About jay dart

From the filming of CBC’s The Exhibitionists. Photo by March Mercanti.

Jay Dart is a Canadian drawist, illustrator and designer whose practice includes bookworks, animated videos and mixed media installations. His work has been shown across Canada including exhibitions in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa and Regina; as well as in Internationally in Paris, New York, and Amsterdam. Dart is represented by Galerie Youn in Montreal, Slate Gallery in Regina and Gallery Jones in Vancouver. 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 and currently lives and draws with his family in a small hamlet in north Whitby, Ontario.

He is represented by Galerie Youn in Montreal. In the Fall of 2015, they published a catalogue titled Jay Dart: Images of Yawnder.

Works are also available at Slate Gallery in Regina, Saskatchewan and Gallery Jones in Vancouver.

Jay is also a freelance graphic designer and illustrator. His list of clients includes Yen magazine (Australia), Max Joseph magazine (Germany), Land of Nod, Globe & Mail newspaper, 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. 

 

AWARDS.

2020 Digital Originals project grant // Canada Council for the Arts
2020 Visual Arts project grant // Ontario Arts Council
2018 Exhibition Assistance Grant // Ontario Arts Council
2016 Gold Award, spot illustration // National Magazine Awards
2016 Visual Arts project grant // Ontario Arts Council
2014 Exhibition Assistance Grant // Ontario Arts Council
2014 Best In Show // Annual Members’ Exhibition / Station Gallery
2012 Exhibition Assistance Grant // Ontario Arts Council
2011 Best In Show // Annual Members’ Exhibition / Station Gallery
2010 Audience Choice Award Winner // Queen West Art Crawl
2008 Honourable Mention, Drawing // Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition

CURRENTLY

Completing the Hope project – a multimedia project that began in the summer of 2020 during an artist residency in Port Hope. Thank you to the Ontario Arts Council for their support.

NEXT SHOW

Solo Exhibition: Galerie Youn 
Spring 2021

also

Developing animated versions of drawings from the Where Yawns Go series.

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