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Merry Christmas Past

From 1986 to 1992 Reactor’s artists and designers provided Bata Shoes with retail consultation, seasonal brand positioning, tactical advertising, promotions, in-store P.O.P. and magazine advertising for 500 stores across Canada. These are four of the Holiday display posters from over the years. Louis Fishauf is the art director. The art is by Jamie Bennett, Blair Drawson, Jeff Jackson and Maurice Vellekoop.

Illustration by Jamie Bennett


Illustration by Blair Drawson


Illustration by Jeff Jackson


Illustration by Maurice Vellekoop

December 4, 2018

Jamie Bennett in the Globe and Mail

Illustration for the Globe and Mail Pursuits section on Cannabis munchies.

November 14, 2018

Select Works With A Twist Exhibition

SELECT WORKS WITH A TWIST
January 16 – February 5, 2017

Idea Exchange Art + Design | Design at Riverside Gallery
7 Melville Street S.
Cambridge, ON
519.621.0460

Selected from the Idea Exchange Permanent Collection, nine limited edition tapestries commissioned in the 1960’s and ‘70’s by French arts impresario Marie Cuttoli by famous artists of the time. They were manufactured by the renowned weavers of Aubusson, and sold in art galleries around the world. Idea Exchange acquired them through donation and has never before exhibited them as a group.

Accompanying this collection of tapestries are 17 rugs by artists and illustrators represented by the studio, Reactor Art and Design. Starting in 1987, Reactor began creating one-of-a-kind and few-of-a-kind rugs for homes owners, architects and interior designers in Canada and the United States. The goal of Reactor’s rugs was to bring art off the walls and bring it to the “fifth wall” by exploring the visual opportunities that looking down offers. Sometimes the rugs were the result of commissions, others were the result of a personal vision. Most of the rugs were one-of-a-kind and others were done in small numbers. Jamie Bennett, Federico Botana, Steven Guarnaccia, Barbara Klunder, Jeff Jackson, James Marsh, Maurice Vellekoop, Tracey Wood, and Rene Zamic were the Reactor artists who designed Reactor rugs from 1987 to 2001.

SELECT WORKS WITH A TWIST features the work of Fernand Léger, Max Ernst, Jean (Hans) Arp, Joan Miro, Alexander Calder, Victor Vasarely, Andy Warhol, Barbara Klunder, Rene Zamic, Jeff Jackson, Maurice Vellekoop, Jamie Bennett, James Marsh, and Steven Guarnaccia.

Curated by Esther E. Shipman.

Mon – Fri 12:00 – 5:00pm
Sat 10:00am – 12:30pm, 1:00 – 5:00pm
Sun 1:00 – 5:00pm

Admission is free and all are welcome.

For more information, visit ideaexchange.org/art, call 519.621.0460 or follow on Twitter @IdeaXchngART.Idea

Exchange Art + Design presents contemporary art, architecture and design from three galleries in the City of Cambridge: Design at Riverside, Preston, and Queen’s Square.

 

January 20, 2017

Idea Exchange Collection Exhibition – Select Works with a Twist

‘Select Works with a Twist’ opens today at the Idea Exchange in Cambridge. The collection exhibition features 17 rugs by artists and illustrators represented by Reactor Art and Design, as well as nine limited edition tapestries designed by famous 20th century artists.

Featuring the work of Fernand Léger, Max Ernst, Jean (Hans) Arp, Joan Miro, Alexander Calder, Victor Vasarely, Andy Warhol, Barbara Klunder, Rene Zamic, Jeff Jackson, Maurice Vellekoop, Jamie Bennett, James Marsh, and Steven Guarnaccia.

Curated by Esther E. Shipman.

January 16 – February 5, 2017
Idea Exchange Art + Design | Design at Riverside Gallery
7 Melville Street S., Cambridge, ON
Opening Reception: Wednesday, January 18, 7:00pm

For more information, visit http://ideaexchange.org/art/exhibition/select-works-twist.

  

January 16, 2017

Halloween 1997

Back in the day, one Halloween Eve, the Reactorites were at the launch of Canada Post’s Halloween 1997 stamps. Louis Fishauf was the series art director and designer. Jamie Bennett, Simon Ng, Tom Hunt and Blair Drawson created art for the Werewolf, the Goblin, the Ghost and Dracula. City TV attended the launch of The Haunted Stamp collection at Reactor’s studio and featured an interview with Louis and a representative from Canada Post. The project included the four stamps, a first day cover featuring glow-in-the-dark illustrations by Jamie Bennett, and Haunted House commemorative packaging.

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October 31, 2013

Thanksgiving is coming to Canada this weekend.

Happy Thanksgiving

 

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October 11, 2013

Jamie Bennett has a new web site and blog!

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Pele, the pipe smoking dog with der Alpen Hat is Jamie’s portrait of a friend’s dog. Check out her new web site and blog.

April 17, 2013

Bata days

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Paula Munck

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Jamie Bennett

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Bill Russell

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Simon Ng

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James Marsh

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Paula Munck

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Paul Rivoche

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Maurice Vellekoop

March 26, 2013

Family Portraits by Jamie Bennett

Bernice

January 14, 2013

Paintings

By Jamie Bennett


Boy with Kitten


Incredible Journey

October 25, 2012