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A toast to the New Year! We’re looking forward to what lies ahead. Illustration by Carolyn Gowdy.

January 10, 2018

A thought for The New Year…

Fiona Smyth and everyone at Reactor wishes you a Happy New Year!

January 8, 2018

Jason Munger’s York Region Transit’s 2017 Holiday Bus

Again this year Jason created outstanding art for YRT’s holiday bus.


January 5, 2018

Ghosts and Christmas: Carolyn Gowdy in The Spectator Magazine

Here is a link to special Christmas 2017 issue of The Spectator Magazine. Carolyn has illustrated the Christmas Ghost Story by Andrew Michael Hurley. You can see the story and Carolyn’s illustration here.

December 15, 2017

Ten things you probably didn’t know were invented by U of T Alumni.

Ten spot illustrations created by our illustrator Alëna Skarina for @uoftmagazine: “Ten things you probably didn’t know where invented by U of T Alumni.” Read the full article here.

Buckley’s cough syrup.

The pacemaker.


The G-Suit.

The alkaline battery.

The Canadian Sphynx cat.


The electron microscope.

The 56k modem.

The electric wheelchair.

September 21, 2017

The lights blink on and off like the rhythm of a fish breathing underwater.

“At night the roof of the tower when lit seems to lift off and the lights blink on and off like the rhythm of a fish breathing underwater. After my meal I walked towards the building as the rain had stopped. At ground level the tower is all blocked off with barbed wire and an iron fence secures the site as foreboding. It is no longer a Pirelli building but Comune di Milano.”

Jeff Jackson’s Ponti Milano show starts this Thursday, September 1st. The reception runs from 6pm–9pm. See you there!

Augustus Jones
33 Davies St.
Toronto, ON
M4W 2A9


September 19, 2017

I Love Coffee, I Love Tea

Here are two new paintings from Sylvie Fong.

July 20, 2017

Jazz Portrait Folio by Bill Russell

This Jazz Portraits Folio of six jazz musician portraits by illustrator Bill Russell were created digitally on an Apple iPad Pro using the Procreate drawing app. Depicted in these prints are Brazilian instrumentalist Hermento Pascoal, cellist Zoe Keating, jazz pianist and composer Jason Moran, eclectic bandleader Sun Ra, jazz vocalist Gregory Porter and upright and electric bass player Esperanza Spalding. They were printed with archival pigment-based inks on Epson Velvet Fine Art acid-free paper and packaged in a limited edition of 12 at the Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, California. Learn more here. Bill also created animations found here.

July 17, 2017

Sylvie Fong’s Painting of the Month

Sylvie Fong is creating one piece of art for every month. Here’s her latest painting for June.

July 6, 2017

R.O. Blechman’s Ink Tank Fills an Archive

R.O. Blechman was featured in this morning’s edition of The Daily Heller.

Blechman was the creative and entrepreneurial force behind The Ink Tank, a highly innovative animation studio in New York City from 1977 to 2004. Steven Heller talks with Douglas Dowd about the Ink Tank archive finding a home within the D.B. Dowd Modern Graphic History Library at Washington University.

The Ink Tank archive is a goldmine of production materials for more than 350 commercials as well as the films Simple Gifts and The Soldier’s Tale, based on the Stravinsky composition, plus short animations for NBC, CBS and other clients.

Processing and cataloguing is expected to be done by year’s end.




June 21, 2017