. More

Miranda Elliott
Miranda Elliott

Drawing and Painting

Miranda Elliott

“In my practice I engage with the ‘vital materiality’ of the inanimate world, and the porous intersection between living and non-living. In doing so I ask: “how do you find meaning in precariousness, dissolution and decay?” or, put another way,... More

Marcus Di Meglio-Vettese
Marcus Di Meglio-Vettese

Drawing and Painting

Marcus Di Meglio-Vettese

“My work explores the intersection of digital technology and physical art. Using node-based visual programming software and audio injection to create generative art that develops visually in relation to its inputs. I aim to push the boundaries of... More

Cornelia Abma
Cornelia Abma

Drawing and Painting

Cornelia Abma

“My practice is constantly in flux and largely intuitive. I enjoy combining mediums to create intimate, poetic imagery as a means of filling the gaps between the past and the present, the said and the unsaid, and the public and private self. ”

Sarah Lodge
Sarah Lodge

Drawing and Painting

Sarah Lodge

“I am extremely interested in the individual memory of childhood that an adult carries with them and how childhood images can have such immense emotional value. Each one of my portraits captures an image of people that I love and a window into their... More

Aneel Vyas
Aneel Vyas

Drawing and Painting

Aneel Vyas aka. Aneel Vyaz

“My practice utilizes painting, digital collage, film and performance to explore themes related to trauma, healing and self-love, representation, intimacy, male-gaze, identity, and decolonial perspectives ”

Hyun Young Yang
Hyun Young Yang

Drawing and Painting

Hyun Young Yang

“My work is an extension of how I see my life - and as such, all lives. It questions viewers about how they see their lives, how they are going to unfold. Such questions, that is, self-reflection, are induced through interaction with the work by... More

Jenny Tchen
Jenny Tchen

Drawing and Painting

Jenny Tchen

“By re-interpreting and abstracting experiences from within the Western hegemonic framework I was raised in, the conflict I feel internally becomes tangible and identifiable. Cultivating methods to witness self-hood through ways that I was taught... More

Rashvena Khosa
Rashvena Khosa

Drawing and Painting

Rashvena Khosa aka. VENA

“I deconstruct discourses of time, space, memory, and colour perception by constructing temporal voids of floating tonal vibrations in flux parallel to emotional tones. The idea behind the question: what if we could perceive transmissions of colour... More

A.Y. Johnson
A.Y. Johnson

Drawing and Painting

A.Y. Johnson

“I aim forefront the dialougue on afro-centric queries, the ideas of beauty and strength, the contradictions of female cultural identity, and by extension colonialism, race, spirituality and more. ”

Rachel Del Bono
Rachel Del Bono

Drawing and Painting

Rachel Del Bono

“My body of work analyzes the lifespan of interpersonal relationships. I use paintings to depict the ephemerality of formative moments and accompanying concrete sculpture grounds the concepts in my paintings with physicality and permanence. My work... More

Ramya Chandhok
Ramya Chandhok

Drawing and Painting

Ramya Chandhok

“As an artist, I am deeply interested in exploring the insidious nature of the human psyche, particularly when it comes to self-sabotage and the ways in which it can slowly creep into our lives, undermining our dreams and aspirations. In my work, I... More

Ariana Fraser
Ariana Fraser

Drawing and Painting

Ariana Fraser

“Set within the dwellings that make tangible the ephemeral qualities of intimacy, my work references personal reflections on desire and moments of belonging/non-belonging. Oscillating between a combination of painting, drawing and assemblage, the... More

Hollis McConkey
Hollis McConkey

Drawing and Painting

Hollis McConkey

“I ask now, how can I represent my chronically ill future as a desirable one? Through the lenses of crip time and my experience as a disabled/chronically ill woman, I invite my viewers to consider a world where temporalities are multiplicitous and... More

Judith Grace Vijayasenan
Judith Grace Vijayasenan

Drawing and Painting

Judith Grace Vijayasenan

“We can search through our past and attempt to discover the lost memories held within us but just as I scrape the henna off the board, I see the stains left behind, knowing it is not possible to go back to the original memory. That does not entirely... More

Adora Lau
Adora Lau

Drawing and Painting

Adora Lau

“The stories my parents tell of immigration and loss are both familial links and a form of preservation. Through the repetition of my mark-making, these lines mimics storytelling, becoming morphing reiterations of heard stories. ”

