ABOUT JAY DART

An overview of Dart’s works heretofore produced in the lead up to his artist residency in
Port Hope, Ontario with Critical Mass in August 2020.

 

From the filming of CBC’s The Exhibitionists

Jay Dart is a Canadian drawist, author and designer whose practice includes bookworks, animated videos and mixed media installations. Dart’s work has been shown in galleries and art fairs around the world including exhibitions in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa and Regina; as well as internationally in Paris, New York, and Amsterdam. He is the recipient of multiple grants and honors including from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and a National Magazine Award for editorial illustration. His work has been featured on CBC Radio and TV including a profile on The Exhibitionists

Dart is a graduate of the University of Guelph’s Fine Art programme. Currently, he lives and draws with his family in a small hamlet outside the sprawl of Toronto, and he teaches Drawing and Design at Durham College and Sheridan College.

Dart is represented by Galerie Youn in Montreal where he has had multiple solo exhibitions and been included in multiple art fairs. In the Fall of 2015, Galerie Youn published a catalogue titled Jay Dart: Images of Yawnder. Dart is also represented by Gallery Jones in Vancouver where he had his first solo exhibition in the Spring of 2020. Check out the profile video that was created for this show as well as available works at artsy.net. Works are also available at Slate Gallery in Regina.

Find out more about Jay Dart’s Shows & Awards as well as other Press referrers too. And scroll around here for Upcoming Projects, Contact Info and his current Artist Statement.

In 2019, Dart self-published an artist edition of Where Yawns Go: Volume 1 – a picture book that brings together the narrative that has been evolving in his exhibitions over the past decade. The Field Guide to Yawnder, featuring an illustrated overview of the people and places in his whimsical mindscape of Yawnder, was published in 2016 by the Robert McLaughlin Gallery in conjunction with his solo exhibition and can be found, among other places, at the Art Gallery of Ontario bookstore.

As a freelance graphic designer and illustrator, Jay Dart has worked with the Globe & Mail, Yen magazine (Australia), Max Joseph magazine (Germany), Land of Nod, Maisoneuve, NOW Magazine, Leo Burnett, Rogers Media, RESFEST International Film Festival, Sons & Daughters Film Production Co, University of Toronto, University of Guelph, Toronto Cyclists Union, and Juno Award winning singer/songwriter, Donovan Woods. He received a National Magazine Award for his editorial illustration for the Globe & Mail.

Jay Dart would like to acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.

 

 

 

 
AWARDS & SHOWS >>
PRESS >>
UPCOMING EVENTS

Ten Hundred Years of Yawns & Dust, Solo Exhibition at Galerie Youn, Montreal. Opening party: July 9, 2022 with artist in attendance. Closes August 30th, 2022.

Uxbridge Studio Tour – Jay will be a guest artist at this local (to him) event, September 17-18, 2022.

 

CURRENT projects

The Ten Hundred Years of Yawns & Dust tour will stop in Montreal, Regina, Cobourg and more to celebrate 10 years of Yawnder.

Distance: Existence – Multimedia project that began in the summer of 2020 during an artist residency in Port Hope. This project includes drawings, animations and sound elements. Live presentations coming soon.

Where Yawns Go – Volume II of the Yawnder book series
is in production. Animated versions of drawings from Volume I are also in progress. 

 

contact

For general inquiries about anything, email jay@thedart.ca

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For local inquiries:

Montreal: Galerie Youn |  email

Regina: Slate Gallery  |   email

Vancouver: Gallery Jones |   email 
Available works: artsy.net

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

For over a decade, Jay Dart has been working on a series of drawings featuring a cast of wanderers in the whimsical mindscape known as Yawnder. He continues to develop a narrative through these drawings about the mystical nature of inspiration, the search for innovative creation and the dissemination of ideas within a conceptually layered world. 

This series has resulted in almost 300 pieces including mixed media works, installations, animated videos and bookworks that add another dimension to the works on paper. To mark the occasion of the 10th anniversary of his first bookwork and the inception of this body of work, Jay will be exhibiting new drawings alongside rarely-exhibited past works from the Yawnder series in a show titled: Ten Hundred Years of Yawns & Dust. It is fitting that this anniversary exhibition takes place at Galerie Youn since the gallery is also celebrating a 10 year anniversary and it was here, in 2013, that Jay exhibited work from this series for the first time in a professional setting.

Many of Dart’s newest drawings harken back to the earliest settings featured in the initial works of this saga. However, a decade later, things have changed a little as the mystical dust storm of Voookaa has blown in from the Unknowns. The strange name for this atmospheric event references the concept of VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity) that Dart feels is an appropriate way to describe existence in the contemporary world. 

Some of the newest pieces also portray scenes from an unexplored part of his mindscape called the Unknowns in which wonderers watch fathoms shooting across the sky from atop the hills of excess fill and ponder the previously unseen atmosphere of yawns and dust that surrounds them. 

In Dart’s exhibitions, he attempts to present his scenes in different ways that go beyond the flat service of his page. His newest works include a series of drawings on panels that extend beyond the front of the panel, along the sides and onto the walls; the installation of these pieces present a continuous landscape between the 10 drawings.