Seoyoung Yoon
Seoyoung Yoon

Drawing and Painting

Seoyoung Yoon

“My artistic practice started from personal conflict experiences. It centers on an exploration of both my personal identity and the flaws of human nature. Since then, my works have been focused on depicting explosive and mysterious nature, such as... More

Angelica Candido
Angelica Candido

Drawing and Painting

Angelica Candido

“My artworks explore the interconnectedness between us and the earth, the cycle of life, and my dreams. I’ve always had a strong connection to nature, always wanting to be outside, curious about the animals and plant life around me; a source of... More

Alice Wong
Alice Wong

Drawing and Painting

Alice Wong aka. Lyluu0

“35 is a digital and traditional watercolour series that describes an open-ended dream. Inspired by Surrealism and German Expressionism, 35 centres the conflicts between two characters, Haruka, the blonde, and Nameless, the raven-haired, and... More

Anita Lasek
Anita Lasek

Drawing and Painting

Anita Lasek

“My paintings consider grief through an investigation of the body as a tangible site of stability. Exploring figurative form in a gestural manner, I return to personal narratives of grief and the experience of life after loss. My work’s diffusive... More

Shinae Kim
Shinae Kim

Drawing and Painting

Shinae Kim

“I’m interested in the investigation of migration - to wit, my family’s history with its sensations of deracination and tragedy. In the migration series, I have painted Asian migrants and migrant families: They’re leaving home and headed somewhere... More

Sophia Chavez
Sophia Chavez

Drawing and Painting

Sophia Chavez

“A longing to relate to something tangible, to reduce and simmer onself until it is nothing but a symbol, to reduce life experience to totems that represent that specific time in my life. I am collector of toys and hoarder of unassuming items with... More

Colleen Thomson
Colleen Thomson

Drawing and Painting

Colleen Thomson

Bailey Menchise
Bailey Menchise

Drawing and Painting

Bailey Menchise

“In this body of work, I choose to examine my inner voice, that I view as a giant mosquito, buzzing negative intrusive thoughts in my ear constantly. My expressive brushstrokes in acrylic paint symbolize this mosquito in action, draining the... More

Youngmi Won
Youngmi Won

Drawing and Painting

Youngmi Won

“Zhuang Zi once dreamed he was a butterfly, flitting and fluttering around happily and freely. As a butterfly, he did not know he was Zhuang Zi. Suddenly, he awoke and realized he was Zhuang Zi, solid and unmistakably human. Then he asked himself... More

Maisie (Thao) Cu
Maisie (Thao) Cu

Drawing and Painting

Maisie (Thao) Cu

Christina Vercillo
Christina Vercillo

Drawing and Painting

Christina Vercillo

Quinn Hopkins
Quinn Hopkins

Drawing and Painting

Quinn Hopkins aka. Noodin Studio

Raquel Lopes
Raquel Lopes

Drawing and Painting

Raquel Lopes

“My art focuses on healing as an experience, more recently stemming from the realization of generational trauma. Through my work I explore my personal journey with self-development. I use art as a form of therapy; it's about addressing trauma,... More

Michelle P.
Michelle P.

Drawing and Painting

Michelle P.

“I think I do a lot but one thing I'll never stop doing is practicing fluidity. ”

Isaac Burke
Isaac Burke

Drawing and Painting

Isaac Burke

“My work aims to communicate the experience of living in the city of Toronto. I try to replicate the look and feel of the spaces I pass through by pulling from the materials and colour palette of urban motifs such as graffiti, advertisements,... More

Su Tarhan
Su Tarhan

Drawing and Painting

Su Tarhan

Siyi Xiao
Siyi Xiao

Drawing and Painting

Siyi Xiao

Argyrios Hatzinakos
Argyrios Hatzinakos

Drawing and Painting

Argyrios Hatzinakos

Priya Ratnamohan
Priya Ratnamohan

Drawing and Painting

Priya Ratnamohan

Sze Chai Chantell Kwok
Sze Chai Chantell Kwok

Drawing and Painting

Sze Chai Chantell Kwok

Parwana Ayubi
Parwana Ayubi

Drawing and Painting

Parwana Ayubi

Celebrate the work of OCAD U’s class of 2022/2023!